Welcome to the Tiny House Journal

EpuThe idea behind the Tiny House Journal is to show people that they can build a tiny house themselves. Using plans by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company the Tiny House Journal will give you examples of others who have built their own homes, usually on their own or with minimal help from professionals.

You can download the Tumbleweed Brochure here with all Jay’s houses, it is an Adobe pdf file. Please fill free to share it with your friends and family.

My name is Kent Griswold and one of the biggest questions I get over at my main blog the “Tiny House Blog” is can I do this, and how do I know what the costs will be?

My goal with the Tiny House Journal is to show you visually that “Yes,” you can do this, I also plan to share journals of the process and costs involved written by the builders when building their Tumbleweed home. Again welcome and enjoy the journey.

If you have a Tumbleweed home that you have built to share please contact me here.


Grant’s Tarleton was built in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Grant spent three months building it and than lived in it for two weeks and decided he had so much fun building it, he wanted to build another tiny house.

He advertised it on the Tiny House Blog and sold it within a day.


Gerry’s Epu is in Victoria, Canada. Costs were about $15,000.  Trailer, windows and labour were about 2/3rds of the cost.  Gerry still needs to install the bathroom and hot water system.

The closest thing I’ve built before this was an end table that didn’t turn out that well 🙂  Hiring an experienced friend to mentor and help me was the best decision I made and the house would not have turned out as well as it did without her help.

zoe_250x250Zoe is building her Lusby using mainly reclaimed materials. She did buy new materials for framing for the strength and stability she needed for a home that has to be moved occasionally.

With the help of friends and family she is building her own home. Watch and learn from her experience.

fencl_200x150Jay Shafer’s Fencl is being constructed by himself and a couple of contractor friends. The Fencl is the house that Jay will be taking on his east coast tour starting May 25, 2009.

Jay has built several homes, but this is the first one I have had the opportunity to watch go up and I wanted to share these photos with you.

kais-weebeeKai Schaede from Germany spent three months constructing his modified Weebee to meet his needs.

Kai hopes that his pictures will motivate other do-it-yourselfer’s to try what he has done. Kai is a dental technician with almost no building experience, yet he managed to build this Weebee and the windows on his own.


Mark’s Mulfinger’s Tiny House is a project Mark built for his mom a house on his lot – she was wiped out living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit.

Mark heard from a friend about Tumbleweed Tiny Houses – I ordered plans [Mulfinger plan – no longer offered] He than proceeded to build it with some help from friends.


Will Pedersen from Abbotsford, BC Canada has constructed a Tumbleweed Tarleton. His cost of materials is around $18,000 Canadian (about $14,500 US).

Will did the bulk of the work himself, but employed an electrician to do the electrical and had a friend who is a plumber assist him with the plumbing.