WHO ARE WE?

We’re a mixed group – two architectural graduates, a carpenter and a builder who have co-founded The Tiny House Company in Brisbane.

We’ve come to this from quite different backgrounds and brought with us a range of experiences, but we’re drawn together by a shared concern about the impacts of our housing norms and optimism for the adoption of more fitting alternatives.

 

GREG THORNTON

QBCC License No. 745093
Certificate IV in Building
Certificate III in Carpentry

Greg’s decades of construction experience and broad understanding of the trades gives him the confidence to take on unusual challenges. This, combined with his relentless optimism, has led him quite naturally to building tiny houses on wheels. In running his own construction company, Greg Thornton Constructions, Greg has focussed mostly on high-end architecturally designed houses and understands the value of careful detailing and effective collaboration between the trades in executing a design.

Having introduced Lara to carpentry and guided her through her apprenticeship at Greg Thornton Constructions, Greg and Lara now draw on a well-honed working relationship as co-founders of The Tiny House Company with each stepping in and out of the roles of design, construction, and administration.

Greg has an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure and shares that passion with his family and the Scout groups he leads.

LARA NOBEL

Certificate III in Carpentry
Master of Architecture (2011)
Bachelor of Design Studies (2008)

Lara loves a challenge, so as a carpenter struggling to enter one the world’s least affordable housing markets she saw tiny houses as an exciting solution. After completing a Masters degree in Architecture, Lara transitioned to an apprenticeship in carpentry to gain some hands-on experience that would aid her new venture. She has won numerous awards in her trade and in design and now splits her time between designing and building tiny houses, tutoring architecture at university, advocating for tiny houses and raising her and Andrew’s baby daughter Charlie.

She’s a big thinker who keeps her finger on the pulse of new housing trends around the world. In 2015, she and Greg travelled to Portland, Oregon to attend a tiny house conference and gain an understanding of how far tiny houses have progressed in the United States and how we might push forward this model of housing in Australia. She now lives in our prototype tiny house with her partner Andrew and their daughter Charlie, testing the various off-grid systems, the scale of the space, and the lifestyle that it encourages.

In her free time Lara loves to work on her art and explore remote hiking trails.

ANDREW CARTER

Master of Architecture (2010)
Bachelor of Design Studies (2007)
 

Similar to Lara, Andrew is now working as an apprentice carpenter but has a background in architecture. He completed his Masters degree in architecture in 2010 and has since worked in architecture firms, researched and tutored architectural theory at the University of Queensland, and worked in landscaping and construction. Now mid-way through his carpentry apprenticeship, Andrew enjoys applying this cross-discipline approach to designing and building houses. He has a particular interest in, and is actively involved in, advocacy for alternative housing solutions.

In his design and construction work Andrew enjoys the finer details and the constant struggle to balance pragmatics with bigger design gestures and form with function.

Outside of work Andrew is an avid gardener, musician and hiking enthusiast.

Photo courtesy of Reuben Warburton

Photo courtesy of Reuben Warburton

Our team extends beyond just the three founders. Over the months of planning, design and construction we’ve formed a solid crew of tradespeople who are excited about building something a bit different. They’re in it for the right reasons and offer advice from a fresh perspective.

Photo courtesy of Reuben Warburton

Photo courtesy of Reuben Warburton

Our lead carpenter and foreman Julian Warburton is arguably one of Australia's most experienced tiny house builders, now with a variety of challenging builds under his belt. He brings with him decades of experience in the construction industry, specialist knowledge of roofing and custom flashing details, and a keen eye for detail.