11/19 Modular home companies getting into tiny houses

Brent Lewis, the owner of Travellers Home Centre, and Lisa DesRoches, sale representative outside the Haven tiny home

Brent Lewis, the owner of Travellers Home Centre, and Lisa DesRoches, sale representative outside the Haven tiny home

Micro-homes, or tiny homes as they are more widely known, are becoming increasingly popular, said Laura Maillet.

Maillet is the leader of the design team at Kent Homes that came up with their micro-homes adaptation.

“They’re irresistibly cute.”

People in North America live in some of the largest homes in the world with the fewest amounts of people in them, said Maillet.

“With that in mind, we wanted to get involved in the tiny home movement.”

Maillet has had a passion for the idyllic homes for more than a decade.

“My daughter got me hooked on the idea, so I thought why not try it here and play around with the idea…”

“They’re designed and built just like a house, but you can take them with you if you move or relocate.

“They don’t take up space. You’re not planting concrete in the ground. It definitely has an impact on your environmental footprint. I just love the idea of people evaluating their impact on the planet.”

Maillet’s micro-homes are 175 square feet but still include all of the systems of an apartment or full-sized house.

“You’re not giving up anything but space.”

Brent Lewis, the owner of Travellers Home Centre on Prince Edwards Island, and Lisa DesRoches, sale representative said micro-homes are a great idea.

“I think for the right person, they’re the perfect fit,” said DesRoches. “Some people like them as a cottage and others want to stay in them all the time.

“We’ve had lots of people stop by and ask to have a look at the home or simply just pull over on the highway to see what it is.

“Ideally I’d like to live in the south in the winter some time and on P.E.I. in the summer and I would totally stay in a micro-home.

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Elaine Walker

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