Introducing the Walden.

Take a look at the newest member of the Tumbleweed family. We named this handsome creation the Walden. Our designer has taken the open space of the Tarleton, the brightness of the Fencl and added a touch of Epu.

The Walden is the perfect Tumbleweed to do as Henry David Thoreau advised "You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns."

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 23, 2011

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Tumbleweed Study Plans

Have you downloaded a free copy of our Study Plans? Here's an opportunity for you to take a closer look at our small houses. There's 9 to choose from. Which one of these can you see yourself living in?

 

To download, please click on the image below

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 20, 2011

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2012 Workshop Wishlist

Well, it's almost the halfway point  of 2011 and we are starting to think about where the workshop winds will take us in 2012. So, here's your chance to influence us. Where should we be planning to go in 2012? Often, we base our workshop calendar on demand and interest. Hence, what you recommend may be the deciding factor for us when choosing a city. So, don't just tell us where to have a workshop. Tell us why we should come to your favorite city.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 19, 2011

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Insulated and ready to go.

Take a step back in time with us to the beginning of Jonathan Bellow's Fencl build.  Many of you have asked about insulation with "Why do you need it?"' and "How do you do it?" being to of the most popular questions. I thought I would focus on this aspect of Jonathan's build for today's post.

Now, what you don't see in this first picture is the aluminum flashing that Jonathan applied to the bottom of the framing. You have to staple it really well, leaving no gaps for any critters to climb into. Then you flip the whole frame onto the trailer so that the aluminum flashing is now on the bottom of the trailer. The frame is them screwed to the trailer. Here's a few more shots of Jonathan's handiwork:

The instruction on how to do this can be found at the very beginning of our plans. For instance, if you have a copy of the Popomo plans, you will find the information on the 2nd illustrated page. If you don't have a copy yet, it comes free with your purchase of The Small House Book.

One more thing: We've added a Berkeley workshop to our schedule! Make sure to check it out; we'd love to have you there!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 16, 2011

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Don’t sweat the big stuff.

Well, you’ve seen the houses. You love the craftsmanship, the fact that its mobile and the idea of owning your own space. But, then you stop and starting thinking about that comfy couch in your living room. You know the one: it’s so cozy you hate to get out of it. It seems like it forms a warm cocoon of love around you every time you sink into it! Or, what about the armoire in your bedroom that’s older than your parents? I could go on, but you get the point. Inevitably, the question that seems to come up when considering a move to a tiny or small house is, what will I do with my stuff?

Think small

The first thing to consider is that many others have made the move to a tiny home without long-term withdrawal pains. How did they do it? Well, truthfully, many of our customers who have built a Tumbleweed were folks who don’t believe in the aimless acquisition of goods in the first place. You may say, “Hey that’s not me, I’m on my way to owning a second storage unit.” What can you do now? Here’s were the 123 rule comes in: If you’ve had it for 1 year, used it 2 times or less, then set it aside for 3 days, then get rid of it. I like this rule because it makes you stop and think about the things you own and helps you estimate their real value. If you use something less than twice a year, you probably don’t need it. It’s not that you shouldn’t have a sentimental connection to some precious items. The thing to remember is that the less you have, the more time you’ll have to be with those who are important to you.  And the less space you’ll need to store it.

Another tip is to only use items that can serve more than one purpose. Remember this shot from Jay’s Epu:

The jars have been repurposed and make for a very attractive display. That’s not by accident. It comes from the mindset of a man who looks at an object and sees more than one use for it.  You can do the same. One favorite of mine is to repurpose old luggage as a side table and to store my sweaters for the fall and winter in them.

Give these tips a try, It's not as hard as you may think.They’ll put you a few steps closer to having a Tumbleweed of your own. Remember, when you live in a tiny home, you’re living well while living with less.

Brett
Customer Support
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — May 14, 2011

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