A purposeful company begins with high standards.
Everything at New Frontier begins and ends with David. From the Vision, to the Brand, to Architectural Design, Interior Design, Decoration/Staging, and the execution of it all in the Build, it all starts in his head and doesn’t come to life without him driving it every step of the way. Design is his first love, but he is deeply passionate about all the different components of New Frontier and is obsessed with uncompromising quality and perfection.
Born and raised in Nashville, TN, David has always been fascinated by the form and function of structures, good design, and asking why. Working construction during summers in high school, he gained the fundamental knowledge of what has become a lifelong passion for building, carpentry, the art, and science of crafting a home, and the Do-It-Yourself ethos. He studied Literature and Philosophy at Furman University, paying for his education with an athletic scholarship. Seeking experience over any single career path, David backpacked on a shoestring budget through Europe for 6 months after graduating university.
Next, he moved to New York City. There his passion for design began, working at Ralph Lauren and Earnest Sewn. After almost 3 years, he was burnt out on the city life and the fashion industry and wanting a completely different experience. An opportunity to help build and expand an orphanage in the village of Mutungu, Uganda became his mission. After almost a year in Africa, he moved to Chicago where he got into the hospitality business, opening and operating restaurants. While in Chicago, he also began to explore furniture design as well as designing and building restaurants, bars, and nightclubs all over the city. Family and an opportunity to open a new restaurant/bar in Nashville brought him back south. This situation quickly turned into a huge disappointment, which became a blessing, leading to a year of serious introspection.
David began re-evaluating his values, who he wants to be, his actual behavior compared to desired behavior, and the disparity between intention and execution. Mindfulness, self-reliance, self-awareness, debt-free living, sustainability, intentional living, community, contribution and the empowerment to design one’s life so that the most important components are brought to the fore of daily living began to consume his mind and fuel his passion. He discovered the relatively nascent tiny home movement while seeking a means to align his values with a purpose that adds value to the lives of those around him, especially the under-served and marginalized. Thus began the recognition of his own perpetual feelings of inadequacy with our consumer culture of envy, the wasteful ingratitude of first world striving, the addictive thinking of impulse buying and must have updates on all manner of electronics and products. Ultimately, he noticed that the things he can change, lie mostly within himself. He realized in a way he hadn’t previously, that everyone has the power to change his/her own habits, his own patterns, his own mind, perspectives, and attitude. The philosophy behind the tiny house movement (desperately needed Affordable Housing, making great quality design and craftsmanship attainable to many people, intentional living, community, etc.) drew him in and inspired him to devote his working hours to furthering its cause. David has chosen to translate that philosophy and his own into New Frontier Tiny Homes.
Investor and Partner
While working on a triple major in Economics, Chemistry and Physics at Vanderbilt University, Zac Thomas bought and flipped his first investment property. Thomas took an interest in tiny homes for their sustainable, minimalist construction. Thomas partnered with David Latimer and provided the seed investment to create New Frontier Tiny Homes in 2016.
Architectural Designer and Consultant
Taylor attended The University of Kansas where he graduated with his Masters of Architecture. Taylor practiced architecture for three years prior to moving to Nashville to explore a career in construction management. Taylor’s works with David to design our homes.
Originally a father-son project, Eddie Latimer and our Founder, David Latimer built two tiny homes on speculation that they could learn about the market, and hopefully turn a profit in the meantime. David Later met Zac Thomas, who would later invest and bring production building expertise to bare. Soon thereafter, New Frontier was born. Inside of a year, it would have the Alpha, its first fully custom product featured on an episode of HGTV. 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.
Full Court Press!
Interest built over the next two years. More press opportunities. More HGTV. This time featuring the Escher, our second model. We collaborated with Disney to build a new family home for victims of the California wild fires. We presented it to them live on Good Morning America
Land and Expand
We released two models this year; the Cornelia and the Orchid. We launched the Home that runs on Dunkin’ with Smuckers and Dunkin at Home brands, and presented it live in Central Park, NYC alongside Olivia Wilde.
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. We’re anticipating a very warm reception for our new 24′, $75,000 model, the Luna. Additionally, we partnered with Paragon Builders here in Nashville, TN and have broken ground on Nashville’s first tiny home hotel, Stay | New Frontier.