Mini homes that break the mould

If you’ve visited our head office lately and walked around some of our mini homes, you’ll already know that these are nothing like the mini homes of days gone by. Some, like the Blomindon and the Tancook look more like a luxury cottage, with huge windows, barn-style French doors separating the sitting and dining rooms, and lots of luxurious finishes throughout.

These are fairly recent changes, explains Viola Selk-Tramble, our Sales Manager and Home Consultant. “Up until around 2010 we were dealing with pretty much rectangular homes that were cost-effective but didn’t have a lot of frills, but after that mini-homes went through a real evolution,” she says. Post 2010, mini homes became more distinguished, with more unique floor plans and finishings, which made them more appealing to different sectors of the population, including downsizers. “We moved away from those standard box designs,” says Selk-Tramble, “Which is what many people think of when they hear the words mini home.”

Mini-homes today offer much more of an open concept feel, and many more windows than previous designs, both factors that allow these homes to be full of light. “Years ago you used to have all the bedrooms stacked down one end and everything was off of a dark hallway, and it was much more like a train car than a home,” says Selk-Tramble, “That just isn’t the case anymore.”

Because of this, when people come to visit Havill’s and check out the homes, they don’t expect to actually fall in love with them like they do. “The biggest reaction that we get is surprise. They come in with a preconceived notion of what a mini-home is, and they come to see us not sure that this is really where they want to go, but once they go through the homes they are invigorated and much more interested in this kind of housing,” says Selk-Tramble.

These days, mini homes offer all the features that homeowners want, and because they are fully customizable they can reflect the buyers unique wants and needs. They can be the perfect home for downsizers, single people, or for growing families, as they come in so many different sizes and configurations.

Ready to be surprised? Book an appointment to come check out our homes, or drop by for a visit. We’d love to show you around the homes and help you get into the home of your dreams.



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