Hello everyone, it was quiet for a moment here at Marjolein in het klein. That’s because I was very busy with my other website, TinyFindy. A new version of TinyFindy was launched last Thursday, which has taken quite a bit of time, but the result is impressive! TinyFindy 2.0 really is the next level: a fresh look, fast, a lot more user-friendly and bilingual. I am very happy about it!
In November 2017 my good friend Marcel van Mierlo and I launched TinyFindy. An online platform where providers of Tiny Houses, lots, and products for Tiny Houses, can showcase and offer their beautiful products directly to Tiny House enthusiasts. What started with a handful of listings has grown in just three years into a website where you can find almost all leading Dutch builders and suppliers. A website which is accessed by an average of 1200 visitors per day. But the old site had some drawbacks; unfortunately, it was not possible to make it so that providers could easily place a product listing themselves. And you first had to create an account and log in to be able to respond to the providers. There certainly was room for improvement.
On the new site , if you are looking to buy a Tiny House, a Tiny House product, a lot, or a service for your Tiny House, you no longer have to create an account. Via the contact form on each listings page, you can contact the provider directly to ask your questions. TinyFindy does not interfere and we do not receive any commission if a contact via TinyFindy leads to a sale. But there was another reason to have a new website developed. We increasingly get foreign providers on TinyFindy and it is also interesting for Dutch providers if TinyFindy gets international reach. That is why we have made the new website bilingual; you can read the site in Dutch and English. This is also useful for the many English-speaking people who live in the Netherlands, of course!
But oh my, what a project! It seems so simple, but the contrary is true. TinyFindy is a very complicated website to create. Fortunately, as a visitor, you don’t notice this and that’s how it should be. We originally hoped to launch the website in April, but the bilingual aspect, in particular, caused a delay. I would like to give David Broekema from David Web & Media a very big compliment for his diligent and outstanding work! David also developed my Marjolein in het klein website and I can rely on him absolutely. You are a rock star, David! You worked so hard on the website and working with you is always a pleasure. Marcel and I are very happy with the new TinyFindy!
There are already 62 listings on TinyFindy; how great is that? You already have a lot to choose from – pretty awesome considering that Tiny Houses are relatively new in the Netherlands. In addition to the Tiny Houses that are on offer for sale or rent, you will also find products and services for Tiny Houses on TinyFindy. For example: building materials for self-builders, and architects who specialize in designing your sustainable Tiny House to measure, and according to your wishes.
Of course, we would very much like to see growth in the number of available lots. TinyFindy was originally conceived for this, so that people who want to live in a Tiny House have a place where they can see where there are lots available. Tiny houses with land included are already being offered on TinyFindy every now and then, which hopefully will happen more often in the future.
My wish is that TinyFindy will become the go-to website for Tiny House enthusiasts, throughout all of Europe. The Tiny House movement continues to grow internationally, although there are challenges in every country to make the houses fit within the regulations. The Netherlands is moving ahead of many other European countries when it comes to making living Tiny legally a possibility and I am really proud of that! We have the most Tiny House housing projects in Europe – over 46. Isn’t that great? That should grow even more, because the need for this type of housing is also very great. I hope you get excited about the new TinyFindy! You can find the website here:
Here’s a big thank you to all the Tiny House builders and other providers who rely on TinyFindy! Some of them have been with us from the beginning, such as Wikkelhouse, Your Tiny House, Marco Haakman and his Marcontainer; we are so happy with our good relationships. A warm welcome to all new providers! We are very happy to welcome you! And, of course, a big thank you to all visitors to TinyFindy – Tiny House enthusiasts looking for opportunities to make their dream come true. We hope that TinyFindy helps you achieve your dreams, with a diverse and high-quality range of listings, and inspiring and informative blogs.
Finally, I would also like to thank Marcel very much for the many years of pleasant cooperation. I could never have done this without you, and it is so nice to spar with you! You truly are my trusted wingman and I hope that we will continue to work together for a long time to come. <3