Zee’s Tiny Classroom On Wheels

Tiny homes are versatile. While many use them as permanent minimal dwellings, others convert small shelters into gorgeous guest homes, lucrative vacation rentals, backyard offices, or tiny traveling solitudes. So, how about a tiny mobile classroom?

Zee Kesler is an artist and educator-in-training residing in Vancouver - a city known for having the second MOST expensive housing in the world according to a recent U.S. Think-Tank survey. She found it hard to find a permanent residence while attending school, and so last summer Zee attended Tumbleweed’s 2-day Tiny House Workshop with Derek “Deek” Diedricksen presenting. “I had so many questions,” said Zee. “And I really loved hearing Deek talk about salvaging, because I’ve always been good at resourcing materials.” From that moment on, Zee was hooked. She bought plans to build her own Cypress, not for a permanent dwelling, but instead this education-lover intends to construct a mobile community classroom.

Unique, you betcha! But this isn’t Zee’s first experience in portable education. She is also co-founder of MakerMobile:Workshop on Wheels, a traveling classroom/hackspace/art studio in the back of a converted cube van. Her tiny house will be an appendage to this idea, but with more amenities and better insulation.

Zee hopes to fit 8-10 foldout desks inside her future modified Cypress, with classes available for payment-in-trade (meaning you can pay with cookies, a t-shirt, or anything deemed worthy)! Some example subjects offered in the tiny classroom include: sewing, cooking, yoga, meditation, sculpting, origami, foreign languages, etc. All classes will have a qualified instructor, and Zee will organize and manage the entire operation.

That’s the goal, but this tiny houser is just getting started. Zee purchased a trailer this week and is currently resourcing salvaged materials. The build begins soon, but she just can’t help it - Zee wants to makes her Cypress’s construction an educational experience as well! “I hope to hire carpenters, roofers, plumbers, and electricians that will lecture as they build the house. “ Zee explains. She might even have the students build a miniature Cypress for some hands-on experience. That’s right: a miniature tiny house! “When I was at the Tumbleweed workshop I know a lot of people left wanting to build a tiny house, but didn’t have the resources. I want to share my build to help the tiny house community. This way, we can all learn together.”

Zee's build will begin in July and August. If you are in or around Vancouver area and would like to stay in the loop, join the mailing list found on her blog and/or support her here.

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Top Artwork by Brian Archer

Center Photo & Bottom Layout Artwork by Zee Kesler

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Jenna Spesard is a writer by trade. She is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here

Written by Jenna Spesard — May 27, 2014

Filed under: Build it yourself   classroom   diy   Events   See a Tiny House   small house   Tumbleweed  

Brittany’s Fencl Open House

You may have seen pictures of the amazing Fencl Brittany built, but have you ever wanted to see it first hand? Well now you can! Brittany is hosting a 1-day open house next weekend where you can take a look around and ask Brittany your tiny house questions. Brittany learned how to build her lovely house after attending a Tumbleweed workshop, could you be next?

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Here’s a message from Brittany with all the details:

Are you interested in exploring, testing, touching, trying, photographing, peeing in (the composting toilet – duh!), measuring & learning more about tiny houses? Then this is for you! Learn about how it was built, why I decided to build it, how it works, what goes in (water, electricity & food) and how it all comes out (gray water, urine-diverting toilet system), and most of all – does it fit YOU? Bring on the questions! Bring a sketchpad, measuring tape & camera & explore this tiny house....

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Written by Adam Gurzenski — August 07, 2013

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Come See This Epu at SolFest 2013

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See a Tumbleweed EPU at SolFest 2013,
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Noon - Midnight
Hopland, CA. Click here for directions

The EPU model will be open for tours. Around us will be solar power experts, speakers, workshops, live bands, organic food, beer and wine, all on a beautiful 12-acre organic demo site. See you there!

Written by Adam Gurzenski — August 01, 2013

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See The Linden at The Sonoma County Fair Tiny Town

Going to the Sonoma County Fair? So is Tumbleweed! See the new Linden design and get to know other fans and Tumbleweed experts. We will be located (appropriately enough) in Tiny Town just in front of the blue wall on the Community Theater lawn.

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Written by Adam Gurzenski — July 20, 2013

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TINY: A Story About Living Small

TINY: A Story About Living Small

West Coast Film Premiere

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 / 7:00 pm
Location: SPUR / Annie Alley / San Francisco 
In person:Merete MuellerChristopher Smith

Watch Trailer | Download Program Guide (PDF)

[62 mins] What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream. Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, TINY, will feel perfectly sized for an outdoor screening in the street-turnedpedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley. This sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

Co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival and generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

Written by Vali Voilean — May 16, 2013

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