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 >>>
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?
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
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!
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:
- 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.
- The second option was to have the house on site, but keep it locked except during specified open houses.
- The third way was to do a combination of both.
If interested, please email us here.
Lovely, isn't it? We are thrilled to showcase this stunning Harbinger, built by one of our satisfied customers.
Where do we begin? That gorgeous lavender bathroom with the classic black & white tile? The perfect back porch? The bright and sunny loft area? If I had to guess, I'd say your eyes where probably drawn to the killer orange kitchen. Love it!
Here's what the customer had to say about her Tumbleweed:
"Now that I’ve lived in the home for a few months, I can’t imagine needing anything bigger. My neighbors, who have much larger homes, probably talk it up more than I do, and I never want for visitors who enjoy relaxing in my cozy living room or out on the deck. There are plenty of small spaces to be had in my town, but few are single-family, energy-efficient homes. I’m glad to have built a Tumbleweed from the ground up and to be able to live in a way that supports my values, particularly in a time when that can be so hard to do."
Feast your eyes on all this small house goodness! The Harbinger
is 404 square feet downstairs with a loft above. It is one of our nine cottages ranging from 261 square feet to 843 square feet. These cottages are designed to be built on a foundation and meet the International Building Code requirements. See all nine here
Photos by Daryl Shaw