Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses by Jay Shafer

Perfect for your guest cottage, writing studio, home office, backyard gym, or craft workshop.


  • The Beavan model will be on display at the Mother Earth News Fair – September 24th & 25th, 2011 – Seven Springs, PA

978-1-56523-7049 Tumbleweed DIY BookGood things do come in small packages.

Just ask internationally recognized small living expert Jay Shafer. His small buildings have appeared on CNN, Oprah, Fine Homebuilding, and This Old House.

Ranging in size from 64 to 110 square feet, these tiny backyard buildings can be used as guest cottages, art or writing studios, home offices, craft workshops, vacation retreats, or a full-time residence.

Filled with photos, elevation drawings, and door/window schedules for six Tumbleweed box bungalows, The Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses, also includes an extensive how-to set of instructions that can be applied to any backyard building project.

Though conventionally built, these handsome little buildings have real doors, windows, and skylights with interesting and practical details throughout.  With extra attention  given to energy and space efficiency in their design, these tiny houses can help deliver the relief we all need on the road toward a sustainable world.

The term “Box Bungalow” is a trademark of Tumbleweed Tiny House Corp. It refers to their idea of packaging these backyard buildings on a flat skid, for weekend DIY assembly. They’ll also sell a prefab building for delivery to your prepared site. They’ll also sell complete sets of plans for any of the houses shown in this book.





Past Events:

  • The contestants on HGTV’s show Design Star, will be designing the interior and exterior of 3 Tumbleweed Tiny Houses on Monday, September 5, 2011 at 9PM!
  • Jay Shafer, the founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and author of our book, will be live chatting the entire HGTV Design Star episode on Twitter. Just follow the hashtag #DSTumbleweed to join in. The live chat starts Monday, September 5th at 9 pm EST.