Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Ty Williams. I am getting better with turbulence on airplanes and I wear a watch that hasn’t worked for two years. When I’m not procrastinating, I’m making things.
Where are you from?
I was born in the northeast, and spent a decent chunk of my childhood in the Caribbean before moving to Maine.
How did you land in St. Augustine, Florida?
I was attracted to St. Augustine because of its beautiful college, rich history, and surf.
Tell us more about your home and the design / build process.
I found a small postage-stamp-sized piece of land in the historic district. After countless hours of sketching ideas and taking inspiration from tiny homes, my father and I settled on a design that maximized space, was cost effective, and could withstand the elements. We drove materials from Maine to St. Augustine, assembled the walls offsite and erected them onsite. We had to work around a lot of the town bureaucracy with sea level (the house foundation is set 9 feet above sea level), height restraints, and special storm-resistant materials. Sometimes not all aspects of a design are permitted, forcing you to work creatively within the confines of what is allowed. I have to give credit to my father’s knowledge, creative problem-solving skills, and patience with my lack of carpentry experience