Tiny Diamond Homes
by Cheryl Coates
In 2007, construction slowed in Colorado, forcing our family to look elsewhere for work. Our plan was to assist in the rebuilding of the coast after hurricane Ike. We bought a 26 ft. recreational trailer for Steve and one assistant to live in while they worked. We had the tools, the skill, and material to do the job.
Steve packed the RV and moved to Galveston, TX. This experience brought to our attention the shortcomings of RV trailers after living in one. He froze that first night in the trailer, going through a whole bottle of propane.
Last year we watched a show on extreme RV trailers and saw our first tiny home. We were fascinated and became hooked. We started dreaming of building tiny homes for a living. My husband had the skills and knowledge to build them not only to meet residential building codes but to be structurally sound enough to be moved on their trailer. These homes were relatively simple compared to the custom homes he had already built. It’s funny over the years we have had many great ideas but we were either in the wrong place or the wrong time. In Ely, Nevada, we created custom furniture that was beautiful but the town was too small to support our store and shipping was too expensive. The internet was just starting to blossom. Gold prices had hit an all time low and the local mines closed or laid off many employees. We were forced to pack a U-Haul, and move back to family in Colorado.
It was a huge culture shock to move back. It may have been nice not to drive almost two hours to get Wal-Mart but the price for a house was unbelievable. We both were fortunate in finding work right away. Steve went back to carpentry with a remodel company and realized working for himself was the way to go. At first it was hard finding projects but now 13 years and several hundred projects later they find us. We have enjoyed touching our customers lives in such positive ways. It’s fun to build their vision of what home is to them.
Now the time is right for us to move into the next phase of our building career. We are in the right place, at the right time, to build tiny homes that are safe, structurally sound, energy efficient and in the design the future homeowner wants.
Tiny Diamond Homes are members of The Tiny House Builders Directory and are currently filling and accepting orders for new tiny house builds. You can learn more about Tiny Diamond Homes by visiting their website at tinydiamondhomes.com.This post has 11,241 views