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.
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 »
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).
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.
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.
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Well, I’m finally getting this post up. I’ve wanted to for quite a while and somehow it got put aside. I had been in communication with Gerry Shaw while he was building his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Epu, which is the same home that Jay Shafer lives in and wanted to tell you more of his story. Here is what Gerry has to say about his build:
Well the move was a bit hairy as it was full on winter when we started then a huge rain storm when we arrived in Victoria. The distance was ~800 KM and we did it over a full day leaving at 4 AM. We had one ferry crossing. We wrapped the house in leftover home wrap and padded the front and pack with insulation panels to prevent any windows from breaking and keep as much muck off the house as was possible. When we arrived everything was intact.
I haven’t had much time to ‘finish’ it but it’s very livable. My plan wasn’t to complete the bathroom as I’m still not sure how I want to prevent water freezing and what sort of toilet system I’m going to use so that will be a summer project along with the porch roof and some trim. I might redo the cabinets at that time as well since the ones I built were done in hours on the last day before the move.
The closest thing I’ve built before this was an end table that didn’t turn out that well Hiring an experienced friend to mentor and help me was the best decision I made and the house would not have turned out as well as it did without her help.
Living in it has been great. The proportions are amazing and the layout gives the impression of it being much larger than it is since you have about 4 distinct rooms in the house (great room, kitchen, bath/closet – tiny, and a very private bedroom.
Costs are about $15,000. Trailer, windows and labor were about 2/3rds of the cost. I still need to install the bathroom and hot water system.
Here are three galleries that are open to the public to view. I’ll reply (in time) to any questions people ask me.
To view Gerry’s gallery of pictures go to the three links below.
If you would like to get plans to build your own Epu, visit the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company website.
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