With little - literally - to recommend them, Sebastopol,
Calif., builder Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Tiny House designs
delight similarly small-minded clients. The diminutive
dwellings have been used for everything from country getaways
to backyard studios and part-time in-law apartments.
Shafer's own residence gives new meaning to the term "model
home" (top photo, left). Measuring all of 70 square feet, it
features metal roofing and siding; maintenance is next-to-nil.
His previous home, a cedar-sided, Gothic-glazed cottage, tucked
a kitchen, sleeping loft, composting toilet, and 200 cubic feet
of storage space into a 100-square-foot envelope (three bottom
Why the preference for such minimalist living quarters? "I like
to stress that smaller is more sustainable," Shafer says, "but
in the end, I mostly have no time or patience for a larger
house. Living small keeps things simple."
Tiny as they are, his designs don't scrimp on cost or quality.
Interiors and exteriors alike are scrupulously detailed to take
maximum advantage of every inch. Built, the houses range from
40 to 700 square feet and cost $230 to $550 per square foot
plus delivery; customers who want to craft their own
mini-mansion can purchase just the plans for $680.
To find out more, visit the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. Web site
at www.tumbleweedhouses.com— Dave Holbrook