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

Tiny House in Winhall, Vermont

by Bob Whitney

This month my tiny house was completed after a few years of preparation and three months of building. Josh Wengard, a terrific carpenter of Re-Design Construction in Londenderry, Vermont did most everything. I sealed the cedar siding, sanded the maple kitchen counter and generally got in the way. The house was built using the Epu plans from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, though some modifications were made. The final cost was just under $32,000 for building.

tiny house north side

I was able to find a 1.1 acre piece of land bordered by a brook that already had a well and septic installed. The land was $36,000 Continue reading

Original Jay Shafer Epu Open House


If you live in the Boston area be sure and go and visit the original Epu, the first built Tumbleweed that tiny house celebrity Jay Shafer built and lived in. It will be on display for an Open House this Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 1 pm to 4 pm in Boston, 88 Lambert Ave. (Avenue not “Street”)

If you can’t make the open house, fret not, as during the Boston Tiny House Building Workshop, you can also make a field trip to this very site, for a more intimate look at the structure, and with guest speakers galore….

  • Tiny House Dweller and Author, John Hanson Mitchell
  • Gypsy Wagon Builder and Dweller Sage Radachowsky
  • Mariah Coz and her Comet Camper, a classic Avalon she’s renovating in a green and off-grid fashion to serve as a mobile classroom.

And perhaps more….

Also the Boston Workshop (May 19th and 20th) hosted by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen will be on hand to give you a tour, and answer any questions you might have in regards to tiny housing. Derek is also teaching upcoming workshops in DC, Chicago, and NYC. The event will also double as the delayed book release event for Diedricksen’s “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.” which spent 15 weeks as the #1 ranked Carpentry book on Amazon).

Jay's Epu

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Tumbleweed Giveaways and Holiday Sale

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is expanding their reach via Twitter and Facebook and to encourage you to follow them via one of these methods they are having a giveaway of some of their books and posters every couple of hours till the end of November. To be included in the drawings you need to like them on Facebook and comment when they ask you to or on Twitter they want you to re-tweet certain information to your followers. Here are the links if you want a chance to win: Facebook and Twitter.

Tumbleweed is also having a Holiday Sale and in my opinion the best deal is the workshops. Tumbleweeed is giving 40% off of the usual price and that is a bargain in my humble opinion. Click here to go to the Workshop page and than click on the workshop you would like to attend, the discout is given on that page.

Tumbleweed is also offering 40% off of certain books and plans and if you click on the graphics below you will be taken to the sales page for that item. The sale ends November 30 so if you have been waiting to buy one of these items, now is the time to do it.

Tour of the Epu

On my last trip to Sebastopol, California. I was able to visit Jay Shafer’s Epu. He has moved it to a new location within town, but still offers open house tours on the first Saturday of each month from 2-4 p.m. My husband, Harry Thomas, a semi-professional photographer took a few photos that I thought were a interesting and different view of Jay’s sweet, little house. The sleeping loft is a great place to hide.

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)






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