There's a company in South Georgia that is riding the tiny house boom. In fact, Pinnacle Park Homes was building park model homes before tiny houses became en vogue several years ago. Limited to 400 square feet by RV codes, park model homes are essentially small manufactured homes that are delivered to their destinations on wheels. The wheels stay on once the park models are delivered, though these cabins, cottages, and tiny houses are often blocked and skirted in much the same way as mobile homes.
The park model home industry has seen its ups and downs over the last decade, according to Matt Williams, marketing consultant for several companies in the recreational vehicle and mobile home industries. "There was a time when park models were so hot that every Tom, Dick, and Harry was opening up a shop in their barn or garage. Those times have passed, and the industry has contracted quite a bit. It's great, though, to see companies like Pinnacle Park Homes still standing after this shake up."
And standing tall, they are. With a reputation for building affordable, high-quality park model homes and cabins, Pinnacle Park Homes has just recently celebrated its 10th anniversary--and they are beginning to see an uptick in the market. According to the company's management, this past January was one of their strongest months yet. This is likely a reflection of the rise in popularity of the tiny house movement.
The tiny house concept emphasizes minimalism, efficiency, and optimal use of space over size and opulence. It's about simple living and being ecologically responsible and understanding what one really needs to be happy and satisfied. Bigger is not always better, say proponents of the tiny house lifestyle. It's what you do with the space that you have that counts.
Pinnacle Park Homes builds a variety of park model homes ranging from rustic cedar sided homes with beautiful interior wood paneling and floors to seaside cottages and retreats. What they all have in common, though, is that they are affordable and are a fraction of the size of a full-sized home. Once you get into a Pinnacle Park Home, though, you would be hard pressed to remember that it's only 400 square feet of living space. Most models boast of full-sized appliances, bathrooms, bedroom(s), and living room. Some even come complete with enclosed porches.
Pinnacle Park Homes expects the tiny house boom to continue as long as simple living, ecological responsibility, and fiscal constraint continue to drive consumer buying decisions. Tiny houses seem like they are here to stay, and the park model home industry will likely continue to satisfy that demand.