It's been 10 days since I moved several suitcases full of
possessions into the Fencl and called it home. It never fails to amaze me how
quickly humans can adapt to a space: for me, it took about 3 seconds to feel
entirely in my element!
The tiny house has been a huge hit on campus. I've gotten a number of random visitors who have all been very respectful.
I'll be opening up the house to the public on Sunday, March 3rd from 1 to 4 pm, so if you missed it last time, feel free to come by!
As far as everyday life, I'll run through a few of those beloved classic domestic
I've never been a consistently organized person. But here, I
find myself coming home from work at 2 am and wanting to tidy. Something about having a place for everything encourages me
to put everything in its place...imagine that.The clever usage of space, rather than small size, might
actually be the most novel thing about Tumbleweeds. I am someone very well
suited to a large quantity of shelving and surfaces to work on. When confronted
with a large empty space, I don't know what to do with my possessions, and find
that I'd rather have none at all.
So far, my meal preparation has consisted mostly of my
warming up leftovers in a cast-iron on the stove. I boil water everyday for tea, coffee, and sometimes pasta, and have experimented with popcorn. Once I get my spice
collection going, however, I plan to have a number of semi-elaborate meals and
tiny dinner parties.
I have a very stylish Newport Dickinson propane fireplace that is
somewhat effective. It looks great, and is certainly inviting, but the illusion
of warmth doesn't quite cut it in the New England
winter. I'm considering adding an efficient electric blanket to the mix. A
space heater would almost certainly blow a fuse, as I only have 20 amps of electricity. But luckily, spring is on its way!
Luckily, the loft space remains warm enough to keep me
asleep through the night. Last Friday, the first night in my house, I found out that my placement has a serious
drawback- it's in prime campus party zone. Like most drunk 21 year olds,
Hampshire students like to make a TON of noise when they're out in public. To
be fair, I went to bed at 10 pm and had just brought a tiny house to campus
without much notice, so some of the noise was to be expected. Anyway, easy
fix- industrial earplugs. Otherwise, I LOVE being in the loft. It's the perfect place to read when I want to block out the world and surround myself with blankets
So it's been 10 wonderful days, and it's looking like it will be 3 wonderful months. Please ask me any questions you can think of, and stay tuned!
Tumbleweed and Southern Adventist
University - Partners in Education
Tumbleweed and Southern Adventist
University are introducing the concept of tiny home construction to
the next generation of American contractors. In the spring of 2013
students in SAU’s Construction Management program will be building
Tumbleweed’s newest model.
As you can see from our early drawings of the new house on the left, The new Tumbleweed is going to include a full sized murphy bed with built in couch on the first floor.
Tumbleweed’s focus on education is
longstanding. Through workshops, books, open houses, partnerships
with high schools and community events we are trying to change the
perception of what is possible. We are thrilled to be working with a
community of future builders that have the ability to change the way
America lives, literally, in the palms of their hands.
recently had the opportunity to sit down with two of the Tumbleweed
staff involved in developing the partnership with Southern Adventist.
The first thing I wanted to know was why they felt it was necessary
for the next generation contractors to understand the concept of tiny
Clark, a Tumbleweed workshop presenter, was nothing less than
enthusiastic in her response. “It's essential for the next
generation of American contractors to understand the idea
of tiny homes because they provide both the most logical response to
our growing economic and logistical housing challenges.
Future builders need to be aware of how many problems can be solved
with a tiny house; providing means for multi generational families to
live happily together, allowing people to work at careers they love
instead of high paying jobs they hate, enabling folks to move their
homes as needed to respond to changes in their lives, and giving
young people a way to live independently with little overhead as they
Farr, head of business development and sales, also sees contractors
as an integral component to solving America’s housing and financial
contractors have the opportunity to help Americans with the financial
headache of getting into home ownership. When contractors assist
people in getting a better financial foundation under their feet, it
will be assisting future generations. We want to refill the building
pipeline in a healthy and sustainable way!”
asked about Tumbleweed’s focus on education Paul discussed the
importance of homeowner awareness and creating a financially
sustainable lifestyle. “If
we can assist people in making the decision to live in a tiny way, to
reduce financial stress and increase financial stability in the
average home, we will have been successful. Many people are having a
hard time making ends meet. It is a path to less stress and financial
Adventist University is pioneering a new and more responsible
approach to educating the next generation of American builders.
