Get ready Portland! It's a tiny house jamboree!

 

The lineup at the Portland Tumbleweed Workshop June 14-15 is going to be amazing! Portland is big on community spirit and we will bring it to this workshop with a panel of guest speakers, a tiny house tour and an after-hours round-table discussion of tiny house life. Dee Williams, our first Tumbleweed client and workshop host extraordinaire will lead the workshop. Check out her TEDx talk about her life in a tiny house then read on to learn more about our speakers: 

 

Joan Grimm has designed and delivered local and international environmental education and sustainability programs for both public and private entities including Oregon Departmental of Environmental Quality, OMSI, and Association of Oregon Recyclers. Over the past 25 years she has educated thousands of people about simple and smart ways to lighten their impact on the planet. She is the founding board chair of SCRAP (the School and Community Reuse Action Project) and the Oregon Green Schools Association. She and her partner have a little house in their backyard. 



Brittany Yunker: Brittany works for the WA State Legislature as a staff to the Senate committees. Brittany built a Fencl in 2009 with the help of a few friends (including Dee!). She taught herself carpentry from library books, YouTube videos and chatting with Dee and another friend with building experience. She lived in her tiny house for 2 years before meeting her current partner and deciding to up-size slightly to a small, 2 bedroom bungalow. Brittany is currently in the process of obtaining a business license to open her house up for daily rental to people interested in seeing if a tiny house could work for them.



Lina Menard: Graduate Student in Urban Planning, Little House Enthusiast, New Carpenter, and recently helped her friend build a new tiny house and has plans to build her own tiny house. She's written a blog about her project at This Is The Little Life.



Michelle Jones: Professor at Concordia University, Portland; teaching organizational management, ethical leadership, and other courses. For the last two years, she's worked with students and the community to host a TEDx event in Portland. She's lived in her tiny house with cat, dog and boyfriend for about year and a half.



Tammy and Logan: Tammy blogs at RowdyKittens.com as a simple living advocate. Her story has been chronicled in the New York Times, USA Today (as part of a cover story), Yahoo, MSN News, United Daily News (one of the top three newspapers in Taiwan), and The China Times, as well as a few Hong Kong newspapers. She and her husband have also appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, and dozens of local television programs and NPR affiliates. Tammy is currently launching a book, “You Can Buy Happiness (And its Cheap)”. The Portland workshop takes place June 14-15 and we expect this one to sell out. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you can still enjoy the 40% early bird discount until May 31st. Click here.

Written by Bridget Thornton — May 30, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   Business   green building   In the News   See a tiny house   Tumbleweed   Workshop  

Lee's Community Build in D.C. - Part 1

Lee Pera and a group of tiny house builders attended a Tumbleweed workshop last year. This year, they broke ground on their tiny house community in Washington, D.C. Below is an update from Lee who will be guest blogging her tiny house community adventure with us regularly. If you're interested in starting a group build in your community, drop us an email and we'll work with you to connect with other tiny house enthusiasts, builders, and suppliers in your area. 


We’ve been doing preparatory work this week meeting with other tiny house builders, scoping out materials and prices, looking at designs we like, and helping Brian out on the lot and garden beds.  Making decisions usually stresses me out, and all the decisions that go into a tiny house have been overwhelming me, so it felt good to already decide on a couple things while looking at materials.  For instance, I love the look of the interior of the Protohaus and have decided to go with bead board rather than the knotty pine that the Fencl tiny house plans call for (saving a significant amount of money as well).  I have also decided I really like the look of cork flooring and many of its benefits and will most likely go with that for my flooring – whew…two decisions made effortlessly!

The biggest news this week is that I may end up downsizing even more.  Originally I planned on building on a 22 ft-long x 8 ft-wide trailer, extending the Fencl out by 4 feet in length and one foot in width.  But this week we were out for beers with our new tiny house friends Margaret and Zach – who are building an amazing tiny house in South Carolina – and Zach told us about an ad he had seen for a tiny house shell.  It’s a fabulous deal, but the main issue I had with it is that, while built on an 18-ft trailer, the shell is just 16 feet long and 7 feet 10 inches wide.  Could I really lose 6 feet of interior space?  That’s a lot of room in a tiny house.   Still, the price is less than what my trailer itself will cost, and the seller was excited that we even knew about tiny houses.  Tony talked with the builder/seller and he seems to have done solid work, and Zach checked it out in person for us.  It looks like I’ll be buying the shell all built out!  We will finish the roofing, siding and interior starting in June.

Next, Tony and I went to spend some time hanging out in the Fencl (18 ft long x 7 ft wide).  After spending about an hour, moving about in the rooms, hanging out in the loft, scoping out storage, I think I can make a smaller unit work.  It will require getting creative about storing my stuff (or getting rid of more), but I’m excited about the challenge.   I like to think I adapt easily to wherever I live and the size will be fine, but if it’s too small I can design and build a larger one over time.  It will be useful to spend some time in one first to get an idea for what I really want and need in size and design.  I’ll post more photos of the shell soon.


Written by Bridget Thornton — May 16, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   Fencl   house plan   In the News   small house   Touring the US  

Say Yes! to Ella

 

Another Tumbleweed rises! Our friend and fan Ella just landed a sweet spot in the latest issue of Yes! Magazine. Ella's Fencl tiny house is coming along nicely and it's good to see her getting some press. You can read all about her build on her blog. One of my favorite details about Ella is that she has never built a thing before and it was attending one of our workshops that gave her the impetus to make the leap. Now look at her Fencl and tell me the workshops don't work. Sign up now to attend one in your area. Go Ella!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 11, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   Fencl   In the News   See a tiny house  

A tiny house in the trees?

 

A tiny house in a tree? Yes! I bet a Box Bungalow tiny house plan would work for this. What do you think?

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 09, 2012

Filed under: home design   In the News   small house  

The Tiny House Community: Kent & Tiny House Blog

 

Enjoy this great interview featuring our friend Kent Griswold, the brains behind Tiny House Blog. Get your hands on your own tiny house plans. Who knows? One day your house might just show up on Tiny House Blog!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 08, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   In the News   video  
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