'Tiny house' builder Tumbleweed locates in Sebastopol

[caption id="attachment_35501" align="alignright" width="288"] Jay Shafer with his tiny home[/caption]

SEBASTOPOL -- Tumbleweed Tiny House Company recently leased a small warehouse at 400 Morris St. in Sebastopol.

Tumbleweed offers consumers plans for tiny homes from 65 to 864 square feet. The homes sleep from one to four people. The home plans range in price from $99 to $849. Tumbleweed often offers specials for bestsellers and some of the smaller units.

Tumbleweed, in addition to the plans, offers prebuilt homes that are put together in the warehouse.

“We don't do prefab yet,” said Brett Haynes, spokesman for Tumbleweed (tumbleweedhouses.com). “We build complete models of our houses on wheels and then ship them to the customer. We only build a few houses a year. Most are built by our customers.”

Homes are delivered to a site on a trailer.

Since 1997, Jay Shafer, founder of Tumbleweed, has been living in an 89-square foot home. He calls that home “Tumbleweed” and he said he has comfortably lived in it since that time.

Since that first home, he has continued to make small buildings.

[caption id="attachment_35503" align="alignleft" width="288"] Employees putting together a model home in the warehouse in Sebastopol[/caption]

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