Thanksgiving in a tiny house doesn’t mean a tiny holiday. A well designed small kitchen is fully capable of creating fluffy mashed potatoes, juicy turkey and all the fixin’s in a space the size of Martha Stewart’s stove top. Here are Tumbleweed’s holiday tips, for a fabulous Thanksgiving in your tiny space!
What is your “must have” Thanksgiving dish? Mashed potatoes? Homemade pumpkin pie? Make this decision first and then build the rest of your menu around it. For example, my stuffing will use the oven until show time which, in turn, informs my decisions about turkey and sides.
Thanksgiving can be welcoming and festive in any home.
Small refrigerators, like those in most of Tumbleweed models, CAN hold a 20 lb turkey. Unfortunately, there will not be room for anything else. Instead select turkey breasts (ask butcher to pound to one-inch thick for even cooking) or turkey cutlets utilizes your space wisely.
Items like green beans, brussel sprouts and new potatoes have been living happily outdoors their entire life so, if the climate in your area is cool, feel free to keep them there prior to cooking. Certain cheeses also do not need refrigeration.
Save more space by placing your beverages outside in a tin pail or small cooler with ice the day before and, in many parts of the United States in November, you won’t have to worry about them again until party time. Please note, if you place the pail on your wooden porch, you need to place something under it to protect the wood.
Although Tumbleweeds vary in size, the Linden, in which I spent a great deal of time this past summer, sits four comfortably with plenty of space to move around.
For serving, I prefer family style. This method eliminates the issue of traffic to a “buffet area.” Another low traffic option would be to plate the food yourself in the kitchen. This is simple with a first course like soup but a bit more complicated with a full plate of dinner for each guest and various appetites and/or eating restrictions. This method will also require you, or your guests, to get up if they want seconds or thirds! Best to stick with family style service if possible.
Another time and space saving option is to decide what dishes simply HAVE to be homemade (like your world’s most perfect lump-free gravy) and order those items that appear in supporting roles. Visit your local market and pre-order the dishes you would prefer not to make at home. This also leaves you more time to enjoy preparing those items you do. In situations where you may not have a particular appliance, pre-ordering can save the day. For example, if you do not have an oven, then order your stuffing.
Tumbleweed makes beautiful houses. How you live in your Tumbleweed makes it a home. From Northern California, Boston, Seattle and beyond, Tumbleweed wishes you the merriest of Holidays!
Meg Stephens, Lead House Designer
Dear Tiny House enthusiasts,
As Tumbleweed’s lead designer, I have been expanding our family of House-To-GoTM models. We think of the family names in two ways: as external models and internal floor plans.
You asked for flexibility with floor plans and home lengths, and the house names should create a logical way to select from 21 different homes.
Our exterior models are based on nature.
How do these models differ? The Elm has a nice porch and iconic lancet window to greet you. Our Cypress features an aesthetically-appealing recessed porch and hipped roof. The new Linden has classic proportions, a full porch, open sitting room and innovative loft. And the Mica offers one-floor living, in modern home clad with hot-rolled weathering steel.
Our internal floor plans are based on views.
How do these floor plans differ? We name these plans based on their bedroom perspectives, with loft and downstairs sleeping quarters. These unique names also reflect living space arrangements for sleeping, great rooms, kitchen areas and more.
- Equator – with multiple sleeping spaces or a downstairs office space
- Horizon – with generous loft space along with a twin/twin bunk bedroom
- Arise – with nice kitchen views, more private sleeping and living quarters
- Overlook – with the largest living space, in the great room
- Clear – with one-level living, in a full-size bedroom, separate kitchen and bath
We hope you enjoy selecting the Tumbleweed house that fits you best.
P.S. For those who knew our homes by other names, the well-regarded and original Walden, Fencl, Lusby and Popomo designs now fit into their new families. The Walden is an Elm 18’ Overlook. Our Fencl is called the Cypress 18’ Overlook. The Lusby answers to the name Elm 18’ Equator. Last but not least, the Popomo is renamed the Mica 20’ Clear. We have retired smaller homes from our line-up: X-S, Vardo, Weebie and Epu — and you now can get Vardo plans free!
Guillaume and Jenna are building a Tumbleweed tiny home and sharing their journey. Pepper Clark, our popular workshop leader and tiny home expert, has been in their shoes and decided to chat directly with these “incredibly inspiring tiny house folks.”
Have you ever met people with such enchanting visions of the future that talking to them makes you want to dance? I recently spent time with Guillaume and Jenna, a dynamic duo building a tiny house in LA. They’re committed professionals in their 20′s who have been gainfully employed at work that paid the bills, but didn’t inspire them creatively.
