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Elm 18 Overlook: 117 Sq. Ft. Tumbleweed Tiny Home on Wheels

In this post I’m showing you a 117 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels. It’s called the Tumbleweed Elm 18 Overlook.

Designed to be built on a trailer it’s mobile, beautiful and functional. All while looking and feeling like a real home.

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117 Sq. Ft. Elm 18 Overlook Tiny House


Enjoy the complete tour of this 117 square feet tiny house below:


The dormers in the rear still keep that oh so classic look in the front and you’ll appreciate the extra space in the sleeping loft that you don’t normally get without the dormers.


I also like this type of air conditioning system over the wall units because they just look better and can be stored on top of the tongue of the trailer. Although this sort of AC costs a lot more than a wall unit.


Below you can see how this AC looks in the interior. Look to the left above the chair.

Living Area


With this type of AC you don’t see anything on the outside besides the unit over the tongue of the trailer. Again, really cool, but costs way more than a wall unit. If you get a tiny house ready made from Tumbleweed, they usually come with one of these but I’m pretty sure you can option it out if you wanted.

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The ladder that you’d use to get up into the loft is stored simply right by a shelf on the way to the kitchen.


We’ll get up to the loft in a minute, but first let me show you the little closet you get in the Elm 18 Overlook:


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Yep. You’d definitely want to pare down your wardrobe to your favorites before moving into one of these full time because there’s just not that much space. But remember you can also use shelf space to fold and store clothes too.

Alright… To the kitchen we go!


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Sleeping Loft


View from the Loft


Window to the Front Porch


Trailer Tires


Trailer with Scissor Jacks


Grab a set of these scissor style jacks here. Learn how to level your tiny house trailer in this post.

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The cool thing about Tumbleweed Tiny Houses is that now they’re RVIA certified (just like an RV) which makes them easier to insure and finance (if you actually wanted to do that).

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Darcy
    December 5, 2013, 11:54 pm

    What a lovely home.

    • Alex Pino
      December 12, 2013, 5:34 am

      Glad you like it Darcy

  • Hunter
    December 6, 2013, 10:33 am

    This is the best home I’ve seen coming from tumbleweed to date. I love the decorating , not over done for once. just absolutely the best of the best.

    • Alex Pino
      December 12, 2013, 5:35 am

      Thanks Hunter!

  • Ralph Sly
    December 8, 2013, 6:50 am

    It is pretty, its staged, and not the slightest bit practical for even one person to live in long. And what is the price of this Alex or are you worried about stopping hearts.

    • Alex Pino
      December 12, 2013, 5:36 am

      It’s true that it’s not practical for most people, but for the few minimalists out there it can be.

      As for costs around $20-$25k if you build it yourself, around $50-55k if you have Tumbleweed do it for you.

      • dawn
        January 21, 2014, 8:21 pm

        ALEX, i always see your homes in wood inside. not that it isnt beautiful but why not use drywall for some of it? i would love to see the wood above and on the floor and drywall everywere else. wouldnt that bring down the price? wood is so spendy! it would make it lighter too wouldnt it?

        • Alex Pino
          January 21, 2014, 9:13 pm

          There are some with drywall and yes it would bring down the cost a little bit for sure. This one uses drywall and is quite nice: https://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-house-family-of-4/

        • dawn
          January 22, 2014, 12:41 am

          thanks alex! but really using drywall is lighter. so how much lighter could it be? as for the weight of wood vis drywall what difference is there really? as for cost being cheaper, are we talking a few hundred or a few thousand? all could make a difference! im about to buy these plans and im really wanting to know….. this will be the 1st time building something like this…… thank god for brother-in-laws who know everything!

  • dave
    December 26, 2013, 2:10 pm

    The Tiny House movement is becoming Mc Mansionized….

    Plus, given what we know about the people who now run Tumbleweed, how can anyone in their right mind support that company?

    Just thoughts, not being critical of Alex or Tinyhousetalk

    • Al
      April 17, 2015, 8:36 pm

      What do you mean about the people running Tumbleweed? I’ve been interested in the 24 foot Tumbleweed for awhile now.

