Zak’s Simple Homes means buyers can think big and build small

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Compact, budget-conscious designs offer more options for new homebuyers — with eight models ranging in size from 555 to 1092 square feet

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If you’re visiting HomeStyles this weekend, you’ll get the opportunity to check out a tiny home by Zak’s Building Group, part of their Simple Homes line.

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Introduced 18 months ago, Simple Homes can serve many purposes. The compact design and budget-conscious build make it a great option for those who are looking for something on the smaller side.

Whether it’s to live minimally or live mortgage-free sooner, tiny homes are becoming more and more popular. These small home designs are also great for seasonal abodes, such as a cabin at a lake or an off-grid shelter for hunting or for seasonal workers.

“We’ve always had to turn away customers that didn’t quite have the budget to do a full or traditional home or cottage built,” explains Zak’s Building Group sales manager Bryant van Kuik.

There are eight models of Simple Homes to choose from ranging in size from 555 to 1092 square feet. The largest model, called Smoothstone, boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All models are intended to be built for under $200,000.

Zak’s Building Group is bringing the floor plan called Retreat to HomeStyles. At 722 square feet, Retreat has three bedrooms and a single slope roof allows that ample light into the space.

Zak's Building Group introduced Simple Homes – a line of compact, budget-conscious designs.  This particular design was a custom floor plan, but there are eight different models to choose from.
Zak’s Building Group introduced Simple Homes – a line of compact, budget-conscious designs. This particular design was a custom floor plan, but there are eight different models to choose from. jpg

“One of the ways that we’ve maximized the living space is that we’ve incorporated the dining table into the island,” says van Kuik.

“You have a good size island for workspace but then one end of the island doesn’t have cabinets underneath it, so you can have stools all the way around for your kitchen table.”

For all floor plans, buyers have three color palettes options to choose from.

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“We make most of the selections for the customer. We are picking high-quality but cost-effect choices for flooring and cabinetry, so that they get a good quality build, but we manage the costs,” says van Kuik.

Most of the Simple Homes, so far, have gone to cottage country, but Zak's Bryan van Kuik feels there is an opportunity to see an increase as cities catch up to the tiny home trend and allow for smaller homes.
Most of the Simple Homes, so far, have gone to cottage country, but Zak’s Bryan van Kuik feels there is an opportunity to see an increase as cities catch up to the tiny home trend and allow for smaller homes. jpg

The response to Simple Homes has been good, according to van Kuik. The company has even done some custom units for those who like the size but want higher-end details.

“At this moment I’ve got about four on the go, and we’ll have probably six to eight of them in the yard at any given time going forward.”

All Simple Homes are built to regular building codes and can be placed anywhere. Some municipalities may have zoning bylaws that require a minimum square footage for new builds. It’s important to check local bylaws before planning your small home.

Most of the Simple Homes built so far have gone to cottage country, but van Kuik feels there is an opportunity to see an increase as cities catch up to the tiny home trend and allow for smaller homes.

• Check out Zak’s Building Group’s tiny home — Retreat — at HomesStyles Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm

Ranging from 555 to 1092 square feet, Simple Homes by Zak's offers a range of options for those looking for a smaller space or needing a seasonal home.
Ranging from 555 to 1092 square feet, Simple Homes by Zak’s offers a range of options for those looking for a smaller space or needing a seasonal home. jpg

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