Erin & Pete's Tiny Farm House RV

Meet Erin and Pete, with their training in wildlife biology and forestry, this duo spent several years traveling and living on the road. The couple had been considering a Tiny House RV for years, so when they returned to Michigan, they finally 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 property features a pole barn with a one bedroom / one bathroom living space. The plan is to move their half-finished Tiny House RV onto the property this summer and continue construction.

The ultimate goal for their property? A fully operational farm complete with: dairy cows, chickens, pigs, bees, a veggie garden and sugar maple trees!

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 (in their Tiny House RV).” Plumbing will be minimal, the stove and heater will be propane, and electricity will run off solar power.  

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

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Jenna 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 — 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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