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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:

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When I went to our Tiny House Talk Facebook Page this morning I noticed one of Jay Shafer’s original Tumbleweed Tiny Houses for sale.

It’s the Epu that Deek covered a while back when it was near Boston.

It Looks like the person who bought it (not long ago) is selling it.

Jay’s Epu Tumbleweed Tiny House is Available

Who will own it next?

Jay Shafer with his Tumbleweed Epu Tiny House

Photo Credit TumbleweedHouses.com

See more pics, videos, and get the “for sale” info below:

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Jay Shafer felt overwhelmed by the 4,000 square foot home he grew up in back in Iowa.

Time, energy and resources were spent maintaining space that added very little to their lives on the whole.

This distaste for wasted space emerged as a creative influence when Shafer was in his 20s.

After college, he started making blueprints of tiny homes just for fun.

Exploring how space is used, brainstorming how to use it more efficiently and learning about the materialism of our culture, he decided to pursue the passion further.

One of the legal difficulties he found right away was zoning laws that restrict how big anyone living establishment must be.

In most states, to be considered a house a building has to measure at least 220 square feet.


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Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

Photo Courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses

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This is a Tiny House Poster designed by Jay Shafer back in the day.

It features the Anderjack Box Bungalow along with hollyhock flowers in front of it.

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Tumbleweed Tiny House Poster of the Old Anderjack Box Bungalow Design by Jay Shafer

Hollyhocks Anderjack Tiny House Poster

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Every Thursday I’ll be featuring a random set of tiny house plans here on Tiny House Talk.

Today I’m introducing you to Tumbleweed’s Beavan Box Bungalow design.

Beavan Box Bungalow Tiny House Plans

The Beavan is one of Tumbleweed Houses latest designs in the Box Bungalow category.

As you may already know all of this company’s house plans are designed by Jay Shafer, who has been living happily in really small spaces since 1997.

That’s over ten years of extremely simple living. That’s why he’s #1 when it comes to designing micro sized spaces for humans.

Jay Shafer and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

Jay is at the forefront of today’s tiny house movement not because he is the first person to live so simply but because he has successfully shared his amazing ideas with the world.

In his Small House Book, he shows you the current generous loopholes which allow you to bypass minimum size housing building code restrictions in most areas.

The Beavan Box Bungalow

Let’s take a close look at this beautiful design which was recently featured on HGTV’s Design Star.

Beavan Box Bungalow Tiny House Plans by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses

Photo Courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses

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Hey guys. I have a quick announcement on the Popomo tiny house.

If you’ve been on the fence about getting your first set of plans, right now might be a great time because Tumbleweed announced a sale on their Popomo design.

This is their easiest house to build on a trailer.

It’s uniquely designed with steel siding.

Another cool thing is that it’s their widest little house design that’s on a trailer because it sits over the wheels on a flatbed style trailer.

In total it’s 8 feet and 6 inches wide inside and there’s still no special permit needed to tow it.

The cost to build is approximately $20,000 with brand new materials.

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This morning I was able to get an interview with Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses for you guys.

I think you’ll discover a few things about him that you weren’t aware of before.

Forgive me for the low quality as it was my first time recording my own interview using Skype and Camtasia and I couldn’t figure out how to make my own face bigger (but that’s okay because you want to see/hear Jay, not me, haha).

But I know you’ll enjoy the interview regardless of quality. I had to split it into two parts because of Youtube’s 10 minute rule.

Be sure to watch part two because he’ll tell you about Tumbleweed’s latest upcoming designs which are really interesting and completely different than anything he has ever done.

When you’re done watching do me a favor and leave your thoughts in the comments. I want to hear what you think about his new tiny houses (which he’ll be revealing pictures of soon).

As always I’d appreciate you helping me spread the word by using the Facebook Like and Retweet buttons. Enjoy…

Here’s Part One:

And Part Two:

Spread the word…


If you were to start building your own tiny house right now, which of Tumbleweed’s designs would you pick?

The reason I’m asking is that I just talked to Steve from Tumbleweed Tiny Houses and he graciously asked me if I’d like to be apart of the Orlando, Florida Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop and of course I said yes!

I am even more excited than I was the other day when I found out that I was featured on the Sunday cover of the Real Estate section on the News-Press where Jay Shafer, Kent Griswold, and Gregory Johnson were mentioned. How cool is that?

Tiny House Talk in the News-Press

That’s our awesome little dog, Louie, in our apartment that we just moved into. It’s a 600 square foot place (we went up from 500) and it was a relatively easy move because we just had to go downstairs (same apartment building). I’ll tell you all about it later if you care to know.

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This model from Tumbleweed Houses is designed for people who want to use the kitchen. It has the largest kitchen out of all of the other tiny house designs from Tumbleweed.

If you’ve looked at the Lusby you’ll notice that this one is really similar except that the kitchen is in the 6′ x 4′ space and the main room (living area) is more open with one sleeping area in an upstairs loft.

It also features a small but usable front porch and vaulted ceilings in the main room. Similar to the Lusby, there’s also a mini loft above the front entrance door for extra storage.

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Estimated cost to build yourself


Price of building plans


Ordering it ready made from Tumbleweed


*Pricing is approximate and may change

Floor plan and dimensions

Tarleton Tiny House Dimensions Tumbleweed Tarleton Tiny House Floor Plan


Tumbleweed Tarleton Tiny House Picture

Photo credits: Tumbleweed Houses

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