We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Huggler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The one thing that outsiders are probably unaware of, is that tiny house living is an intentional lifestyle. What I mean by that, is people that choose to live in a tiny house don’t do it because that’s all they can afford. It’s actually quite the opposite. Our customers tend to be college educated professionals with excellent credit scores. The most common reason they choose to live in a tiny house is to be debt free. They can afford the mortgage on a traditional home. They just don’t want to be tied to a 30 year mortgage. They want the freedom that comes with a minimalist lifestyle; more money, more time with family, more time outdoors, more travel, and less stuff. And with a tiny home, you can have an affordable place to live that is smaller but has finer finishes that you would normally see in higher end homes. It’s quality over quantity.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The best part of our business is that we literally make people’s dreams come true. I’ve had so many of our customers tell me that they have been dreaming of living in and owning a tiny home. And when they finally get their home delivered, most often they say it turned out better than they imagined. I recently had a phone call from one of our customers about 2 weeks after we delivered her home. She called to thank us and tell me that she had cried tears of joy every day since she got her home. In the tiny house business, I’ve seen dozens of builders come and go. Most of them just build 1 maybe 2 tiny houses and then give up. It’s not as easy as the TV shows make it look, and they don’t really make it look that easy. But the biggest thing in succeeding in any industry in my opinion is persistence. Having a vision and passion for what you are trying to create and having the tenacity to stick with it, no matter what. The tiny house business is a niche market and creating a brand name has taken time. The first few years have been rocky, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite places to hang out is Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery in Downtown Garland. They have great BBQ and beers, an outdoor patio area, and you can get your beer to go and walk around the square. Bishop Arts district has some great eclectic places. Love the Lockhart Smokehouse. Gotta get some great Texas BBQ when you visit Dallas. If the kids are with us, Six Flags is a great time for everyone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife, Christina, who has supported me every step of the way, even when she didn’t agree with me. My ex-business partners John and Amanda Griffin, who helped us start this business and believe in the tiny house movement. BA Norrgard, tiny house enthusiast and instigator of the local tiny house movement in DFW. The DFW Tiny House Enthusiast group for believing in what we’re building and creating an online community of like-minded individuals. Most of all, I give thanks to God and all the miraculous ways He’s shown up in my life.
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