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Tiny House Builder Makes Big Impact

Mar 31, 2016 12:49PM

Around this time last year, Luke Nodine, owner of LM Nodine Services and General Contracting, LLC, in Newberg, Oregon, was on a mission—he wanted to find a way to keep his contractors on payroll through the slower months. “The construction industry can be so volatile. We love our crew so I knew we just needed to find a product they could build,” he recalls.

After attending the Tiny House Conference last April in Portland, Oregon, Nodine knew he’d found his answer. “I was really inspired by what I learned at that conference,” he says. “I told my guys about it and they loved the idea. We all started getting into the Tiny Home Movement, and began researching everything we could about it.”

Soon afterwards, Thimble Homes was born. Nodine says a big portion of his customer base is the do-it-yourself (DIY) market. “We’ve done tons of research on how to do it safe. One way to ensure safety is to bring in the best foundations. We’ve partnered with the best in the business from our durable Trailer Made trailer foundations to our steel frames constructed by Volstrukt.

Start with us and your house will be the safest and the strongest in the market,” he says. Not only that, but his company can help with any building needs along the way—from concept to turnkey. “Whether you’re just looking for help with nuts and bolts or you want us to custom design your whole unit, we can help you out anywhere along the path.”

For those looking for move-inready models, Nodine always has a selection of Trailer Made Custom Trailers available to choose from. “Months ago, I connected with Trailer Made founder Damon DesChamp. When he realized how much time I’d spent learning about his product, he suggested I consider becoming a representative. Soon after we talked, I said yes. He’d created such a good, solid product I was happy to put my name on it,” says Nodine, who notes that he’s sold an average of one trailer per week since becoming a representative. “It’s obvious the public is ready for these tiny homes. People are really excited about them and I love sharing everything I know about them.”

Nodine is thrilled about the future of Thimble Homes. “We had a few bumps in the road, especially during the research and development phase. However, overall, there’s just been a lot of amazing synchronicity happening. Everywhere we go we meet great people who are all enthusiastic about this movement. We’ve got more shows and events to attend in the future and I know we’re going to meet more remarkable people to add to our network.”

He couldn’t be more enthusiastic about how Thimble Homes has worked out for his crew. “I’m just happy that it worked out and we’re all able to work together on projects that have a lot of meaning to us. It’s been fun watching the guys get so excited about what we’re doing.”

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