It is impossible to do a search for small houses and not turn up Jay Shafer and the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He is in large part the inspiration for the small house movement and Small House Style. It seems that one person has not done more to put the small house on the map than Jay and this is our homage to him…
Jay built his first small house (for himself) in the early ’90s and has been living small ever since. He founded the company in the mid ’90’s because people were expressing real interest in his small house. It seems that other people wanted to live simpler, cheaper and smaller – the Tumbleweed way too.
Jay has also made appearances in the San Francisco Chronicle, on CBS (w/ 2 great videos to watch), on NPR, and on countless blog posts and beyond. Keep your eye out for Jay – according to the San Francisco Chronicle he is dreaming up a small house community – shared land, connected by walking paths, on a small piece of land. A sexy, small house development instead of a trailer park? Sounds good to us.
Thanks Jay for being such an inspiration to small house lovers everywhere!
Here are some great video clips and slideshows that feature Jay and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses:
The Hour’s Hilary Doyle finds out if Jay has a good idea:
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company slideshow:
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Lusby model slideshow:
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company – building the WeeBee: