A Guide to Window Design for Tiny House RVs

Today we are going to discuss three design elements you should consider for the windows in your Tiny House RV: PROPORTION, BALANCE and SYMMETRY.

Proper PROPORTION can make all the difference 

Consider the photo above of a Tumbleweed Cypress. The windows are in correct proportion to each other, the size of the structure, and the front door. It's pleasing to the eye.

As you can see, we've now changed the proportion of the windows. The result is less pleasant.

The front bay windows are very small and odd looking. The side windows are large, creating improper proportion to the front door and the overall structure. Making your windows too large can also compromise the structural integrity of the RV and decrease your R-Value

Create BALANCE in your Window Design

It's important to be consistent with proportion, the amount of windows and their symmetry to create balance in your window design.

Windows attract the eye, so it's important to distribute them evenly. In the above example, the balance of window versus open space is inconsistent. You don't want to have five windows on the left side of your Tumbleweed and only two windows on the right side.

Can you guess why the next example is NOT as well balanced as the original?

The bay windows are centered in the above photo, yet the effect is not quite as charming as the original Tumbleweed Cypress. Why? It has to do with the front door. The front door in this design has a window, so it should be counted in the overall window design. The bay windows have too much open space on either side in comparison to the space around the door window. Therefore, the balance is imperfect.

Don't Forget Symmetry!

To achieve symmetry in your window design, draw an imaginary line down the center axis of your Tiny House RV. As you can see in the above photo of a Tumbleweed Elm, the windows on either side of the center line are a mirror image of each other. The windows are completely symmetrical.

"You can also have a near or approximate symmetry in your design. Here there is no mirror image, but the masses placed on one side of the axis are roughly copied on the other side. There may be side extension that is different than its cousin on the other side, but they are of similar shape and size." Source

The Tumbleweed Cypress is an example of approximate symmetry. In order to counteract the asymmetry of the door placement, a hip dormer is centered over the bay windows. Therefore, the window design is not a mirror image along the center axis, but the visual weight is counterbalanced by the doorway and dormer symmetry. 

Next we'll discuss window functionality, specifically for Tiny House RVs!


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 


Written by Jenna Spesard — January 26, 2016

Filed under: 2016   20161   balance   cypress   design   elm   form   function   proportion   RV   symmetry   tiny house   tiny house rv   window  

Tiny House RV Commercials: Funny or Not?

Tiny House RVs are becoming so popular that top brands are actually using the concept to promote their products! Most of the time these ads take the ideals of the movement to the extreme or use them to poke fun. I guess we're easy targets, but sometimes it is nice to chuckle at yourself. So the question is: When watching these commercials, do you giggle or feel offended?

Comment below if you think the following commercials are

Funny or Not Funny!

"The Sausage Nonnas" from Johnsonville & Uber

The premise of this promo focuses on three adorable Italian Grandmothers who cook and deliver sausages using their Tiny House RVs.

On November 8th, Chicago patrons ordered dishes cooked with Johnsonville sausages via Uber, and the Sausage Nonnas hand-delivered lasagna and meatballs to a few dozen lucky residents who, in turn, toured their Tiny House RVs.

Thoughts on "Sausage Nonnas:" Funny or Not?

"Owen-on-the-Move Tiny House" from AT&T

One of the top mobile phone companies recently did a commercial promoting their "simple app" and, of course, they chose two Tiny House RVers as their mascots for simplicity.

Owen visits a Tiny House RV to discuss the mentality of "less-is-more." Although he doesn't outright say it, Owen seems to be creeped out by the freethinking couple and their touchy-feely ways.

The ad is obviously poking fun at the couple's hippy-dippy way of life, but I feel honored that a HUGE company would want to ride the coattails of the movement. AT&T must think it will get them exposure! 

What do you vote for AT&T: Funny or Not Funny?

"The House Party" by Bacardi

In this ad, a house is being relocated cross country and a group of youngsters (or hipsters if you prefer) decide to turn it into an epic rolling house party. The chosen house isn't exactly a tiny, but the concept had to be inspired by Tiny House RVs.

The house bumps down the road while the youths inside order pizza, paint their toenails, grab random pedestrians to join the party and stare in amazement at the world outside their window. Bacardi is playing off the whimsical and adventurous notions of the movement. 

