The Add-Ons Are Seemingly Endless With Modern Tiny Living’s $85K Tiny Homes

The Ohio company hires Amish builders to craft their lineup of four predesigned models and fully custom homes.

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After having gone their separate ways for a time, college friends Daniel Hamilton, Robbie Hendricks, and Trent Haery met again in 2016 to talk about a grand new venture: starting the best tiny home company they could. The pieces missing from the puzzle—none of them had much experience building small—were soon found when Haery went to a tiny home meetup and met Bruce Faris, an architect who had worked with the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. After hiring Faris, the team found two families in Amish country to build the budding company’s designs.

While Haery has gradually taken the helm of what has become Modern Tiny Living, the company has stayed the course despite steady growth: Faris still leads the design team, their projects are still fabricated by Amish families, and Haery still delivers the homes in person, as he’s done from the start. "We’re very excited for the future of the industry," he says. "Our aim is to make tiny homes available to the masses." Here, Haery explains exactly what Modern Tiny Living builds, and how the company plans to reach a wider audience.

Modern Tiny Living has a lineup of four pre-designed tiny homes. Pictured here, the Catalina is the builder's 238-square-foot luxury model.
Modern Tiny Living has a lineup of four pre-designed tiny homes. Pictured here, the Catalina is the builder's 238-square-foot luxury model.

What qualities make your tiny homes stand apart from the rest?

Our homes set us apart. We see the tiny homes Modern Tiny Living builds as commissioned pieces of art that just happen to also serve as homes. Additionally, our experience sets us apart. Our homes have been delivered to almost every state, on grid and off, for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals. Our architect is a partner in the firm and designs each of our homes. Beyond having more than 30 years of experience in the field as an architect, he has designed more than a thousand tiny homes and lived in one for several years. Lastly, I have personally delivered most of our homes and make sure our clients always have my cell number. I would like to think that has been valuable.

The base price of $130K includes the envelope, fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, and some custom detailing like the waterfall bar.
The base price of $130K includes the envelope, fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, and some custom detailing like the waterfall bar.
The furnishings, kitchen appliances, bathroom upgrades, improved utilities, the slatted accent wall, and the millwork housing the ground-floor and lofted bedrooms are offered as individual add-ons.
The furnishings, kitchen appliances, bathroom upgrades, improved utilities, the slatted accent wall, and the millwork housing the ground-floor and lofted bedrooms are offered as individual add-ons.

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