Meeting Louisiana's Tiny House Expert

Art Cormier is one of those unique, multi-talented guys who grew up surrounded by building projects. Almost two years ago, he built a modified Tumbleweed Elm using SIP walls and roof, 100-year-old Cypress wood for exterior cladding and nice interior finishes.

With obvious building expertise, Art soon teamed alongside our lead designer Meg Stephens to host Tumbleweed's step-by-step construction video. In 2014, Art has agreed to lead several Tumbleweed workshops in the Southeast and attendees are in for a real treat. Let's see Art introducing his tiny house by video, and then ask him a few questions.



Art's Heritage:

1. What's your background?

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Written by Debby Richman — January 16, 2014

Filed under: Art Cormier   Building   Tiny House Living   tumbleweed team  

Insulation: A Hot and Cold Topic

What makes a tiny house a home? Proper insulation, to keep you toasty in the winter and cooler in the summer. Insulation creates energy efficiency as well as helps control temperatures in your home. In a tiny house on wheels, there's insulation in the trailer, walls and roof.

There are many options for insulating your home, and that's where you will need to consider various factors including cost, your construction experience, and desire for organic materials. In each case, the thickness and insulation material matter as they combine to contribute to overall energy efficiency.

 Denim is a terrific recycled insulation, now available in stores.

 

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Written by Debby Richman — January 06, 2014

Filed under: denim insulation   fiberglass insulation   insulation   SIPs   spray foam insulation  

Sans Street Address

Of the “icebreaker” questions that most acquaintances, new friends, parents, peers, (well, just about anybody asks), there’s the “What do you do?” and “Where do you live?" favorites.

As a professional skier and freelance writer, the first question stunts most conversations alone. The confused questioner has, most times, already given up. It’s just not as simple as “Doctor.” “Lawyer.” “Teacher.” “Banker.” Those answers are palatable. “Skier.” “Writer.” “Tiny-house advocate.” What?

When the “Where do you live?” comes around, most people are already lost from the trail of comprehension. Only a few stick around for the answer.



“Everywhere. Anywhere.”

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Written by Molly Baker — January 04, 2014

Filed under: fall tiny house   spring tiny house   Tiny House Christmas   tiny house community   winter  

Tiny Holidays Celebrated To Scale

During the 2013 holiday season, we enjoyed how tiny house dwellers and builders celebrated in style. Everything seemed traditional and familiar, yet scaled down a bit for their homes. Take a quick tour below.

Texan, Swedish and tiny traditions here (tinyhousebigdream.wordpress.com)

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Written by Debby Richman — December 26, 2013

Filed under: Tiny House Christmas   Tiny House Living  

Who Wants an iTree?

Who wants an iTree? This upscale speaker system might suit someone who already has everything and truly adores a natural, big lodge look. It's made from a tree that's felled, hollowed out, and wired to dock an old-school iPod.

The iTree gets promoted as sustainable design, yet is absurdly wasteful. No speakers need to be this large! The sheer trunk size won't work in any typical home, let alone a tiny one. Perhaps the iTree fits best and should take up residency in a museum, where everyone can ponder the beautiful concept.

Take a look at this video teaser, showing a tree transforming into an iTree.

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Written by Debby Richman — December 21, 2013

Filed under: music   sustainability   trees  
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