  • W
    January 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

    The space in the corner of the kitchen is always either inaccessible or accessed by way of a curtain. Why doesn’t anyone ever do a corner sink, which would let you in there to get things out?

    • kristina nadreau
      May 14, 2016, 11:42 am

      some designs do incorporate a corner sink. Corner sinks are hard to work with in a kitchen where real people cook and clean up.

    January 21, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I understand what Joy’s saying, and it does make sense. However, I look at these sites, to imagine myself one day, having to live smaller, and these homes fit the bill. I myself, love to dream, and place myself in each room. While I was viewing this mini home, I could imagine my things in there. I loved seeing all those pretties about, weather they were practical or not, I was in awe of it all. So, even if its just me daydreaming, please don’t wake me, as I have a few more minutes to enjoy. If there was anything I was to change about it- it would be me in that marvalous little home, instead of being here. thanks for the nap.

    • Alex Pino
      January 21, 2014, 9:18 pm

      Thanks Diane 🙂

  • dawn
    January 21, 2014, 8:13 pm

    when looking at homes, this was going to be my dream home! love the lay out. BUT i do have a question to the people who would build this for me. for one i would like a bathtub /shower ( and not a tin can looking thing like i see other use!) and then my 2nd question is … i love were the ladder sits but instead i would like stairs right there. could be more upright so they dont take living room space. with those 2 question asked………. can it be done? has it been done? i would like to see any pics you might have that someone did that! you can email me at [email protected]

  • Julie
    January 21, 2014, 8:48 pm

    $50,000 is way to much for a tiny house! I understand a company needs to make a profit but they have priced themselves out of the market, in my opinion!

    • Alex Pino
      January 21, 2014, 9:16 pm

      I understand Julie that $50,000 is a lot of money. The other option (if you like their houses) is to buy their plans (they’re pretty expensive too) and do it yourself or hire contractors and try to do it for less labor than Tumbleweed charges (and avoid paying delivery, too)

    • Alex Pino
      January 21, 2014, 9:17 pm

      And you can choose less pricey materials (drywall instead of pine, etc)

      • Bonny McDaniel
        January 28, 2015, 5:22 pm

        What is the wear factor with drywall? I would think it would crack if the unit was moved very much, especially over secondary roads. I love the wood in this one although a wall, or two, in drywall would relieve some of the ‘woody’ look. I do realize it was staged and those shelves could be used for books, boxes that hold bills, notepaper, etc. A drop down table would be better than the wrought iron one, etc. But I do love the look…just couldn’t get up the ladder to the bed.

      • Dianna Anderson
        April 18, 2015, 5:27 pm
        • Alex
          April 18, 2015, 9:43 pm

          Thanks Dianna! Hope this helps answer your question Bonnie! 😀

  • Liane
    March 1, 2014, 9:53 am

    Yikes! Would love to see photos of a real living interior instead of the decorator people look.

  • Christopher Ott
    March 1, 2014, 10:09 am

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I found your posting for a Cypress or Elm model to be very attractive but far out of each for my budget That’s a real shame because I would buy (it would have to be pre-built) in a heartbeat if the price didn’t exceed 20k. You see I have Parkinson’s and would normally enjoy the process of building the unit on my own. Unfortunately that won’t be possible.

    I wish your company great success

    Christopher Ott

  • Bonny McDaniel
    January 28, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Clothes storage is a problem…we lived in a 32 Class A motorhome for twelve years…no slide-outs. We had two tiny shirt closets and one almost four feet wide. Some out of season clothes were stored in a shallow storage item (like an under-bed storage) which went into one of the bays…a Tiny Home like this can have shallow storage built in under the bed for extra clothes. However, if you cannot give up most your clothes, you could always rent a small storage unit near where you have your Tiny Home and store extras there…more money but it does solve that problem. We had to keep many ‘extra’ clothes because we both worked at Boy Scout summer camps and needed our uniforms and staff clothes in addition to our ‘civilian’ clothes.

