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20-ft. Tumbleweed Cypress Tiny House

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This is a 20-ft. Tumbleweed Cypress Tiny House on Wheels listed for $52k out of Carrboro, North Carolina over at the Tiny House Marketplace, where, of course, you can find even more tiny homes for sale.

Beautiful light-filled finished space, with octagonal window in loft, for someone who wants to build their own kitchen and stairs!

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20-ft. Tumbleweed Cypress Tiny Home on Wheels in Carrboro, North Carolina For Sale….

There’s just something about this classic Tumbleweed Cypress design, isn’t there? You can actually use this area as a first-floor bedroom, just like Jenna does!

A look at the sleeping loft and the bathroom. As you can see here, no kitchen or stairs built-out yet. They left it unfinished so that the buyer can choose their own style and design.

Also, in the bathroom, the sink and shower are finished, but the toilet isn’t installed, in case the buyer wants to go with their own preference on that, like composting, incinerating, or a standard flush toilet.

But other than all of that, this tiny house is very beautifully done, isn’t it? I wonder, how would you finish it? I wouldn’t mind the cabinets to match the door, what do you think?

This 20-ft. tiny house in the snow.

Tumbleweed Cypress 20-ft. Floor Plan

Listing Description

This house has been a labor of love, with high-quality materials and many thoughtful details, built by a former carpenter, and eligible for certification. Most of the details and infrastructure are already done. All that’s left to do is design and build your own kitchen cabinets and stairs, and outgoing plumbing, to make this little gem your home!


  • 20-ft.
  • Built on double-axle trailer
  • Dormers in sleeping loft
  • Bay windows in the front
  • 14 double-pane glass windows
  • Cedar siding
  • Red roof is Onduvilla composite
  • 50 amp wiring/electrical (cord included)
  • Plumbing with RV intake, water lines.
  • Instant water heater
  • Spray foam insulated in the walls
  • Rigid insulation under the floors
  • Walls finished in white shiplap and white window trim
  • Ceiling is clear-sealed cedar
  • Floors are gray vinyl plank
  • Handmade front door with frosted panes
  • Pioneer Minisplit AC
  • Ceiling fan and light with dimmer switch
  • Track lighting in kitchen and front room with dimmers
  • Sliding barn door in the bathroom
  • Shower stall, tiny sink in the bathroom
  • Flush toilet included but not installed
  • Exhaust fans installed in bath and kitchen
  • Sleeping lofts large enough for king bed
  • Bamboo flooring in the lofts
  • Weighs less than 10,000 lbs.

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  • August 11, 2020, 2:23 pm

    I’ just felt the need to leave a comment about the 20 ft Tumbleweed Cypress ..
    I’m a 53 yr old divorcee..& within the next yr..i hope to make a move..my very 1st move from my small NC town..and a tiny house community or a parkmodel in a campground ..either near the beach somewhere..lol
    Anyway..BACK TO THE POINT..this style is perfect..HOWEVER, the Price??? $52 thousand is WAY too much especially when there’s so much left unfinished…”Ridiculous Price”….good luck selling..i feel like ONLY the “”Rich” will buy to use as a hobby or a teens hang out…its surely not priced for the older people like myself..

    Thank You..
    Lori Deloatch

    • Rachel
      August 11, 2020, 6:49 pm

      Agree on all levels.

      Is there anywhere you’d recommend in NC?

  • Kathy Handyside
    August 11, 2020, 3:27 pm

    I still love the traditional tiny house designs! They look like HOUSES, rather than rectangular boxes as so many do today. Things have changed in the tiny house movement and not for the better. Tiny houses were supposed to be a way of owning a house without having to have a huge mortgage or go deep into debt. Jay Shafer’s original designs, incorporating the lines of sacred geometry were the best. It seems the tiny house movement has been taken over by the wealthy for the wealthy – the prices are astronomical. One might as well go back to the high-price stick-built subdivision houses as to pay the high prices of many of these tiny houses.

    • Deb Colter
      August 11, 2020, 4:18 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly with the comments above. Then if you can afford to buy you can’t find anywhere to put it. If you do find a place then they have crazy lot rent and even sillier restrictions.

    • James D.
      August 11, 2020, 11:46 pm

      A thing to understand is tiny houses aren’t new and weren’t invented for addressing the modern housing crisis… It’s just what people did with the idea, which is about as old as the invention of the wheel, that determined how much it can make things more cost effective but anything can be low to high priced depending on how much is put into it and how it gets done.

