Meet Jay Shafer, he is the founder of Tumbleweed, Tiny House Company. In 1997 he downsized to an 89 square foot house and never went back (to a regular size home). He changed his lifestyle and started on a career path that he was passionate about. Jay’s decision stemmed from his concerns about the environment and the impact a larger house would have on it. Tumbleweed’s mission; to make the plans and tools available so you can build your own little building based on their designs, ready-to-build kits, and even already manufactured tiny homes ready to be transported to you.You don’t need to own land to call one of these tiny houses your home. These portable homes can be put just about anywhere and have been placed in backyards, RV parks, rural settings, and even in a National Park. The possibilities are endless and so is the sense of freedom you must feel when owning one.
I was immediately drawn to the simple life style these tiny dwellings offer, the attention to detail and the function of every inch of space. I had to get a look inside and decided to take you on a tour of my three favorite tiny homes; The EPU, The XS and The Fencl. This model is the EPU and is the first house Jay lived in. It comes with a desk and fireplace in the main room, a kitchen, bathroom and a sleeping loft upstairs.
These tiny houses are used for day to day living, guest houses, writing studios or whatever you can dream of. Can you imagine living in a tiny house and simplifying your life at some point? I would love to try this when I retire or have an empty nest. I’m thinking I would spend half of the year in Maine and the other half in Sanibel, Florida.
Above, the full tour of the EPU. The bathroom is similar to a boat layout where the shower is combined, metal finishing on the walls address’ the function of the shower.
The next house tour is The XS, Tumbleweeds smallest at 65 square feet. Did the name give it away? The XS stands for extra small and excessively efficient. Tumbleweed founder, Jay Shafer, built his own XS House and lived in it for one year. 65 square feet, can you imagine? I love that Jay is the real deal and actually still lives in one of his tiny houses even with all of his success developing his company.
The beauty of these homes is that you have everything you need; simply & most efficiently under one tiny roof. The size ranges from about 50 to 130 sq ft. You can purchase them ready-made or buy the plans to build it.
Our final tiny house tour is, The Fencl at 130 square feet. The interior is finished in pine with stainless steel counters and cedar clapboard outside. It can also be finished in board and baton siding or corrugated aluminum. The roof is covered with corrugated aluminum allowing you to hear the beautiful sound of the rain. I hope you enjoyed this week’s House Tour and would love to hear what you think about tiny house living.