  • Bruce
    January 28, 2015, 5:47 pm

    For getting the credit for start the TH trend, and as beautiful his homes are… he uses space so inefficiently. The narrow kitchens are claustrophobic and give the TH a feeling of being cramped. The bathroom needs to be at the end to open up the space, not parallel with the kitchen. It would also be nice to see him use a shed type roof for better head room and multiple lofts with space, and living areas being able to accommodate a TV on the wall (maybe use a smaller on one wall.

    Just my 2 cents 🙂

    • Trish
      May 16, 2015, 3:18 am

      Bruce, I totally agree with your comment on the bathroom right next to the kitchen. I prefer the kitchen and bath at opposite ends of the house, but understand the cost-effectiveness of having all plumbing in one area.

      • Eric
        March 4, 2016, 3:04 am

        Given the size of the THOW the cost of having plumbing in 2 different zones of the house would really be quite minimal. Certainly not a deal breaker if you are purchasing one ready built that’s for real.

  • kid cardona
    January 29, 2015, 2:38 pm

    I do not understand why so many complain. These type of homes are like model homes. Yes they are a bit pricy but the idea is to see some of what they can do. I look at these floor plans to get ideas for when I build my on site tiny home on my ranch. There are some functions that I like here but many others I do not like, so I just pass them up.
    To me a tiny home can be a fancy as one is willing to go. There is no rule written in stone that says ya gotta have the absoulte minimum.
    Good luck folks at Tumbleweed. BTW, that use to be the name of one of my favorite comic strips back in the days.

    • Resa
      April 17, 2015, 3:41 pm

      I agree with kid wholeheartedly. There can be a many different tiny homes are there are people who want to live in them. I love looking at all of them for the ideas I can get from each one of them. Even in large track developments, people like to put their own stamps on their homes. Tiny homes are the same. Also, I imagine that many people find out that things they thought were going to be wonderful do not always work out as they expected. I look at this and see things I would change as well, but this may be exactly what someone else wants.

  • Cheryl Smith-Bell
    January 29, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Love all these designs, for the much younger set. Were I even twenty years younger, I could skinny up and down these ladders gleefully. But at 67, I do not want to have to go up and down a ladder to the potty several times a night.
    I’m an old hippy at heart, and would love to be able to be off grid, the more in the wilderness the better, but my little abode, [all I can afford] is better for me now. It is small<900 square feet, at the edge of town. I find lots of ideas to use to improve on my small house, so keep up the good work. We are all different and have differing needs. What works for one, will not work for the next one. So my 1.3 A and horse and lots of cats, kinda like our spot, at least for now. I use the small 2nd BR as my studio, and hopefully the art created there will keep the bills payed. Much info here helps me pair away unnecessary things, and that has begun to UNCLUTTER my life! I am forever grateful! I'm really a pack rat, and am trying real hard to over come that! This site really helps one understand what you need, verses what you want, or think you need!

  • LC
    January 31, 2015, 3:24 pm

    Alex, I’ve helped to install many of these A/C mini-split systems and thought readers would like to know that they are also available as heat pumps. They look identical to the A/C only units, but can provide heat in winter, cooling in summer. They are also extremely high efficiency (i.e. 27 seer).

    • treehouse in paradise
      April 18, 2015, 3:54 pm

      Great info. Thanks for posting.

      • Eric
        March 4, 2016, 3:10 am

        OMG… did people in the US not “know” that? We’ve had them here in NZ for over 25 years.

        So, that sort of answers my “to myself question” why do they need/want a wood burner in their tiny home. Well, if they didn’t have and didn’t know that they could be heat pumps what would one expect. Not an expert, but there isn’t a huge amount of difference so an air con could conceivably be retrofitted to be a heat pump. Experts, feel free to contradict that statement if I am mistaken.

  • Liz
    February 4, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Beautiful home. Love the decorating, layout, colors, everything.

  • treehouse in paradise
    April 18, 2015, 2:21 am

    Very pretty staging, but not practical. I like the lived in look of the ones that are already being used. Shows me how it might work. I also wonder about the tight kitchen quarters and the bathroom adj to the kitchen. I’ll keep looking. Thanks for posting so many great ideas.

