In recent years multiple TV shows, documentaries and popular news channels have shined a spotlight on the tiny house movement. At this point, almost everyone is aware of Tiny House RVs. Micro dwellings are truly sweeping the nation!
Why do Tiny House RVs fascinate so many people? Some enthusiasts are attracted to the innovative designs; others dream of zero debt. College students think of their independence, and retirees are intrigued by the low maintenance lifestyle. Nomads love the mobility and flexibility. Environmentalists are drawn to the idea of shrinking their carbon footprint.
Tiny House RVs, and the lifestyle they encompass, inspire people to go for their dreams! Let's take a look at 10 Tumbleweed Tiny House RVs built this year.
10 Inspirational Tiny House RVs from 2016:
Photo credit:Miranda Aisling Hynes
1). Big Art Tiny House
Miranda's purple beauty is located on the front lawn of a community arts center near Boston, Massachusetts. The design for "Big Art Tiny House" is based off of the Tumbleweed Cypress and features handmade local art throughout the interior. More info here.
Photo credit: Wanderlust Tiny House
2). Wanderlust Tiny House
Lauren and Patrick purchased a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser in January 2016 and finished their build by April. Currently they are traveling around the country with their Tiny House RV, exploring and camping in state parks. More info here.
Photo credit: Appalachian Tiny House
3). Appalachian Tiny House
Evan and Kristin share their brand new Tumbleweed Cypress with their dog and cat. Their beautiful backyard set up is located in Virginia. More info here.
Photo credit: Mt. Hood Tiny House Village
4). Scarlett Tiny House
Scarlett is a Tumbleweed Elm built and customized specifically for the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village to have a farmhouse theme. This tiny features two lofts and a downstairs sleeping space, so it's great for a family vacation. More info here.
Photo credit: Meg Stephens
5). Meg's Tiny House
Meg Stephens originally design the Tumbleweed Linden and her plans have sold to hundreds of builders in the last few years. In 2016, she has finally built her own tiny dream house. Look at that intricate trim work! More info here.
Photo credit: Tiny House Oklahoma
6). Tiny House Oklahoma
Tiny House Oklahoma, a Tumbleweed Elm design, was recently on display at "Dads Fest" on Father's Day 2016. Over 200 people were able to walk through this craftsman style tiny! More info here
Photo credit: Room to Spare Tiny House
7). Room to Spare Tiny House
Jeff and Megan have been building their tiny dream for the past two years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their Tumbleweed Linden is starting to come to life this year, as they finish the interior in 2016. More info here.
Photo credit: "Paulie" Tiny House
8). "Paulie" Tiny House
"Paulie" is a modified Tumbleweed Cypress currently being built by a father/daughter team. Randy has been teaching his daughter, Nicki, the life skill of carpentry and named the tiny in memory of a dear friend. More info here.
Photo credit: College Tiny House
9). College Tiny House
Matthew Hicks is 18 years old and finishing his own Tumbleweed Cypress to take to college this fall. The red siding really pops! This spring, Matthew asked a girl to prom by writing on the side of his tiny. More info here.
Happy Father's Day! Today we're highlighting a father-daughter team who decided to build a Tiny House RV to spend more time together.
Randy & Nicki rocking out while working on their Tiny House RV roof
Back in October 2014, Nicki received a call from her father, Randy, who had a wild idea to build a pirate ship on top of a trailer. "That sounds cool," Nicki told her father, "but why don't we build something more practical, like a house?" That very weekend Nicki and Randy attended a Tumbleweed workshop that was serendipitously happening in nearby Boulder, Colorado.
"I thought there would hardly be anyone at the workshop, but it turns out there were over 75 people!" Randy recalled with amazement. "And Meg, the presenter, was very informative, rational and helpful. The dream (to build something with his daughter) became a reality almost immediately after this weekend."
Randy, who has always regretted not building a tree house as a teenager, wanted to teach his daughter about carpentry. With his 40 years of experience and Nicki's eagerness to learn, construction of their Tiny House RV began almost one year ago.
