3D Contest: And The Winner Is!!

The results are in!

First Place: Z-Glass, Second Place: Cypress 20; Third Place: Whidbey

See Larger Images Of The Winning Designs:


Congratulations to the designer of the Z-Glass, you have won yourself a set of plans, tickets to a workshop and the new Tumbleweed Construction Video. We hope this will help you on your path to building your very own tiny house. 

Thank you to all of you who designed and entered your house into the contest! 

Have you designed your own House-to-Go or Cottage 3d-Design? 


Group Build 2013: A Strong Foundation, and a Wall

Hi Tumbleweed fans,

It’s been an eventful month here at our group build site in Sonoma. We’ve been building subfloors onto our trailers and starting to frame our walls.

Dan, Meg, and Sarah insulating the subfloor

Dan, Meg, and Sarah insulating the subfloor

I’m sure we’ll get used to it one day, but for now Joseph and I often find ourselves thinking, “This is actually happening! This is our house!” There is something so special about knowing exactly what is going into every single part of this house–every self-tapping metal screw, piece of plywood, and batt of insulation.

Joseph and the nail gun

We started by protecting our future houses by screwing pressure-treated 2X6s all around trailer’s outer edge. It’s not easy to screw through pressure-treated lumber or steel trailers, let alone both. But we got much better at it as we went around each trailer, eventually settling into the right balance between effort and gentleness to get the screws all the way in without breaking.

Next we put in the subfloors. Meg and Dan (Team Yellow) and Joe and Breanna (Team Purple) used polystyrene insulation that they cut to fit between their trailer struts. After Team Red’s (that’s us) woeful experiment with washing wool for insulation we bought batts of recycled denim and fit those in. We put down construction adhesive, sill sealer, then we attached ¾” plywood. Yahoo–we have subfloors!

We are doing a traditional “stick build,” so we got going on modifying our plans to fit our salvaged windows, and then cutting sill plates for the whole house. We then cut the studs for the back wall and nailed them together with our new serious, dangerous tool, a pneumatic nail gun. Ka-thunk! We now have a back wall.

Sharing tools, batteries, and hands was such a benefit in this physical process.  Lifting ¾” ply is not easy by yourself, nevermind placing the tongue in the groove and getting it all screwed down. When we made a mistake on our house, it was satisfying to be able to talk about what happened, and prevent our co-builders from doing the same thing.

Meg and Sarah measuring the wall

Meg and Sarah measuring the wall

The other two couples are building with SIPS (structural insulated panels), which have not yet arrived. In the meantime, Joe and Bre are researching old-time-y locks with skeleton keys for their front door. They’re also shopping around for a speak-easy door hatch.

Dan applying construction glue

Sarah and Joseph putting screws in the subfloor

Coming up next, a good old-fashioned SIPS-raising. Also, torching exterior siding shou-sugi-ban-style (What? You’ll see!) And more walls from us, definitely.

Sarah Weintraub and Joseph Schommer of Seeds With Wings and are part of the Tumbleweed writing team for the next few months, reporting on a group build of three Tumbleweeds to take place this Summer and Fall in Sonoma, CA.



A Big Solution for Tiny Houses

Building codes currently prevent us from building a house as small as we want to. We drove around that problem 12 years ago by putting the first Tumbleweed Tiny House on wheels. Now we’re parking our tiny houses squarely within building and zoning codes with our new nationally certified ready-made units.  Our houses meet over 500 safety codes of electrical, plumbing, construction, heating and fire safety.

Just like your neighbors in regular homes, you can get conventional financing and insurance on your certified Tumbleweed. We all know that the average house costs a fortune, but a Tumbleweed can be had for as little as $400 per month – and paid off in half the time of a conventional mortgage.


Attention to detail is still the hallmark in every hand crafted home built in our licensed Colorado facility. These days they’re also inspected and tested to meet over 500 safety and building code regulations (ANSI 119.5 and NFPA 1194) – and yeah, this house can still travel anywhere!

The small house movement is a real solution to our current housing crisis, and now there is a clear path to achieve home ownership. The door is open wide, come on in!

Want to learn more about how this works and what type of home we can build for you? Schedule a free consult by clicking here and finding a time that works for you.



Brittany’s Fencl Open House

You may have seen pictures of the amazing Fencl Brittany built, but have you ever wanted to see it first hand? Well now you can! Brittany is hosting a 1-day open house next weekend where you can take a look around and ask Brittany your tiny house questions. Brittany learned how to build her lovely house after attending a Tumbleweed workshop, could you be next?


Here’s a message from Brittany with all the details:

Are you interested in exploring, testing, touching, trying, photographing, peeing in (the composting toilet – duh!), measuring & learning more about tiny houses? Then this is for you! Learn about how it was built, why I decided to build it, how it works, what goes in (water, electricity & food) and how it all comes out (gray water, urine-diverting toilet system), and most of all – does it fit YOU? Bring on the questions! Bring a sketchpad, measuring tape & camera & explore this tiny house.


Open House Info:

Date:   Sunday August 18th, 2013
Time:   2pm to 6pm
Location:   Bayside Bungalow
    7924 61st Ave NE
    Olympia, WA
    Click here for directions
    Print out directions


Feel free to bring family and friends who you think would be interested in the tiny house movement. We love to share thoughts and ideas.

A kind request: Please respect other guests’ privacy & only stop by during the open house time stated above. Any other showings are by appointment only.



Look forward to seeing you all there!

-Brittany Yunker
The Bayside Bungalow
Olympia, WA
~A tiny house on Puget Sound~



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