Erin & Pete's Tiny Farm House

Many tiny housers fantasize about being completely self-sustainable or “living off the land” but never have the resources to reach that goal. Enter Erin and Pete, a tiny house couple with a drool-worthy 40 acre dream.

With backgrounds in wildlife biology and forestry, the duo spent several years traveling and living on the road. When they finally decided to settle down, they returned to their home state, Michigan, and began the search for their forever home. Erin remembers one open house in particular with an enormous basement. “If we live here, we’re gonna fill this basement with stuff we don’t need,” she recalls saying to Pete. The couple had been considering a tiny house for years, but it was only in that moment that they decided to make their dream a reality.

In May 2012 Erin and Pete bought Tumbleweed Fencl plans (now known as Cypress) and began their build with little to no experience. Two years later, the build continues at Erin’s mother’s house, over an hour drive from their apartment.

“We make the trip almost every weekend to work on the house,” says Erin, “But we have to be done by winter.” With the exterior complete, the tiny house just received a heavy dose of wool insulation - a necessity for Michigan winters. Erin hopes to have their interior cedar panelling up in the next few weeks, as long as the weather is compliant. 

Erin & Pete with their tiny house after a snowstorm. Photo credit: Big Lake Tiny House

But what the twosome is really excited for, is the next big move. Recently Erin and Pete purchased 40 acres in Chatham, Michigan. The plan is to move onto the property this summer with the almost complete tiny house, building as they go. The ultimate goal? A fully operational farm complete with: dairy cows, chickens, pigs, bees, a veggie garden, and sugar maple trees (which already occupy half the property)!

The couple also aspires to build a barn for the animals and a structural bath house. “We love to cook.” Erin explained, “A separate bath house will free up space to accommodate a large kitchen.” Plumbing in the tiny house will be minimal, the stove and heater will be propane, and electricity will run off solar power.  

With their outdoorsy backgrounds and ambitious attitude, we bet Erin and Pete will have a cozy tiny house cloaked in a beautiful farm before long!

Look for updates on Erin and Pete’s tiny house here.

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Jenna Spesard is a writer by trade. She is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here

Written by Jenna Spesard — May 05, 2014

Filed under: Farm   Forestry   House   house plans   Lifestyle   Michigan   Sustainable   Tiny   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny Houses   tiny kitchen   Tumbleweed Cypress   Wildlife  

Lloyd Kahn Visits Tumbleweed

It was a rainy day in Sonoma yesterday, something we all appreciated as an antidote to California's drought. Lloyd Kahn, who shelters in Bolinas, stopped by our Tumbleweed office and we discussed the upswing in tiny house interest. What's new is old, or what's old is new again.

Lloyd Kahn, Editor-In-Chief of Shelter Publications, visits the Tumbleweed Linden

For those who don't know Lloyd Kahn, he first became fascinated with shelters of all types decades ago. He was one of the main editors of the Whole Earth Catalog and focused on the shelter section. Kahn hasn't lost interest in how people live in the U.S. and across the globe, and has published stunning, best-seller shelter books ever since.

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Written by Debby Richman — February 07, 2014

Filed under: Lloyd Kahn   Time Homes SImple Shelters   Tiny Houses   Tumbleweed Linden  
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