Tumbleweed is looking forward to the day when the concepts involved
in tiny space design and construction are standard components of all
university level construction programs.
Don’t hesitate to jump on this opportunity to see a perfectly built Tumbleweed! Our talented builders in Colorado Springs have a freshly finished Fencl available for potential buyers to tour and view. To make arrangements weekdays between 8am and 5pm, just call first to make sure someone is there.
This Fencl could be yours! Click here
The location is 2108 Victor Place, Colorado Springs,Colorado 80915, and they can be reached at (855) 590-7433.
This Tumbleweed is ready to roll, with conduit prepared for your solar wiring, propane tanks, and a 30 gallon fresh water holding tank. The floor is finished in cork, and the RV furnace and spray in polyurethane insulation are ready to take on the coldest weather. Please enjoy touring this beautifully made Fencl - even if you’re interested in a differentTumbleweed model. It's so beautiful it probably won't be available to the public all that long, and seeing a tiny house in real life can do wonders in terms of helping fans figure out which model they prefer and how they’d like to use their space.
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When Dave Fisher says he has a family business, he means it.
The Fishers grew up Amish in Pennsylvania,
and true to their roots, are very talented when it comes to carpentry: they
just finished building their first Tumbleweed Fencl in about two weeks.
Dave and his
brothers have been in the construction industry since 1993. Believe it
or not, his favorite project from the Montana
days was a subdivision. They got to build all of the houses in the
development, ranging from about 1,500 to 3,000 square feet in size. Now the brothers
have scaled down significantly. Their company, The Shed Yard, specializes in high quality storage sheds, garages, gazebos, and
other outdoor buildings and accessories.
Outside the Fencl in snowy Colorado
Only recently, however, did it occur to the brothers to try their hand at a tiny house. "Someone approached me
at a home show in Denver
and told me to look up Tumbleweed. I went to the website, and thought, I'd love to build one of these."
After attending the Santa
Rosa workshop in October, the brothers met up with
Tumbleweed's Paul Farr. They talked for hours, and made a decision: the
brothers would build a Fencl, and thus be added to the growing network of
Tumbleweed builders- great news for Colorado! Given the company's experience with building small
structures, tiny houses made a lot of sense. "The
great part about building the tiny house was that we could do it inside the
warehouse. We could stay warm in the Colorado
winter, and didn't have to have any building permits- we'd never experienced
that with other kinds of house building."
This is the first time they have built anything on a trailer, but it
didn't prove too much of a challenge for the intrepid brothers. They've got team work down to a science: Dave's brother Ben handled most of
the wood cutting, while Dave preferred the assembly portion. Ben also handled
the wiring, having experience wiring large houses. Alan, Dave and Ben's
brother-in-law, managed the interior and put some of the finishing touches on. Dave's
sister and his wife helped also a great deal, running errands and handling
other business. The only person to work on the house who wasn't related to the
Fishers was the plumber!
Keeping warm inside- look at that beautiful wood!
While the house is nearly identical to the Fencl plans, they
did make a few modifications. The house is wired to easily accommodate solar
panels, and the low-flush toilet can be replaced with a composting toilet. Dave
wants customers to be able to customize the house with ease, and to encourage
off-the-grid living. If he can convince his wife, he might even build a self-contained
Fencl of his own.
To see more images of their Fencl, Click Here
You can check out their beautiful Fencl this coming Saturday, December 15 2012 from 1 to 4 at the Shed Yard in Colorado Springs. It's for sale, and it won't last long.