Almost half a dozen times Jamie Mackay turned down the offer to build luxury modern cabins for guests who stayed at his Fireside Resort and wanted one.
Then someone asked for two of the stylish tiny homes, and Mackay wised up.
“One guy had his checkbook out,” he said. “We just kind of wrote a contract on a yellow pad of paper on the hood of his car, and he drove off. We delivered them a couple months later.”
That’s how Mackay landed in the middle of the tiny house manufacturing boom, created the company Wheelhaus and began delivering cabins, about 400 square feet each, all over the West, including Canada.
It was a roundabout entry into the tiny home industry for a homegrown entrepreneur who has taken a circuitous route to many of his successes.