What is a Barn Raiser?
If you're interested in building your own Tumbleweed but find yourself restricted due to time, skill level, tools, etc. a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser might be the best choice for you!
When you purchase a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser, we deliver a partially built Tiny House RV that you can finish yourself! Design your Barn Raiser using our interactive builder and sleep easy knowing that the foundation of your Tiny House RV will be built by professionals.
We estimate that our Barn Raisers save 100-200+ hours on your total build time. We offer 10 different designs / lengths for you to choose from, now including our modern design - the Tumbleweed Mica.
Our Modern Mica - NOW AVAILABLE AS A BARN RASIER!
Financing Now Available!
We're excited to announce that financing is now available for Tumbleweed Barn Raisers.
- No Money Down
- 100% Financing
- Get funded in 72 hours
- Interest rates from 3.99% to 8.99%
- Payments from $213 to $500 per month
- Sales Tax, registration and shipping costs can be financed too!
For more information on financing, click here.
$500 Discount - Now Through August 31st!
Get a free quote on your Barn Raiser anytime between now and August 31st, 2015 and receive $500 off* the total price! Our specialists are waiting to assist you and answer any questions.
*discount valid for 30 days after quote is received
Barn Raiser Customer Stories
We like to check in on our Barn Raiser customers occasionally to see how their builds are coming along. It's amazing how every Tiny House RV is different! After delivering the shell, we find that our excited new barn raiser customers infuse their passions and preferences into finishing the build. This really makes their Tiny House RV come alive! See for yourself in a few featured Barn Raiser stories below.
"JStalls Tiny House"
Jonathan and his Tumbleweed Barn Raiser, after he installed the windows himself!
Jonathan Stalls customized his 24 foot Elm Barn Raiser to have a side door and no porch. He also choose to have Tumbleweed install the metal standing seam roof. Since receiving his Barn Raiser he has installed the windows, cedar siding and front door himself!
Look at this beautiful and sophisticated Tiny House RV basking in the Colorado sunshine! Follow Jonathan's Build on Facebook.
"Tiny House For Three"
Maighen, Brandy, and their son R.A.D. with their new Tumbleweed Barn Raiser
Using a mixture of materials, Maighen, Brandy and R.A.D have given their Tumbleweed Cypress Barn Raiser uniqueness and flare! We love seeing how creative they've been with their build. A canvas was delivered, but what they've created is a piece of art!
Check out this Texas family's eclectic and colorful Barn Raiser on their website, Instagram and facebook
"Tiny House in the Country"
Chris's Tumbleweed Barn Raiser (Upon Pick Up)
Chris Schapdick lives in New York City but wanted his young daughter to have a connection to nature. He purchased property in upstate New York and decided to build a tiny mobile cabin for weekend getaways. A Tumbleweed Linden Barn Raiser was perfect for his situation because Chris was limited on time, but wanted the experience of building his own tiny retreat.
Chris's Picturesque "Tiny House in the Country," Winter 2015
Follow "Tiny House in the Country" online here
Want more Barn Raiser stories? Check out these blogs:
"The Tiny House the Grandma Built"
"Tiny Adventures in a Big World"
We’ve been gathering and creating video tours of our tiny homes over the past few months, and we are now thrilled to release them all in one place! You’ll also now be able to view them under each house design for the Elm, Cypress and Linden. We hope these videos are helpful for those of you wondering which model will best fit your particular personality. Enjoy!
If you’d like to tour one of our tiny homes in person, we have another exciting announcement, our showroom in Colorado Springs is now open! Book a tiny house tour here.
First up, we’d like you to step inside our classic model: the Elm 24 with dormers.
We love this design because it’s based on the very first Tumbleweed. The Elm offers a full porch and a picturesque arched window above the front door. This model is simply stunning, just watch as the Home & Family hosts gush in this tour!
Next up we have our brand new Cypress 24, an extended version of our most popular model which features a left, right, or no porch option.
This particular tiny home is packed full of amenities, including: a full size refrigerator, air conditioning, a washer/dryer combo, downstairs bedroom, staircase, and much more!
Lastly, we’re ecstatic to show you the first video tour of our Linden 20.
This design will provide the largest loft and, like the Elm, offers a full size porch. Once inside you’ll see this model is quite unique from the other two, but she has a Tumbleweed heart and offers a clever, spacious design.
