For prospective homebuyers looking to avoid the major expenses inherent to purchasing real estate, and hoping to diminish their environmental impact, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers a novel solution: go small! Really small!
Tumbleweed specializes in designing teeny, tiny homes with footprints as miniscule as 65 square feet, perfect for people that are ready to dramatically simplify their living spaces in an effort to avoid the decades of mortgage payments that go hand-in-hand with buying a home. And depending on what kind of project you’re looking for, you can buy just the raw plans for the design of your choice, a building kit or a readymade home, with finished models going for as little as $38,997!
People shouldn’t have any illusions about what they’re getting for the money though. I mean, even the largest floor plan in Tumbleweed’s “Tiny House” series of trailer-based homes (the “Fencl,” $53,997 pre-fabricated) is extremely, life-alteringly, claustrophobia-inducingly small at just 130 square feet – but then again, that’s one of the main selling points. Tumbleweed’s website is filled with zen-like messages about letting go of the “high-stakes, high-risk game of keeping up with the Joneses” and not “being shackled with debt till the grave.”
There are environmental benefits to consider, too. According to Tumbleweed, the average house produces seven tons of construction waste and emits 18 tons of greenhouse gases annually. By comparison, Tumbleweed claims that an unspecified small home plan was made with only “4,800 pounds of building materials” and “produced less than 900 pounds of greenhouse gases during a typical Iowa winter.”
Ultimately, Tumbleweed is probably not for everyone. But the home styles are undeniably nice looking, and the freewheeling, unencumbered, pick-up-and-leave-with-everything-yes-even-my-house-in-the-middle-of-the-night lifestyle that they describe definitely sounds appealing on some level. Click here to check out photos, floor plans and testimonials – and get ready to re-size your expectations!