Image: 3 Couples Group Building Tumbleweed Tiny Houses
If you’ve been dreaming of building your own mortgage-free tiny house and have been considering a workshop…
Tumbleweed has nearly 30 upcoming workshops you might be able to conveniently attend near you.
The 2 day workshops are made to help you get started with the simple lifestyle where you get to meet builders, tiny home owners, and connect with other like minded people.
The class teaches you about trailer options, how to get materials, using tools, getting through building codes and zoning, and more.
If you’re interested, check the list below of upcoming cities.
- Sacramento, CA – January 11-12
- Nashville, TN – January 18-19
- Washington, DC – January 25-26
- Vancouver, BC – February 1-2
- Orlando, FL – February 8-9
- Las Vegas, NV – February 22-23
- Denver, CO – March 1-2
- Raleigh, NC – March 8-9
- New York, NY – March 22-23
- Chicago, IL – April 5-6
- Austin, TX – April 12-13
- San Diego, CA – May 17-18
- Toronto, ON – May 31-June 1
See the complete list of workshops here.
I thought you might also enjoy this Tumbleweed Cypress 20 custom project by Joe Coover. Art from the SIP tiny house is helping him with the project too which is pretty awesome.
I encourage you to follow along over at Joe’s blog, Long Story Short House as he progresses through the build.
Read the original blog post here.
Images: Joe Coover, Long Story Short House
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This SIP Tiny House is built using Structurally Insulated Panels. This means that once the design is complete you can have the panels used to build the main components of the home cut by a manufacturer of SIPs.
Then you can gather friends to help put it together using a screw gun and construction glue. At this point you have your basic shell completed and fully insulated.
“The panels allow someone with out the technical knowledge of framing a house to erect a structure that is stronger and better insulated in a weekend. I hope you are inspired to create your own tiny house and that you now have an example of a different construction method to explore.” – Art, TinySIPHouse.blogspot.com
You can also learn more details about this SIP tiny house and how SIPs work on this post over at Tiny House Talk.
More photos and information are also available at Art’s blog.
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Tumbleweed’s New Homes and Floor Plans
I wanted to let you know that Tumbleweed has released several new floor plans and tiny house designs that you might be interested in. Now they let you choose a house design and then match it up with your favorite floor plan. In this case we’re looking at the Elm 20 tiny house with the Horizon floor plan which is a one level design. This means you’ve got a bedroom downstairs so no sleeping loft. And it still fits on a 20′ trailer so it’s easy to tow.
Is this too small or just right?
Do you like this design enough to build or buy one to live in? Or would you rather go with- perhaps- a 30′ long design instead so you can have even more space for storage, living area, etc?
I’m curious so please share your thoughts on this in the comments if you’re willing. Thanks!
More Tiny House Designs from Tumbleweed
I want you to check out Tumbleweed’s new plans page because they’ve changed quite a lot and I definitely think they’ve made lots of improvements. Check it out and let me know what you think… And which is your favorite?
If you like the Elm 20, get more photos/info on this design here.
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Little Kitchen in the Ernesti Cottage by Tumbleweed
Living and Dining Area with Fireplace
Staircase to the Loft/Upstairs Bedroom
Floor Plan for this Small Cottage
A Little Bit About the Ernesti Cottage
This Ernesti cottage is actually one of Tumbleweed’s largest house designs and it can be built in two different ways.
Would You Like 2 or 3 Bedrooms?
One as a 2-bedroom 746-square-foot cottage. And the second as a 3-bedroom 843-square-foot cottage with an additional downstairs bedroom in the rear. I think this is a great home for a couple or a young family that’s slowly growing.
Each level is 7’6″ tall so if you’re tall, most likely, you’re still good.
How Much Would it Cost to Build?
These figures do not include paying a contractor for labor. So these figures are simply for cost of materials alone. And it ranges anywhere from around $49,000 to $56,000 according to Tumbleweed’s site.
How to Get the Plans
If you’re interested in building this house or having a contractor do it for you, cool! You can get the plans right here.
Other Small Cottages You Might Like
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This tiny cottage on a trailer was built using Tumbleweed Fencl tiny house plans.
