Humanitat was a tiny-home vision, who wanted to be a startup. Three of us had a dream to build a tiny-home company that captured the spirit of the micro-housing boom, but gave it a slightly different spin. Being a wee bit older than the typical tiny-home denizen, we saw the trend a little differently than the early pioneers, and early purchasers, of micro-homes.
The longer you live, the more you think about whether or not a lifestyle choice is sustainable. The growth of families, accumulation of “stuff”, and even the inability to climb into a bed located in a loft, diminish the potential sustainability of long-term micro-home living. This is not to say that some, of not many, are able to live the tiny-home lifestyle for decades, but rather to say that there are dozens if not hundreds of companies addressing that market.
As we evaluated the trend, the minimalist aspect of micro-housing was attractive to us as well. But the application was different. While most viewed micro-housing as a permanent alternative to traditional housing, we saw it as an opportunity for traditional households to do something that they otherwise could not.
People dream of having a place to go to get away from it all, and most are able to muster only a nylon tent for an occasional camping trip. Because the barrier to entry is too high, and the construction expertise too elusive, this desire has remained only a dream. Humanitat’s vision was to make the unimaginable accessible, by offering, do-it-yourself micro-homes in a kit form to families and individuals seeking an affordable, eco-friendly getaway, hunters’ cabin, studio or other second home, that could be assembled onsite.
Humanitat would offer an incredible family experience that culminated in the completion of a small, but permanent, getaway that could be enjoyed for decades to come. Humanitat wouldn’t just offer a dwelling; we would offer an entertaining and engaging experience creating long-lasting memories and pride of ownership. Eco-minded consumers would appreciate Humanitat’s tiny footprint, off-the-grid position, and solar powered utilities, but our goal was to extend Humanitat’s footprint beyond the design of the micro-home. Humanitat would donate every twenty-fifth micro-home to a family in Mexico.
The most revolutionary aspect of our plan was Humanitat’s smart-phone and smart-tablet video-based app, which would provide step-by-step instructions to guide the family through the assembly process. As Humanitat micro-home owners would be shown how to build their home, they would also be prompted to record each step of their personal journey along the way. Upon completion, they would be invited to share the fruits of their labor with the Humanitat community and to their personal Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts automatically via the app. An incredible pride of ownership would accompany each Humanitat micro-home because of the satisfaction that comes from the experience of loved ones building their home together.
So, here’s the bad news. As we worked through the planning process and the date approached when we would launch the startup, we were simply unable to make the jump, and leave our jobs to pursue this dream. So, a year’s worth of planning and preparation are available to the entrepreneur who would like to pick up where we left off, or simply begin anew.
Up for sale is the Humanitat website, domain name, Instagram account (HumanitatHomes), Facebook account (Humanitat Homes), and Twitter feed (@HumanitatHomes). If you are an aspiring tiny home entrepreneur and would like to purchase this website and social media package, please complete the form below and we can chat. Included in the purchase is the logo, slogans, and all of the spreadsheets and documents that we developed as we were planning. If you are interested in acquiring this tiny homes identity, please complete the form below and let’s chat!