Tool Lending Libraries Save You Money!

Even though our Tumbleweed small house plans only require 14 tools, we know that buying new tools can be expensive. You'll also want to save on storage space after you move into your new Tumbleweed so what's a tiny house builder to do? We have the answer for you – Tool Lending Libraries!

If you haven't heard of tool lending libraries then you're missing out on a great way to save a lot of money on your tiny house build and storage space. These libraries are similar to book libraries except you check out a saw, hammer, or ladder instead of Hemingway, Walden or Thoreau. You can choose from hundreds of tools table saws, sanders, screwdrivers, power washers, and garden tools and most libraries keep their tools in excellent condition. You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on your build this way.

Here is a list of tool lending libraries in some major cities across the country. We'll continue to add to this list and if you have one in your city that we've missed, please add it to the comments! 


Berkeley, CA at the Public Library

Check out the rave reviews on Yelp!

Oakland, CA

San Francisco, CA

Santa Rosa, CA


Boulder, CO


Atlanta, GA


Cedar Rapids, IA


New Orleans, LA


Baltimore, MD


Gross Pointe, MI


Santa Fe, NM 


Manhattan, NY


Charlotte, NC


Central Ohio

Cincinnati, OH


Portland, OR (NE)

Portland, OR (SE)


Philadelphia, PA


Seattle, WA

Written by Bridget Thornton — March 28, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Build it yourself  

3 Guest Speakers Confirmed For the Miami Workshop!

Hey All-

Our upcoming Miami Tiny House Workshop now has THREE guest speakers  lined up, to make your tiny house workshop experience even more informational! 

  • Alex Pino of will discuss his involvement in the tiny house movement, upcoming projects, and excellent space saving advice.
  • Jo-Anne Peck, owner of that builds beautiful sheds and guest homes in the Florida area, will join us on Sunday to talk about Florida building codes. She will also share updates on her company's current projects and techniques in building. 
  • L.A. Davis from will share his knowledge and expertise about solar energy and how his work and ideas compliment tiny houses and sustainable living. 

I'll also  introduce a few new segments to the Tumbleweed workshop format that include utilizing  recycled and re-purposed  materials in building your tiny home (check out my recent video on the topic), a showcase of a wild variety of tiny homes, shelters, and cabins, and some great ways to save THOUSANDS when building your own Tumbleweed tiny house. 

As always, there is much more in during this 2-day event so take advantage of the $100 discount on the Miami workshop through Saturday, March 31st when the price goes back up to $399. 

I'm also hosting a workshop in Boston if you're in the area. You can sign up for this one here

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Written by Derek Diedricksen — March 28, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   See a tiny house  

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen: Living the tiny house life with Tumbleweed

With his unbridled enthusiam and quirky charm, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is the latest tiny house pro to join the Tumbleweed Workshop line-up. Deek runs the popular and has written a "Super-Caffeinated" book called Humble Homes & Simple Shacks. You can see the content of the book here.

Deek has a keen understanding of using and reusing recycled materials. Like the rest of our workshop crew, he is extremely knowledgeable and will be able to help you take the next step in your quest to build a tiny house of your own. We are happy to have him as one of our workshop instructors. You can get a sense of his kinetic style in the video below.

Deek will be hosting workshops in Miami & Boston this year, with a few more locations to be announced soon.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — March 26, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Build it yourself  

The Vardo is back!

Back by popular demand, the Vardo is the easiest Tumbleweed to build. Designed to nest inside most truck beds, the Vardo can also be pulled on its own trailer. The material costs to build this structure are approximately $2,500 (not including the optional heater).

We think the Vardo is the perfect Tumbleweed for weekend warriors and building novices alike. Get your hands on these tiny house plans for only $19.95 when you use code vardo10 at checkout. This offer is good for 2 days only so act fast! Click here to get started.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — March 22, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Build it yourself  

Tiny Houses in Seattle

This is a guest post from Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, our newest Tumbleweed Tiny House workshop host. This post originally appeared on Deek's blog.

Again, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co's Workshop in Seattle was killer! "All Killer, No Filler"- and aside from being brought out there to guest speak for a Q&A session, I had four days/night to hang out with some really cool, likeminded, tiny house obsessed people. One of the people I met was Sharon Read from, who is great, as is her home one wheels.Check out some of these photos I snapped during this workshop's field trip on day one.

While out in Seattle, I also shot FOUR episodes (with Christopher Smith from "Tiny: The Movie") of my show "Tiny Yellow House" at some CRAZY locales (built by some equally crazy people). I took a ton of photos as well- some of which I'm collecting for Book #2.

My book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" has done so well, the publisher is already asking for another. If you haven't checked it out, its $11.29 on Amazon or better yet, buy it off a local independent store.  I'm hosting a few workshops for Tumbleweed coming up soon!

Check them out, heck, sign up for one here: Buy your Miami workshop here: 
& reserve your seat for the Boston workshop here:

Written by Derek Diedricksen — March 15, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Events  

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