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

Filed under: Build it yourself  

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

Filed under: Houses  

Is there a Bodega in your future?



Did you know that the Bodega plans are on sale
this month? It's the smallest of our houses on foundations but it's big
on style. I personally would love to have one with the half loft. Image
how cool that cathedral ceiling would look like in the living room?
Make sure you get your hands on the plans before the month is over. If
you could build a Bodega, where would you put it? What modifications
would you make? Would you add the extra bedroom?

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 07, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

A Little Yellow Fencl in the California Sun

For all
of you who wonder if you could build your own Tumbleweed with little to
no building experience, I'd like you to meet Ella and her Little Yellow
Fencl:


You will love her story. First of all, where can we get neighbor like hers? You've got to read this post. How kind! Ella really lets you in on the process and it shows in every post. Oh, and the pics? AMAZING!





Did you catch this one important detail in her first post? Ella went to the workshop we held in Los Angeles.
We strongly believe that going to the workshop in your area is
an essential first-step if you intend to build a Tumbleweed. Be sure to grab a seat in a city near you.
We'll be adding more cities in the coming months. In the meantime,
spend a few minutes (or hours) checking out Ella's build. No building
skills? No problem! Go Ella, go!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 07, 2012

Filed under: Build it yourself  

Host a Tumbleweed

Are you a Tumbleweed fan? Then we're looking for you! Our most popular house, the Fencl, is moving its way around the New York state area. Could your business benefit by displaying our tiny house for a while?

Here is what's in it for you:

  • Tumbleweed will promote your business as the host of our tiny house.
    Since the media loves stories like these, we will issue 2 press
    releases on PRWeb promoting the fact that you are hosting a tiny house
    for the public to come and see. The second release will announce an
    official open house where people can come for a tour.
  • We will promote the house and location at your business regularly on
    our Facebook Fan Page (over 30,000 fans) in our newsletter (over
    120,000 subscribers) and on our website.
  • You will receive books to sell at the open houses which will cover your costs.
  • Plus hundreds of people will come to your business giving yourself a chance to attract new business.

Our open houses often attract 100-200 people in a 2-3 hour window.  There are 3 ways to organize an open house:

  1. One was just to have it available to view every day the business was
    open. The door was unlocked during business hours, and people could
    just walk on in and take a look around.
  2. The second option was to have the house on site, but keep it locked except during specified open houses.
  3. The third way was to do a combination of both.

If interested, please email us here.

Written by Steve Weissmann — January 07, 2012

Filed under: Business  
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