Quincy native making big mark with tiny houses

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018 12:45 am

Quincy native Scott Hildebrand was featured on HGTV last week, earning national media exposure for his architectural designs involving "tiny" -- or miniature -- houses in Arizona.

The tiny houses are normally about 600 square feet in size.

Hildebrand's work was featured on HGTV's "Tiny Paradise" show.

Hildebrand originally built a tiny house for a friend in Arizona, and when that friend posted pictures of the work on social media it eventually attracted the attention of HGTV officials.

Designing the tiny homes is not Hildebrand's only forte in such a project.

He also builds the houses, combining architectural design with an artist's eye to create a structure that works well within its environment.

Hildebrand is working on another tiny house in conjunction with HGTV, this time within one of the redwood forests in California.

Expensive summer

For those wondering, this has been the most expensive summer for gasoline since 2014.

"We have finished the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day with an average of $2.87 per gallon, a full 55 cents higher than last summer, but still 71 cents per gallon cheaper than in 2014," said Patrick DeHaan, chief petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

DeHaan thinks gas prices will likely drop between now and the end of the year, but the wild card in the mix is the tropical storm/hurricane season that "could impact the sensitive Gulf Coast region" that is rich with refineries.

Heading into the weekend, AAA reported the average gas prices in Illinois and Missouri were $2.89 and $2.62 per gallon, respectively.

They said it

º The Wall Street Journal: "Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 2 million pickup trucks after it received reports of a seat-belt equipment malfunction that could cause smoke or fire, marking a setback for its top-selling F-Series product line that generates the bulk of its profit."

º New York Times: "European authorities (have) cleared Apple's acquisition of the popular song-recognition app Shazam, after months of study into whether the deal would give the iPhone maker an unfair advantage over rival streaming music services like Spotify. Apple said in December that it had agreed to buy Shazam, prompting European regulators to scrutinize the proposed takeover as part of a broader effort to examine the value of data when evaluating mergers."

º Fox Business: "A fully legalized, regulated sports betting industry could provide a $2.3 billion boost to the NFL's annual revenue stream, according to a Nielsen Sports study commissioned by the American Gaming Association. Increased fan interest in NFL games, driven by sports betting, would be worth up to $1.75 billion annually in the form of more lucrative media rights deals, corporate sponsorships, tickets and merchandise sales, the data firm estimates. The NFL could generate another $573 million annually through deals with gambling operators and data providers."

The top five

A recent nationwide survey, coordinated by a New York-based firm, found these to be America's favorite pizza toppings.

1. Pepperoni.

2. Sausage.

3. Garlic.

4. Olives.

5. Mushrooms.

Honorable mention: Onion, chicken and oregano.

Words of wisdom

º Bronze medal: "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." -- Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple.

º Silver medal: "I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that's always existed." -- Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

º Gold medal: "If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful." -- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.