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Arts & Crafts & New Garage

I think it's time to dust the cobwebs of this old blog and update y'all on what's new with Tiny Timber.  To summarize our activity over the last four months: we finished the last two homes on our Ellis Hollow subdivision, are currently working on three homes in the city of Ithaca on Hector Street, one of which is about to be finished, and will be moving on to a new Ellis Hollow subdivision in the next couple weeks. For anyone driving in and out of town on Hector Street, our homes under construction can be seen to the south up on the ridge like a big Tiny Timber beacon. The feedback that we have been getting from the Ithaca community has been wonderful and we appreciate it very much. To say that we have been busy is putting it mildly. We are currently booked through the end of the year and are working on figuring out just how to keep up. 

The last home that we completed was our final home on the Ellis Hollow subdivision. The model is called the Arts and Crafts Home. Arts and Crafts refers to a design and architectural movement that occurred during the late 19th and early 20th century. Click HERE if you're curious about it and like to be distracted by esoteric history. Arts and Crafts in this context refers to the roof line that we incorporated into the design. The roof slopes down in the front and back of the home with dormers that peek out from the top. Without further ado, here are some images of the home. These images and more can also be found on our galleries page.

I only uploaded one picture of the exterior of the home because to be honest I wasn't happy with how the photos were coming out. Ithaca looks a little bleak at the moment in my opinion. I'll upload more exterior shots once we start getting a little greenery around here. This home is the first slab on grade home that we have built and we are delighted with how it turned out. The sealant we used for the concrete gives the floor a nice sheen and radiant floors on the first level will make for some happy feet.

We also for this job built our very first two door garage! It's essentially a very small Tiny Timber house with the same aesthetic just with a pared down wall system. We now offer one and two door garages as a standard option for all our builds provided there is space on the lot. The clients for this job opted for glass front garage doors which I think look wonderful. Take a look below.

That's all for now and thank you for reading and checking out our latest and greatest. Also, keep an eye out for this sign coming to Varna soon on the corner of Freese Road and Dryden Road!

 
 

New Models!

At long last we have released our full design portfolio! Our friends over at STREAM have been working quite hard to get us these drawings the last couple months and we very much appreciate the work they have done for us. This brings our total number of models to sixteen! We have designed these different models to accommodate the various needs of our clientele based on feedback that we have received. We hope to have a suitable design for whomever walks through our door whether they are a single person looking to age in place or a young family of five.

We have organized our models into series: the Cube Series, the I Series, the L Series, the T Series, and the Vacation Home. Since there is more content than would be appropriate to put in this blog post, please visit our models page to take a look! www.tinytimber.house/models

We are also proud to announce that Stream Collaborative and Tiny Timber recently won an Award of Merit for design from the American Institute of Architects Southern New York chapter. We visited the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel last month to except the award and had a lovely evening. We were served a tasty dinner of ham and roast beef, we mingled and we presented our projects to the architectural community among the likes of Holt Architects and Chiang O'Brien Architects. I could get used to this.

 

American Institute of Architects Award of Merit

 

In other news, we have been working through the winter constructing a Tiny Timber home in Hector for our first clients. We are moving along slowly but steadily. It just so happens that construction can be difficult when weather flip flops between 45 degrees with mud and frigid windy snowstorms but we persevere! All it takes are some chains on the wheels of our heavy equipment and some good quality long johns. On this model our clients decided to go with green corrugated metal roofing instead of asphalt shingles which adds a new look to our designs and we liked it so much that we will now be offering it as a basic option. Here are some pictures to show our progress. This model is the L Large Lofted.

Our goal for 2017 was to build ten homes. As of now we have 5 homes to build on our queue. In other words we are growing fast. I think it's about time to bring a few more people onto our crew! Our goal come springtime is to have the capacity to build a home every 3 weeks. Thank you everyone for your support so far in helping us make Tiny Timber come to life and helping to make affordable and sustainable new housing in Ithaca a reality. Until next time, keep your eyes peeled for us driving through town!

 

Tiny Timber Truck Logo

 

Ramping Up

New work truck: Ford Super Duty F780

New work truck: Ford Super Duty F250

At the beginning of the week, Buzz and I drove all the way to to Lima Ohio to pick up the trucks seen above at Magnam Truck & Equipment. While we were there we serendipitously stumbled across a decal shop in the back of a gas station and deli down the road from the truck shop. We had these made up to put on the doors of our new trucks. Keep an eye out for us driving around town town! I've been procrastinating on putting them on though because it's cold outside and the application process isn't exactly easy.

