New Frontier Design is an award winning company the designs and builds tiny homes on wheels, and offers Architectural and Interior Design services for site built homes of any size. Our work has been featured on HGTV, Good Morning America, Disney and in top publications such as Architectural Digest, Dwell Magazine, and dozens of others. We work anywhere in the United States. We love our clients, and we define our success solely based on their complete satisfaction with their projects!
We are based in Nashville, TN but we work with clients all over the U.S.
Most of our clients are out West, and we travel to almost anywhere in the country for our projects.
New Frontier Design was originally New Frontier Tiny Homes. It began with David Latimer and his father Eddie. Eddie made all of this possible, introducing David to the tiny house concept as a solution for Affordable Housing in Nashville TN (Eddie is the founder and owner of Affordable Housing Resources, Nashville’s oldest AH nonprofit). He financed the construction of 2 tiny homes based on plans from another company to learn about the process and the market before creating their own original designs.
David soon met Zac Thomas, who was fundamental in the upward trajectory of the company. He would later invest and bring 10 years of invaluable production building experience to the table. A rare opportunity to be featured on HGTV presented itself, and in short order, David and Zac created the Alpha Tiny Home. While the intentions were not to create a luxury home, the excitement about the TV opportunity inspired David and Zac to design and build the best tiny home they’d ever seen.
The Alpha launched New Frontier into immediate popularity and brought acclaim from all over the world. It was featured on HGTV, Good Morning America, Disney, The Today Show, CNN, etc and was featured in Architectural Digest and Dwell, amongst dozens of other publications. We were very lucky, and at the right place at the right time.
During this time, David worked at the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville and fortuitously bumped into a to-be mentor, Stryker Warren, a guiding light to the company’s formation and early growth.
David and a small team of friends built the first couple of orders, but as demand grew, so did the need to hire a full team and find a proper production facility.
The year began in a new home with a new full time team of very talented builders and craftsman. Shortly thereafter, we created our second original design: the Escher Tiny Home. This design/build also presented another HGTV opportunity. More features by Dwell and Architectural Digest.
We collaborated with Disney to build a new home for victims of the California wild fires. We presented it to them live on Good Morning America in Oculus plaza at the new World Trade Center in NYC.
We released the Cornelia and the Orchid tiny homes. Due to our packed schedule, we turned down other HGTV opportunities to focus on scaling and designing new models.
We collaborated with Olivia Wilde and Dunkin’ to create a completely off-grid home that runs off of a coffee bean biofuel. The Home that Runs on Dunkin’ was featured at a public event created specifically for the project in Madison Square Park in NYC.
The company continued to grow in popularity, reputation as one of the highest design and quality tiny home builders in the world, and in demand.
With some wind in our sails, we looked to build our operations and sales teams to keep up with demand from all angles; retail customers, consumers, developers, and Airbnb entrepreneurs. Building everything in house for the first 4.5 years was an incredible and necessary learning experience.
But David’s first love and passion is design, and he was ready for a change from spending most of his time managing the construction of the homes. So for this reason, and in an attempt to scale, we began to outsource production.
It was during this time that we began working with Liberation Tiny Homes. They are exceptionally talented builders and incredible humans. And they began building our homes, and to this day still do! Because of Liberation our company was able to change dramatically.
COVID hits, and to our great surprise demand exploded. People began to want to escape city life and get out into Nature. One of David’s great passions is Nature and to help people reconnect to Nature. One of his guiding design principles is to eliminate the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space. And many of our new clients wanted exactly this.
We expand to offer Architectural and Interior Design for all size site-built homes. The trajectory of the company starts to change rapidly.
The Luna Tiny Home is released, our most attainable and budget conscious model yet. It is received with great excitement and demand and acclaim.We add Movable Roots as one of our tiny home builders. Excellent people, excellent quality, excellent product.
Zac and David amicably part ways and David becomes the sole owner of New Frontier. They are still good friends! :)
With our expansion into architecture and interior design and our focus now purely on design, it was time for a rebrand. So, we decided to rename the company New Frontier Design to make clear what our priority is: creating the most unique, original, and beautiful design for all types of spaces and projects and needs.
Several large projects out West caused us to spend more time with clients, overseeing the work.
We begin working with M Royce Architecture and a new partnership is formed.
Our focus further shifts towards experiential, deep Nature hospitality.
We’ve got some exciting stuff in the works!