David Latimer - Ceo & founder
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 (despertely 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.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Zac graduated from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a triple major in Economics, Chemistry, and Physics. Somehow, during his rare free time in college, Zac bought a run-down house in a rough neighborhood, remodeled it and sold it for a profit. He’s been hooked on building ever since.
Zac has an incredible mind and talent for technical systems and details. He used his talent and work ethic to create a full-scale building company. An anomaly amongst builders in Nashville, Zac has a deep care for the well-being and balance of a community, for affordable housing, and for improving the way we build and develop cities to benefit the future of cities and neighborhood.
Recently, Zac has turned his focus to tiny houses and the many solutions they provide for people seeking to own their own home. He and David partnered to start New Frontier Tiny Homes. Precision is in Zac’s DNA, so you can rest assured that your tiny house will be built to last a lifetime with quality of detail unmatched in the industry. He is also one of the hardest workers ever. Period.
With Zac on board you can rest assured that your tiny house will be built perfectly, with absolute integrity that will last a lifetime.
Mr. Latimer is an expert in Affordable Housing. He founded Nashville’s oldest non-profit housing development corporation, Affordable Housing Resources, Inc. (AHR). Mr. Latimer created and or helped develop AHR’s lines of business. For over 25 years AHR’s HUD homebuyer education classes have helped over 16,000 people buy their first home. AHR developed a full cycle lending continuum offering various 1st mortgage loans and down payment and closing cost loans to first time, lower income, and minority homebuyers. AHR has been Nashville’s largest non-profit housing development corporation constructing and rehabbing over 1400 quality, affordable homes, and townhomes. During the recent recession AHR became involved with Homeownership Preservation. AHR was ranked second in the nation in 2014 by NeighborWorks America, for saving homeowners from foreclosure using a loan program (the Hardest Hit) and the NFMC program. AHR also assisted lower income community leaders to create computer labs, tutorial programs, housing programs, summer camps and summer job programs for urban youth.
Mr. Latimer is the Chair of the Housing, Councilors and Educators of Tennessee board, Chair of the National NeighborWorks Associations Lending Committee, the past Chairman of Tennessee Housing and Development Agency’s Board of Directors, amongst many other leadership roles locally and nationally. AHR has been nominated for two Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence and two HCA Foundations Awards of Excellence including winning the Frist Foundation’s Award of Achievement. AHR received national acclaim for its Row 8.9n townhomes for its urban renewal impact and design including being awarded townhome of the year for the National Home Builders Association and being nominated for HUD’s, Best in American Living award. Row 8.9n was featured in the National Building Museum.