Get ready Portland! It's a tiny house jamboree!


The lineup at the Portland Tumbleweed Workshop June 14-15 is going to be amazing! Portland is big on community spirit and we will bring it to this workshop with a panel of guest speakers, a tiny house tour and an after-hours round-table discussion of tiny house life. Dee Williams, our first Tumbleweed client and workshop host extraordinaire will lead the workshop. Check out her TEDx talk about her life in a tiny house then read on to learn more about our speakers: 


Joan Grimm has designed and delivered local and international environmental education and sustainability programs for both public and private entities including Oregon Departmental of Environmental Quality, OMSI, and Association of Oregon Recyclers. Over the past 25 years she has educated thousands of people about simple and smart ways to lighten their impact on the planet. She is the founding board chair of SCRAP (the School and Community Reuse Action Project) and the Oregon Green Schools Association. She and her partner have a little house in their backyard. 

Brittany Yunker: Brittany works for the WA State Legislature as a staff to the Senate committees. Brittany built a Fencl in 2009 with the help of a few friends (including Dee!). She taught herself carpentry from library books, YouTube videos and chatting with Dee and another friend with building experience. She lived in her tiny house for 2 years before meeting her current partner and deciding to up-size slightly to a small, 2 bedroom bungalow. Brittany is currently in the process of obtaining a business license to open her house up for daily rental to people interested in seeing if a tiny house could work for them.

Lina Menard: Graduate Student in Urban Planning, Little House Enthusiast, New Carpenter, and recently helped her friend build a new tiny house and has plans to build her own tiny house. She's written a blog about her project at This Is The Little Life.

Michelle Jones: Professor at Concordia University, Portland; teaching organizational management, ethical leadership, and other courses. For the last two years, she's worked with students and the community to host a TEDx event in Portland. She's lived in her tiny house with cat, dog and boyfriend for about year and a half.

Tammy and Logan: Tammy blogs at as a simple living advocate. Her story has been chronicled in the New York Times, USA Today (as part of a cover story), Yahoo, MSN News, United Daily News (one of the top three newspapers in Taiwan), and The China Times, as well as a few Hong Kong newspapers. She and her husband have also appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, and dozens of local television programs and NPR affiliates. Tammy is currently launching a book, “You Can Buy Happiness (And its Cheap)”. The Portland workshop takes place June 14-15 and we expect this one to sell out. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you can still enjoy the 40% early bird discount until May 31st. Click here.

Written by Bridget Thornton — May 30, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   Build it yourself   Business   green building   In the News   See a tiny house   Tumbleweed   Workshop  

So Sorry Tumbleweed Fans!

It seems the monkeys that run our email system have taken a little break. Some of you may be receiving multiple emails from us. We apologize for that. We hope to have this super-annoying problem fixed soon. Just as soon as these guys get back to work (and we figure out what in the name of cheesecake is happening with our system). Thanks for your patience.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 18, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   Business  

Hiring Web Marketing Analyst

At Tumbleweed our success hinges on how well we use the internet. For
the past five years, our strategy has been to grow our brand online,
and it’s been a very exciting time for us. Not only are we a housing
company, but we are also a tech company too.

We’re looking for someone with great web skills and technical
strength to continue building our web presence. We do have a strategy
and system in place which you will use, and you’ll have time and
resources to expand beyond our current efforts. Our staff consists of 7
full time people, and you’ll be the first person fully dedicated to web

Areas of Responsibility


Email marketing

Affiliate network

Web ads

Conversion testing

Press release topics and submission

Increasing social media presence

We have a programmer, a graphic designer and a writer you will be
working with. Your role will be to take part in creating and
implementing the marketing/sales strategy.

Here are a couple examples of what you’ll be doing:

  • We recently signed up with AvantLink, and need someone to upload all
    our data, images, ads, etc into their data feed and keep it updated.
  • We send out about 15 emails per month to targeted email lists. You
    will be responsible to send each one, all the while testing things such
    as different subject line.

This job is in Sonoma, CA. It is Monday-Friday. Vacation plus benefits.

To apply, please email your resume to

Written by Steve Weissmann — February 06, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Business  

Host a Tumbleweed

Are you a Tumbleweed fan? Then we're looking for you! Our most popular house, the Fencl, is moving its way around the New York state area. Could your business benefit by displaying our tiny house for a while?

Here is what's in it for you:

  • Tumbleweed will promote your business as the host of our tiny house.
    Since the media loves stories like these, we will issue 2 press
    releases on PRWeb promoting the fact that you are hosting a tiny house
    for the public to come and see. The second release will announce an
    official open house where people can come for a tour.
  • We will promote the house and location at your business regularly on
    our Facebook Fan Page (over 30,000 fans) in our newsletter (over
    120,000 subscribers) and on our website.
  • You will receive books to sell at the open houses which will cover your costs.
  • Plus hundreds of people will come to your business giving yourself a chance to attract new business.

Our open houses often attract 100-200 people in a 2-3 hour window.  There are 3 ways to organize an open house:

  1. One was just to have it available to view every day the business was
    open. The door was unlocked during business hours, and people could
    just walk on in and take a look around.
  2. The second option was to have the house on site, but keep it locked except during specified open houses.
  3. The third way was to do a combination of both.

If interested, please email us here.

Written by Steve Weissmann — January 07, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Business  

The Road Ahead

Partnership Opportunities with Tumbleweed

two years ago Tumbleweed was still a tiny company. Many people I meet today still
think of Tumbleweed as that little company with just 1 employee, and are
surprised to learn we now have a staff of roughly a dozen people working
in Sebastopol, Seattle, Hawaii, New York, Kansas City, Romania and

I believe good things will continue to happen for both us and the
Tiny House Movement. Interest continues to grow, and we’ve really
cemented Tumbleweed as the leader in the movement.

Currently I’m working on a couple new projects that I’m very excited
about. One is creating a licensing package which allows our fans to
create their own business building Tumbleweed Houses for sale. The other
is working with private lenders to arrange financing for the inventory
of houses at rates not available at your bank. So please read on to
learn more.

Become a Tumbleweed Builder

This idea is perfect for passionate builders who want to build
amazing small homes but don’t have customers yet. Our plan is to work
with builders around the country who will build Tumbleweed Houses and
then sell them through our website. We love it because it allows you to
do what you do best – build a great home. You know from the start that
you are building a beautiful product with a demand that actually exists.
And, you have the confidence that we’ll work together to find a buyer
using our database of over 100,000 fans. We earn our royalty only after
the house is sold … so you know that we are in it with you.

Click here to pre-register.

Green Loans

Occupy Wall Street has made us think about who we are borrowing money
from. Banks are paying you 1% on your savings, and lending it to
Tumbleweed at 10%. That isn’t fair … especially since our bank received
$25 billion in bail out money.

We need to change that. We want to work with conscientious lenders –
whether you are a private money broker, or someone looking for an
interesting opportunity, we’re interested in talking to you. And we are
more than happy to pay you the same rate we’re paying our bank.

In addition to replacing our current loans, we’re also exploring the
idea of increasing our house inventory from 4 houses to 8-10 houses. It
makes much more sense to be selling houses “off the lot” rather than ask
our customers to wait 4-5 months before we finish a house for them.

If you’re interested in discussing this more, please tell us your name and email address and I’ll get back to you.


Steve Weissmann


Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Written by Steve Weissmann — January 07, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   Business  

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