From the outside, you’ll notice cypress wood clapboards and a dark green metal roof that has dormers for extra loft space.
When you go inside, you’ll find crisp white walls, a living room, bathroom with stand-up shower, kitchen with a full fridge and a loft bedroom. Scroll below the pictures to read our interview with the builders!
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Lindley Tiny House by Tiny Life Construction
Images © TinyLifeConstruction.com
Images © TinyLifeConstruction.com
Interview with the Builder
What are your name(s)?
Taylor Williams and Mike Blalock.
How long have you been designing/building homes for?
I’ve been designing/building things since middle school, but haven’t channeled it toward tiny homes until about 2 years ago when I discovered the tiny house movement.
Where are you located?
I live in North Carolina, and our warehouse is in Quitman, Georgia.
What made you decide to start building tiny houses for people?
Tiny homes just seem to fit my passions! I’ve always had this innate desire to embrace challenges while being a minimalist at heart. And as I mentioned above, I’ve also loved designing/building things since I was young. So designing a livable space within 160 sq. ft. was the ultimate challenge for a minimalist who loves to design and build things! It was perfect (and achievable).
How did you first learn about tiny houses?
I first learned about tiny homes from the documentary “Tiny” on Netflix. My wife found it and thought I might enjoy it. I did 🙂
When did you officially start your first tiny house construction project?
I officially started the company at the end of September 2015 and started construction in October. Since we were both still working full time jobs on the side, and it was the holiday season, our first and only home so far took us 12 weeks to build.
Do you have a website, blog, or social media page where we can follow along?
www.tinylifeconstruction.com. We’re on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram too.
What was your life like before deciding to build tiny houses?
Before Tiny Life Construction, LLC I would describe myself as searching. I’ve always known I would someday start a business I was excited to lead. Honestly, I never thought I would find something that struck so many chords in me, but God often has a way of hitting the nail on the head when the timing’s right. I’m far from the “rest and enjoy” point, but I’m thrilled to finally have a goal I’m excited to pursue!
What is your tiny house company inspired by?
Freedom: We share the same heartbeat of this movement. Like everyone else, we want to work and live because we want to, not because we have to. We want to have the option to take a month off and spend it with our family or go on an adventure! In short, we want to own our freedom.
How are you building tiny houses?
Top notch. Coming from the commercial/retail industry, we are used to being held to a standard well above the residential world. It’s amazing how important the smallest details can be to retailers. We have transferred that level of attention to our tiny homes. Our goal is to exceed your expectations in quality, efficiency, and design while maintaining a competitive price.
How do you help your clients overcome obstacles with zoning?
Right now, our only contribution to this is building them on wheels and building awareness in our area (Greensboro, NC).
How do you build for your clients? Do you design for them? Do they design?
It’s a combination. I have two designs that are ready to build on my website, but we’ll do custom homes as well. For every interested customer, I run through a set of questions to help me learn more about them better and see how I can design something that serves them. I also ask them to submit lots of photos of designs they like to help me suggest a combination of finishes that fit their style.
We also do custom framing plans in SketchUp for DYIers upon request.
How has the local community reacted to your tiny house company?
There has been a lot of interest and excitement. My wife or I give a tour of the house a couple times a day to people walking or driving by. Several people have also approached me about building a community, once we can get permission from the city.
What would you say was the biggest challenge for your company?
My biggest challenge is helping people get a loan. My home would have sold 10 times by now if banks were willing to make loans. I considered getting the RVIA certification, but during the application process, I was specifically told my homes could not be built or sold with the intention of being lived in. Although they’d never know it, that IS my intention, and I don’t want to hide that to get a certification. That wouldn’t be the honest thing to do. I believe banks will catch on eventually, but they are quite the obstacle in the meantime.
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?
There are a lot of challenges one faces when going tiny: Cost to build/buy, finding a desirable place to park, and downsizing possessions. These are certainly overwhelming, but we must decide within ourselves to never say “it CAN’T happen” but rather “HOW can it happen”. Then taking the next step toward that goal. Embrace the challenge. Own your freedom.
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