Jay's Open Road


Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

“Know what you need to be happy, and get rid of the rest.”


Design Engineering


Beliefs & Faith Education Fear Fulfillment Inspiration Passion Perseverance Self-Reflection Simplicity Success Talent


architecture, art education, baby steps, being an example, building, design, designing, fine art, higher power, organization, sustainability


Jay Schafer's life has been anything but expected. After earning a Master's of Fine Arts in painting, he went to work as a grocery store clerk so he could focus on art in his spare time instead of on his occupation. However, he eventually felt that he needed more purpose, and began zoning in on art he was truly passionate about: designing sustainable architecture and urban planning. Jay's small-house designs have been feature on CNN, Oprah, and in The New York Times. He won the Natural Home's Home of the Year Award for Innovative Design in 2000. Since 1997, Jay has lived in a house that is 89 square feet – smaller than some people's closets. He founded and currently runs Tumbleweed Tiny House, where he designs and builds small homes for sustainable living.

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