Written by Maria Allen
An innovative developer creates a tiny-house office on wheels.
Some people work out of their cars, but PJ Antonik, founder of Oak Development & Design and star of the home building television series “Heart of Oak”, literally has an office on wheels. Specializing in single-family home renovations and new construction of investment properties, Antonik set out to create a cost-effective and unique office solution that could travel with him to job sites.
With its herring bone-pattern façade and hunter green front door, the 176-square-foot tiny-house office is as eye catching as it is practical. The first 13-episode season of “Heart of Oak,” produced by Blueview Productions, follows Antonik and his crew through the renovation of several Hingham homes. The show’s unscripted format allows viewers to witness the real trials and tribulations of construction in New England in a way that is informative and entertaining.
Several episodes document the building of Antonik’s tiny-house office, which includes a small conference room, kitchen area, loft and even a bathroom with a stall shower. A team of industrious shop students from South Shore Vocational Technical High School took part in the tiny house office project, helping to install siding and the front door.
When the project was completed, the show’s title sponsor, Timberland PRO, donated boots to the students as a thank you for their efforts. “It has been an amazing process to work with local companies to produce a show so close to my heart,” says Antonik. “The support they’ve shown for young and aspiring students to become tradesman has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have ever encountered in my career. It’s something I will remember for a very long time.”
“Heart of Oak” premiered on NESN in January. South Shore Vocational Technical High School is featured in five episodes. Watch the latest episodes at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. Thursdays or view older episodes by visiting heartofoaktv.com.