There are so many options to make these each of these designs one-of-a-kind, including: 3 trailer lengths, 23 floor plans, 3 sleeping options, multiple kitchen options, and choices in number of skylights, roof colors, chosen appliances, etc! The beautiful thing about living small is that you can customize YOUR home to fit YOUR lifestyle. And we want to help you find your perfect home.
Bonus Video: Why Tumbleweed?
So, now that you've toured a few Tumbleweeds, WHAT TINY HOME ARE YOU?
Jenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey here.
Chris with his Tiny Retreat in upstate New York
This past weekend Deek Diedricksen presented our Philadelphia workshop and we met a lot of wonderful attendees, many of whom aspire to build or live in a tiny home. Last year at this very same workshop, Chris Schapdick attended with a similar goal: specifically to build a tiny vacation home in the country for himself and his nine year old daughter, Mia.
"I really want my daughter to have a connection to nature." says Chris, who currently lives in New York City but has recently purchased land upstate. "Ideally we'd have a tiny home as a weekend getaway, and later I could retire in it."
After the workshop Chris felt inspired to build his own tiny home, but like many of us, he had other obligations that took priority. "I thought about buying a trailer," Chris admits, "but I was moving slow and, honestly, the whole idea (of building my own home) was daunting."
Finally, in early 2014, Chris found his solution with the announcement of Tumbleweed's tiny house starter kit - or "barn raiser." The barn raiser was ideal for Chris because it would expedite the build process AND allow him to finish the house himself. Within a few weeks, Chris received a photo and notification that his tiny home was ready for pick up.
Tumbleweed Barn Raiser / Photo by: Tumbleweed Tiny Homes*
"It might sound corny, but when I received that photo it reminded me of seeing the first ultrasound of my daughter. I had an immediate connection with my tiny house. " Chris recalls giving countless tours of his new home while towing it from Tumbleweed's Colorado build site to his rural property in New York. "It really resonates with people."
Chris chose a Linden Horizon floor plan which features a second downstairs bedroom for his daughter. Mia thinks her dad's tiny home is really cool, and Chris hopes she'll want to be involved on some of the interior build.
A few interesting pieces Chris has added to his tiny home include an incinerating toilet and a library rolling ladder. He also has exciting plans for the front door: "I'd like to have a bright colored entry door, like Ella's house. I also bought an old brass ship porthole for a window insert."
Chris even installed a motion detection camera to see what wildlife might trek up to his tiny home, but one day it malfunctioned and took a photograph every minute. If you're feeling a little scrambled from your busy schedule, take a moment to watch this "day-in-the-life" video created from Chris's camera's happy accident.
"It's amazing to see a day go by and have absolutely nothing happen...it's like that everyday." - Chris
Once in a while, there are a few furry visitors!
Three Pieces of Advice From Chris:
1). Take your time.
2). Know that there are resources out there to help you.
3). Be confident in your own abilities and have the confidence that you can do it.
We will check back in on Chris's build later this year. In the meantime he is looking forward to receiving advice and answering questions. He is about to embark on electricity and plumbing, so any research, links or tips are welcome!
Contact Chris through his tiny house website here.
*All photos provided by Chris unless otherwise stated.
Jenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a self-built Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure that began in September 2014. Occasionally they will be hosting an open house. More on their tiny house and giant journey here.
While so many places in the U.S. are pummeled with snow and real winter, Northern California basks in far milder temperatures. In Sonoma, the high temperature is supposed to reach 70 degrees today and drop below freezing overnight.
Sonoma's simply lovely, and the climate, landscape, food, wine and community can't be beat. Why not take advantage of a great deal for your own Tumbleweed sleepover? This beautiful Linden home is available for nightly rentals and January prices drop to $75 for selected weekdays.
Meg Stephens, Lead House Designer
Dear Tiny House enthusiasts,
As Tumbleweed’s lead designer, I have been expanding our family of House-To-GoTM models. We think of the family names in two ways: as external models and internal floor plans.
You asked for flexibility with floor plans and home lengths, and the house names should create a logical way to select from 21 different homes.
Our exterior models are based on nature.
How do these models differ? The Elm has a nice porch and iconic lancet window to greet you. Our Cypress features an aesthetically-appealing recessed... Read More