Thanks Chicago Tiny House Fans


THANKS to all the amazing, friendly-as-all-heck, and enthusiastic tiny house fans/geeks/addicts that I was lucky enough to meet while teaching the Chicago Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop. Chicago (4th visit now) still remains as one of my favorite cities ever- and man oh man does that town have some amazing musicians and blues joints! 50 people, all about tiny houses- it was a blast!

See you in NYC next! Oct 20th weekend! -Deek

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is the mastermind behind and is the author of 'Humble Homes, Simple Shacks'. Deek also hosts Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshops around the country.

Written by Derek Diedricksen — September 20, 2012

Filed under: Chicago   Deek   Workshop  

J.T.'s Tumbleweed is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

It only takes a couple minutes to see JT's penchant for baking bread revealed in his Tumbleweed. His kitchen is adorned with commercial shelving and his living room blinds are brilliantly made from Flax linen, known as couche which is used to cradle baguettes when they are rising. They are rolled, then pinned around a 1/2 inch dowel. In total, JT's creative nature is evident in the details of his newly built Tumbleweed home.

JT started with the Walden plans, but ended up combining elements of the Lusby, plus some of his own creativity into his finished product. And what a beauty it is. He started with the recommended 18' trailer but then decided he wanted his home to be an extra 2' longer. His solution ... add 2 feet to the living room. But what about the porch? Well, JT figured that out too. He found some c-channel steel that matched the trailer and had a 2' section welded to the front so he could add his porch. JT like's the open feel of the porch and decided to keep it free from posts and railing.

Come on in

Inside JT used much of the traditional Tumbleweed finishing touches like the pine tongue and groove walls, the wood finished windows and the fir flooring (which he couldn't stop talking about). It's amazing how many Tumbleweed's include a trip to IKEA before they are finished. And this little home is no different. Rather than build custom shelving, JT bought pine shelving at IKEA and built it right in to the house. It blends in so perfectly, you can't tell the difference.

Small Bathroom Design

To mix things up a little, JT added a couple inches to the bathroom and put in a tidy sized sink underneath the window. Above the toilet he simply recessed shelving and a mirror to give the bathroom a much grander space with a unit from IKEA. The 6" bathroom vent quickly clears the bathroom of moisture from the shower.

Small Kitchen Design

A great way to save time and money, the commercial kitchen shelving was put underneath the finished wood countertop. These shelves can be found at stores like Ikea and Costco. 

The kitchen blinds are simply dish towels with small dowels inserted into the ends - and voila - window coverings made. Next to the kitchen sink, you can see how the space in the wall was used for extra shelving.

Good sleep in a tiny home

Take a look at the accent lights at the head of the bed. Known as "up lighting", it creates a warm glow without shadows that is perfect for bedtime reading. The mattress is a single piece of memory foam for a perfect nights sleep.

See more images of the Walden.

Update: JT has answered many of the questions people asked from this post. Read JT's suggestions and advice.

Written by Steve Weissmann — September 18, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself   Walden  

Northwest Univ Students to Speak in Chicago

 photo Rich Hein

We are really looking forward to a great workshop in Chicago this weekend September 15-16! We will have an amazing group of students sharing their experiences of building this great house for Northwest University. In addition we will have speakers from the Material Exchange. They are super savvy in using reclaimed materials on a variety of projects. 

Hope to see you all there! We'll be getting started about 9:00 AM and ending up at 5:00 PM 

Written by Wendy Flores — September 13, 2012

Filed under: chicago   Workshop  

Win the Small House Book

Time for our weekly Small House Book Giveaway. This week we're doing something different! We've got some new rules to enter and win a copy of The Small House Book, so please read on...

To enter, you'll need to download the Loring Study Plans by Friday September 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm PST. These plans are free and once you download them you are entered (read complete rules here). 

Download the study plans here.

So what are study plans and why are they free?
Study plans are a basic version of house plans that provide more detail than the website does. They include basic dimensions and give you an opportunity to show someone else the home in more detail.

Good luck! Pictured below is the Loring. Click here to see more info on this home.

Written by Steve Weissmann — September 06, 2012

Filed under: Small House Book  

And the Pinterest Contest winner is...

We challanged our fans to create Pinterest boards about their tiny Tumbleweed home. We couldn't choose just 10, so we expanded the field to 14.

Runner UP: Amy Owens

Winner: Robyn O'Gorman

What do you think of their future homes? Would you choose natural wood, blue, or go in a completely different direction?

Written by Steve Weissmann — August 31, 2012

Filed under: Pinterest  

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