Interest is exploding for tiny houses as people look to simplify, downsize, or find an affordable way to achieve the American dream of home ownership.
The American Tiny House Association (ATHA) announced today the launch of the world’s first Tiny House Expert Community Online and Buyers Guide (ECOTM), a comprehensive knowledge-sharing platform and industry directory providing the public with access to leading tiny house experts and suppliers to the industry.
ATHA professionals and designated experts are showcased alongside tiny house vendors and suppliers online at: https://tinyhouse.expertcommunity.online. Experts are available in a variety of free community forums or, using the ECO’s InCall® feature, via paid one-on-one phone consultations at a rate set by each expert. The ECO Buyers’ Guide provides a listing of industry suppliers for industry professionals, enthusiasts, or anyone intending to build or buy a tiny home.
“Interest is exploding for tiny houses as people look to simplify, downsize, or find an affordable way to achieve the American dream of home ownership,” said Chris Galusha, President of ATHA. “However, many people struggle with how to get started while DIY builders may get stuck on a specific building problem or on issues related to zoning and regulation. We expect the Tiny House ECO will become a reliable resource that people can turn to for guidance, expertise, and community.”
While the exact definition of a “tiny house” may vary, it usually refers to a home between 100 and 400 square feet in living space. The emerging tiny house movement goes against the trend of more than a half-century of ballooning in the size of American homes. In 1950, the average living space for a newly built American single-family home was 983 square feet. By 1973 it increased to 1,625 square feet and by 2015 it reached an all-time high of 2,687 square feet.
Some of the ATHA professionals included in the ECO launch:
Senior Project Manager of Texas EcoBuilders and President of ATHA
Aimee Gray, NCARB
Architect of A3G Architects
Executive Director at the MicroLife Institute (Formerly Tiny House Atlanta)
Design & Construction Manager of Great Lakes Tiny Homes, LLC
Owner Tiny Soul-ar ECO Village
Project Manager at Volstrukt
Co-Founder/President of Timber Trails LLC, DBA: GoTiny!
Co-owner of Small Dwelling Company
Architect & Chief Design Officer at Parvus House
ECO professionals will be able to designate their expertise in any of the key subject matter categories including: Appliances, Bathrooms, Build-vs-Buy, Building Materials, Construction, Design, Financing, Green Issues, Home Builders, Inspection & Certification, Insurance, Kitchens, Land Development, Off-Grid Issues, Planning & Zoning, Trailers (Mobile Foundations), and Utilities. Vendors to the industry can showcase their companies or products in the ECO’s online Buyers Guide.
“Tiny houses are captivating the imagination and interest of the millennial generation and boomer generation alike,” stated Brian Christie, CEO of Brainsy, the ECO platform provider. “And as people seek out sustainable ways for low impact living, they need practical advice on how to re-orient and live tiny. We’re honored that the American Tiny House Association has selected Brainsy to power this important knowledge sharing network.”
The Tiny House ECO operates with the generous support of companies like Daystar Tiny Homes, Nature’s Head, NOAH Certified, Parvus House, Texas Eco Builders, Vermont Natural Coatings, and Volstrukt.
In conjunction with the launch, Brainsy is accepting interest from sponsors that would like their brand showcased on the ATHA ECO or from vendors that want to be listed in the industry directory. Interested parties should contact Bill Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “ATHA ECO”) for more information.
About American Tiny House Association (ATHA):
Founded in 2015, American Tiny House Association is the premier organization dedicated to ensuring tiny houses are accepted as viable dwelling units. Members advocate locally and nationally, providing education and support to enthusiasts, municipalities, key housing organizations, builders and other professionals to help people to legally live tiny. Benefits of membership include access to resources, solutions to building and zoning codes, connections with city planning and construction experts, and the tools to engage with local governments. For additional information, visit the web site at www.americantinyhouseassociation.org
About Brainsy, Inc.:
Brainsy offers patented Software as a Service (SaaS) to power knowledge sharing networks for private companies, trade associations, professional societies and other membership organizations. Deploying a Brainsy powered Expert Calling Network (ECN) or Expert Community Online (ECO) under their own brand, organizations can showcase mentors or subject matter experts while earning non-dues revenue. Brainsy is backed by successful entrepreneurs-turned-Angels and is a portfolio company of TomorrowVentures, co-founded by Alphabet (formerly Google) Chairman, Eric Schmidt. More information at: http://www.brainsy.com