Renovate w/ Gilly's - An Interview with Henry Hangan, the master of Tiny Homes
In a world that's ever-evolving more people working from home than ever, it's no wonder Tiny Homes are becoming massive in Australia.
Hangan specialise's in custom built Tiny Homes, making every design unique and one of a kind.
Based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, they are owned and operated by Hangan Construction, an established building and construction company with over 40 tradesmen on hand and years of experience.
Not only are Tiny Homes efficient, eco-friendly and more financial viable - these day's, with incredible creators like Henry, it's possible to turn Tiny Home dreams, into a reality.
We had a chat to Henry about his business Tiny Homes by Hangan.
How did you get into creating Tiny Homes?
Our tiny journey started a lot like many others. My wife, Dominique, came to me one day and said we should build a tiny home. I said you’re crazy. We compromised and decided to build our first Tiny Home. We did a lot of research on other builds that we liked, added ideas of what we wanted and finally settled on a design that was economical, functional and beautiful.
Luckily for me at the time my father, Paul Hangan, had spare factory space so we quickly began building our first tiny home. With his experience as an engineer and mine as a registered builder, it worked well. We planned and built Hillside and my wife documented the journey.
Due to the journey being documented online, we grew quite a following and decided to build a second tiny home shortly after completing the first. This time it was with the hope of selling it and maybe turning our hobby and passion into a business filling a gap in the market with custom built Tiny Homes.
With our first two models built, we decided to have an open day to show our product and passion to people. We had an amazing response with well over 7000 people attending as well as local and national media attention and the like.
Unlike a number of other Tiny Home builders, Tiny Homes Australia was able to begin with the backing of my 40+ tradesman construction company Hangan Construction.
With this background and foundation, customers were confident and able to trust in our ability to produce a quality Tiny Home. We quickly gained a number of orders and realised that our customers wanted to customise their tiny homes instead of buying preset models.
It's more work for us in the design stage of a build by offering total customisation. However, with our draftsman Felipe on board (who has designed over 40 custom tiny homes and is Australia's leading and most experienced tiny house designer) we work with our clients to make their tiny home dreams become a reality. Our planning and preparation in the design allows accurate pricing and clear expectations.
We have loved working with each and every one of our clients and can't wait to discuss your tiny home concept.
What do you love about building Tiny Homes?
We have built so many different models. Every build is a challenge but so rewarding when completed it.
What's your favourite build so far?
Eureka is a personal favourite, so many people have wanted something similar due to the open plan living and bifold that opens onto the deck.
What advice do you have for people wanting to get into a Tiny Home?
Do your research. Look at different builders, work out your "must haves" and start from there. Most customers will get inspiration from many different sources.