The idea that Tiny Towns can enable tiny homes as a housing option is just that, an idea. Moving from an idea to a project in action takes resources and people, people that can catch the vision. So when you're thinking about living tiny, consider that these companies have helped make your dream possible. They supported Tiny Towns when it was just an idea, and their support is making it a reality.
When we put out a call for help with a set of plans for the Logan32, Doug was the first person to respond. His design team patiently accepted out plan changes and with their experience, helped us move from an idea to a liveable tiny home. They have been handcrafting tiny homes since 2014. Their experience and craftsmanship shows in every home they build.
When we reached out to Habitat for Humanity, Canada about donating our Logan32 to them at the end of our tour, Terry was enthusiastic but reserved. Our Tiny Town concept was different than their traditional housing model. As they warmed up to the idea, they started reaching out to their supporters to help us build the Logan32.
I reached out to Tiffany because I liked her vibrant personality and design style as a host on HGTV's Home to Win. When I explained that I was working to enable tiny homes as an affordable housing option and way to address homelessness in Canada, Tiffany was excited to become involved. She put her team onto helping us make the Logan32 a reality by not only providing her unique interior and exterior design expertise, but she has also gotten some of her corporate sponsors to support the build.
Tiffany reached out to Farrow & Ball about participating in the Logan32 build and they were eager to participate. The chance to have Tiffany work with their products and showcase them in an innovative tiny home was a unique opportunity they didn't want to miss. Understanding the importance of the tiny home movement and knowing that the home would ultimately provide a home to someone in need through Habitat for Humanity, fit well with their corporate advocacy.
While looking for a sponsor for some bathroom fixtures, I happened into Plumbing Plus. Their helpful staff directed me to a tub/shower located in Cornwall. I contacted them and spoke with Ian who wanted to help out with the build and feature their active living acrylic shower unit. After determining the parts we would need, they have sponsored the shower stall for us.
Darryl was one of the first corporate sponsors to register on the Association website, understanding the benefits of tiny homes and with an appreciation for the Tiny Town project. When I contacted him about sponsoring a heater for our model tiny home, the first thing he said was "...why haven't you called sooner". Thanks for your sponsorship Darryl and the support.
I came back to Plumbing Plus to let them know that Longevity was sponsoring the shower unit. I asked them if any of their manufacturers might be interested in sponsoring the shower system in the Logan32. Steve thought that Riobel might be interested in providing faucets for the complete build. The next day he called to say they approved the complete project.
Whirlpool donates a new fridge and stove for each new house that Habitat builds for the people they are helping. Terry connected me with the people that arrange this for Habitat and they helped me find the right department to talk to. For the Logan32 build, Whirlpool has provided a fridge, stove, microwave, washer, dryer, and dishwasher. This is great as it makes the Logan32 a completely self-contained home, at an affordable price.
I was looking at manufactured kitchen cabinets in HomeDepot and just missed Tom, the Fabritec rep. but the HD staff were really helpful and sent my request for product sponsorship to him. The next day I got a call from Tom saying that Fabritec would be happy to provide cabinets for the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. This was great news and between Tom and the staff at HD, the project came together on-time!
Tiffany reached out to companies that she has worked with and Ikea offered to sponsor our living room couch along with the dining room table. Both items make a great addition to the Logan32. The couch is a new item at Ikea and what's really great, is it can be configured in a number of ways to suit the ultimate homeowner. There is even storage space available under it. The gateleg table is another great addition because it includes a series of drawers for storage, can fold down and take-up virtually no space, yet can opened to comfortably seat 4.
My son works in the shipping department of the local Home Depot store and he suggested I connect with the store manager about helping out with the Logan32 build. I shot an email to the store manager, who forwarded to head office for consideration. Although they have no experience with tiny homes, they wanted to help out.
I called a couple of lighting stores in Kingston about providing lights for the Logan32. Lisa was the first to respond and we set up a meeting that afternoon for her to look over the Logan32 and provide some lighting options. We discussed some ideas we had and Lisa said she would contact her suppliers. The next day she had confirmation from some and by the time I dropped over to pick up the items, she had everything arranged!
I called End of the Roll about sponsoring flooring for the Logan32. Justin was quite enthusiastic but said he needed to confirm with another and arranged for me to drop by the store, later that afternoon. I met with Deborah and explained what the Association was doing and what I was looking for. Deborah said she wanted to support our build and asked me what they could supply. I wanted something that looked good and could be used throughout the Logan32, without concern of water or dirt. She suggested a vinyl plank flooring.
We contacted Goodfellow about providing some of the wood products to be used in the Logan32 build. Rene and Patrick were a great help in arranging for the product on a very short notice. We were working to get the Logan32 ready for the road, and while this didn't happen as planned, they really understood our needs and worked to make it happen. Not only is it the products that make a company a good choice, but its the people too, and Goodfellow has great people!