"The best gift has been the mentorship and bonding (my dad) has offered." - Nicki
Randy and Nicki are building on a Tumbleweed trailer and using modified Tumbleweed Cypress plans. They have chosen to name their tiny in memory of a dear friend, Uncle Paul. "Paulie" is being constructed with Uncle Paul's tools and his passion for reclaimed materials.
The round window, front door, siding, window trim and greenhouse window are examples of salvage finds being used on Randy and Nicki's Tiny House RV. However, as with many resourced materials, these items have taken a lot of extra labor to re-claim, store and install.
"This experience is simply a gift," says Nicki. "It's been an incredible opportunity to spend so much time together."
Close friends, Al and Nancy, offered Randy and Nicki their barn and property as a build site. Because of this, construction was able to continue throughout the winter season in Colorado. Nicki's mother, Donna, has been tracking the father-daughter team's work hours so that they can accurately recall this data after construction is complete. They hope to be finished this summer.
"As a father, to be able to teach and learn with my daughter the basic skill of shelter, is exciting," Randy explains. "Nicki has been learning life skills that will serve her forever."
Randy and Nicki's story encompasses so much of the spirit and community behind the tiny house movement. How many people can say they built a shelter with their father or daughter? It's wonderful to see people coming together, accomplishing their dreams and learning/teaching life skills through Tiny House RV projects.
This week we'd like to feature Ryan Hoffmeyer's unique Tiny House RV, featuring a one story floor plan.
Ryan began constructing his Tiny House RV during North Dakota's 2014 winter season. He was completely isolated in a rural community, building in his neighbor's garage. That is, until the project literally outgrew the space.
"I built at much as I could knowing I had a 12’ garage door and a 13’ Tiny House RV," Ryan explains. "It wasn’t long before I had to move outside in the dead of the winter."
Having strong knowledge of the construction process, Ryan built solo and was able to finish his Tiny House RV in just four months, despite the weather. In May 2015, he moved it to Colorado.
A one-story Tiny House RV design that works!
Ryan designed his Tiny House RV to have no loft, high ceilings, and a main floor sleeping space. He accomplished this by installing a murphy bed over a folding couch. The transforming furniture came from Italy and took 3 months to ship. In the meantime, Ryan continued to build.
Ryan can also relax in a hammock with his open floor plan!
Another innovative element in Ryan's design is that he chose to elevate his kitchen and bathroom floor 15 inches to accommodate a space for mechanical storage. By doing this his batteries, piping, p-traps, fresh and greywater tanks are all located in the insulated area of his trailer. He never has to worry about winterizing his pipes for freezing temperatures.
"Being a DIYer, I could afford to build my house with nice things," Ryan explains. "If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing."
The average DIY Tiny House RV spends approximately $25-30k in materials, but Ryan opted for upgrades. The total costs for his 20' Tiny House RV came to $35k.
Ryan's Three Pieces of Advice:
1) Build as much as you are able to yourself. Sleeping in something you built with your own hands is the best feeling ever.
2) Watch youtube videos. Gather ideas, do’s and don’t. Just because it's tiny, it doesn’t mean you don’t have all the building procedures of a normal home. Framing, plumbing, windows, roofing, siding, electrical, interior finish, etc. It can be overwhelming without the correct knowledge.
3) Take the Tumbleweed workshop. It's pretty much is a live version of youtube. You get a booklet and step-by-step on every procedure. Plus the room is filled with enthusiasts who are planning to build, or have built, and are sharing about it. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the staff. Tumbleweed trains them properly before they send them off to start to train you. I give it a 10.
What do you think? Would you opt for a single story floor plan if you could? Comment below!
It's finally here! Mt. Hood Tiny House Village welcomed their first guests over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. All five Tiny House RVs are now available as nightly rentals, with the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Hood National Forest. Rent one today!
The RV resort (where the Tiny House Village is located) has done a wonderful job of grouping all five Tiny House RVs together to promote community, while keeping them separate enough for individual privacy. Each tiny has its own picnic table and landscaping. A communal fire pit is positioned in the center of the Tiny House Village, so guests can mingle while roasting s'mores!
