It only takes a couple minutes to see JT’s penchant for baking bread revealed in his Tumbleweed. His kitchen is adorned with commercial shelving and his living room blinds are brilliantly made from Flax linen, known as couche which is used to cradle baguettes when they are rising. They are rolled, then pinned around a 1/2 inch dowel. In total, JT’s creative nature is evident in the details of his newly built Tumbleweed home.
JT started with the Walden plans, but ended up combining elements of the Elm, plus some of his own creativity into his finished product. And what a beauty it is. He started with the recommended 18′ trailer but then decided he wanted his home to be an extra 2′ longer. His solution … add 2 feet to the living room. But what about the porch? Well, JT figured that out too. He found some c-channel steel that matched the trailer and had a 2′ section welded to the front so he could add his porch. JT like’s the open feel of the porch and decided to keep it free from posts and railing.
Come on in
Inside JT used much of the traditional Tumbleweed finishing touches like the pine tongue and groove walls, the wood finished windows and the fir flooring (which he couldn’t stop talking about). It’s amazing how many Tumbleweed’s include a trip to IKEA before they are finished. And this little home is no different. Rather than build custom shelving, JT bought pine shelving at IKEA and built it right in to the house. It blends in so perfectly, you can’t tell the difference.
Small Bathroom Design
To mix things up a little, JT added a couple inches to the bathroom and put in a tidy sized sink underneath the window. Above the toilet he simply recessed shelving and a mirror to give the bathroom a much grander space with a unit from IKEA. The 6″ bathroom vent quickly clears the bathroom of moisture from the shower.
Small Kitchen Design
A great way to save time and money, the commercial kitchen shelving was put underneath the finished wood countertop. These shelves can be found at stores like Ikea and Costco.
The kitchen blinds are simply dish towels with small dowels inserted into the ends – and voila – window coverings made. Next to the kitchen sink, you can see how the space in the wall was used for extra shelving.
Good sleep in a tiny home
Take a look at the accent lights at the head of the bed. Known as “up lighting”, it creates a warm glow without shadows that is perfect for bedtime reading. The mattress is a single piece of memory foam for a perfect nights sleep.
Tumbleweed CEO Steve Weissmann began downsizing his life in 2002. After moving into a super small home of around 400 square feet he learned about tiny houses and eventually saw his first Tumbleweed in 2006. Instantly falling in love with the aesthetic and concept, Steve started volunteering his time with the micro-company. In 2007 he became a partner in the business and took the helm as President & CEO. Steve has the longest tenure of any CEO in this industry and is the visionary who pioneered the first Tiny House RV and the first Green Certified Tiny House RV.