Finish this tiny house yourself


Lusby for Sale

Last year I was inspired Jay's beautiful Tumbleweed houses and wanted to follow in his footsteps. I attended his workshop and bought plans for the Lusby. Not being handy myself, I hired a professional builder of custom homes to build the exterior of my tiny house. Its home was to be on a perfectly picturesque New Hampshire lake. I put my traditional, 4 bedroom home on the market and waited... and waited...and waited. Not even one offer did I get, even after dropping with price by a third. With three kids in college, I couldn't afford to keep holding on to both properties. I sold my lakeside lot and am now selling my tiny house.

It is completed on the exterior; the interior is partially done. Here are the specifications:


House width: 8’

House length: 19’

Trailer Size: 7’ x 18’

Road Height: 13’ 5"

Dry Weight: 8,000 to 10,000 lbs (estimated)

Porch: 7 1/2 ’ x 3’

Main Room: 6 1/2 ’ x 6 1/2 ’

Kitchen: In main room

Bathroom: 3’ x 6’

Loft height: 3’ 8"

Ceiling height: 6’ 3" (All measurements are approximate.)

The following features are currently a part of the tiny house:

1. shingled roof

2. cedar siding (painted)

3. exterior front door (African Mahogany with glass center panel)

4. pet door for cat or small dog

5. 3 windows and screens on each long side

6. loft windows (cannot open)

7. fiberglass shower

8. electric wiring

9. cable TV wiring These items are included with the house but are not installed.

Many are still in original shipping cartons.

1. 2 interior doors (African Mahogany)

2. antique style brass door knobs

3. stained glass inserts for loft windows plus extra piece that could be fastened to the front door

4. tiny toilet

5. bathroom pedestal sink with porcelain faucets

6. living room, bathroom and bedroom

7. handmade Cape Code lantern style porch lights

8. stainless kitchen sink (faucet not included)

9. kitchen sink cabinet

10. recycled jeans batt insulation (more is needed)

11. electric water heater, 10 gallon

12. wood stove, stainless steel enclosure and chimney pipe

What is not finished?

* the interior walls (drywall) and finish trim are not in

* interior doors are included but not installed

* finish flooring is not included

* lighting fixtures need to be installed after drywall is in

* porch lights need to be installed

* outlets and light switches are not included

* wood stove needs to be installed

* plumbing and kitchen fixtures need to be installed

* kitchen cabinet for sink needs to be installed (and more cabinets need to be purchased for rest of kitchen)

* kitchen appliances are not included

* stained glass inserts for loft windows need to be installed

* insulation is not complete

* ladder to loft is not included

* closets have not been built

The tiny house is currently in southern New Hampshire. You are welcome to come and pick it up or I'll help you find a company to bring it to you.


Written by Steve Weissmann — June 15, 2009

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Hermitage for Sale

Mobile Hermitage For Sale!

The Mobile Hermitage, pictured here, is one of the homes that helped start the Small House Movement back in 2003. The Mobile Hermitage is now being offered for sale at a price of $30,000.

This home is owned by Greg Johnson, founder of the Small House Society, and is one of the very first Tumbleweed Houses ever built.

This is the same home that was featured on National Public Radio, Public Television, Better Homes and Gardens, and even the Oprah Winfrey show requested to have it on the show. The sale of the home will help advance the Small House Movement and make way for an exciting new development in smaller, simpler, more sustainable living.

It is approximately 60 square feet, and has a kitchen. For more info, please contact Greg directly.

Written by Steve Weissmann — May 22, 2009

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Fencl Build for Coast to Coast Tour

This summer, beginning on May 25, 2009, Tumbleweed will drive a Fencl Tumbleweed Tiny House from San Francisco to New York. Along the way, they will stop in 14 different cities, making the house available for you to see. In addition, there will be a Tiny House Building and Design Workshops in Boulder, Chicago, and New York along the way.

This is a photo journal of the construction of the first Fencl, which is being built on the property where Tumbleweed Tiny House Company resideS.

The picture above is the construction site and shows a lot of the building supplies delivered and covered to protect from the rain.

Here you see the framing of the sub floor, foam insulation is installed next and then plywood completes the sub floor.
The plywood has been installed and the sub floor completed. The house is now ready to be framed for the walls and the roof.
The walls are up, and the sheathing is attached, the roof has been framed and the loft constructed. Tyvek is being installed and roofing is the next step.
The underside of the loft above the kitchen and bathroom.
Roofing almost completed.
The electrical wiring is in and basic plumbing in the bathroom has been installed. The roof has been insulated and the walls will be insulated next. The shower will be put into position and the framing of the bathroom wall will be completed. Plumbing for the bathroom and kitchen has yet to be completed.
The Thetsford Aqua Magic Style II toilet, shower, and Surburban RV 6 gallon hot water heater available to install, plus the Dickinson stove has arrived for the heating of the Fencl.
Awaiting sunny weather to complete the exterior.

Check back often for updates on the progress and completed pictures of the Fencl before the tour.

Written by Kent Griswold — April 10, 2009

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My Lusby


Do you remember the first time you threw a blanket over a card table or clothes line and crawled inside? That supremely satisfied feeling of being in your own small space? That’s how I feel in my Tumbleweed house. It’s especially true whenever I climb up into the sleeping loft and peer down at the cozy space below. I had a small house before this one – less than a thousand square feet - but there were rooms I seldom entered. It seemed that the dog and cats and I spent most of our time together in the kitchen, the bedroom, or the living room. Now we must share a smaller space, which, of course, has meant that we’ve all had to make some adjustments.

Both cats have finally learned to climb the ladder. I’m working on a shelving scheme that will allow them to move up and down without the ladder, so I don’t have to play elevator or move the ladder when I’m at home. Rosebud, my standard poodle, is very patient at taking indoor traffic direction from me, but he sometimes prefers to stay outside, supervising activities in the RV park. I’m always surprised when he tries a new spot for snoozing or cat and dog share a space - new behaviors for them!

Front Door

Everything has a place and needs to be in that place. My stainless steel cookware is a decorative accent over one of the windows and cloth covered boxes keep my personal items at hand but out of sight. No letting my mail pile up for days before dealing with it. Dishes get done at the end of the meal. But I can spend a good hour and the house is spic and span, while in my bigger house, an hour would’ve barely made a dent! Even in this small house, I still can sit in the living room, curl up with a book on the bench in the office, sit on the porch steps for some sun, or climb upstairs for a nap. I feel like Goldilocks who found a space that is just right!


Written by Cathy from Oregon — February 12, 2009

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Man throws nothing away for 1 year.

Sustainable Dave, as he's known, and his family are leading by example. For 1 year, he threw nothing away. Visit his blog to learn more.

Written by Steve Weissmann — December 23, 2008

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