Our first craftsmanship story is about a Navy Seabee that became a tiny house builder. Before coming to work at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Kayla Gleisner served for four years in the U.S. Navy, in Port Hueneme, California. She was a steelworker that also dabbled in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, mechanic work, and equipment operation. Construction must run in her blood, as she says, “Construction is all I know.”
Every Veteran Has A Story
Kayla’s time in the Navy, in the service of our country, included tours to Iraq, Africa, and Afghanistan. As a part of the humanitarian efforts, she participated in constructing much-needed infrastructure in those countries. The Seabees also built quarters for the Marines serving in combat zones in Iraq. One such construction project, a SWA hut city, was destroyed by mortars shortly after completion. The destruction of the base was demoralizing for Kayla and her fellow servicemen and women. Her account of that story – delivered with humor – was that she had been a tiny house builder in the Navy before she arrived at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company!
Kayla is originally from Plymouth, Wisconsin. Her husband Brian is also a member of the Tumbleweed Tribe. They both currently call Colorado Springs home, so her family sends care packages of genuine Wisconsin cheese and butter. In her free time, Kayla enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and painting pictures. Artistic painting provides her an outlet to de-stress and explore creativity outside of work. The couple has two dogs and a cat. Their pets have lovingly applied nicknames and Kayla’s eyes light up when she describes their daily comings and goings.
As a tiny house builder, Kayla’s skills as a Navy Seabee have been a great addition to the Tumbleweed tribe. She has proven to be a versatile builder on our roster of craftsmen and craftswomen. She is currently the finish painter for the Mill department but previously put her welding skills to use in our trailer shop. Working in the paint booth is a natural extension for her creative outlet.
U.S. Navy Seabee Became Tiny House Builder
When we asked Kayla what she wanted our customers to know about her coworkers at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, she said, “I think a lot of people here really put their heart and detail into everything they do.” We also asked Kayla what her favorite Tumbleweed model was. She designated The Elm as her favorite because it looks like a traditional cottage.
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company takes pride in employing our veterans. Our veterans bring with them, hard work, ethics, and hustle to our tiny house manufacturing ranks. Kayla is one such veteran that exemplifies Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
We thank you for your service, Kayla!
The iconic ELM® is the original Tumbleweed design, created in 1999.