Designer insights with Teal Brown

Wishbone Tiny Homes is a family owned and operated NC General Contracting company focused on meeting the diverse needs of the next generation tiny home buyer. Partnering with non-profits to provide financial support, employment, and shelter to those who need it the most is a core mission of Wishbone Tiny Homes. Teal's background includes years of experience in home building, furniture and cabinet making, solar photovoltaics, energy auditing, air sealing, sustainability, and job skill training. He loves his work at Wishbone Tiny Homes because it requires him to incorporate all of these skills under one, tiny roof.

Designer Insights with Teal Brown

Image Credit: 1) Materia Designs 2) Resource Furniture 3) Novi Decor 4) Sanctuary Bathrooms 5) Bartok Design

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I love form that follows function but doesn't look like it. I also love the process of incorporating materials that are on hand to create a singular combination of materials and textures.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

I approach tiny house design as if it were a puzzle. I start with my clients' must-haves and build out from there. Finding ways to capture the space that is left over is where the real creativity comes into play.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I would say my dad. He has spent his life in the building industry and taught me a tremendous amount along the way. He has been influenced by architects like Greene and Greene and has a strong interest in Japanese architecture and art.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I find a way to stop looking for inspiration, i.e., find a fun distraction - then revisit the creative process with a clear mind.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

When I decided to be my own boss my life took shape. As soon as I took the necessary steps in my life to enable me to reach my potential, things started clicking. It helps to have a clear image of where you want to be in your career so that you can work back to a starting point, like reverse engineering. Once you follow that process back to the beginning, you will know where to take your first step.