Austin may be our youngest Tumbleweed builder, but his drive and enthusiasm speak to a maturity far beyond his years. It's been a while since we checked in on his progress so I thought I'd show you a few images of his build. I spoke to Austin at our last open house and he promises to have some fresh images for us soon. In the meantime, check out his great gallery here.
This weekend we were in Olypmia, Washington for a workshop. We choose Olympia because our very first customer ever, Dee Williams, has done an amazing job promoting tiny houses in her area.
Dee invited the entire class to come see her tiny Tumbleweed, and shared her story about living in a tiny home. I really enjoyed hearing Dee share her story about the Jay Leno Show. Recognizing that she was going to be seen by millions, she panicked that her house may not be legal. In a rush, she called the building department the day before taping the show. A very confused building department employee called her back within 24 hours and said everything was OK. So, with full confidence, she was all set to go and tell her story to the world ... only to be bumped last minute because Lindsey Lohan made a surprise appearance after getting out of rehab! Dee is still waiting for Leno to call back.
Why yes it is! We'll have more images of this newly built beauty coming soon. I thought I'd just tease you a little. You can get a copy of the plans here. Wait until you see what we did with the interior. There's a reason it's at the beach. Oh, to be at the beach today...
Slow and steady wins the tiny house. Such is the philosophy that Laura and her husband have in mind while they build their Tumbleweed. These two full-time workers have been building their tiny house on the weekends and in their spare time.
Their blog, Life in 120 Square Feet, chronicles their work and is a great resource for anyone who wants to get started on their own Tumbleweed. I really appreciate the Flickr slideshow, which takes you from the beginning of their build to the present.
It's no surprise that many who want to build a Tumbleweed want to make it as eco-friendly as possible. After all, if you are going to reduce you footprint, you might as well make it as small and green as possible. What can you do to accomplish that when building your very own tiny home? Here are a list of options that can help:
- Use recycled materials. Many of our customers have discovered that places like Craigslist can be a great resource for finding just about anything you'll need in your build. We found a few of our trailers on Craigslist for a substantial discount. Doors, windows, toilets and more can also be obtained by searching through your city's Craigslist. Another great resource are new construction sites. Be sure to ask permission from the foreman of the site before swiping that tempting timber. Some areas ever have centers where you can find recycled materials, like this one in Petaluma, CA.
- Use earth friendly products in your build. Evan & Gabby used natural wool in their Tumbleweed build. Others likes to use beeswax to polish up his floors and walls vs. more toxic forms of protection. You can find an eco-friendly replacement for almost every item you'll use in your build. Don't be afraid of that composting toilet, either. It's your friend.
- Go solar. We just posted a great book that should be on every tiny house enthusiasts bookshelf, The Solar Living Source Book. It is a great place to start. The earth-friendly minds behind this great resource have a solar-powered Tumbleweed themselves. You can see the sun in action here.