If you’re going to be in the Olympia, Washington area you can actually reserve this little house for your stay. It would make for a great vacation as well as an amazing experience of living out of a real tiny house!
I’m going to plan to stay here in the very near future. And you might even be able to book it during an upcoming tiny house workshop or to just vacation in while trying out tiny living.
Book your stay in this tiny house here.
Get the Fencl plans to build your own here.
Visit the builder/owner’s website here.
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If you’ve ever imagined building a tiny house on wheels for yourself you might be in for quite a journey. It’s not as easy as it looks! Building a house, even a tiny one, takes time, dedication and commitment. Here’s one woman’s success story in video format as sort of a time lapse of her tiny house construction project:
Building a Tiny House on a Trailer (Video)
She used Tumbleweed tiny house plans to build it even though she ended up straying from the plans a bit to add her own personal touch.
If you want to learn more about how to build and live tiny I recommend an upcoming workshop where you can connect with others and immerse yourself with learning through experience.
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Photo Credit Four Lights Tiny Houses
Upcoming Four Lights Tiny House Workshops with Jay Shafer
Upcoming Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshops
2014 Tiny House Conference
I shared this announcement with you a few days ago here on how there’s a showcase on display of a tiny house community at the Sonoma County Fair.
I can’t get over how cool it’s going to be when communities like this exist and are available to people like us.
You can get more info on the event at Tumbleweed’s blog and Sonoma County’s Fair website in case you can make it.
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Photo Credit Sarah Weintraub
I thought you would find this story interesting because it’s about 3 couples that are group building Tumbleweed tiny houses together.
I honestly can’t think of a better way to learn and do this. It’s better than a workshop because it’s a real experience. And you’re committed to the end.
AND you have constant and never ending support from each other from start to finish. So here’s a little bit about what they’re doing and what they’ve already done.
Three Couples Building Tiny Houses
Cypress 20 Tiny House
Linden Tiny House
By the way, did I mention you can vacation in the first ever Tumbleweed Linden? Learn more about that here.
Photo sources: See the Linden at Tiny Town and Cypress 20 Tiny House Plans at Tumbleweed.
How You Can Get Started
Consider one of many expert designed Tumbleweed tiny house plans.
Consider a Tumbleweed tiny house trailer that you can order online directly through Tumbleweed.
Consider the new Tumbleweed How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels DVD.
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The Tarleton tiny house design from Tumbleweed really does have a lot of closet space for a tiny home as you can see in the photo above.
Most people’s biggest challenges when it comes to living tiny is, “where do I put my clothes?”
And the solution is to either downsize extremely or choose a design that’s right for your needs.
In some cases, it’s possible that there is no tiny house design that’s right for you because tiny isn’t right for everybody!
In that case you can always consider a small house, apartment or maybe even a Park Model instead.
But if the Tarleton seems right for you, you can actually order the plans directly from Tumbleweed here.
Here’s a modern day gypsy wagon built on wheels that you can rent in Seattle, WA. I like how it has the built in front porch over the tongue of the trailer similar to this tiny house.
This would be the perfect place to stay if you’re thinking about attending one of Tumbleweed’s upcoming workshops in Seattle (not a hands on workshop though but still a great chance to get together and meet with other like minded people).
This looks like the perfect place to get some rest after a long day of exploring the town or attending a workshop.
For more pics and info on how to book your own stay click here.
Fencl plans available here.
For more info and list of locations near you click here.
Current locations include:
- Tampa, FL
- Charlotte, NC
- Boston, MA
- Atlanta, GA
- Cincinnati, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Vancouver, BC
- Los Angeles, CA
- St. Louis, MO
- Minneapolis, MN
- San Francisco, CA
- Washington, D.C.
- Seattle, WA
- Boulder, CO
- New Jersey
- Melbourne, Australia
My favorite part about these events is getting to connect with 30+ other people who are also passionate about tiny houses. I always leave with new ideas and inspiration.
Ticket savings of up to 40% expire last day of this month. For more info and list of locations near you click here.
You can see more of Ella’s house on this post and over at her blog.
Built using Lusby plans with modifications.
Asking $28,999. For more info and pics click here. Get the plans to build your own here.