Posts Tagged ‘Tumbleweed’

Ryan’s Tiny House | No Loft

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This week we’d like to feature Ryan Hoffmeyer’s unique Tiny House RV, featuring a one story floor plan.

Ryan began constructing his Tiny House RV during North Dakota’s 2014 winter season. He was completely isolated in a rural community, building in his neighbor’s garage. That is, until the project literally outgrew the space.

“I built at much as I could knowing I had a 12’ garage door and a 13’ Tiny House RV,” Ryan explains. “It wasn’t long before I had to move outside in the dead of the winter.”

Having strong knowledge of the construction process, Ryan built solo and was able to finish his Tiny House RV in just four months, despite the weather. In May 2015, he moved it to Colorado.

A one-story Tiny House RV design that works!

Ryan designed his Tiny House RV to have no loft, high ceilings, and a main floor sleeping space. He accomplished this by installing a murphy bed over a folding couch. The transforming furniture came from Italy and took 3 months to ship. In the meantime, Ryan continued to build.

Ryan can also relax in a hammock with his open floor plan!

Another innovative element in Ryan’s design is that he chose to elevate his kitchen and bathroom floor 15 inches to accommodate a space for mechanical storage. By doing this his batteries, piping, p-traps, fresh and greywater tanks are all located in the insulated area of his trailer. He never has to worry about winterizing his pipes for freezing temperatures.

“Being a DIYer, I could afford to build my house with nice things,” Ryan explains. “If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The average DIY Tiny House RV spends approximately $25-30k in materials, but Ryan opted for upgrades. The total costs for his 20′ Tiny House RV came to $35k.

Ryan’s Three Pieces of Advice:

1) Build as much as you are able to yourself. Sleeping in something you built with your own hands is the best feeling ever.
2) Watch youtube videos. Gather ideas, do’s and don’t. Just because it’s tiny, it doesn’t mean you don’t have all the building procedures of a normal home. Framing, plumbing, windows, roofing, siding, electrical, interior finish, etc. It can be overwhelming without the correct knowledge.
3) Take the Tumbleweed workshop. It’s pretty much is a live version of youtube. You get a booklet and step-by-step on every procedure. Plus the room is filled with enthusiasts who are planning to build, or have built, and are sharing about it. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the staff. Tumbleweed trains them properly before they send them off to start to train you. I give it a 10.

Cool Little Tumbleweed Cottage | 600 Sq. Ft. | Could You Live In This?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Taken from the Tumbleweed Blog:

Take a tour of this adorable 600 square foot home in Little Rock, customized from Tumbleweed Whidbey plans.

Video courtesy of P. Allen Smith Garden Home

They might have the smallest house on the block, but one thing’s for sure: Lyndsey and Tom’s tiny cottage packs a lot of punch! As you float through the entrance, prepare yourself to be enthralled by a plethora of eclectic decor. From the vibrant couch pillows to the cozy lofted workspace, these tiny housers have created a feast for the eyes in this lovable little shelter.

Notice how the white paneling elongates the room, while a clever use of storage gives the couple’s home a wide open feel. “Little House in Little Rock” is colorful, quirky, and classy all at the same time. As Lyndsey describes her house in detail, with materials partly coming from salvaged resources, it’s obvious that this tiny houser has a special connection with her abode. A bond that only few home owners will ever know. That’s truly the spirit of tiny living!

The house glows as sunlight beams through a multitude of windows and skylights. Storage was a priority for the couple, and the house has no shortage of cubbies and shelves. But the space that really steals the show, is the couple’s gorgeous open kitchen.

At Tumbleweed we’re always amazed at what “build-it-yourselfers” can do with our plans.

Our homes come in two categories:

  1. Our “House To Go” is on wheels and range from 117 to 172 square feet. 
  2. Our “Cottages” (shown here) are built on foundations and range from 261 to 884 square feet

After seeing Lyndsey and Tom’s customizations, we felt inspired! One of our Whidbey layouts now reflects their idea of an open kitchen, which we absolutely adore!

While the average home is triple its size, “Little House in Little Rock ” perhaps has the bigger heart. Thanks to Lyndsey and Tom for inviting us into their charming home and for inspiring us with their tremendous creativity.