Cypress 20 Tumbleweed Tiny House

I haven’t shared the news from Tumbleweed tiny houses with you yet.

They’ve recently released their new Cypress 20 tiny house design and plans.

Cypress 20 Tiny House

This model is much like the Fencl but this one’s 20′ long instead of 19′.

So it’s just a bit larger and designed differently inside. Let me show you.

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It may look like you’ve seen it before because it resembles most of Tumbleweed’s designs, but I assure you it’s new:

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Cypress 20 During Tow

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Kitchen and the rest of the Interior

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Beautiful cabinetry and finish work, as always, with Tumbleweed.

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Also notice the little refrigerator in the photo above. Then enjoy some more interior shots below without missing the hide-away ladder to the loft and the surprising amount of storage throughout. :)

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Upstairs Sleeping Loft

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Floor Plan

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  • alice h May 22, 2013, 11:40 am

    Duh, kitchen in the front alcove! Makes sense and all those windows . . . However, it still has the space clogged up by placing bathroom and closets in the middle. I prefer a side entry with any floor to ceiling partitions placed at either end, as much open space between as possible and no hallways. As cute as those little front porches are they really limit your floor plan options. Side doors are a bit tougher to make a covered entry over but I think it’s worth it for the increased open space inside. One of the design elements of older houses I dislike is too many separate little rooms and hallways and this replicates that a bit too well. In a tiny house it’s hard to get away from kitchen residue and lingering food odour (epecially on your fabrics) no matter how you set it up. Best bet is to use good hoods and fans while cooking to ensure strong airflow away from the house. I actually cook especially strong smelling or messy food outside a lot of the time in my handy dandy deck kitchen. It’s also amazing how many things you can cook in an outdoor BBQ, including baking bread, especially in a ceramic charcoal grill.

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    • Erik M May 22, 2013, 12:02 pm

      Agreed on cooking outside.
      As big as the kitchen is in my Tiny house, If I’m going to use a heating appliance, I take it outside during it’s use. This way the heat, smell, and humidity is not in the house. On days when it’s 95 degrees, this helps keep the house cool and not cause the A/C to run as much.

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      • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:15 pm

        Well said Erik!

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:15 pm

      Good call on outdoor cooking. And anything that stinks too much should be cooked outside, especially in a tiny house. I already learned this while living in a 500 sq ft apartment :D

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  • Erik M May 22, 2013, 12:23 pm

    I Lo-o-o-V-V-e-e I-t-t-t-t-T !!
    grade: 10 / 10

    The kitchen is incredible. This is NEW !

    It’s nice to see the “bathroom” is gone. In it’s place are simply the fixtures. It frees up the floor space and makes access to said fixtures easier.

    All in 20′ – Wow !

    Look at the size of the Great room. And there is so much one could do with it. I think another door is almost a necessity. Wow !

    Of course, we still have the 6′ high loft…. but there is also the optional murphy bed.

    The only changes I would make to this wonderful new addition to the Tumbleweed family is:
    take the shower, turn it into an 24″ deep by 40″ wide RV bathtub (shallower is good), put it next to the toilet instead.
    Make the closet less deep.
    turn that former shower area into a desk or table area and get rid of the “narrow hallway” look.
    put in a 30″ wide, glass paned door, in place of one of the great room windows.
    nix the gas stove top. You can’t move it outside.

    And again, it’s only 20′. Wow! Awesome !

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:16 pm

      Awesome ideas as always Erik thanks!

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  • Robert May 22, 2013, 1:09 pm

    The sleeping loft is still above the kitchen. They are just moved to the front door. Very odd placement.The murphy bed in the great room would either leave a living room without furniture or the necessity to move all your furniture before retiring for the night on the main floor level.
    Find a house with a kitchen inside the front door and you have found a backwards house,even a tiny house.

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:17 pm

      Hadn’t thought of that! Thanks Robert.

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    • Nerida May 27, 2013, 11:04 am

      ahh see, my kitchen is at the back of my (small on foundations) house and for some reason everyone comes to the back door, maybe it is the smell of something good cooking that brings them to the messy/homey end of the house.

      Agree though, I would want an exhaust extractor in the kitchen. I do love that cook top though. I currently have a 3 burner where the hotplates are in a straight line – super safe but takes up some bench space.

      ok for those who worry about cooking in a small space, me being one of them, if it ever comes to a TV near you try and catch a program called “The little Paris Kitchen” with Rachel Koo. Lovely program, cooking on what i would all a camp stove.

