Art Cormier's Minimal Tiny House RV

Art & his Tiny House RV / Photo credit: Tiny House Giant Journey

Art Cormier has followed a winding path from police officer to rock wall gym owner to Tumbleweed workshop presenter and Tiny House RV educator. We first discovered Art after he posted a series of YouTube videos explaining his Tiny House RV construction using SIPs (structurally insulated panels).

Art's building with SIPs

Art completed his Tiny House RV in 2012 and is now parked in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is an avid climber, taking a month off every year to climb Yosemite. He's even been featured on David Letterman for his "stupid human trick" of traversing a chair. 

You can watch the full tour of Art’s tiny here
(and be sure to watch until the end for a surprise)

Art's Great Room with a Convertible Couch

A few facts about Art’s Tiny House RV:

  • 117 square feet
  • Built on an 18 foot trailer
  • Full porch
  • SIP (structurally insulated panel) construction which is extremely efficient and offers a high R-value 
  • Exterior siding is reclaimed Cypress
  • Interior lighting kept minimal with LED strips
  • Couch that converts into a bed for company

 Art's Kitchen with a Hidden Chest Refrigerator 

Art’s Tiny Kitchen

How can a tiny kitchen be so minimal yet so innovative? Art’s kitchen features a chest refrigerator - cleverly hidden under a cutting board. His countertops, sink and backsplash are made from one custom piece of stainless steel. Art keeps his shelving and storage to a minimum stating: “If you build it, you will fill it.”  

Art’s Tiny Bathroom

A handmade Shoji-style door slides away to reveal Art’s tiny bathroom. The shoji door is lightweight, beautiful and allows for privacy while letting natural light shine through. The bathroom features a Nature’s Head composting toilet and a 32” x 32” fiberglass shower stall.

 Art's Shoji-style Sliding Bathroom Door

Heating and Cooling

In Lafayette Louisiana, air conditioning is a necessity. Art’s Tiny House RV is equipped with a compact window unit air conditioner (he’s not even sure they make them that small anymore). In the winter, he heats his tiny with a plug-in space heater.

Art claims that in the dead of the winter (in Louisiana it gets down to the mid-20s), he pays less than $1 a day to heat his home. When you only have 117 square feet with a high R-value, and you’re located in the south, that’s enough!

If you want to read more about heating options for tiny spaces, click here. For off-grid heaters, click here. 

Art in his Loft

What’s your favorite part of Art’s Tiny House RV?

Watch the full video tour here.

More tips and tricks from Art Cormier on his Tiny House RV website.


For construction tips and tricks from Art Cormier, be sure to attend one of his upcoming Tumbleweed workshops and purchase the Tumbleweed construction DVD, hosted by Art himself.


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 — October 06, 2015

Filed under: Art Cormier   Cypress   Reclaimed wood   SIPs   Tiny House   Tumbleweed  

Q&A with Tiny House Experts

We asked three of our tiny house experts to answer a few Frequently Asked Questions:  


Art Cormier / Tumbleweed Workshop Presenter


In 2012, Art completed his Tumbleweed home using SIPS and reclaimed wood and even posted some videos on YouTube explaining how he did it  And that's how we connected - we asked him if he wanted to partake in our Tumbleweed Construction Video and Art obliged. One thing led to another and today Art is traveling the country teaching others the benefits of owning a tiny home. Read more on Art's blog.

Art's modified Tumbleweed Elm

Question: What is your favorite part of your tiny space?

Art: My favorite part of my tiny house?  The love seat when I want to sit,  or the shower when I want to get clean.  Or do I have those confused?

Art's love seat, which can convert into a bed.

Q: Do you have any space saving or downsizing advice?
Art: See video!
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Art: If I built it again I would have dormers, got to keep up with the neighbors!
Eddie Lanzo / Tumbleweed Workshop Host
Eddie and his girlfriend Lacey have their almost complete DIY Tumbleweed Cypress parked in a campground in Austin, Texas. Eddie's background is in real estate and he also recently joined the Tumbleweed team as a workshop host. More about their house and build here
Eddie's DIY Tumbleweed Cypress
Question:  How are you decorating your tiny space for the holidays?
Eddie: We have perched a very wintery wreath on the wall for the holidays. That should do it for us. Next year if we're more ambitious, we want to do a stick christmas tree.
Q:  Clever storage ideas / space saving ideas?
Eddie: We plan on adding loft beam storage, installing a leaf table, and putting our compost toilet on tracks that slide out from under the storage stairs.
Eddie's loft with dormers
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Eddie: We would've finished plumbing before moving it to the RV park. It’s all “roughed out” but ABS piping still needs to be finished so we can install our sinks.
Guillaume Dutilh / Tumbleweed Workshop Host
Guillaume and his girlfriend Jenna finished their DIY modified Cypress since September 2014. So far they've traveled over 7,000 miles with their tiny abode, from California to Nova Scotia to Atlanta, while hosting countless open houses and Tumbleweed workshops. Learn more about their tiny house journey here. 
Guillaume's traveling DIY Cypress
Question: What do you do when you and your partner need... space?
Guillaume: We usually just take the dog for a walk since the front door is never that far. 
Q: What is biggest benefit of having a tiny house?
Guillaume: Being able to pursue my passion for photography while traveling.
Q: What would you do different in your tiny home if you could build it again?
Guillaume: If I could do it again, I'd have my corner porch on the sidewalk side or I would build a full porch (the Elm). Porches are awesome!


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently 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 — December 10, 2014

Filed under: Art Cormier   Cypress   Elm   Experts   Holidays   SIPS   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Giant Journey   Tiny SIP House   Tips   Tumbleweed   Workshop  

Insulation: A Hot and Cold Topic

What makes a tiny house a home? Proper insulation, to keep you toasty in the winter and cooler in the summer. Insulation creates energy efficiency as well as helps control temperatures in your home. In a tiny house on wheels, there's insulation in the trailer, walls and roof.

There are many options for insulating your home, and that's where you will need to consider various factors including cost, your construction experience, and desire for organic materials. In each case, the thickness and insulation material matter as they combine to contribute to overall energy efficiency.

 Denim is a terrific recycled insulation, now available in stores.


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Written by Debby Richman — January 06, 2014

Filed under: denim insulation   fiberglass insulation   insulation   SIPs   spray foam insulation  

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