Tiny House Tuesday: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

July 8, 2008

Jay Shafer and the Tiny House

WHO: Jay Shafer, Idea Man and Founder, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

WHERE: Shafer lives in Northern California, but Tumbleweed Tiny Houses can be found across the U.S.

WHAT: Tiny houses of all stripes and sizes

SIZE: From 65 (yes, 65) to 775 square feet

The man with the (tiny) master plan. Snap!

In honor of this weekend’s Tumbleweed Tiny House workshops in the Emerald City, a tribute to one of today’s tiny house pioneers, Jay Shafer. Sure, I’ve blogged his co. before; but Shafer’s enviable status as a household name (or, a Small-house household name, at least) — to say nothing of his fantastic tiny-home design skillz — certainly makes him worthy of a TH Tuesday homage.

Shafer, spurred by a desire for a simpler lifestyle and by concerns over the environmental impact of a larger dwelling, hand-built his first 96-square-foot home in 1997. Since then, he has been designing and manufacturing tiny homes for folks across the U.S. The company offers both blueprints and pre-fabbed structures, so mini-house builders and tiny-home buyers alike can live Small with just the right amount of elbow grease.

My fave? The Loring, a 400-square-foot, Craftsman doppelganger with sleeping loft. Hot!


Itching for more? Check out the Tumbleweed photostream on Flickr. So many tinies! It’s a bonanza!


11 Responses to “Tiny House Tuesday: Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

  1. The Loring is my favorite, too! Do you know if anyone has built one yet?

  2. I don’t, as a matter of fact. Maybe you and I could be the first!

    Now, if only I could find some free land…

  3. I had ordered Jay Shafer’s books and they came in the mail today. They were $20 a piece (self-published)and are, well, quite small. But the pictures are beautiful and I’m looking forward to reading what he has to say. I’ll let you know.

    As for free land, I live in CT where the lowest priced lot I’ve seen is $7,000 for a tenth of an acre. I don’t even know if CT allows homes under a certain size. Doesn’t matter though because if I do build my tiny house, it likely won’t be on the East Coast.

  4. That’s a good consideration, Liz. I’m not sure whether Seattle allows homes below a certain square footage, either. Perhaps 500 square feet is the low-end limit.

    And $7,000 seems like a steal for .1 acre. Maybe I’m insane.

  5. YAAAAY! they are doing an open house in santa cruz :) super excited.

  6. Hot dog! Are you going, Miss Wreckless?

  7. gary dale said

    living small i would try looking for property outside of city limits, where you can do as you please.

  8. Definitely; good thought.

  9. casey glennie said

    i tore down my shed the concrete foundation is good so now im making a mini house. i was looking to see if anyone else did it too. and i did awsome work

  10. That’s great, casey. Are you going to live in the tiny house? Or is someone you know going to live in it? Good luck as your work progresses!

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