How young professionals are building new—A peek inside the Humble Home

As an architectural technologist, it makes perfect sense for Taylor Freemantle to custom design her own home. Although she enjoys working in the city, she knew she didn’t want to live in Saskatoon. She recently purchased a lot right here at Sarilia, and since making the purchase, she’s been refining her house plans.

She’s building a Humble Home—the brainchild of VOCE Developments, a local Saskatoon home building company, where she happens to work. Humble Homes are an affordable, portable solution that can be adapted to suit your lifestyle as your needs change. 

We recently interviewed Taylor to learn more about the Humble Home, and what makes it a perfect fit for her. 

Taylor visiting her newly purchased lot at Sarilia

Taylor, what made you decide to build a Humble Home and move to Sarilia?
I’m a  young professional with only one income. To try to find a house to purchase in Saskatoon is just not realistic. Everything is just so expensive. At Sarilia, the lots are affordable. To build something like this and move out there is actually in my budget. It’s realistic. I know there are a lot of people like me—young professionals who are looking to just get started and Sarilia is an awesome opportunity. 

Other than affordability, what was it about Sarilia that made it a good fit?
I was raised in a small town in northeast Saskatchewan. I love working in the city but I’ve always wanted to live outside the city. Lots of my hobbies are outside. I like hiking and fishing, whereas in the city there’s not much opportunity for this lifestyle. Sarilia was perfect—it’s beautiful, it’s quiet, it’s peaceful. 

What kind of floor plan are you working on?
Right now, I’m designing a three-bedroom home. One bedroom for myself, a spare room if I have guests or family come to stay, and a smaller room to use as an office. 

I’m focused on an open concept. I like entertaining—I have friends and family that I like to have over so it’s important to me to have an open-concept, multi-purpose space. Incorporating outdoor space is also important for me because I like fresh air and being outside. 

Humble Home show house

Although the Humble Home is a permanent structure, can it transition with its owner if they decide they need more space in the future, for example, if their family is growing?
As your personal life changes and your family expands, you can transition the space—we can design for future additions if people are interested in doing that. 

That’s my thinking right now. I’m doing this on my own, so my budget isn’t huge. I’m designing something that suits my needs right now and down the road as things progress and I need more room, I have that option. 

Also, as your lifestyle changes or family grows, your Humble Home can be moved off site and replaced with a new one that better suits your needs. 

VOCE has 12 customizable Humble Home floor plans—what distinguishes them?
We have floor plans targeting every different demographic. So, we have floor plans designed for the lake life where you don’t need a lot of closets, and we have other floor plans that are a bit bigger to accommodate full-time living. Some of them are one-bedroom floor plans and we have all the way up to 3-4-bedroom floor plans. 

What kinds of neighbourhoods or settings are a good fit for the Humble Home?
Acreages and developments like Sarilia are a good fit. We’re familiar with Sarilia’s architectural design standards, and can easily work within those parameters to ensure the homes fit in aesthetically and respect the river valley ecosystem. 

Will you build your home and then move it to Sarilia, or build on site? When is the big move?
I will be building it on site! I’m planning to have it finished for next fall—that way I can take my time with the design as I’m doing it in my spare time.

Loft bedroom

To inquire about the Humble Home, or to visit the Saskatoon Show Home, contact Duane Hill at 306-384-5599 or visit vocedevelopments.ca

To inquire about available lots at Sarilia, contact Vaughn Krywicki at 306-381-9161.

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