Today I am going to provide a review of my Tumbleweed Tiny House. I was hesitant to do this post because I don’t want to be perceived as offering advice about tiny house builders, but some of the most common questions I get are whether or not I like my Tumbleweed Tiny House and if I would buy from them again.
Before I start with my review, I want to make it clear that I have no affiliation with Tumbleweed, other than being a customer and at one point a guest blogger (See the two part story here and here). This is simply an explanation of my experience with the company as tiny house dweller.
I need to start with explaining why I chose Tumbleweed. When I started my tiny house journey I knew I wanted to buy rather than build. However, two years ago there were very few reputable tiny house builders. In fact there weren’t that many tiny house builders period.
I narrowed my search down to three companies that looked reputable and had homes I liked. Ultimately I chose Tumbleweed due to the quality of construction and the fact that their builder was based out of Colorado Springs, CO, which is where I was living at the time.
The first time I walked into a Tumbleweed Tiny House, I fell in love with it. The quality of construction was better than I had imagined. It looked like a custom home on a small scale. (You will notice that my house looks very similar to the model! 😉 )
I spent hours at the location where they had their model. I walked through the house, sat on the bench and imagined how my life would be and where I would put my stuff. I am sure they thought I was crazy!
At the time, Tumbleweed had a small company that was building for them. The individuals that built my house had been custom home builders, who had transitioned into building smaller structures like sheds and playhouses. They ultimately built my tiny house for me. My understanding is that since that time Tumbleweed has changed who builds their homes.
I loved the fact that I was able to have lots of conversations face to face with my builder. He provided me detailed plans that I had the opportunity to review and update. I was able to add additional things I wanted like a desk, extra shelves and additional electrical outlets and light switches. This sounds silly, but it made the buying process a lot less stressful.
I have been extremely happy with my home and have to say from a construction and quality standpoint I would absolutely buy from Tumbleweed again. With that being said, there are a number of other builders out there now that have amazing floor plans I love. So I am not sure I would buy this exact model again.
The advantages to Tumbleweed in my mind boil down to three things. Quality of construction, length of time in the business and ability to get RVIA certified (something I cared about since I knew I would be living in RV parks). The downside is price. I paid $75,000 for my tiny house with all of the upgrades. Today their are a lot of quality builders who can match the quality for less money.
As with any decision, it is important for you to decide what is important to you and what isn’t. I encourage you to meet with a builder and tour their homes before you start building. Make sure you understand how your builder does business and what is included in pricing.
I would love to hear about your favorite builders.