Framing the right wall (courtesy, Tiny House Giant Journey)
Like many idealists attracted to the tiny house idea, they notice a lot of people these days who don’t know how to define happiness or what it takes to create a lifestyle that satisfies their unique talents and preferences. Guillaume and Jenna want to take the road less traveled to see the country, pursue travel writing (Jenna) and photography (Guillaume), and take a jab at the Standard American Dream that, for so many, leads to a rut of working overtime scrambling for six figures and the proverbial picket fence.
When Guillaume’s father passed away not too long, it left him with a small inheritance, and an even more urgent desire to pursue his dreams. Between the two of them, they decided to use the opportunity to truly change the course of their lives. Guillaume went to his first workshop last year, and he and Jenna built a whole new picture of their future. He had a job as an engineer and realized he spent his work days killing time, so he’s since quit, attended a second workshop in Seattle as a refresher, and taken up building their tiny house full time.
He beautifully documents their build process in photos that are striking, playful, and yet still bring across the details of the project clearly – an art that I’m impressed by after my experiences trying to get great photos of my various tiny builds. It’s harder than it seems! Jenna is still at her job for now, working alongside Guillaume on the weekends and doing the writing for their wonderful blog, Tiny House Giant Journey
. I plan to touch base with them periodically throughout the build so we can update you on their progress, but if you want to see a lot more of them, subscribe to the blog or “like” their Facebook page
Guillaume and Jenna will face many challenges as they build their ship and sail off toward the tiny house horizon. Neither of them have actually built anything of this significance before and they’re learning a lot through the process. They haven’t lived together at all and they’ll be cohabiting for the first time, in a tiny house, on the road without their familiar surroundings and support networks.
This duo are taking unusual risks quitting “good” jobs and planning to develop new, more fulfilling careers while they adapt to life on the road. I firmly believe they’re making the best and bravest choice possible, and all of us here in the Tumbleweed family are wishing them the greatest success in every way. Bon voyage!
P.S. Want to join them? If you live in the LA area, then come to their BBBBQ building celebrations on the weekends: more here
Before moving into a tiny home, you may experience some fear, uncertainty and doubt about living successfully there.
As a group, tiny home dwellers seem to be so organized. According to Thurstontalk.com: “There is no clutter, everything has it’s place. ‘I hate single use items,’ says Brittany Yunker. ‘You could get this giant thing that crushes garlic for you or you could use a cutting board and knife.’ She isn’t judging. There simply isn’t enough room.”
Chicken or egg: Is it true that people attracted to tiny homes are inherently organized? Or do these homes help people live in a more organized way?
As a full-time designer, I think about how small spaces create and support a sense of order. Home floor plans reflect unique interests of dwellers, so the location and sizing of great rooms, sleeping quarters, kitchens and baths become very important. When designed well, tiny dwellers gain a sense of “fitting” in their downsized surroundings.
Storage comfort: People care about how they put away or display possessions.
Maybe our genetics play a role, back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. We focus on things like shelves, corners, lofts and closets. What’s different for tiny homes is that storage isn’t deep. You’ll typically notice one or maybe two layers of objects, easily found, used and returned to their proper place. Since there’s no digging around, organization naturally happens.
The organization comes from slimming down on all the gadgets that, from lack of use, find their way to the back of the drawer or the back of the closet. In a tiny space, everything gets used regularly, so it stays visible and close at hand.
You’re unique: Tiny dwellers do look like they belong in their houses, when living arrangements are optimized.
There’s musicians with their harps and guitars. Others surrounded by more tech gadgets than you’ll ever use. A couple with ski gear outside, and socks drying by the fireplace. And more dwellers who’s places look like they came from an interior design magazine. Everyone has different priorities about what matters to them. The beauty of living in a tiny space is that things which are an integral part of “who you are” come to the forefront.
So don’t be shy about tiny living. It’s not nearly as rough as you think!
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
I am SO excited! Since the boom era of the e-readers began a few years ago, I’ve been saying the publishers and retailers need to find a way to make digitizing one’s library more accessible and affordable for book addicts like me. We want to downsize our physical goods but, for those of us with an extensive library, it’s cost prohibitive to re-purchase most or all of our books in digital form.
Finally Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle MatchBook, an arrangement that lets you purchase the Kindle edition of books you’ve already bought from them in print at a low price. The MatchBook list includes 10,000 titles for which past, present, and future print-edition purchases will allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free. Given the number of books in the world, it seems likely the list will grow if the launch is successful. MatchBook offers will include Amazon purchases all the way back to 1995 when the online retailer opened.
While this only applies to Amazon shoppers who use Kindles, it’s still a great innovation that will no doubt soon be adapted in various ways by other e-book retailers. I have a VERY hard time reducing my book collection beyond a certain point because there’s nothing quite like the physical presence of certain beloved volumes, but this could help me reduce my book collection quite a bit without those painful moments of loss: “I just wanted to read that one paragraph one more time, but I gave that book away last month!”
Here’s a list of ten books I’ll be searching for as soon as the Kindle BookMatch service gets started:
For more information and when Kindle MatchBook will be released, click here.