Houston Makerspace

A giant workspace in Houston, Texas providing resources, tools, machines, education and community to makers of all skill levels.
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Maclean Smyth
Small Business
Houston, Texas
United States
1 Team Member

///UPDATE: We have altered our goal and end date!

We are excited about the support we have received throughout this campaign, and as of today (September 10th) we have raised $5600! We have changed our goal to $10,000 and extended our end date to September 22nd.

Our revised goal will allow us to do the following:

  • secure up to 10,000 square feet of warehouse space in the East End
  • basic buildout of communal/coworking and classroom areas
  • space to start accepting the tool and machine donations we have been offered, which include an entire woodshop and screenprinting equipment
  • space in which to offer regular classes and workshops (up to 5 a week in the first three months)
  • obtain at least one 3D printer

Once we are in our space and have done what is outlined above we will continue to grow organically over time, eventually reaching the 20,000 square feet with the 7 core workshops listed in our original campaign below. Until then, membership will be $149 a month for unlimited use of all facilities!

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We're an upcoming makerspace in Houston, Texas providing tools, machines, resources, education and community to makers of all skill levels!


I've always been a maker. When I moved back to Houston from San Francisco in 2012, I started looking for places where I could have access to the resources that came so easily to me on the West Coast. The more I dug, the more I found Houston lacking. However, the more I dug, the more people I found that shared my need and my passion for making. Houston has a thriving maker community desperate for a space like this. We need you to help us make it happen!


/// What is Houston Makerspace?

Houston Makerspace (HMS) is a large workspace that will include a wood shop, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab (which includes a laser cutter and 3D printers), textiles and sewing lab, screen printing studio, jewelry shop, commercial kitchen, coworking space and artists studios. We will have two classrooms and an incredible variety of classes and workshops from candlemaking to advanced robotics. HMS is committed to providing tools, resources, education and community for makers of all mediums and skill levels in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and innovation.

/// How does Houston Makerspace work?

HMS is a membership-based facility, similar to a gym. You can come take classes without being a member, but members are the only ones that get to use the space outside of class.

As I write this, we are in negotiations on several buildings, all located within a three mile radius of downtown Houston. Any of these buildings would allow us to have:

  • Room for the shops listed above (woodworking, metalworking, rapid prototyping, etc)
  • Two classrooms for classes not held in shops (up to 25 classes a week)
  • A large coworking area that includes both private and collaborative work spaces
  • 8-10 offices or artist studios that can be reserved on a monthly basis
  • 12-16 dedicated desks that can be reserved on a monthly basis
  • Special events, functions and gallery shows

Membership Pricing:

Daily Drop-in: $8/day for those that want to pop in here and there (does not include class discounts)

Class-addict Membership: $99/year for a 25% discount on all classes (does not include access to coworking or shops)

Basic Membership: $99/month for unlimited coworking without shop access

Narrow and Deep Membership: $199/month for unlimited coworking plus access to one shop (add additional shops for $49/mo)

Full Access Membership: $499/month for unlimited coworking and access to ALL shops

  • Add an Office or Studio to any membership for $199/month
  • Add a Dedicated Desk to any membership for $99/month
  • Add 24-hour access to any membership for $99/month (9 pm-9 am)

Membership Features:

  • Free high-speed WiFi
  • Coffee bar with espresso machine and snacks (eventually will have a full café)
  • Free access to general office necessities (copying, printing,etc)
  • 24  hour access available
  • Storage space available (lockers, shelves, pallets, etc)
  • Mail and phone services available for office and desk renters
  • Free entry to events
  • 25% discount on all classes

/// How will HMS invest your contribution?

I’m sure you’ve realized by now this project is a big one, and while $150,000 won’t get us everything we need, it will get us a lot more than you think! This amount will allow us to secure a physical location and begin our build-out. We will be able to outfit our woodshop, furnish the classrooms and coworking space, offer quite a few classes and workshops, and provide Houston makers with a place to converge and solidify our community structure. These funds will also go towards promotional materials that will allow us to reach even more makers and secure additional funding sources.

/// Why Should You Contribute?

