Tiny House Auction

I have covered this Tumbleweed Epu before. Built by the Healdsburg High School’s CASA (Construction and Sustainability Academy) and led by instructor Glen Schaezlein. I got to tour it again last Sunday at an open house located at the Healdsburg Community Church. You can read the previous post by clicking here.

This tiny house will be for sale later this summer by sealed bid auction.


The minimum bid is $37,000 and bids will be accepted later this summer. Comparable models of this tiny house sell for up to $46,000 and are not as well-equipped as this remarkable student project. More details about the silent auction will be available soon.

Email: healdsburgshop (at) gmail.com for more information on how to bid on the tiny house.

The tiny house is an “Epu” model, built from plans donated by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and paid for by community donations. The tiny house is an 89-square-feet, fully self-contained dwelling, complete with a sleeping loft, a kitchen with (tiny) commercial quality appliances and a stainless steel shower. It is finished in wood paneling with redwood shelving. The tiny house boasts a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, a tiny porch and a unique handmade steel porthole window in the loft bedroom.

Epu interior

Epu back

Healdsburg High Students build Tumbleweed Epu

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of visiting the local Healdsburg High School. Ray Holley had invited me down to see a Tumbleweed Epu being built by sixteen high school students.

A few years ago the industrial arts program at the high school was being shut down because of lack of funds. A group of business people including Ray Holley decided to step forward and not let this happen as these skills are really needed by the young people and allow them to get jobs after graduating. These business people raised enough money to continue the program and called the organziation CASA (Construction and Sustainability Academy).

advanced construction students and tiny house

The class building the Epu is the Advanced construction class of sixteen students. Their instructor Glen Schaeziein has an interesting challenge as he only has the students for five hours a week which is divided into three one hour sessions and one two hour session. They have made great progress as the construction has only been going on since early October. The plan is to have the house completed by this Spring.


Jay Shafer donated the Tumbleweed Epu plans and the class is modifying them a bit to take on the look of local structures. The class involves bringing in professional people like electricians, plumbers, and even a chef to help in the design of the kitchen. The business people advise the students and then the students go on and do the actual work. Continue reading