A local contractor and his crew will be featured on FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” cable-television show Saturday for the second time this year.
Terry Wishard, owner of I CAN BUILD IT LLP, along with part-owner Carl Beeman and their four employees, will be featured on “Tiny House Nation,” which airs at 9 p.m. on the FYI Network.
Wishard, a Hagerstown native who started his business in late 2014, now serves the local community as a home-improvement contractor and builder.
Earlier this year, the company was featured on the show for the first time, when its 310 square-foot tiny home on wheels in Houston, Texas, aired in January.
Saturday’s episode will feature a larger, 575 square-foot tiny home that was built on a foundation just outside of Charlottesville, Va.
Wishard said tiny houses generally are a maximum of about 500 square feet.
“Tiny House Nation” is currently in its fourth season. It follows hosts John Weisbarth and Zach Giffin around the country, as they help bring their tiny-house expertise to clients’ homes.
Wishard said his company had just wrapped up its project in Texas, when they were asked to build another home in Virginia.
“The build was in Crozet, Va., about 2 1/2 hours from Hagerstown. … This home was set to be built on a traditional foundation and came with a wider range of challenges,” he said.
Starting in late January, the team began the five-week job building the home.
On Feb. 22, the homeowners were able to see the home for the first time. It was a barn-style structure that featured reclaimed wood and included a farm sink in the kitchen, he said.
Wishard, who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, said that after creating his own company, he wanted to do something more “outside the box.”
“We got tired of the Home Depot construction, where you go and pick the cheapest thing off the rack and just install it. We wanted to do something a little more creative and more advanced and more challenging,” he said.
The company’s first tiny home was made from a container and was only 160 square feet.
Wishard said his company gained some local recognition for the project. Ever since then, he has wanted to take his company to the next level.
“The tiny houses they are small and compact, so they force you to get creative with your carpentry. They are built to have cool little features,” he said. “The market is different and growing. So it’s cool to jump on the trend and to be able to apply your skills to something like that.”