Wade Heyl is the owner of Elite Tiny Homes and Wasted Time Custom Woodwork and creates everything you see on this site primarily by himself. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Wade has lived in South Louisiana all of his life. After graduating from Tulane with an MBA degree, he moved to Morgan City to begin a career as a financial analyst in the oil and gas industry. Three years ago in 2015, after completing the Manstrocity, he decided to take his passion for woodworking and building and turn it into a career. Wade now works closely with his clients to build tiny homes that are completely customized to their wants and needs. When he’s not working on his latest tiny home, he is creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces from reclaimed cypress and sinker cypress. Wade is married with two children and currently lives in Houma, Louisiana.
Most of my adult life I have been an accountant in the Oil and Gas industry, but a few years ago I found a passion and apparent talent for wood-working. It mostly began after the passing of my dad at age 56 from lung cancer. He worked his whole life as a plumber and used to tell me as a child to “use your head for a living, and not your back”. He stressed this to me and I took it to heart. I graduated from UNO in 2001 and went back to get an MBA from Tulane, graduating in 2006. I have worked in finance ever since.
After my dad passed in 2012, I began a project I had been contemplating for some time. I wanted to build a bar area in my backyard. One of my dad’s many talents was woodworking. I thought it would be a growing experience for me to try my hand at this challenging project. I spent about 320 over the course of 6 months in late 2012-early 2013 working on the project. In the hours of sanding, cutting, chiseling, staining and varnishing, I found a much needed solace and peace in my heart. I felt close to my father in those hours and often “talked” to him during the process – I always knew what he was telling me in reply. Unexpectedly, I discovered that I had some degree of talent at the technical skills, but I was very surprised at how well my visions came out from a creative perspective.
After the completion of the bar, I began rebuilding my dad’s camp/home in Myrtle Grove that was destroyed by Hurricane Isaac. It had 4’ of water in it and we had to gut the entire interior. I had to wait until May of 2013 to begin to rebuild because we had it raised, and I had to wait until the raising process was completed. I finished the complete remodel in December 2013 and again the results surprised my family, friends, and myself.
After the camp was completed, I turned my attention to a project I had vaguely conceived of while building the bar. The idea essentially involved building a “man-space” that was portable so that it could serve multiple purposes. You could use it at home as a man-cave, at Saints or LSU games for a tailgate centerpiece, as a portable camp, etc. I thought I could build the first one and see if there was enough of a market out there that I could possibly leave the corporate world and do something that I truly love. I wanted to do something with my life that I could really be proud of, something that other people could enjoy and appreciate.
The first trailer was completed in January 2015 and the results were more than I expected. Despite how well it came out though, I still see all my small mistakes and strive to be better. It is something I love doing and I put my heart into each piece. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I enjoyed creating it.