Downstairs Sleeping For Two Real People

Sleeping obsesses us at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. We are pleased to announce a new downstairs bedroom that's roomy. It is separated from the great room! It has storage! We're doing a happy dance, offering a new downstairs sleeping option for two real people.

Vantage magnifies the downstairs sleeping area, which measures 4'6" by 6'3"

Meet The Vantages

The floor plan is available in the Elm 24 Vantage and the Cypress 24 Vantage models. Four adults may sleep comfortably, in the loft and the new downstairs bedroom. Under the magnifying glass, you will see the 4'6' x 6'3" bedroom up close. We placed the sleeping area behind the kitchen, with an open hallway leading to back bathroom. Yes, even the bathroom location is new here.

In the Vantage, there's a folding ladder system (left) and abundant storage (right)

Wait, there's more

For the first time, a cool ladder system has been added to this home which either sits on the edge of the bedroom or tucks away into the loft above. Look more closely (above, left) and you will see the ladder goes through the loft: when you arrive up there, you don't need to rise over the edge of the loft. It's a nice ascent, whether you use the loft for additional sleeping or storage purposes. See drop down ladder in motion here.

With the Vantage floor plan, Tumbleweed delivers more storage than any other plan. In the bedroom (above, right) there are wall cabinets which take advantage of the bedroom walls. What you don't see in the blue-print here are the extra storage areas under the bed, in the kitchen AND in the loft.

 Here's the Elm 24 Vantage, outside and inside (downstairs plan)

Welcome the Elm 24 Vantage

One of three floor plans for the Elm 24' length, the Vantage delivers the bedroom along with a great room and kitchen which are 14'2" long. The other Equator and Overlook floor plans work for different reasons, with the Equator offering a back room for one adult to sleep (or a study) and the Overlook maximizing the great room. Both are fine but not the SLEEPER inside the Elm 24 Vantage, wrapped up in a iconic Elm home!

  Here's the Cypress 24 Vantage, outside and inside (downstairs plan)

Welcome the Cypress 24 Vantage

One of three floor plans for the Cypress 24' length, the Vantage is a special option for this popular home. You experience a roomy bedroom area, the 14'-2" kitchen and great room length AND the terrific bump-out area to use for cozy seating, a study or anything else. When surrounded by five windows, the "nook" is the favorite extra room that's inside and outside.

Decisions, Decisions

As you head into your spring build, the Vantages may offer the right response if you declare: "I don't want to climb a ladder!" or "My dog can't get here easily, and neither can I!" Furthermore, the ladder ascends into the loft and feels safe whenever you do need to reach the extra bedroom or storage up there.

At this point, we welcome all your comments! Did we address your needs? What works and doesn't work here? Would you select this model to build or buy? What questions do you have about the model? It's time for Tumbleweed to see if this floor plan hits your sweet spot, and feel free to drop us a line here.  

Written by Debby Richman — March 13, 2014

Filed under: Cypress 24 Vantage   Elm 24 Vantage   floor plans   Vantage floor plan  

J.T. Answers Your Questions!

Recently, we posted an article about J.T.'s modified Walden. It started a great conversation- blog readers responded with over 160 comments! J.T. has done his best to answer some of the questions you asked. 

J.T. in Chair


Waste water:

Alexis asked: When the septic tank gets full, is there somewhere to empty it or does it go to one of those sewage processing plants?

J.T. says: Black water is collected in an 18 gallon waste water tank by Thetford. They make a lot of RV supplies. The tank is on wheels and sits directly below the toilet under the trailer. This can be dumped at any RV park that offers a sewer dump station. For the grey water  I use a separate waste-line which collects and drains daily onto topsoil/mulch pit and vegetation.

Rain Water:

Peatstack asked: Can the house harvest rainwater, does it have a tank/filter, does it generate electricity or use a battery system with solar/ propane generator? Can it accomodate a composting toilet that the house needs no septic system? I would like a house that can sit on open agricultural land without any systems connections, the occasional propane tank and grey water drain accepted.

J.T. says: The roof's surface area is quite small, but you could divert rainwater into a collection tank for irrigation: a standard rain barrel would be overkill, but a 10 gallon tank would work. I have a 25 gallon drinking water tank onboard with a water pump. I can also hook up to a 3/4 inch garden hose. Make sure you put an RV/Marine drinking water hose or your water supply will have an off plastic odor. Water heater and pump are powered by 12v batter. 120v comes from a 20 amp extension cord into a 30 amp circuit breaker box using around .5 to 1kw per day.

Solar Power:

Annette asked: This looks like it would be the PERFECT portable office for our mounted drill team. I do have a question regarding using solar power as an energy source. Has anyone installed a solar set up and if so, what did they use and how is it working to help out with their energy usage? 

J.T. says: A Solman Action Packer System could run this house easily. A plug and play system is the solution for a tiny house- something for sure in the near future. I am considering A. 2 fixed panels on the roof of the tiny house. Orientation to the sun could be limited when a new location is found. The Solman Action Packer could easily fit in the loft area above the front door or B. 2 fixed panels on the top of my truck with the Solman system in the back of my truck. It could be parked daily in different spots to optimize sunlight, then plugged into my house daily to charge on board batteries. 

Stove and Oven:

Erica Gott asked: In mine, I want a full stove, with range AND oven, even if it's small. I love cooking and need one. I can't wait to have my own tiny home.

J.T. says: I have a 2 burner propane stove by Suburban. No oven, though a typical RV oven would fit in nicely. I use a 20 gallon propane tank under the trailer, which runs about $6 a month.

