Fairytale Tiny House

How many of you have been dreaming of going tiny for years? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Meet Lizz Flowers. She has been fixated with the tiny house movement since she was 17 years old. Growing up in New York city, Lizz first came across Tumbleweed Tiny Homes when her mother and sister left a pamphlet on the kitchen table. As she flipped through the pages, she was transfixed by the Tumbleweed Cypress.

Tumbleweed Owner Lizz Flowers

Years later Lizz’s dream has finally come true. In 2016, she and her partner, Jason, worked with a Tumbleweed to create a Cypress that would fit their style and needs. Once it was complete, she flew to our Colorado Springs facility to get a first look at her dream come true, eight years in the making!

“It looks like the cabin you see in fairytales! It gives opportunities for adventure and a more meaningful life.”
Lizz Flowers, Tumbleweed Owner

How Lizz Customized her Tiny House:

  1. Two doors. The classic Cypress front door and a side door.
  2. A big farm sink
  3. A big tub
  4. LED strip lighting in the kitchen
  5. White painted walls with white stained wood interior
  6. Casement windows downstairs, awning windows in the loft (so they can vent even if it’s raining), and one window by the front door slides up for grabbing the mail.
  7. Solid wide plank oak flooring.  It can be sanded many times in the future and will never have to be replaced.

Lizz loves her neutral color palette, which gives her Tiny House RV a light and airy aesthetic. After owning her Tiny for a few months, and using the space, she has discovered a few improvements that could be made. Sharing the afterthoughts of our customers is very helpful for future Tiny Housers. Therefore, I asked Lizz to open up about her “should’ve’s” and “could’ve’s.”

Lizz Flowers, what would you do differently?

  1. I wish I bought a guest book before picking up the Tiny!
  2. I wish I had cupboards for clothing on the side of my stairs instead of the drawers.
  3. The screen door on the small door gets in the way so I wish I hadn’t bothered with that.
  4. Two burners have been fine on the stove, but I wish they were farther apart! With two pots, they barely fit at the same time, and it is a little hazardous.  I also wish the burners had their own ignition source.
  5. Taxes: I should have registered in Colorado, not in California.  If I registered it in Colorado and kept it there for a year, I wouldn’t have had to pay $9k in California sales tax!

Video tour of Lizz Flowers’s Tiny House RV:

In the future, Lizz and Jason plan to park their Tiny on a plot of land along the coast, where they would start a small organic farm and café. Congrats to Lizz and Jason for achieving their dream of owning a Tiny House RV and, most of all, creating a beautiful space!

*Follow more videos by Lizz Flowers

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Tumbleweed Owners|Tags: |16 Comments

About the Author:

Jenna Spesard
Jenna Spesard built a Tumbleweed in 2014 and traveled with it for one year. She clocked over 25,000 miles, and now parks in a Tiny House Village. She writes about the Tiny House Movement on her blog Tiny House Giant Journey.

16 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Kathie February 3, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I hadn’t thought about taxes. Thanks for that. And congratulations. Good luck! and where in CA are you going to have you farm… I am from Mendocino county

    • Avatar
      Lizzy Flowers August 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Hey Kathie! I tried to sign up so I could see comments but I think I didn’t do it correctly! Orange County!! I was receiving a lot of questions about what I would have done differently with my tiny house and asking for updated videos so I just started (this past week) a youtube channel where I will have videos about only tiny house stuff posted if you’re interested :) (https://www.youtube.com/dashboard?o=U)
      We are looking to start a farm in possibly the Carmel by the River area… it might be a small farm with a tiny house community, we are brainstorming ideas now because I am out of school and have a lot of flexibility! Thanks for your comment ;)

  2. Avatar
    Gary February 11, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Lizz,
    Greetings from Maine! You did a great job with your design for the Cypress. My wife and I enjoyed your video. It gave us some design ideas for our future (retirement) Tumbleweed home. Thanks for sharing!
    As for humidity control, we are considering a Panasonic Select Cycler house ventilation system. It looks like it would help with humidity control and indoor air quality. Just a thought.

