Questions from a 6th Grader

On 5/24/19: Thimble Homes received an email from Lucy Woodruff a local 6th grader at Chehalem Valley Middle school. Our email box is full of questions daily about tiny homes everything from potential buyers and vendors to people just curious about the movement, but not normally from someone so young.

Hello, my name is Lucy Woodruff, I am a 6th grader at Chehalem Valley Middle school. For a sixth grade end of the year project we do a Genius Hour, that means we learn and present to others about a topic of our choice. My topic is Tiny Houses and how they are good for the environment. I would like to include some information from someone who knows tiny houses firsthand who is also in Newberg so people would really be interested knowing that there are tiny houses in our community! I have a few questions that I would love if you could answer! These questions are:


1. What do you think the biggest benefit to a tiny house is?

2. How can tiny houses be good for the enviorment?

3. What are things you don't use as much when building/living in a tiny house?

4. What is the most creative tiny house you have ever made?

5. What is the most common request for a type of tiny house?

6. Do you generally have customers from the Newberg area or more "out of town" customers?


If you are able to, I would appriceate hearing from you by Friday, May 31st. Thank you I really appreciate your time for my student project!

We are so excited that the upcoming generations are already thinking Tiny! Luke replied to her answers on 5/28/19 and we assumed this would be the end of our contact with Lucy.

Hi Lucy,

Thank you for reaching out. We indeed are in Newberg and love this community very much.
You can see my responses to your questions in line below.


1. What do you think the biggest benefit to a tiny house is?Tiny homes on wheels (THOW) are beneficial in may ways. People become more conscious of what they use and need on a daily basis. Because there isn't room to store a lot of things people think twice before they buy things they will likely never use.They fill a gap in the housing market, Because of the cost of a THOW people can afford a nicer (smaller) home and enjoy more activities outdoors and with family and friends. They help to create community.

2. How can tiny houses be good for the environment?Tiny homes have a smaller footprint with less square or cubic footage than a normal home. This makes them use less energy to heat and cool. A lot of the tiny homes my company builds use recycled or low density building materials that can be recycled if the home is ever dismantled.

3. What are things you don't use as much when building/living in a tiny house?We don't use any concrete. Concrete is heavy and we want the homes to be able to move so we don't have to pour a foundation. Instead we build them on a trailer.When you live in a tiny home you tend to live simpler. A person living in a tiny home doesn't use as much space to store junk they don't ever use, They use way less electricity and typically use quite a bit less water.

4. What is the most creative tiny house you have ever made?Every tiny house Thimble homes builds is creative in its own rights and that is part of what makes them so fun to build. We are given set parameters by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) on how big the house can be. We then have to get very creative on how we can fit all of the pieces into the home that our clients have requested. I have to say the the original Amata is the most creative because it had the greatest amount of elements we had to put into it and the client was very environmentally thoughtful in the design process.

5. What is the most common request for a type of tiny house?Other than people asking for the house to be less expensive, Most of my clients are very unique in there requests. Thimble homes is most commonly requested to do the build because of the trailer manufacturer we use and the steel frames we build with. 6. Do you generally have customers from the Newberg area or more "out of town" customers?Most of my clients are from out of town.We have homes in Oregon, Washington and California.


If you call my office and talk to my assistant, I will have her mail you a Thimble homes T Shirt.
Thank you for reaching out and I hope your project goes well.I have attached some pictures of the AMATA tiny house for you to see.


Good luck!


SincerelyLuke Nodine
LM Nodine Services & General Contracting LLC
Oregon CCB#189034Thimble Homes custom Tiny Homes
Luke@LMNodine.com
(503)277-9000

To our happy surprise on 6/15/19, we heard back from Lucy with an update!

Hi Luke,

My presentation went great, everyone was very interested in learning that there is a Tiny Homes company home here in Newberg! Also thank you again for all the awesome t-shirt and sticker, they are really cool! Below, I attached some photos of how my presentation went.

Thank you Lucy for reaching out and allowing us to help you with this project!

We here at Thimble Homes are always happy to answer any questions you may have, don’t be afraid to reach out! email us anytime at admin@thimblehomes.com .

Robyn Murphy