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Tumbleweed Fencl Tiny House Over the Hill

Ever dream of your own tiny house off the grid somewhere? Perhaps somewhere in the Rocky Mountains?

This is a dream that Kathy is making come true as you read this right now. It’s something that has been on her mind for a long time and is now becoming her reality.

On October, 2011, she was able to purchase 11.4 acres of land in the Rocky Mountains so she’s now building the home on wheels in Michigan and planning to move it down once it’s completed.

Instead of designing the entire home herself, she decided to go with one of my favorite highly detailed construction plans from Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses. It’s the Fencl tiny house.

It’s a 130 square foot design with a sleeping loft. It includes a tiny covered porch and of course is designed to be built on a flat-bed utility trailer so that you can legally tow it on most roadways.

Tumbleweed Fencl Tiny House on Wheels

Photo Credit Tumbleweed Houses

To begin the project, Kathy ordered a 20′ trailer from PJ Trailers in Milan, Michigan. The cost was $2915 brand new with an extra $85 fee to deliver it to her building site. She’s using some reclaimed appliances from an RV which you can check out on this post over at her blog.

She’s recruited the help of professional carpenters to help finish the project as quickly as possible while avoiding common mistakes that beginner’s might make. A great investment, in my opinion. If you’re interested in starting your own project just like Kathy’s, consider Tumbleweed’s variety of detailed tiny house plans.

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar June 30, 2012, 11:45 am

    I used recycled RV appliances for my off-grid cabin and they are a perfect fit for a small cabin or house on wheels. You can find older camp trailers cheap and the propane stove, fridge, furnace, water tank, pump, lights, sink, cabinets, shower and lots of other equipment will work great and keep your costs down.

    As for this house design: I like the look and the bay window design but that built in tiny porch is reducing the interior space.

    You could put the door on the side instead of the end wall and built on a fold down deck running the whole length of the trailer with a roll out RV awning and that would give you a nice front porch for a barbecue and seating and would greatly enhance the house and add extra living space.

    I would also redesign the roof to a barn style for additional head room and lower the ceiling to 7′ for more room in the loft.

    JMO

  • sesameB July 2, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Congrats to you, Kathy!
    LaMar is correct in stating the following:
    ‘recycled RV appliances for my off-grid cabin and they are a perfect fit for a small cabin or house on wheels. You can find older camp trailers cheap and the propane stove, fridge, furnace, water tank, pump, lights, sink, cabinets, shower and lots of other equipment will work great and keep your costs down.”

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