      This is how we can have things like a budget car like a Honda Civic for less than $30K and a luxury high end car like a Bugatti for over a million! Everything, including tiny houses, can be built to a very wide range of prices. Even RV’s can range up to over $3 million because size isn’t the only determination of costs…

      So, if you’re looking for a specific price range then you have to shop around just like you would for anything else. Like you wouldn’t go to an expensive fashion designer for some cloths you can just pick off a rack at a thrift store… There’s budget builders as there are high end builders and you must never confuse the two or think only one type exists when like any other industry there’s always other options…

      While Tumbleweed was never one of the more affordable tiny house builders. It was only the option for people to buy their plans and build their own that allowed for some to make them at a more affordable price range. People like Jen from Tiny House Giant Journey built her own from plans, for example and the popularity of their designs help promote the acceptance of tiny houses as a option…

      But keep in mind, there are multiple reasons Jay Shaffer eventually left that company, so it’s not really a good example of what you are looking for… It’s only Jay’s more recent developments that really target low cost options like modular building options that lowers the entry point by starting out more basic and building it up over time… The problem is people just don’t want to start out that basic and thus that idea hasn’t really taken off even though it would work, among other low cost options…

      It should also be remembered that most of the really low priced tiny houses were not only DIY built but typically less than 100 Sq Ft, built using mostly reclaimed materials, and with a lot of improvisation and creativity to make it work but that was never going to be practical for everyone to do, especially for those who want permanent homes that can become legal dwellings and needed more capacity for a family or special needs…

      While it’s impossible for commercial builders to build at same cost as a DIY and stay in business but they provide a service to those who can’t build themselves or want something better built than they can do themselves or simply easier to get things like certification as options like RVIA would not be given to a DIY build… So there has to be a separation of what prices to expect from a commercial builder from what you can reach with DIY… Since the closest a commercial builder could get to DIY pricing is if they mass produced products as then they could even get it cheaper than DIY build but it would take most of the choice/options out of the equation as the trade off…

      And that’s ultimately the key point, everything has trade offs. But one of the things most never seem to consider is the long term consequences because a home’s cost is never limited to just its purchase cost. What it cost to maintain, insure, pay taxes on, keep clean, repair, renovate, heat and cool, update, provide utilities to, etc. all factor into how that home will ultimately impact your life and effect on your finances.

      Tiny living can reduce a lot more than just the cost of the home and one of the things that allows is savings that can exceed the purchase cost of the home by up to multiples times over the life of the home versus ending up paying multiple times what the home originally cost to purchase as has been the norm for most traditional home owners.

      People talk of sustainability, usually only meaning what materials the home was built out of, but that term also applies to people’s lives and that, much more than the house, is ultimately what the tiny house movement is seeking to change… In the end, the house is just a tool that you use to effect your quality of life but it’s not the be all and and end all of how you can effect that and achieve a better end result… Choices matter but you have to understand what those choices mean to make the right choice for yourself and not expect simple answers that only address part of the problem but ignores the rest… Seeking simple answers is partly why the modern housing market is such a mess now because in the end that doesn’t really work out the way people wanted it to…

      Going tiny can help, but no one thing should be relied upon by itself to get the job done…

      People can make a tiny house for as little as a few thousand. Youtube Channel Containing Luxury recently posted a cost breakdown of a budget DIY built container home that can be done for around $10K or commercially built for around $20K, for example. There’s budget THOW companies like Incredible Tiny Homes that start much lower than companies like Tumbleweed and offer much more customization options for the price. Just as there are higher end builders who will make a luxury home to meet the needs of families or those with special needs who need something more than a basic tiny home… There are always options, just depends what you need and what you’re willing to do to get it…

  • Jeremy
    August 12, 2020, 1:07 am

    Cabinets that match the door would be perfect!

  • Theresa Perdue
    August 12, 2020, 5:13 pm

    This is one of my favorite models but I would have to go the build it yourself way to afford it. But I noticed the guy said Incredible Tiny house builds cheaper so maybe they could make one similar that would be more affordable. I guess you never know until you shop around.

  • Dave
    August 12, 2020, 6:42 pm

    I like the design of this one, but I agree with Lori above. $52K and unfinished, really seems very high.

    I was over looking around at Tiny House Marketplace, and saw this same sized 20 foot brand new house, completely finished, for over $10K less, at $39K. This looks like a really nice house and a better value:

  • James D.
    August 13, 2020, 2:54 am

    @Theresa Perdue – Yes, ITH has prices starting at $20K for their RJO series 16′ THOW and a kit version for DIY just the interior for $15K… Even the 20′ version only increases the starting price to $25K… So a lot cheaper than the Tumbleweed…

    There are other budget builders but they’re one of the easier ones to find…

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