Tina, an Oregon transplant from Massachusetts, started Backcountry Tiny Homes with her husband and partner, Luke, after falling in love with the tiny house movement and the freedoms available to those who choose to go tiny. Not just a tiny home designer and builder, Tina lives in the Basecamp + Green tiny home model with Luke and her three dogs. With a background in construction, civil, and environmental engineering, her experience with green technology inspires many of the off-grid designs you see at Backcountry Tiny Homes. Tina is your contact person for everything you need at Backcountry Tiny Homes and she cannot wait to help you find the adventure that is just right for you! On any given weekend you will find Tina with Luke and her three dogs scaling high alpine ascents or volunteering as part of a therapy dog handler team with her Siberian Husky, Minnie. She dedicates her pet-friendly designs and furnishings in memory of her most cherished pet companion and adventure partner, Maya.
Luke was born in Switzerland and raised in Massachusetts and made the trek out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest three years ago with his wife and partner, Tina. Luke was drawn to the tiny house movement immediately because of his love for problem solving and project design. His experience with small spaces during his extended mountaineering treks helps him bring creative ideas to new tiny home designs and space saving storage solutions. Luke has an extensive background in mechanical and manufacturing engineering which has brought a new perspective to tiny home utility functionality and the construction process. From new material choices and better production quality, Luke is quick to find the best solution for your build. When he's not living it up building and designing new tiny homes, Luke is an avid hiker, rock climber, ice climber, and skier. Between his love for the outdoors and his family, Luke is never far away from the vast beauty of the backcountry without his partner, beloved dogs, and sense of adventure.
Malcolm recently retired from the semi-conductor industry where he was involved with the physical design of integrated circuits. He worked for a number of companies during his career including National Semiconductor, HP, Mentor Graphics, ITT, and Intel. As part of his career break from the semi-conductor industry, he was in charge of design for a company that built prefabricated wood frame buildings - most of which were houses. His skill set includes architectural design expertise and direct hands on experience in most all phases of both residential design and construction. Malcolm has a broad base of knowledge and experience relative to construction techniques and materials and is an innovative problem solver. Since retirement, he has become a fully license Residential General Contractor in the state of Oregon and has been involved in both the design and prefabrication of several tiny homes, including the Basecamp Summit model that Tina and Luke both reside in. Malcolm has recently completed the extensive remodel of the house he and his wife of 48 years have been living in for the past 28 years and he is now in the process of designing and building their new house in Central Oregon. Malcolm and his wife, Lynette, have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Minnie, Whisper, and Sequoia are three very happy rescue pups that live with their best pals, Luke and Tina. Together, the "pup-pack" test-drive all of the pet-friendly storage and space solutions for tiny home designs. From rainwater harvesting water bowls to privacy dens, these pups love inspecting new project ideas and approving them before they make their official debut in any new design. It's hard work testing out new hide-away pet beds and treat dispensers but someone has to do it. Going tiny is an adventure that your pets should always have a say in.