The Story

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

from the “Conclusion” to Walden by Henry David Thoreau
from the chapter “Economy” in Walden — Henry David Thoreau

 

For several years in talking with my sons, I have urged them to pursue their dreams, and yet found myself unable to take the risk for myself. The weekend of Nov 13, 2008, at a retreat in Northern Minnesota on Gull Lake, an idea and dream surfaced that I knew I had to follow. This time, it went further than just dreams and idle talk, and actually moved into a mind mapping of the idea. Before long, we had hard reasons on paper to follow the dream.

We listed the advantages and disadvantages to pursuing the venture of building small houses, tiny cabins, tiny homes, and tiny houses.

The experience side started with the ability to design small house plans and cabin plans, then use those small house plans to build the actual small house and tiny green cabins. I started in construction in 1972 as an apprentice carpenter and started running crews of carpenters in 1975. Since then my career path has been in carpentry and management; building small and large homes of all types
and styles; managing crews, design teams, manufacturing departments, and improvement teams for businesses.

Another advantage is the location of property that is owned on a busy highway, along with a large shop building to build small houses and tiny cabins, and a display area on Highway 61 for showing off the completed tiny cabins. The highway has a traffic count of 10,000 hits a day and projected to 25,000 within 5 years. The potential is there for a lot of growth.

The downside of all the advantages is the state of the economy, locally and nationally. If a business makes it in this environment, however, it will definitely be strategically ready when the business climate recovers, and it will recover!

Part of the planning of the business, besides drawing small house plans and building a model of a tiny cabin, is having a network of support in the venture, be it financial, emotional or mentoring. Rev. Nancy Herrick from Our Spiritual Center, Elizabeth Traff, Carol Austin from Cross Dental Care, Daisy Mckinley, and Bill Schmidt, along with many others, provided emotional support, guidance, and an open forum in which to bounce ideas around. I thank each of these special friends for coming along on this journey with me.

This webpage will follow that dream, and currently, the business plan is almost completed and the website is being continually improved. I know this dream is taking hold and all I need to do is follow the steps of the dream and hold onto the trolley strap for the ride. Italics from Wayne Dyers book, “>Power of Intention