Switchgrass Tiny Homes was formed by Byron and Jessica Denhart on a walk one day with their infant son, when both realized that the culmination of their talents and abilities and obsession with tiny homes could only mean one thing: start building tiny homes! Byron comes from a background in construction project management and has a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois. He has an eye for detail and a modern design aesthetic. Byron truly enjoys building things, anything really, and has big hobbies like sailing and hot air ballooning. The latter hobby has given him the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. Jessica holds an MFA in creative writing and works in several different mediums as an artist.  Jessica works for the University of Illinois Library full-time and helps design tiny homes with Byron in her off hours when not wrangling their son Jackson, who has more energy than any infant should.

Our Philosophy

At Switchgrass we design custom tiny homes, with the client’s needs at the forefront. We believe in clean, simple design, maximizing headroom and natural light whenever possible.  Good design leads to functionality and allows the materials we use to speak for themselves in the overall aesthetic. We love working with reclaimed, recycled and natural materials when possible and we’re always looking for ways to be more eco-minded with each build. We care about the environment and our footprint on it and try to bring a balanced approach to our builds.  At Switchgrass Tiny Homes we want to make your tiny home build a unique and fun experience, with a smooth transition to your new life in the tiny home community, and we will always remain a resource for you well after the build. Going tiny isn't just another move, it's a movement that will change your life and we are here to walk you through it.

Bildsworth certified

Bildsworth International is a national trade organization founded expressly for manufacturers and builders of tiny houses on wheels.  Bildsworth requires all members to adhere to the NOAH Standard, which requires builders to use construction standards set forth by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NEC (National Electric Code) and NHTAS (National Highway & Transportation Association), yet pay specific attention to the unique needs of tiny houses on wheels by incorporating the American Tiny House Association’s Construction Guidelines.

 Bildsworth visually inspects each and every Switchgrass Tiny Home at several different milestones throughout the construction process, similar to building inspectors found in nearly every municipality nationwide.  Only after compliance with each stage can we move on to the next part of construction.  After the final inspection is completed, that home then becomes Bildsworth Certified and receives a plaque with serial number referring back to the video archived inspections.

 What does this all mean for you?  It means a Bildsworth Certified home speaks volumes about our construction integrity and safety.  You can rest assured that your home was built to the highest industry standards, verified by a non-partial third party.  Standards used not only by tiny house builders but ALL home builders.  For more information, please visit www.bildsworth.com.

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