      My only other bug with this one is there seems to be a lack of windows in the great room. I would like a window to gaze out of. Otherwise I love the decore – so different to anything I would have done but I do really love it.

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  • Laurie Jones May 22, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I love this house the best, but I would want to put the door where one of the windows is in the living room and then stick a stack washer/dryer in the kitchen where the porch /door is. Otherwise it is perfect and one of the favorite I have seen!

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:17 pm

      That’s an interesting idea! Thanks Laurie.

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar May 22, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Well they finally got smart and moved the kitchen next to the door so they can have a fold down bed in the main floor.

    The door looks a little narrow and I like a wide door because you always have stuff in your arms. Same with that hallway.

    Good interior layout but loft headroom is still low. At least with a pullout bed downstairs you could use the loft for the kids or guests.

    I like this better than the Fencl layout and a 20 foot trailer is more common.

    LaMar

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    • RevW May 22, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Having the front door open into the dining/kitchen in my big house, I like this a whole lot in a tiny house. But why not put a second entry door into the great room, with pull out steps? Lofts collect cooking odors regardless of placement, unless there’s a STRONG vent fan to outdoors, so location over or not over kitchen doesn’t matter that much. Having the bath stuff and kitchen adjacent minimizes the plumbing issues, and a shower stall and toilet cubicle instead of a bathroom is nice except for wet floor in the hall, and no separate sink. Needing to wash your hands after using the toilet when there’s only a kitchen sink full of meal prep is a big no. And cooking outdoors, no … rain, snow, wind, bugs, high summer temperatures. That’s too much like camping in a truck camper ( with a portapotty and a bag shower ;-)

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 2:19 pm

      Thanks LaMar and good points as usual. The little front doors make the homes look so much bigger IMO but comes at a cost.

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  • Denny May 22, 2013, 2:23 pm

    How well can someone over 6 feet tall and over 300 pounds live in this?

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  • Lawrence May 22, 2013, 2:40 pm

    So what is the name/brand/model number and where can we purchase the ladder hardware?

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  • Paula May 22, 2013, 2:53 pm

    The chances that I would ever live in a ‘tiny’ house are slim. But boy….your website is the BEST for spending some free time and browsing, admiring and looking at all the possibilities and cleverness that’s out there. I love seeing into these tiny places!!

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Thanks Paula!

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  • Pat May 22, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Anyone that’s lived with a bar fridge knows what a pain it is getting down on your knees to get something. You are in and out of the fridge 20 times a day. Put the fridge above the counter! Problem solved. Pat

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    • Alex May 22, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Good point Pat!

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  • Katie May 22, 2013, 3:44 pm

    My new favorite tumbleweed home! I would tweak a couple things to tailor it to me, but, I love the kitchen in front.

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    • Cyndi Ann May 22, 2013, 5:03 pm

      I do very much like the idea of the kitchen in front, not so sure about the bath being separated. I also like the option of a bed being down and in back.

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  • Mary May 22, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Nice change! Waiting for Jay to make styles like Tall Man’s Tiny House with French doors, long windows, entry in middle, maybe even bed option off the front or back, probably front. And his special steps easy for getting older folks. Like skylight ideas. …I’m so demanding.

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  • Norene May 22, 2013, 5:32 pm

    Don’t really like having the potty and the shower on opposite sides. I guess it would be OK for one person occupancy, but awkward if having guests. I have never built a house of any kind, but in this case I think the space would be put to better use if the bathroom was at the end (no outside entry) and there would be enough space for a bathtub/shower, a potty and a small sink for handwashing. I do like the hidden ladder.

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  • Kathy May 22, 2013, 7:01 pm

    As a full-time RVer for 18 yaers, I can tell you that there is no place for open shelves or bookcases when you are traveling. Though it may look nice and pretty to have all of your books and knick-knacks on display, they all have to come down and go somewhere every time you travel. So, I would like to see enclosed storage in place of the bookshelf and a small spice cupboard in place of the kitchen shelves.
    A design flaw I see a lot is the placement of the kitchen behind the trailer axels. When traveling, the bounce from the trailer is much more severe behind the axel, leaving dishes and food goods in a jumbled mess when you open the cupboard. I made that mistake once, UGH!
    I love the light colored wood interior, offset by the darker cabinets. The hidden stair is a clever design and space saver, even though I’m a stair person. Keep up the great work.