    • Avatar
      Lizzy Flowers August 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the tip! I responded to your post below :)

  3. Avatar
    Terry February 13, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I think this is a very cluttered, unorganized house. There’s nothing pretty or cozy about it. Water can get around the kitchen sink. Having the things in the sink looks sloppy. The shower curtain distracts from the tub. Overall, I’d give this design and furniture, etc. a D+ Ugh!!!!

    • Avatar
      Gail March 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      I don’t understand,

    • Avatar
      Linn Redinger March 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      I understand your problem with being so jealous that you’re finding fault but you’re in very sad ???? shape ???? to say such things publicly! This is a beautiful tiny house ????

  4. Avatar
    Rozalyn Sippel February 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I am so thrilled for you. Your design ideas are great. I’m from San Diego but can there be any land on the coast to buy?

  5. Avatar
    Melissa February 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    This THOW is perfect! I also want a bath, not just a shower. This is ideal what I am looking for! I hadn’t considered the taxes either…I don’t want to stay in Colorado though. I’m in San Diego County. ^_^

  6. Avatar
    Jim Travis February 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Beautifully designed layout, color scheme on both the interior and exterior. You have given me many great ideas! Best of luck to you!!

  7. Avatar
    Celia February 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    So happy all your dreams are coming true.

  8. Avatar
    Celia Dunn February 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Happy your dreams are coming true.

  9. Avatar
    Ebony Diaz February 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    BEAUTIFUL!! Congratulations! I am curious about taxes in Florida..I am so excited about getting my Tiny Home someday soon!!

  10. Avatar
    Lizzy Flowers April 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Everyone! I don’t receive notifications when you post unfortunately (I do on my youtube channel but not on here). So sorry for the delay!

    Kathie: Our farm we were considering NorCal or Oregon but we looked in the Salinas area also!

    Gary: I think we have a dehumidifier system in the A/C but we have to be plugged in to 50 amp service which we haven’t done so far so we don’t know if it works well yet! Good luck on your TH journey! If our built in dehumidifier doesn’t work well once we get 50 amps then we will consider your option for sure!

    Terry: Each to their own of course! We designed this house to be perfect for our needs and taste! We haven’t decorated really at all, we only had spent a week and a half in the house when this was filmed. There is no furniture. As far as clutter goes, tiny houses are designed to have every square inch used, not for looking pretty, and anyone who wants to look at empty space better not buy a tiny!

    A little info for those considering Terry’s suggestions:
    Around the sink is sealed thoroughly with a clear coat and clear caulking. The shower curtain is actually the only way you can expect to seal a shower or tub in a tiny house. Tiny house builders making tile or hanging door showers are making tiny houses that cannot be driven down the road because they *will not* stay sealed. The houses shift and when weight is put on one and not all of the wheels evenly (like when driving into a crappy diesel station), the house is torqued and shifts slightly. This will break any shower seals unless the house is extremely light. This one was made for durability and weighs 14,500 lbs. We love our home, so if Terry wants to hate it we don’t mind, but I wanted to share some info about why we made certain design decisions and how we executed them :) D+ for manners Terry!

    Gail: I also do not understand :)

    Rozalyn: There is coastal land but in San Fran it is too expensive!! Every now and then there is a piece of land that has some problem that people don’t want to deal with (like easements) and the price is low. You never know!

    Melissa: I am in Orange County right now but the tiny is up in Monterey! Yeah taxes bit me in the tush!

    Jim: Thank you!!

    Celia: Hi mom!! Thanks!

    Ebony: Good luck on your TH journey!

    Thank you everyone for your comments and compliments :)

  11. Avatar
    Lizzy Flowers August 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that because of all the questions and requests I get, this last week I launch a YouTube channel just for my tiny house, the link is https://www.youtube.com/dashboard?o=U

    I will customize the link to youtube.com/thetinychristmas as soon as YouTube allows me (they require 10,000 views on the channel now before I can customize the name) just for those of you that see this post in the far future :)

    Thank you everyone please don’t hesitate to reach out on my youtube channel if you have questions, I check my comments there often!

    Love,
    Lizzy

Leave A Comment