Tiny Homes start in Madras and take off across the globe - Portland Tribune

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Tiny Homes start in Madras and take off across the globe New Creations Tiny Homes hopes to create a more attainable path to home ownership Sherree Colindres started New Creations Tiny Homes from her own desire to minimize, and an understanding that housing affordability is a huge issue across the country.
"Tiny homes provide people with a way to own their home and have their own space in an attainable way.
" New Creations Tiny Homes sells their homes ready to go in five different models, along with DIY shells and commercial models.
New Creations Tiny Homes ship across the country and have even shipped to Hawaii.
Her staff works at their warehouse in North Madras to build the tiny homes on trailers from the foundation up.
In the past, they've even held classes to teach others how to build tiny homes.
Walking around their warehouse, tiny homes are in every stage of construction, from framing to interiors to completion.

Tiny Homes start in Madras and take off across the globe - Portland Tribune

Tiny Homes start in Madras and take off across the globe New Creations Tiny Homes hopes to create a more attainable path to home ownership Sherree Colindres started New Creations Tiny Homes from her own desire to minimize, and an understanding that housing affordability is a huge issue across the country. Colindres started the business in 2013 in Sisters with her husband Charlie after leaving her career designing and building disaster relief homes for Habitat for Humanity internationally. She designs all the homes herself, and her husband Charlie's construction experience makes them a reality. Colindres says that her experience working on temporary and disaster housing across the globe has shown her what well-designed and functional spaces can do. Her experience drove her to create more affordable, accessible and fully functional housing, and she found the tiny home. "Housing has become so unattainable for so many people," said Colindres. "Tiny homes provide people with a way to own their home and have their own space in an attainable way." When the Colindres started their business in Sisters, they were working in a small space. Their business began to flourish, and they found themselves in need of more space. That's when they moved to their current location in Madras. "It really felt like things falling into place," said Colindres. "We've grown so much since then and since COVID, and we're glad to be here and keep growing." Colindres credits a lot of their growth to cultural changes because of the pandemic. "People really started evaluating their lives, and deciding what was more important to them," said Colindres. "I did the big house with my family and thought that's what would bring happiness, and it doesn't. What brings happiness is living life instead of just surviving it." New Creations Tiny Homes sells their homes ready to go in five different models, along with DIY shells and commercial models. The models range in size from about 160-400 sq. ft., and range in price from $74,950 to over $250,000. The houses are highly customizable and designed to fit the individual needs of each buyer. While a 300 sq. ft. home sounds extreme to most people, Colindres, who lives in a tiny home herself, says she's found she just didn't need all the things she thought she did. "It's really about being intentional with your space and making sure everything is functional. I have found I just didn't need all the stuff," said Colindres. Colindres says she gets clientele she expected, like couples looking to downsize, families changing their lifestyle and single people, but also has clients from a large variety of demographics and planned uses. "We have lots of grandmas buy homes because they want to be closer to their families and do it affordably. We sell to lots of mobile home parks who are upgrading their trailers, we sell to businesses for offices and employee housing, and to things like vacation rentals or tiny home hotels. It really is a huge variety," said Colindres. New Creations Tiny Homes ship across the country and have even shipped to Hawaii. Since the pandemic began, Colindres says that business is booming as much as ever. Her staff works at their warehouse in North Madras to build the tiny homes on trailers from the foundation up. They frame out and weatherproof the houses, and from there DIYers can take over and complete the homes themselves, or New Creations can finish it out with all the bells and whistles. In the past, they've even held classes to teach others how to build tiny homes. Colindres hopes to bring that back now that pandemic restrictions allow groups again. Walking around their warehouse, tiny homes are in every stage of construction, from framing to interiors to completion. The homes are built relatively quickly, and framers get the houses' bones built in just a few days. From Madras, homes hitch up and ship out across the country. Colindres sees tiny homes not only as a solution to increasing housing prices across the globe, but also a way to react to disaster, and give people a space of their own. During wildfires in the state, she saw tiny homes used to provide relief housing for victims. "My main goal is to provide something that makes housing attainable, makes home ownership attainable for so many people who otherwise could not afford it," said Colindres. "Everyone deserves to have their own space, and we really want to make that possible."
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