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.
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.