A local builder that has dabbled in the tiny house market is expanding that side of the business, joining a growing industry emphasizing scaled-back living nationwide.
Since completing its first tiny house, which serves as a sort of model home for the company, Newberg-based Thimble Homes has received a number of inquiries about the micro-residences.
Some of the questions are general, about the industry or zoning issues, but one topic comes up more than any other.
“I probably spend two to five hours a week talking to people about do-it-yourself (projects),” owner Luke Nodine said.
More customers are taking up the challenge of building their own tiny houses, and while that may mean less sales of pre-build houses, it opens the door for other sales of materials and kits.
“We’re trying to appeal to that market and trying to get people started and go from there,” Nodine said.
Thimble Homes was scheduled to receive its first set of materials that go into a DIY kit this week, and Nodine said it’s akin to a larger version of a Lincoln Log set.
Besides carrying the materials to enable home-carpentry of tiny houses, the Newberg contractor is getting into what lies beneath the house as well.
The business has partnered with a Colorado-based manufacturer of custom trailers that serve as the foundations for tiny houses, and will be selling the company’s products in the Northwest.
As far as a local market in Newberg, Nodine said his feeling is people are waiting to see how things play out with local building and zoning regulations.