Checking in with Ella.

I love checking in on our industrious posse of Tumbleweed builders. These are the kind of customers dreams are made of! Take Ella, for example. If you are not following her blog, you are missing out on an incredible journey.


One of
the things I love about her blog is that she lets you in on every little
detail. Honestly, this is the kind of information that can help any of
you who want to build your own Tumbleweed get started. Ella represents
most of our accomplished builders: no prior construction experience,
self-motivated and gettin' it done! Oh, and did I mention that she is
yet another builder who started her build right after attending one of
our super-rockin' workshops?
People ask me all the time, "Should I go to a workshop before I attempt
to build?" All I will say is this: check out Ella's build and get to
the nearest workshop and see for yourself!


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 19, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

To compost or not to compost...


Last night during our #TinyHouseChat on Twitter, we had a lively discussion about composting toilets. There is still a lot of mystery and a little fear about the whole concept. I think some still equate composting toilets with the old outhouses of years gone by. Well, nothing can be farther from the current reality of composting. When done properly, it can be a viable solution for those who want to live off the grid and have the freedom that a tiny house affords. One good read on the subject is the Humanure Handbook.


We recommend the book and it is considered the ultimate authority on the subject. There are some modern versions of the composting toilet that are worthy of exploration.

Check out this one by Envirolet:


This is an engineering marvel. It comes in 2 electric and 1 non-electric models and is easy to install. One thing I really like about this company is that they provide a gallery so you can see the toilets that their customers installed. You can see it here. Check out the images and the details about this option and let me know what you think in the comments.


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 19, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

Candice Builds a Tiny House

Here is another home built by one of our past workshop attendees.
Candice put so much time and energy into her build and it shows:



Our 2-day workshop can help you to turn your tiny house dreams into reality. Check out our locations here.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 19, 2012

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Elizabeth Turnbull’s Tiny House

Just
recently, one of our customers asked me if the workshops really lead people to build their own homes. As you would expect, I always say  yes it does. Here's an example of someone who went to a workshop and then built their own. Check out Elizabeth Turnbull's  house.


It's
good to note that Elizabeth's house is not based on our plans. But that's the point, isn't it? We love that people come to our workshop and get inspired during the Design session on Sunday to build their own.


You can read more about her build here. Make sure to take advantage of our current discounts on our workshops.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 11, 2012

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Pepper & Tumbleweed: A perfect combo

You may have noticed some new names & faces amongst our crew. Let's get acquainted with one of them: Paprika Clark aka Pepper.  Honestly, we couldn't ask for a more energetic and enthusiastic person to join the Tumbleweed family.


Pepper has been a fan of tiny houses for a while now. Her love for designing houses started when she was just 6 years old when she noticed an ad for a new subdivision in the newspaper. With a 3D image of the house she wanted firmly fixed in her creative mind, she went on to design every detail. As she grew, so did her interest in all kinds of building practices.  

5 years ago she decided to really focus her attention on the world of tiny houses. While she appreciates all the different types of houses out here, Tumbleweed really struck a cord with her. As she says it, "The Tumbleweed idea struck me as an amazing solution that had real potential to be both truly green and accessible to more people financially and aesthetically than anything I had seen before." Her thirst for knowledge led her to one of our workshops in Sebastopol. Little did she realize that one day she would be leading one of those workshops herself!


Like most people who are attracted to our homes, Pepper loved what she saw but wanted to personalize the experience. After carful thought, she knew what she needed to do. Pepper started her own company and started to build a tiny house based on the Lusby plans. With the help of some talented friends and neighbors, she has completed her first build and is ready to do more. One of the things that she is excited about is the workshop schedule that she will embark on in 2012. 

Last fall she was a guest at our Santa Rosa workshop. With house in tow, her enthusiastic presentation was only exceeded by a tour of her splendid tiny house. Her drive, creativity and energy is creative and genuine. We are looking forward to having her as a part of our workshop crew.

See more pictures of Pepper's house >>>

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 07, 2012

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