Would you join this party if it came rolling by?

Thoughts on Bacardi House Party: Funny or Not?

Also, as a note, the Bacardi Tiny House RV could not be on the road without a special permit (it's too wide and high). You also wouldn't legally be allowed inside when it's rolling down the road. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's movie magic! 

"Geico Tiny House"

Back in 2009, Geico came out with a commercial in which a reality television couple is forced to wed and move into a home that is only four feet tall! Drama and hilarity ensues. 

Poor guy, he just wanted to make an omelette...

I think Geico might have misinterpreted the definition of "downsize" when they made this ad. What do you think?

Thoughts on Geico: Funny or Not?

Which commercial was your favorite?

Comment below! 


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — November 24, 2015

Filed under: 2015   ad   ads   AT&T   commercial   Commercials   Geico   RV   Sausage Nonnas   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

Do Pets and Tiny Spaces Mix?

Need a dose of cute and cuddly? 

"Tumble-PETS" to the Rescue!

Many Tiny House RV owners share their itty bitty havens with a furry critter (or two). But do pets really like small spaces? What is it REALLY like sharing that space with your dog or cat? And, most importantly, how are they coping with less toys?? 

"Salies," the Tumbleweed dog that LOVES snow 

Salies's favorite things are as follows: 1). Running in Snow, 2). Eating Snow, and 3). Rolling around in Snow. Salies's parents, Jenna and Guillaume, indulge her favorite activities, as long as she doesn't bring the snow inside their tiny retreat!

After a fun time outside, Salies sits and waits patiently to be towel-dried before entering her Tumbleweed Cypress. Then she prances around and sniffs whatever is cooking in the kitchen, before taking nap in front of the wood stove. A few hours later, it's time to do it all over again! 

"Check out my doggy cave! I hide lots of toys back here."  - Salies

"Clark" a tiny pup with a BIG personality

Clark is head over paws with his Tumbleweed Cypress parked in an RV park near Austin, Texas. His favorite place in the whole house is the loft where he enjoys peering through the five windows, scouting the RV park area and, of course, laying on his dad's pillow and underneath the blankets.

Clark is also a bit of a porch dog, even though the porch is roughly 4 square feet! When Clark’s not at the house, he’s strolling around with and on the hunt for new sights and smells.

"Lobster," a laid-back small space companion

Lobster shares a 18 foot Tumbleweed Cypress with Ella and Zack in Northern California. He often watches his horse-neighbors as they gallop by, and he can see the ocean from his front porch. 

"I'm a pretty chill guy. Mostly I lay around the house after some exercise."  - Lobster

Lobster totally gets the tiny thing. He sits very nice in the house, and only seems interested in his two happy places; on the bench or on the mat by the door when the bench is taken by those two very rude people who don’t seem to understand that it is in fact, his.

Ella believes having a low energy dog is a good consideration for RV owners. If you have a high-energy pup, you should exercise them regularly outdoors so that they don't feel confined when inside your tiny space.

"Tahoe" the spunky RV-lovin' cat

Tahoe travels around with Matt and Michelle in their renovated Airstream. It's 180 square feet of kitty paradise!

"What can I say, I’m a well traveled cat!  I’ve been from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between.  You’d think by now my owners would learn to park so I can get a little sun in here.  - Tahoe, on traveling in a tiny space.

I guess Tahoe got his wish! This trio is currently parked in Panama City, Florida. Go ahead kitty, soak up the sun! But please don't shed on the bed.

Your Turn: How would YOUR pet like to have a Tumbleweed?


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — November 23, 2015

Filed under: 2015   animals   cat   cats   dog   dogs   pet   pets   RV   small house movement   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

Eddie & Lacey’s Tiny House RV

Eddie and Lacey have been staying in their Tiny House RV since September 2014. We featured them on this blog back in November and, at the time, they were working on their kitchen and bathroom - opting to use the campground facilities where they are parked in Austin, Texas. 

Watch a video tour of their Tiny House RV, film in February 2015:

Recently, we received some updated photos from the soon-to-be-married couple. Here is what their Tumbleweed Cypress looks like today:

Eddie and Lacey have organized, decluttered, decorated and added functional shelves, storage and furniture to their Tiny House RV. The kitchen and bathroom are still a work in progress (we’ll do another update).

