Big Dreams For A Tiny Movement
“You can design your way out of any problem, given enough notice.” These are the sage words of Italian native and the newest addition to the Tumbleweed design department, Nicola Marchi. Solving just such a problem as part of a study assignment at the Illinois Institute of Technology led Nicola to discover Tumbleweed. He was immediately struck by the houses, “I thought they offered solutions to so many of the issues we encounter in our modern society today.”... Read More
West Coast Film Premiere
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 / 7:00 pm
Location: SPUR / Annie Alley / San Francisco
In person:Merete Mueller, Christopher Smith
Watch Trailer | Download Program Guide (PDF)
[62 mins] What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream. Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, TINY, will feel perfectly sized for an outdoor screening in the street-turnedpedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley. This sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival and generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
WRITE A BUMPER STICKER COMPETITION!
Write A Bumper Sticker And You Could Win A Set Of Cypress 20 Plans (a $759 value)
When you’re cruising the open road towing the Tumbleweed Tiny Home of your dreams what would your bumper sticker say? What would you like to tell the world about your tiny lifestyle? Why do you love small?
Get creative, write something brilliant and tiny home/lifestyle oriented and you could win a set of Cypress 20 Plans! PLUS we’ll produce your winning bumper sticker for everyone to buy on our website! You’ll be famous, you’ll be able to point and say “I wrote that!”
How To Enter: Post your entry as a comment on our blog titled “Write A Bumper Sticker Competition” and we’ll choose a winner on Friday May 31st 2013. You can enter as many times as you want! Winner will be announced on our blog and contacted via email no later than Monday June 3rd, 2013.
Legal Stuff: Winner will receive one (1) set of Cypress 20 building plans (value $795). Tumbleweed Tiny House Company will own the winning entry outright. Winner will not receive any monetary compensation. Winner cannot substitute Cypress 20 plans for any other plans.
When looking at pictures of tiny houses with tiny porches, there’s often a part of the mind that wonders whether this space wouldn’t be better made use of inside the living area instead of out. It is a logical thought when considering every ½” of your design, but I want to highlight some of the saving graces to tiny porches that I believe make them worth it.
Using Your Tiny Porch As An Exterior Work Surface
During construction, I quickly got over my uncertainty about the Fencl half-porch when it became one of my primary work surfaces. Being level and close to the project, I clamped, cut and sanded lumber, and put together countless small sections of my house there. Now the build is done, I still use the tiny porch as a work surface whenever I have projects I’m likely to make a mess with.
A Transitional Place to Sit
I love to sit on my tiny porch when the weather is nice. Out there I’m not quite in my house, but I haven’t really left either. Even though I have places for sitting further away, I always prefer the tiny porch.
Your Tiny Porch—A Shelter From the Storm
When you come home in the evening and it’s raining cats, dogs and small hamsters, having a covered area to hover in for the moment it takes to get your door open is quite the relief.
The Classic House
Aside from functional benefits, porches are a familiar aspect of the classic house image. Small as they are on a tiny house, the attached exterior space still imparts the distinct look and feel of a complete house.
So there you have some reasons why tiny porches can be practical even in tiny spaces. Anyone considering going porch-less?
- Ella Jenkins
This series discusses the “What”, the “How” and “Why” of Tiny House Living
The tiny house living concept raises a lot of questions for tiny house visionaries on their quest for freedom, simplicity, and personal fulfillment. In this series we answer some of their queries and explore the lifestyle a little more deeply.
We hope you find this series enjoyable, thoughtful and thought-provoking!
Tiny House Living: Cost Versus Lifestyle Value
At some point, people new to the tiny house living always ask the same question: “Is it cheap to build a tiny house because it’s so small?”... Read More