Let me preface this by saying...I am not the first to blog on Tumbleweed Houses. After being made aware of this company yesterday by my brother (not the brother I would expect it to come from – but one who no doubt has moved, much like myself, as frequently as a tumbleweed for much of his adult life) I have become instantly obsessed with an idea that I feel is as true to my own definition of "home" as anything I've seen.
Tumbleweed Homes is famous for their micro-home on wheels. The tumbleweed is much like a camper...but a structure that many people have actually chosen to LIVE in. The micro version of their designs is made to sleep 2 humans, the books they love and all the basic amenities of home.
While my initial excitement was "Wow, I could totally do that," my brother reminded me that I am indeed responsible for more than 2 humans and his reply to me was, "Yeah Jen, I think they are specifically designed for families of 4. You know they have a loft...probably more than you need really."
Ok, so the dream of a micro home is out the proverbial window, but upon further investigation they do make house plans that include up to 3 bedrooms (minus the basement that could undoubtedly have another). They keep the square footage low, the functionality high, include a porch (a must have for urban living) and are extremely eco friendly. I love the idea of limited storage because I am always aiming to store NOTHING and use EVERYTHING. I relish the thought of less than 1000 sq. ft. to clean. Cozy, calm and planted in a urban space. I can see myself in the yellow 3-bedroom below. Gardens and all...in this I would plant the roots of my tumbleweed and stay a while.
The estimated cost to build a three-bedroom is $53,000. A modest sum.
Like I said, I know the tiny house movement has been in full swing for some time and I've been awed by the renovations on HGTV involving small living spaces. I can't say for sure if a tumbleweed is in our future, but for now I'm just glad to be a family in which something like this looks like a beautiful possibility.
Above: 3 Bedroom on a permanent foundation.
Below: Home on wheels...Mom and Dad? I'm seeing retirement by the sea...or in the mountains.
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