Small House Series – One

When I suggest I plan on living in a small home I am talking about roughly 500 square feet. Is it possible? I think so. Can I do it? I am not so sure. I may bump it up to 800 square feet. Ha!

There are two small home companies in the forefront of my mind these days. One is Tiny Texas Houses and the other is Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. I love the unique designs and concepts that Tiny Texas Houses creates. They are entirely made of recycled materials from older abandoned homes. They will design a home based on what you are looking for. The designers take creative liberties and each home they create is never alike. These homes are built in their factory and shipped to you. I would love to have one, but I don’t think they ship past Louisiana (sigh).

Tumbleweed homes are amazing. They have two categories, tiny homes and small homes. Each home is predesigned and built the same, but they will make alterations to their designs upon your request. For the small homes, that have a foundation, you purchase the plans and have a contractor build them. For their tiny homes, which are built on wheels, you may purchase the plans and build it yourself or they will build it for you. The tiny homes on wheels are just adorable, but I know are way too tiny for me.

Here are some pictures of one of my favorite houses built by Tiny Texas Houses.

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Again, all of the materials are recycled from old abandoned houses. They even reuse fixtures such as sinks and tubs, etc. The homes are constructed to today’s standards with new insulation, electric wiring and plumbing.  They are constructed on site and delivered on a truck! In the case of this house, the porch collapses for transportation.

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vicky zebu 5I just love all the angles, the opening in the floor, the woodwork, the windows. All of it!

If you would like to see more pictures of their work you may do so here. I highly recommend visiting their website too!

Here are some pictures of my favorite houses built by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Sebastarosa
Sebastarosa

I do rather like the Victorian design, the high pitched roof makes for useful space in the loft, though technically not a habitable space. Unfortunately, they have no pictures of any being constructed. There is however the floor plan.

Sebastarosa - 3 bedroom
Sebastarosa – 3 bedroom

This next plan was actually built somewhere here in North Carolina apparently. I would love to talk to the owner about their experience working with Tumbleweed and about the general building experience.

Harbinger
Harbinger

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Harbinger-Entry

Love this kitchen!
Love this kitchen!
Love this bathroom!
Love this bathroom!

harbinger-1bTumbleweed has a nice selection of cottages and “houses to go,” you should stop by their website and check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

9 thoughts on “Small House Series – One

  1. Just spent the day with my hubby and daughter sight seeing and looking at examples of homesteads. We were looking near a big lake and found that the Park Models are very cute. I would love to live in a smaller home less maintenance and less money. Great post looking forward to your updates.

    1. Hello, thanks for stopping by! I have looked into Park Models too and have found several that I like. My only concern about them is our tendency towards extreme weather. We have tornados and hurricanes. While no home is safe against a tornado, hurricanes can wreak havoc on trailer like homes. I do like them so I suppose it depends on where I end up living in the future. If I stay here in eastern NC, I would second guess Park Models.

      1. We have that concern, we live in the upper midwest and have many storms too. I was thinking maybe park model modified and built by us would be better. Great point to be taken, thanks looking forward to more updates.

  2. I think I could live in 800 square feet but I would need another 500 for my potting shed, chicken coop, and wine cellar!

    1. Ah, this is perfectly acceptable! In my plan I foresee my wee house and a potting shed, garage and a guest cottage. The entire grounds will be one big wild garden with pea gravel paths leading to each structure. I also would like to have chickens! Thank you for stopping by!

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