About 5 years ago I tried to find someone who would want a tiny but kept coming to the same conclusion…. People wanted to see one first. They wanted to see a model so they could decide for themselves. At that time I didn’t have the capital to invest in the material or the time to put one together so I shelved the idea but kept looking at it.
Finally I had the opportunity to build a model! It would be a 24’ classic tiny with a little porch, pretty much the “gold standard” of tiny homes. As I was building I was posting social and I created a website to share the build and from there I’ve been getting clients.
What was the initial response from friends & family?
My family and friends are so great. They are very intrigued and ask a lot of questions about how the homes work. This usually turns into a debate on if they could live in one or not. It’s fun to listen to the reasons why someone can versus why they can’t go tiny. And then they talk it out and interestingly enough often come up with a plan that would work for them. For instance, my wife doesn’t want to live in a tiny house but she would have one as a vacation home. And that’s great!
Do you have any memorable stories of people you have impacted?
I have a continuing story of a couple who had me build a shell, which is frame, windows, siding, roofing and they are finishing the interior. They are blogging their journey and it’s great to see their progress. I think watching the life experience my work is having on their lives is actually having a greater impact on me. It lets me know I am doing something good and that I want to do more.