Hi, I’m Todd.
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.
Live light. Lose stress. Slow down. Look around you.
If you measure your life’s worth by its capacity for love, the beauty of nature surrounding you, and your opportunities to bring joy to your family and community, then you may find yourself in a place where we will meet.
I’d like to share with you a story.
I’m an architect. In the late 90’s, I was designing movie theaters for a firm in Portland, Oregon. I thought my purpose there was to create good design that would contribute to the warm experience of friends and families seeing a show together. I found, however, that our client’s real goal was to sell overpriced popcorn. The success of the theater apparently relied not on ticket sales but on concessions. Further, the theaters we designed were mostly built near big box retailers, many in lower to middle class neighborhoods. I came to feel that I was directly contributing to a consumer culture that encouraged the purchase of cheap overseas products and expensive fast food by people who could ill afford them.
I quit that job and began a long journey that culminated in the Oregon Cottage Co., which I started in 2008. During that journey, I explored and embraced green living in all its facets.
If we meet, I hope we can swap stories. You can tell me how you got here – on this page, at this time in your life – and I’ll tell you about the earthen yurt I built, the VW van I lived in for two years, and, of course, my personal philosophy and relationships that have influenced my direction.
And now, life out there is more stressful than ever. We’ve all been through the Great Recession. Observed family and neighbors take on too much debt and even lose their homes. We even have a magazine called “Real Simple” because so many of us have forgotten what simple even means.
Here at Oregon Cottage Co., we remember.
So this is what we do.
- Create an environment that empowers you to dream big, live large, and pursue your passion.
- Design artful, beautiful and simple spaces that incorporate best practices in green building while focusing on ultimate livability.
- Take our time to thoughtfully craft high-quality Tiny homes at affordable prices.
- Use sustainable, renewable, and post consumer products where possible.
- Build healthy spaces, avoiding glues, paints or other products that contain toxins.
- Believe that great craftsmanship requires great people.
- Promise you a beautiful tiny home, built on schedule and to spec, on the timeline we agree on.
I hope we meet soon.