Over 1,500 people attended the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village Grand Opening, including a few notable Tiny House folks: Kent Griswold from Tiny House Blog, Guillaume Dutilh from Tiny House Giant Journey, and Steve Weissmann, president of Tumbleweed. The event featured a live band, food and the opportunity to tour all five Tiny House RVs.
Even rain couldn't detour these tiny house enthusiasts!
Introducing the tinies of Mt. Hood Tiny House Village
All of the Tiny House RVs parked at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village are custom Tumbleweed models, allowing guests to choose their favorite style and size. All feature a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, as well as an upstairs and downstairs sleeping space. Each has been given a name and personality.
Browse interior photos of the fully furnished and decorated Tumbleweeds below. Which is your favorite?
Description: "Atticus" is sleek and modern with cedar siding and black accents. Watch the stars or search for wildlife from the comforts of this Tumbleweed Linden's full size porch! Great for a romantic getaway, or close family and friends.
Description: "Scarlett" radiates with farmhouse charm with her red siding and white trim. Enjoy the beautiful views from her full size porch. With two lofts and small downstairs sleeping space, this tiny is a comfortable retreat for a family getaway.
Description: "Lincoln" exudes sophistication with a rustic style. His extra-long loft can accommodate three sleepers, and an additional downstairs bedroom can sleep two more! Lincoln is the largest Tiny House RV being built for the Tiny House Village and also the only one that is pet friendly.
Description: "Zoe" was designed with nature lovers in mind. Painted dark blue with white trim, this Tumbleweed Cypress offers comfort with a whimsical aesthetic. She is also one of Tumbleweed's most popular models!
Description: The smallest Tiny House RV being built for the Tiny House Village, "Savannah" features mustard-colored siding with white trim and red shutters. She's a true southern belle with decor to match! Great for a romantic getaway or close friends / family.
"Don't laugh, but I know what I want to do with my life."This is the statement Kacey told his girlfriend, Catherine, one afternoon as she came through the front door of their home. He had just watched the film "TINY: A Story About Living Small," and he was hooked. He wanted to build a Tiny House RV.
This story is not an uncommon one. In recent years, thousands of people have fallen in love with tiny spaces. In fact the Tiny House Movement is growing rapidly, welcoming more and more dreamers every day. Within minutes Kacey convinced Catherine that building a tiny house would open new doors in their life, and so began their tiny journey.
Kacey is 6'4," but he isn't the first tall man to build a Tiny House RV.
Building a Tiny House RV for a tall frame is not impossible. Wes Sekeres (who is 6'4") designed and built his Tiny House RV with custom high ceilings in his kitchen and bathroom. Two brothers, both towering over 6'7," built the "Tall Man Tiny House" specifically for tall body types.
At every Tumbleweed workshop we meet at least one attendee who wants to build a spacious Tiny House RV for a tall occupant. We offer design tips and suggestions to help all future tiny housers design their perfect Tiny House RV. We like to believe that anything is possible with some creative thinking.
Kacey and Catherine decided to use Tumbleweed Elm plans, with a few modifications: a double door, increased window size, and enclosing the porch for more interior space.
Beginning their build in February 2015, the couple hopes to have a finished Tiny House RV by the Tiny House Jamboree in August this year. Currently, they are working on the interior.
"This build has been unexpected transformational in all aspects of our lives,"Catherine explains. "We find ourselves being far more purposeful in how we communicate with each other."
Kacey and Catherine plan on making their Tiny House RV completely off-grid. They will store a 95-gallon water tank and batteries in the "basement" of their Tiny (or underneath the trailer). The finished design will also include innovative storage solutions such as: toe kick drawers, folding tables and in-wall cabinets.
Ironically, Kacey and Catherine recently showcased their Tiny House RV at the Tumbleweed workshop in Berkeley, the same workshop that Kacey attended almost two years ago. It seems their tiny journey has come full circle!
What would make you take the leap and start your own tiny journey?