Todd Miller, Owner
Todd brings his expertise as an architect/builder to Oregon Cottage Co., ensuring that each plan and every customization is designed well and meets or exceeds building standards and requirements. In addition to building tiny houses, he maintains an active architecture firm.
Todd moved from Ohio to Oregon in 1996 to build his architecture career. He has designed a variety of commercial and residential projects across a wide range of industries.
Since 1999, he has focused on designing and building with natural materials and has taught workshops on the use of natural plasters and unconventional construction methods including rammed earth, cob, and straw bale.
He has a B.A. in Architecture from Kent State University. His studies in natural and traditional building techniques have taken him to Italy, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, including stints at the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon and the Zopilote Association in Tlaxco, Mexico. He regularly attends American Institute of Architects (AIA) design conferences and workshops to contribute to and keep apprised of design and innovation in the field.
Bryan Flahiff, Shop Manager/Lead Craftsman
Bryan heads the construction team and manages the shop, bringing expert craftsmanship backed by 35 years of experience building high-end homes in Idaho and then Oregon. His expertise – if he had to choose a single thing – is detailed finish work. “That’s where I have the most fun. It’s creative and requires a lot of problem solving,” he says.
Bryan was classically trained in the Arts at the College of Idaho. Before working in wood, he was a glass blower for a number of years.
Since joining OCC in 2011, Bryan has completed 14 Tiny Cottages, and “every single house is customized to some degree,” he points out.
Building small has special challenges, which is where Bryan’s experience and attention to detail really pay off. Your Tiny Cottage has all the same elements as does a larger home, but condensed into a much smaller area, making its construction far less forgiving. This means that any imperfection – something not perfectly square or level – will be visible from every vantage point in the house. “My biggest challenge,” says Bryan, “is to interpret the plans properly and plan in advance for problem areas so that when we get there, they’re solvable.”
When we deliver you your Tiny home, you’ll see that Bryan meets that challenge beautifully.
Matt Schaft, Assistant Craftsman
Matt came to OCC in 2013 after a year-long stint at Aprovecho Sustainability Education Center near Cottage Grove, Oregon. There, he learned the principles and practices of building sustainably, both with modern and traditional building materials. He has also lived and worked in the construction trades in Alaska and Hawaii, in addition to spending time in Japan where “every house is a tiny house,” he says.
Matt is passionate about the need to build homes more sustainably. “The downsizing trend behind the tiny house movement is really important,” he says. “People are serious about figuring out how much or how little space they really need.” Whether your Tiny is on a trailer or you are building a regular house on land, the same principles apply: choose your materials carefully, and build quality homes with an eye toward longevity. Considering that 24 to 40 percent of the solid waste stream in the U.S. is from the construction industry, one of Matt’s primary concerns is, “Where does all this stuff come from, and where does it go to?”