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  • J Murphy May 22, 2013, 7:15 pm

    While I love the kitchen in the front alcove, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of the rest of it. The great room is so closed off from the kitchen, which is where my famly and I tend to congregate anyways. I’d rather have the kitchen open to the great room to help make it feel more spacious. I like the idea of the hide-away ladder in theory, but in reality, it would become a magnet for my kiddos’ matchbox cars and all the dog hair tumbleweeds that we get during shedding season. Besides, I would rather have that space for storage or for opening up the living areas, personally.

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  • Athena May 22, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Nah, it’s not backwards, just different. Ever notice how everyone always winds up in your kitchen anyway? ;)

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  • LLB May 22, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Maybe I’m weird. I kind of like the hallway, because it actually divides the house into ROOMS. Which makes it seem more like a house and less like a trailer. Also, the hallway/shower makes a great excuse for that big closet. A plus for me.

    The sad thing about the kitchen in the front is…now you can’t use that wonderful bay window for anything else. In the Fencl you can put a chair there, read and enjoy the view, put a table there and use the computer (and enjoy the view). Now, all you can do is wash dishes there, because there’s a sink there. Maybe if the sink could go somewhere else and you could have counter space there, or put the stove there and cover when not in use to convert it to useful counter space, you wouldn’t lose the enjoyment of these great windows (my fave feature of the Fencl) because of the sink.

    I like the end room with the Murphy bed, because what kind of furniture can you put in these anyway? Probably something that’s easy to move, and then you can have your bedroom and living room in one, no climbing ladders to go to bed, and more STORAGE upstairs. (For those of us with a lot of clothes, perhaps?)

    Oh, and why do you want a window in the shower? I mean, you’re NUDE in there. Just saying.

    Otherwise, I love this.

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  • Dan Kullas May 22, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I think this is a beautiful tiny house on wheels. The one problem I see is that there are no windows in the living area. I need windows! I have been following the tiny house movement for a long time and planning my own tiny house on wheels. I will have windows, windows and more windows. I don’t care if it’s not energy efficient. I love sunlight!!!!! When I come home after work, I scour the internet for tiny houses on wheels. I love them. I want one, and I will have one some day!!!! Thank you Alex for your ongoing effort.

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  • Jerry May 23, 2013, 1:17 am

    I would be a little concerned with the weight distribution in this design. You want most of the weight to be in front of the wheels, otherwise the trailer pulls the rear of the tow vehicle up, making driving “squirrely” (the rear feels like it’s moving on it’s own) and possibly unsafe. Perhaps enough of the building itself is in front of the wheels, but having the kitchen and it’s appliances at the very rear would not make me comfortable when towing.

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  • Erik Markus May 23, 2013, 8:52 am

    One can orient their tiny house, on their trailer in either direction.

    Hitch end is not necessarily the front, or back.

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  • Tyler May 24, 2013, 12:32 am

    Does the plumbing lines run in the exterior walls? Wouldnt the lines freeze in colder temperatures?

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  • carolyn May 24, 2013, 8:46 am

    What would a hm like this cost?

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  • Rio May 24, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Hey Alex! Thanks for the shout-out! Feel free to contact us for more info or if any of your readers have any more questions. – Rio

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  • Laurentia McIntosh May 28, 2013, 12:18 pm

    I like this model, too! Of course, I’ve liked many of them (he-heh). I like the separate bathroom elements because one can still used the toilet if someone else is in the shower – I wonder, though, if one could put pocket doors across the hall on either/both ends of the bathroom space – partitions only when needed – also, creates privacy for the great room/bedroom. You all might think I’m very weird – but, I have this ‘thing’ for multi-functional features (stairs that also function as drawers, sliding bookshelf that acts as closet door or shelves that open like books to reveal further contents, and pocket doors because they are so great in small spaces). I can’t help but try to see how many cubbies, fold-downs & double-duty features I can cram into a tiny home – and then I question myself because the purpose of a tiny home is to simplify and I continually seem to turn mine into Chinese puzzle boxes!

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  • Ellen Munguia June 25, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I would never have split the bathroom and put it in the middle like that. I’d put it on the back, and the closets, too. That way the kitchen and great room become all one big room. You could still have a murphy bed, just folding down from a side wall. Or just a fold out foam sofa. As I get older, I am starting to lean toward a downstairs sleeping arrangement. I do like that little ‘mud area’ inside the front door, though.

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