In about a week, Mark & I are taking a road trip to Colorado! The main purpose of the trip is to go to the Tumbleweed ‘factory’ in Colorado Springs. They have two models there for touring, one is the Mica – which is the rectangular ‘box’ in the photo on the left – which I’m very excited to look at since it’s one level. The other is the Cypress (photo on the right), which is the model we’re thinking of. Plus, we’ll get to talk with the people there and ask them 14 billion questions. Seriously. I have a list.
There are basically three ways of purchasing a Tumbleweed home – you can either buy it completely done, or you can buy the plans (and the trailer if you want) and do it completely yourself. The third option is what they refer to as a Barn Raiser where quite a bit has been done for you, and you finish it yourself.
We’re leaning towards the latter – partly because it’s a lot cheaper (although then you are talking your labor) and because I LOVE the idea of being able to say, and think, and feel – I helped build my HOUSE! To know it that intimately I think is super special. Oh, and if you’re wondering if I know how to build a house – no clue. But, as Ella, the fabulous presentor at the Tumbleweed conference said of herself – ‘I made a dress once. I figured I could build a house’. I haven’t made a dress (though I did make a 7 legged octopus not long ago – that wasn’t intentional – I forgot one of his legs), but I have made baklava.
If we do the Barn Raiser route, then we will have to find a place to be able to put it to finish working on it. (Any one have a back yard they’re willing to offer in the Portland area? Or know of a warehouse type setting where we could rent some room?)
The other really fabulous part about this road trip, is we’re getting to see (and stay with!) some awesome friends. AND I’ve heard that Colorado has some great beer. Yay! I love road trips! The only thing I don’t like about them is that I miss the cats so much. So, just think – when we do our MAJOR road trip we’ll have the cats WITH us! Such an exciting (and scary) journey!