- Location: online only
- Website: tumbleweedhouses.com
This is a true find. Sebastopol-based The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was started by Jay Schafer around 1997 when he began pioneering the art of building and living in small spaces -- "subtractive design" or "low-impact architecture," as he calls it. As a professor, he had spoken on the subject in many places, including the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, where he taught for ten years.
The 89-square foot Epu House
All of the eight buildings his company sells are less than 800 square feet, including the one that he currently lives in, which is 70 square feet. The biggest is the Enesti at 774 square feet and the smallest is the XS-House at 65 square feet.
All of the houses are finely crafted and designed to be used as a home, a weekend escape, or as a garden hut. Prices start at $38,000 for the smallest home. A few are within the legal limits for travel on U.S. roadways and come on wheels, so you can take them anywhere you want. You can also purchase the plans and attend a Tiny House Building Workshop to learn how to build a tiny house from the foundation to the roof!
The 117-square foot Lusby House
(Edited from this post originally published 09.01.05 on AT:NY)