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Living Single? This Tiny House Might be for you

JT’s tiny house is a combination of a Tumbleweed Walden and Lusby.

He used his own creative ways to customize this tiny house for his own needs.

Isn’t that what it’s all about? Creating a home that perfectly suits your needs.

That’s what I love about these little homes: you can use plans to help you with construction and design but ultimately you can tweak anything to your own desires.

That’s why I think it’s so important to take your time when you’re building or designing your own tiny house. Don’t rush through it and don’t be afraid to question your initial plans throughout the process.

So let’s take a look at how JT’s tiny house project turned out. Below is a wonderful shot of he and the house on the road with a landscape view.

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JT's Tumbleweed Tiny House on the Road

Photo Credit Tumbleweed Houses

When you go inside, I bet it smells like fresh wood. I’d love that. As you can see below JT used tongue and groove pine for the interior walls and ceiling.

JT's Tumbleweed Tiny House Interior

There are enough windows to bring in plenty of light throughout the day and there’s a little storage loft directly above the entrance that you can either use for decorations, storage, or both. Let’s head to the kitchen.

JT's Tumbleweed Tiny House Kitchen

The shelves built into the wall here save lots of space and help keep the kitchen organized. The sink is small but just large enough to comfortably wash pans and dishes in. As is normal in small kitchens, vertical space is used to store pots, pans, and cooking necessities.

JT's Tumbleweed Tiny House Kitchen

Don’t miss the commercial style wire shelves where JT keeps his microwave, extra dishes, and kitchen containers. Plus the space and energy efficient Frigidaire refrigerator with freezer.

JT's Bathroom in his Tiny House

Another example of vertical storage in the bathroom with the built in shelving. And notice how small the sink is.

Sleeping Loft in a Tiny Home

Finally the iconic tiny house sleeping loft. It looks comfortable, cozy, and just wonderful to rest in. The window, lighting, and natural wood scent and feel must be really enjoyable. Thank you so much for sharing JT.

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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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  • sesameB
    October 5, 2012, 1:30 pm

    woman opening boutique on wheels
    Therissa Heit’s red hair and transient approach to fashion were the inspiration behind the name of her Scarlet Gypsy Traveling Boutique. Heit is turning a bus she bought from a local church into a mini boutique. “It’ll be like a tiny store,” she said.“Then I’ll be able to move from place to place.” Heit said she got the inspiration for her rolling boutique from a magazine article about similar stores on wheels in California.
    “They’re doing very well there,” she said. “I figured we could use it.” Heit said she’s noticed a lot of her friends were driving to Fargo or the Twin Cities or shopping online. She wanted to make fashion more accessible. “I can go wherever the customer is,” she said. Plus, she’ll save money on rent. Heit will sell women’s jewelry, clothing and purses. She said her inventory will be dressy trend items for events like date night, weddings, a trip to Las Vegas or lunch with friends. She will not carrythings like basic T-shirts or tank tops. Heit, who’s originally from Mandan, studied fashion at the Art Institute of Dallas. Since then she has worked in several retail positions, managing stores and buying merchandise for them. She said she sees herself as kind of a stylist.
    “I’ve always just loved fashion,” she said. Heit gets her inspiration from Pinterest and fashion magazines. She said being confined to a smaller store space will force her to be more choosey. “It’ll only be things that I love,” she said. Heit said the bus is 17 feet by 8 feet and will have a fitting room in the back. It will be decorated like a boutique more commonly seen in New York or Europe.

  • Pamela in Calgary, AB
    October 6, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Well now…I’m not sure about all these other comments, but mine relate simply to the little house itself.

    It’s GORGEOUS!!!!

    Here’s my message to JT:

    JT, you have designed a perfect little home. It’s cozy, well laid out and filled with quality and love. I am envious for sure and whether it’s for one person or more, it’s lovely.

    Congratulations – if you ever travel to Calgary, AB, my hubby and I would love to meet you and talk about small home living….it’s hopefully in our near future as well!


  • jerryd
    October 6, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Nice work JT!! I wish I lived where there was low cost wood boards so I could do similar.

  • Barb Blythe
    October 6, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Love the clever recessed shelves! Makes everything look so much sleeker & BIGGER. And the space is “free”. Thanks JT…well done!

    • jerryd
      October 6, 2012, 2:11 pm

      High Barb and All,

      Similar shelves on doors, cabinets can really increase storage you can see and get at easily by using wasted space.

  • Barb Blythe
    October 6, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Just looking at Collin & Joanna’s Fencl that is for sale & thinking how I would like to come home to a house that looked that that! Would anyone happen to know where you would get a tiny front door like theirs? So unique, would let lots of light in & the color is terrific against the cedar.

  • di
    November 7, 2012, 3:19 pm

    For spaciousness, try recessed lighting and convert all media to a handheld computer.

    Stack a set of dishes/pans along with dry goods beneath the kitchen sink.

    Rather than a loft, try a daybed or futon couch.

    Store items in pull-out baskets beneath

  • Tim Briscaine
    December 5, 2012, 11:33 am

    “That’s what I love about these little homes: you can use plans to help you with construction and design but ultimately you can tweak anything to your own desires.”

    Isn’t that true about any home? Duh.

  • Tim Briscaine
    December 5, 2012, 11:34 am

    “That’s what I love about these little homes: you can use plans to help you with construction and design but ultimately you can tweak anything to your own desires.”

    And how is that different than buildng any other home?

  • Tim Briscaine
    December 5, 2012, 11:36 am

    “That’s what I love about these little homes: you CAN use plans to help you with construction and design but ultimately you CAN tweak anything to your own desires.”

    So on big homes you CAN’T use plans to help you with construction and design and CAN’T tweak anything to your own desires?

  • jerryd
    December 5, 2012, 2:11 pm


    What’s the deal?

    I’d though that would be obvious and so does the author I bet. You can’t cover every little point in a short article.

    And then 3 posts on it? And isn’t this about little homes, not big ones?

  • Maria Favata
    November 18, 2013, 3:15 pm

    I’d like to see some homes with a downstairs bedroom that Senior Citizens could live in. Maybe with a porch.

    • Alex Pino
      November 18, 2013, 3:30 pm

      I got one tomorrow that you’ll like then. I’m working on it now. It’s a 585 sq. ft. cottage with a pretty cool story to go along with it 🙂

  • Saint Phlip
    January 29, 2014, 10:39 pm

    I really like it, JT. Very similar to what I’m starting to plan.

    However, looking at the insets in the walls, do I take it that you don’t intend to be in cold weather? One of the things I’m looking at for mine is good insulation- particularly after this winter… (Looking at those poor folks in Atlanta, where a couple inches of snow has shut them down).

  • Sandra Kelly
    March 3, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Good afternoon Alex – is there a maximum distance that a tiny house can
    be moved. I will be in Ontario Canada. What if I buy a tiny house from say North Carolina- is that too far away?
    thank you .

  • Kathy
    March 3, 2022, 9:53 pm

    Ooh, that sounds like fun! Theresa’s got the right plan, and I envy her. If only I were young enough to pick a circuit I could drive, I might love something like what she is going to do! I wish her the best, in safety on the road, sales, and happiness!

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