Doug built his own 8’x20′ Tumbleweed Cypress 20 Overlook tiny house on a trailer. He started building it almost 3 years ago and has been living in it while finishing it.
All while also keeping a job. But now he’s finished and has invited us to come to get the tour thanks to Deek. Doug used glass storm doors to create one of the world’s tiniest sunrooms at the entrance instead of the usual porch. With this design idea he’s been able to generate solar heat using the sunroom and what he does is simply open his front door to let some of the heat into the cabin for passive solar gain.
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Doug doesn’t spend more than $104 per year to heat his tiny house and just $176 per year on energy total. That’s a total of just $14.66 per month on utilities!
After you get through the tiny solarium there’s a 30″ stained glass door to greet you at the entrance.
Once inside you’ll find a beautiful Dickinson marine fireplace that always keeps the place warm. This is an expensive heater but as you can see in the video below it’s one of the items that Doug enjoys most as he describes it as art. And I’d have to agree that it’s a very nice heater… Can you imagine getting to look at the flame all the time? It’s like having a mini campfire or micro chimney in your house.
A sleeping loft is used as a bedroom to save on space downstairs.
There’s also a closet that’s pretty decent sized for a tiny home. There seems to be even more storage up top too (you’ll be able to see more in the video down below).
Head to the kitchen and you’ll find the instant water heater, sink, 3 burner stovetop, and a compact refrigerator.
The bathroom is right by the kitchen and features an RV shower and a Nature’s Head composting toilet with venting system. He says he’s only had to empty it every six months or so with this system. And that there are absolutely no odors.
Source: Tumbleweed Cypress 20 Overlook Plans
You can actually see the bathroom, shower and how everything works (including the composting toilet) in the video below:
Full Video Tour & Interview w/ Deek
Also, there’s an upcoming hands-on building workshop this May 1-3, 2020 in Joshua Tree, CA led by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen where you get to design and build cabins among like-minded people. Sign up here.
- Watch the original video on YouTube
- Deek’s Hands On Workshops
- Nature’s Head composting toilet
- Dickinson marine fireplace
Thank you so much to Deek and Doug for sharing. 🙂
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