 

Tiny Timber truck decals

 

We drove the Volt out to Ohio and ended up towing the car back behind the red truck. Everything went swimmingly other than the dense fog which slowed us down and the over-consumption of chain restaurant food. As a guy who normally drives a Honda Fit, towing a car behind me with a large truck made me feel simultaneously nerve racked and tough. Truth be told I'm glad to be back in my little car again but acquiring these trucks will help us stay on top of things as the springtime housing rush hits. This brings our total number of company trucks to 3. I personally think that's enough to start calling it a fleet.

We have been kept very busy in the last month listening to feedback from potential home-buyers and figuring out what works and what doesn't in our designs. We've been modifying our designs and creating new designs to accommodate for what folks need and want in a home. In the next week or two we hope to completely update the "homes" section of our webpage. We will be adding multiple new models and improving old ones. Here is a taste of what's to come. The first is a single story, 2 bedroom home. We will also be offering a one bedroom version of this home which will omit the wing on the beck side.

The second is what we call the "Big Cube." The cube design that we have already released on our website is an 18 foot by 18 foot square footprint whereas the Big Cube is 21 foot by 21 foot square footprint. This adds over 100 square feet per floor and we think really opens up the layout. We are really excited about this design because the layout is beautiful and it's about the best square footage price you can get for this size home.

We are looking into offering 3D virtual reality panoramic views of our homes as well. It's amazing what we can do with technology these days! This feature will literally allow folks to visualize how each model will look from the inside. Hopefully not too long from now we will have these to view for all of our models on the website.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know we will be changing our pricing schematic soon. We will be changing our base price to include a finished basement. We've decided to go this route because although it does increase the cost a little, the square footage price drops dramatically and we think it's in most folks best interest to include the finished basement. Suddenly our little homes don't feel so little anymore! That being said we will still be offering an unfinished basement option or the option of omitting the basement entirely if that's what folks would like.

As always thank you all for reading and have a lovely day! Stay tuned for more!

Open House Announcement

 
Tiny Timber Logo

Tiny Timber Logo

 

Tiny Timber is excited to announce a public open house on Saturday the 29th!

Location:  44 Quarry Road (off of Ellis Hollow Road)

Time:  Saturday, October 29 between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Everyone is welcome. We'll have our most recent home to display. We want to officially introduce our home design line to the public. There will be refreshments and snacks and informational packets about our homes and features and (my personal favorite part) stickers with the design shown above. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

New Model Renderings

Our friends over at Stream Collaborative have put together some lovely Computer generated renderings of the four models that we have so far. They really give a great perspective on how the finished homes will look and feel and allow you to visualize the size difference, More information about model can be found under our homes tab. For visual comparison, all the pictures of prototypes taken for the blog and the homepage are showing the Tiny Timber Two model design. Here are the model renderings:

Tiny Timber One single story one bedroom one bathroom

Tiny Timber Two two story loft one bathroom

Tiny Timber Three two story 2 bedroom (or 1 bedroom and loft) one bathroom

Tiny Timber Four two story up to three bedrooms and two bathrooms

Thank you as always for reading!

Tiny Timber Updates & Energy Star Testing

The grass has grown! This is honestly the most exciting part for me, when the old construction site turns green and really feels like a home. I think this calls for some Bocci Ball and grilling!

Tiny House prototypes with new grass

We've been working away out here. The third and final prototype is underway and we really feel like we're getting a hang of this process. Construction on this new house is very similar in style and floor plan from the previous prototype, just with some refinements. We did add a new covered front deck feature to this prototype which we are working on now. This will be included in all future Tiny Timber homes. Here you can see a glimpse into the deck building process.

Tiny Timber deck construction with forklift

Tiny Timber Prototype 3 deck construction

Our approval process for our communities keeps moving along... slowly but surely. Navigating the bureaucratic tedium of getting approval  takes a little time. We have gotten final approval for the Quarry Ridge Cooperative from the Dryden Planning Board and now all that is needed is state approval before we can start marketing. The Varna Tiny Timber community is still awaiting final approval from the board. Building is imminent!

We also had an Energy Star rater come do a blower door test yesterday:

Energy Star blower door test

We were a little over the allowed air exchanges for the rating but we are going to be diligent about plugging those air leaks and making our homes as air tight as possible! We want to be as efficient as we can. Our goal is to earn the highest Energy Star rating available which involves making our homes not zero ready. This means that our homes will have the ability to produce as much energy as they use by incorporating renewable energy in their design (ie solar panels). It turns out this is great for the environment and great for your wallet. In other words: win, win!

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know about the gallery night happening in Ithaca this Friday, October 7th between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. There is an architecture theme to this gallery night and there are a ton of firms showing their projects, drawings, and ideas. Tiny Timber will also be featured in the gallery displayed by our partner Stream Collaborative. It will be a lot of fun.

Thank you all for reading!