Refrigerator:

Libertymen asked: Is the refrigerator too small? 

J.T. says: I have a 3.1 cubic foot fridge under standard counter height. A 9.9 cubic foot fridge takes up the same foot print and stands around 50 inches high. You would lose useable counter space, but gain storage space

Packing Up:

Bethany asked: How does he keep things from falling off the shelves when he is moving? As well as the furniture sliding around? 

J.T. says: It takes about 10 minutes to pack everything up, and it all goes in a box! 

Front Addition: 

Jan Dregalla asked: Love the customization, especially the up-lighting  towel window shades, kitchen shelving and Ikea shelving. I'm curious, does the 2' addition on the front affect towing?

J.T. says: The extra 2 ft and added weight is on the rear, actually distributing the weight more evenly. The standard design has a lot of the weight on the towing hitch


Thanks for your great questions! 

Written by Nara Williams — December 11, 2012

Filed under: appliances   floor plans   home design   plans   small house   structure   Tumbleweed   walden  

5 Blog Post Worth Reading

 

Our blog is designed to keep you up to date on the latest happening in the small house universe. Here are 5 posts that you may have missed:

  1. How to Get Around Building Codes and Zoning for Tiny House Living - TinyHouseTalk.com publisher Alex Pino and Small House Society President Greg Johnson share their insights. You'll really want to note the cities that are beginning to allow tiny houses to be legal dwellings
  2. Have You Considered a Historic Neighborhood for Your Small House? - Kent Griswold, publisher of TinyHouseBlog.com explores an intriguing option for those looking to find a spot for their tiny house.
  3. Building a Tiny House on a Mountain - Laura LaVoie is currently building her tiny house and has shared some very informative information about the building blogging process.
  4. Virtual Tumbleweed Contest - Top 10 Finalists - Our fans are some super creative folks! Check out our latest Pinterest contest and get some ideas to personalize your own tiny house.
We've got a lot more great posts coming your way. We are grateful for our many quests bloggers and look forward to sharing the best information we can to help you get started on your own tiny house. Grab your own tiny house plans here.         

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — July 20, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   Downsizing   floor plans   green building   home plans  

What a week on the lot!

Here's an update from our friends over at Boneyard Studios:

I left for Brazil just as everything started happening on the lot.  I promised I wouldn’t disappear for a month but try and stay engaged in the project while here.  Thus, I write this from a hammock in rural Northeast Brazil where we’re staying with an amazing community leader and learning about the Xukuru’s fight to regain their territory here in Brazil.  While feeling grateful for the opportunity to be here, I’m also sad that I’m missing out on all the work that is being done on the lot.  Fortunately, Tony and Brian have been keeping me updated via photos, email and Skype.

Here’s a recent update I received from Tony about the past week:

What a week!  We took delivery of the shipping container on Monday, we’ve set most of the fence posts and Brian and Jay picked up their trailers on Friday.  We should have the fencing up by the end of next week and, hopefully, we’ll have your house on the lot in about a week.  You’re not gonna recognize the place when you get back! 
 
It took some doing to get the trailers on the lot, but everything went well and we learned a lot about the logistics of moving and siting them.  Once they are built up, it’s going to be even trickier to move them around.  There’s not enough room in the alley to back them all the way into place with a truck.  We ended up situating them by hand.  We’re going to look into getting some type of hand dolly for future use.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up renting a small tractor to move them on and off the lot.  One nice thing about the lot is that the yard slopes down perfectly to meet the back of the trailer.  You’ll probably be able to step out of your back door directly onto the grass without stairs.    

Brian and I have spoken to a lot of people passing through the alley and the feedback we’re getting is very positive.  People are excited about the garden beds and curious about tiny houses. I know you feel like you’re missing out, but a lot of what we’ve been doing is dirty, sweaty grunt work.  The good news is that we should be ready for the fun part of designing and building out the interior of yours when you get back.       

Check out the photos below – they’ve really made progress, and I’m excited to get back and start working on this project again!


Head over to Barnyard Studios to see the rest of the pictures.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — June 05, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   floor plans   green building   green home   home design   home plans   See a tiny house  

Build Your Virtual Tumbleweed Contest


Our first contest was a hoot and we hope this one will be just as much fun. This time, you can choose between 3 of our houses: The handsome Anderjack Box Bungalow, The über-popular Fencl House To Go and the roomy Harbinger Cottage. So, how does it work? 

  1. Login into Pinterest and start a board with the name of one of these houses in the title. Please include at least one image of the house in your board. Extra love if you link it to the page on our site.
  2. FIll the board with your imagination and dreams of tiny house living.
  3. Send me an email with a link to your board at brett@tumbleweedhouses.com

That's it! If you need an invitation to Pinterest, email me at brett@tumbleweedhouses.com and I will send one your way.  We will accept submission from June 4 - June 8, 2012. Starting on Monday, June 18th, we will post our top 10 favorite boards and our crazy-loyal fans will pick their favorite board. We will announce the winner on Friday, June 22, 2012. One more thing…

The Prize: A limited edition Hollyhock t-shirt, a copy of the Small House Book, the DIY book, the Popomo tiny house plans, the Zinn tiny house plans and the Vardo. What a pack of tiny house goodness! Have fun Tumbleweeders. I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — June 04, 2012

Filed under: Box Bungalow   Build it yourself   Fencl   floor plans   house plan   Pinterest  
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