Here's why we think it's worth it for you to help us get off the ground:

  • HMS will create jobs by providing education to under or unskilled individuals that will make them more employable and by employing makers to run the shops and teach classes. We will give people a place to stretch their creative muscles and supplement their income through selling their handmade products.
  • HMS will teach children and young adults the benefit of making through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and classes. We want to teach kids how good it feels to make something with your own hands!
  • Houston is lacking in make-education and access to machines. While there are some great classes available here and there, we're lacking a go-to place for modern, high-quality classes on a wide range of DIY subjects in a space that's large enough to house multiple shops and a variety of tools and machines.
  • The great success of independent craft markets and networking events shows that makers in our area are desperate for a place like Houston Makerspace! We want to give it to them!
  • When makers come together to work around each other incredible innovation happens. HMS will be that place.


/// Other Ways You Can Help

Whether or not you're able to donate, we would be enthused beyond belief if you would spread the word about Houston Makerspace! Here's how:

  • Share this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, blog, or by word of mouth. (Feel free to use the "share" buttons at the very bottom of this page!)
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Sign up for our mailing list.
  • If you'd like to interview our founder for a blog post or media mention, please email us at info@houstonmakerspace.com.

/// About Our Rewards and Some Fine Print:

We spent a lot of time figuring out how to offer membership rewards in this campaign knowing that these funds will not be sufficient to complete our total build out. That said, all membership rewards are for a modified basic membership, which will include access to the entire space as it is being built out for the entirety of the modified basic membership term. This will include at least coworking, class discounts, woodshop access and events. If we get more built out within the term of your modified basic membership - which we surely will - lucky you!

It is also important to add the following disclaimer: Houston Makerspace is committed to offering a safe, clean, consistent environment that everyone can use. All members must take a safety class or “test out” with the shop’s manager before being allowed access to a shop.

Thanks for your support!


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  • $5USD
    Handmade Thank You Card

    Everything about this card will be made by hand, with a personalized thank you inside. No two will be alike!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Handmade Gift

    We will surprise you with a handmade gift made at Houston Makerspace. We can't tell you what they are yet, because we don't want to ruin the surprise, but we have already started making them and can't wait to send them out!

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Limited Edition Tshirt

    We are currently designing a Houston Makerspace tshirt available only through our IndieGoGo campaign! These will never be reprinted.

    25 claimed
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  • $50USD
    Limited Edition Tshirt + Tote

    Pledge at this level and receive the limited edition tshirt and a tote bag with the same design! These are only available through our IndieGoGo campaign and will never be reprinted!

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    2 Months Membership

    Over 60% savings on a basic membership that also includes full access to the entire space! Enjoy coworking, classes and workshops, woodworking, events and more! Limited number available.

    16 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    All Swag + A Class

    Pledge at this level and receive the card, surprise gift, limited edition tshirt, limited edition tote and a free class! Classes are usually two hours long and include options like woodworking, terrarium construction, cooking, and more!

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $250USD
    Private Class You+3

    Spend two hours with three of your friends and a private instructor! Private classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects from candlemaking to 3D printing!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    1 Yr Membership

    Over 50% savings on a basic membership that also includes full access to the entire space! Once the space is fully built out, that's an 80% discount! Enjoy coworking, classes and workshops, woodworking, events and more! Limited number available.

    2 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Lasercut Dedication + 1Yr

    Receive all the benefits of the Modified Basic Membership above as well as a lasercut name dedication on our lobby wall!

    2 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Free Classes for a Year!

    We will be offering over 25 classes a month within our first three months of being open! Pledge $2500 during our IndieGoGo campaign and attend them all for free for a year!

    0 out of 30 claimed
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  • $5,000USD
    Maker Party

    Pledge this amount and be rewarded with a knock-down, drag-out maker party for you and up to 24 of your friends! Food, open bar, DJ, maker activities...the works!

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  • $10,000USD
    Name a Shop + Life Member

    Benefactors at this amount will receive the ultimate reward: name one of our shops anything you like and full access membership benefits for life...and all the high fives in the world...forever.

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