After graduating from architecture school, Meg joined the Tumbleweed tribe as a designer. Since then she has taught dozens of Tumbleweed workshops all over the country, remaining an integral part of the team. Meg is also an active member of the Tiny House Community. Most recently she helped pass a Tiny House appendix in the International Code Council, allowing for legal small dwellings. She continues to be a leader in the Tiny House Movement, and today we’d like to shine a light on her newly finished Tiny House RV – the “Lucky Linden!”

Q&A with Meg and Dan Stephens

Meg and her husband, Dan, have recently completed their very own Tiny House RV which they lovingly named the “Lucky Linden.” Below you’ll find a recent interview I conducted with the Stephenses about their inspiration, build, design and tiny lifestyle. Enjoy!

Meg, you designed the Lucky Linden yourself. What was your inspiration?

(Meg) I really love the bungalow look, especially Sears and Roebuck kit houses from the early 1900’s. This design is reminiscent of the bungalow/arts and crafts movement, with lots of attention to detail, low sloped roof, and pop out dormers on the front and back. Tumbleweed also has a cottage design called the B-53, which I really liked, and thought it needed an adaptation to a Tiny House RV chassis. 

Meg's Tiny house

Did you know this was the design you wanted to build one day? 

(Meg) Yes! This design had been in my sketchbooks for years before I started building. I knew that the Tiny House RV I built would be in the Arts and Crafts style. 

Can you explain your customizations? Did you personalize it to fit your needs?

(Meg) I did personalize. The Linden model had a centered front door, but I knew I wanted the door to one side to create one bigger footprint for the porch area instead of two smaller areas on either side of the door. The door to the side also adjusts the circulation pattern on the inside so it wasn’t cutting the living area in half. I built out the overhangs a bit, so they are more prominent, and I added a small handmade glass block window high on each long side of the Tiny. Inside, my sleeping loft is actually smaller than the plans show, but it does hold a regular King size mattress. I made the front storage loft a bit bigger, so it could accommodate a twin sized mattress if we wanted it to.  

Meg's tiny house

Dan, did “Going Tiny” take some adjustment? 

(Dan) It didn’t take much adjustment at all. We spent so much time beforehand preparing. A month in, it just felt like home.

Was there anything you asked Meg to put in the design?

(Dan) My three requirements for the Tiny House RV were: 1). King sized bed, 2). A lot of living room space, and 3). a functional kitchen with counter space and a bar stool to sit at. I wanted the bar stool because it lets both of us work on dinner even though only one person can be in the actual kitchen. 

Meg's Tiny House

Describe your build. How long did it take? Care to share your budget? 

(Meg) Ha, the build took a lot longer than I wanted it to! Basically it was done in two or three chunks of time, separated by long stretches where very little or no work was being done. This was because we wanted to build the Lucky Linden without going into debt, so I would work on it when I had a stash of money saved up. Altogether it took about 3 years from the time I got the trailer. We spent somewhere around $25,000.