  • Karyn
    April 18, 2015, 10:56 am

    I love the bedspread in the loft…can you tell me who makes it or where you bought it. Love this house- it’s beautiful!!

  • Sue
    April 18, 2015, 11:07 am

    I love the concept, but do you have anything a bit larger on a trailer?

  • Susanne
    April 20, 2015, 9:53 pm

    I saw drywall for $10.00 a piece-can’t recall size but roughly 3 or 4 feet wide and 6 feet long?!?! Point being very large, heavy, and only $10.00.

  • Martha
    May 14, 2015, 1:14 pm

    I think it’s a beautiful home, and space-wise I think I could live in it, back when I might have climbed up the ladder easily. The loft looks so roomy because of the dormers, and space on either side of the bed. As far as the staging goes, it’s just a starting point to give you an idea of how you might decorate and use the space. I was mentally moving some things out of the kitchen, while rearranging it to suit me. (But the ladder is a killer for me!)

  • mary o'donnell
    May 14, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Love it, except 6walls of wood too much for me and have similar stove-hate it!
    You have incorporated so many cleaver ideas. Cant do sleeping loft-old person.
    but have design ideas for my unit includes huge storage, clothes and stuff, operable skylight, sofa/bed easy conversion.
    Impressed with effective design.

  • Jane
    May 14, 2015, 10:13 pm

    Love this house and these detailed photos.

  • James Groover
    May 14, 2015, 10:24 pm

    The link for the air conditioning page is inactive and can’t be found, can you please check that and fix the link. Thanks

    • Alex
      May 15, 2015, 1:08 pm

      Thanks James!

  • Sandy
    May 16, 2015, 9:34 am

    I’m interested in a tiny house, but am concerned about the air conditioning. I’ll be living in Texas and Missippi and the summers can be brutal. I notice most tiny homes are equipped with heating. I see a ductless air conditioning unit in some, but was concerned with how much energy that’ll zap from my solar energy package since I’ll be off grid. Plus, how well does it work? Thanks for any feedback!

  • Lynnette
    July 13, 2015, 4:42 pm

    I’ve always loved this Floorplan. The layout and decor are just adorable. It just oozes happy, comfy and cozy.

  • Michael Bradshaw
    July 14, 2015, 8:39 pm

    I love the Tumbleweed elm 18 overlook. Really cool, maybe a little on the fancy end (looks wise) but I really like it. Wonder if that’s something that could be placed on a slab or placed over a basement (for some extra space)?

  • Barbara
    March 3, 2016, 4:54 pm

    This is a very cozy tiny house, but I didn’t see a shower or tub/or bathroom sink, just a toilet. Does it have a shower or tub? I like the wood and plenty of windows. I don’t like alot of white walls with only a couple of tiny windows, makes one feel like their in a box. This is really nice.

  • Bill
    March 4, 2016, 12:21 am

    The placement of the stove is not practical. Nice tiny house design but cost is out of control. Why is there always a loft?

  • Maria
    March 4, 2016, 8:01 am

    I would build this 8 feet longer. Which would give you a longer bathroom ,a space for stackable washer dryer, a bigger living area,bigger kitcken to put free standing oven just pass the cabinets where the sink is. Which means making bathroom instead of 6ft 7 inches making it 7ft 6 inches and moving window by toilet,moving sink down away from shower alittle more so you can put mirror above sink.

  • Lisa E.
    May 14, 2016, 9:20 am

    I’m not seeing a shower. And I’d gladly sacrifice a window for a storage staircase; either straight up or three steps to the wall, hang a left turn and continue on.

  • Linda Lewis
    May 14, 2016, 10:22 pm

    To just saying. I agree that tiny houses are intended to bring us down to basics in why we need versus what we want. I am 60 and have more belongings than I want but I am spending a year paring down. What I found offensive was your diatribe against Carl in SC. We are ALL entitled to our opinions and for you to lambast someone who openly admitted an inability to pare down to this to y house’s size was unkind and certainly unnecessary. You are not the final arbiter in these matters. Find some grace of spirit when you share your thoughts.

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