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.

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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: 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: 

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.

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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?

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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: Event   Hosting   Party   RV   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tumbleweed  

Where To Place Your Tumbleweed House

Pepper’s Newly Finished Tiny House, parked outside in her yard

If you’re interested in a Tumbleweed cottage, they meet code in most places as a primary residence, so just take the study plans for your chosen model to the local zoning authority and check with them.

Tiny houses on wheels are a bit of a hybrid – neither conventional house nor truly a travel trailer. There are places where it’s clearly legal to live in one (such as RV or mobile home parks), places where it’s clearly illegal, and places where it’s a gray area.

They are generally viewed as Recreational Vehicles by zoning officials and therefore can be researched at your local zoning office as an RV or travel trailer. Laws vary from place to place but it’s generally legal to ‘camp’ in the yard of an existing home in an RV, but not legal to ‘inhabit’ one full time. For the most part, communities don’t have the manpower or budget to actively enforce those codes, and the only way you would come to their attention would be if neighbors called in complaints. If you’re a good neighbor who keeps things clean, lives in harmony with the people in the area, and treats your wastes responsibly, you can greatly increase your odds of living peacefully for as long as you like in a given locale. The unique charm of a tiny Tumbleweed often makes them so attractive to people that they’re more likely to come over and see your place, introduce themselves, and generally be delighted to have you as part of the neighborhood.

Your best bet is either finding someone who is willing to rent a spot on their land to place your little house on, or buy land that already has a house on it – perhaps an extreme fixer to save you money. You can place a little Tumbleweed on the land and live in it while you renovate the existing structure. As far as renovations blowing your budget – maybe the renovations just take a long time. Someday when they’re done, you can consider renting out the main house for income. It’s a gray area, but folks are often able to live in peace indefinitely because the houses are so charming that people rarely complain.

The reason to avoid raw land is that most communities would never voluntarily let your tiny Tumbleweed be the only house on the land. In order to get utilities in place you would have to get a permit for building a conventional house, which requires full plans and expensive permit fees – and the permits and costs for getting utilities to a piece of land are astronomically high, unless you want to develop your utilities off grid.....

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Written by Guest Blogger — April 03, 2013

Filed under: blog   codes   laws   mobile park   rv   zoning  

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