We asked Eddie and Lacey a few additional questions about their parking situation:

How did your AC unit work this summer in Austin?

Eddie & Lacey: We did have some trouble for about a week where our condensation line developed build up and began to leak inside the house! Luckily we quickly figured out how to clear out the line with white vinegar and a smaller tube. Aside from that issue, it's been working wonderfully!

Do you like being in the RV park?

E & L: We still enjoy staying at the RV park. We have all sorts of people coming in and overall our personal stay has been good.

Do you mind sharing your monthly costs associated with your Tiny House RV?

E & L: Including utilities we pay around $350 for the Tiny House RV life. Not too shabby!

*Learn more about Eddie and Lacey's Tumbleweed on their website: www.lifetospec.com, dedicated to researching the questions and celebrating the possibilities of intentional living.

*Eddie hosts Tumbleweed workshops where he shares tips and stories from his build. Attend one of our workshops by purchasing tickets here.


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting Tumbleweed workshops and open houses. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey.

Written by Jenna Spesard — August 18, 2015

Filed under: 2015   Air Conditioning   Austin Texas   Couple   Cypress   Married   RV   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Movement   Tumbleweed  

How To Host A Tiny House RV Party

Have you ever noticed that the life of the party is always in one room, no matter the size of the house? Usually the kitchen or the living room. If the room is too large and the crowd too small, the party is less of a success because the guests are dispersed. Ease of conversation is naturally linked to proximity. For example: Are you more likely to chat with someone across the room or next to you on the couch?

It’s pretty simple — intimate spaces enhance social activity.

 Lina Menard hosts a Dinner Party in the Bayside Bungalow

In a Tiny House RV, the space is very intimate, so you’ll have no trouble filling your living room / kitchen combination with about 10-15 standing guests. Perfect for small gatherings, but what if you want to have a larger party? Don’t panic, it is possible! After all, you’re a Tiny House RV owner that thrives on creative spaces.

A few ideas from other Tiny House RV owners: 

Tiny House Giant Journey with their outdoor movie screen

1). Movie Night

Using a retractable projector screen you can easily host a top notch movie screening in your tiny space. To increase sitting room, place comfy cushions on the floor of your Tiny House RV. Pass bowls of popcorn and candy around. Create a film trivia board. Your guests will be thrilled with the unique screening experience!

Beach Party with Tiny House Giant Journey's Tumbleweed Cypress

2). Bring Your Tiny House RV to the Party

One of the major advantages of having a house on wheels is that you can bring it with you everywhere! Beach party? No problem! Camping weekend? Do it in style with your Tiny House RV! Ski trip? Park it near the mountain and serve hot cocoa! Your Tiny House RV will be the topic of every conversation.

Image credit

3).“Tiny” Theme Party

Embrace your small space by creating a “tiny” theme party. For example: Brittany Yunker hosted a “Teeny Tiny Martini Party" in her Tumbleweed Cypress. You could decorate your space to be “Thumbellena’s Castle,” “Santa’s Workshop” or the scariest “Tiny Haunted House” on the block! Your guests already understand it’s a small space, so play it up! 

Image Credit: Jeffrey Freeman / Caravan Tiny House Hotel Party / Tiny House Hotel

4). Use Your Tiny House RV as the Centerpiece

Host an outdoor party with your Tiny House RV as the charming backdrop. Use your tiny space as a bar and/or serve hors d’oeuvres out the window. Transform it into a photo booth or use it as a comfortable sitting area with front row seats to the party. Host a barbecue, dance floor, fire pit or croquet game for outdoor entertainment. 

5). Revolving Tiny Housewarming Party

Your friends and family will be curious to see the inside of your tiny space, so for its BIG debut, host a revolving open house. Create a game where your guests experience the inside of your Tiny House RV in short increments. Keep it playful and informative. Hang photos of your build around the space, encouraging your guests to walk through. Frame quotes, images and stories that inspired you. Hold a Q&A or naming ceremony. Hand out tiny party favors. 

What ideas do YOU have for a Tiny House RV party?


Jenna BioJenna 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. Follow their informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — August 03, 2015

Filed under: 2015   Event   Hosting   Party   RV   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tumbleweed  

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