When buying a new home, nobody wants to compromise on their needs -- nor should they.
But when a home builder is restricted to their lineup of floor plans with little to no ability to make changes, sometimes the finished product doesn’t tick every box.
“At Shane Homes, there’s no need to settle on a home that doesn’t capture what’s important to you and your family,” says Melanie Gowans, general manager, sales and marketing.
The builder’s offer “Love It or Customize It,” opens the door for home buyers to make significant changes to nearly 40 of its single-family floor plans.
Varying degrees of customization are available in Shane’s other home styles, as well.
“Shane Homes builds many product types, from condos, townhomes, paired and laned homes to front-drive single-family homes, bungalows and estate homes,” says Gowans. “We offer different levels of customization for each product.
“If you are interested in finding out what we can do for you, contact an area manager to learn more.”

What you want

“We can basically do any kind of customization,” says Mark Albertin, Shane Homes’ drafting and design manager, of its flexible single-family options.
“Anything from picking a different kitchen faucet to changing every cabinet -- even the configuration and location of your kitchen. We’ll make it happen.”
This sets Shane apart.
While picking tile, flooring, and cabinet styles is a common opportunity for people building a home from scratch, big moves to the floor plan itself, certainly aren’t.
“It comes down to having the right knowledge base and being able to accommodate any requests,” says Albertin, adding his entire team is trained on how to customize.

Popular changes

“A big one, especially in certain communities, is to add a full suite on the main floor,” says Albertin.
This is a favourite among multi-generational households.
“Anyone who wants, for example, to have grandparents living in the home and don’t want them walking up an down stairs, we can provide a bedroom on the main floor, an attached full bathroom, walk-in closet, the works,” he adds.
Kitchens are another hot spot for home buyers choosing to add their personal touch.
“A change to the island, adding wall ovens, going for a bigger fridge,” says Albertin. “You can add different banks of drawers, do a built built-in cabinet pantry -- the sky is the limit.”
This includes mixing in a secondary kitchen, commonly known as a spice kitchen.
These are enclosed spaces, typically attached to the conventional kitchen, that hide the mess left after preparing a meal, and restrict aromas created by strongly-flavoured cuisines from drifting to other parts of the home.
“They range anywhere from a five-foot area where you’ve got a small cooktop with a sink to almost a full-blown second kitchen hidden behind a pantry door,” says Albertin.
On the second level, common changes include moving the bonus room, and adding or subtracting bedrooms.
“We can even add bathrooms to every bedroom so everyone can have their own ensuite,” adds Albertin.

Bring in the design you want

Has a home outside of Shane’s floor plan lineup won you over? By customizing an existing plan, they can make it happen, says Albertin.
“If you find a plan that you like, whether it’s our plan, someone else’s plan -- something you liked while travelling over seas --  and want to have it, or make a couple of modifications, bring it in to one of our sales centres and we’ll make sure you get your dream home,” he adds.

What are customers saying?

When a home purchase with another builder didn’t work out, Lisa Morgan-Gray approached Shane Homes to see if they could build something similar.
She was impressed with how the builder started from one of its floor plans and reconfigured it to “make it look like the home I wanted.”
“They nailed it,” adds Morgan-Gray. “I am so happy with Shane Homes.”  

It’s Affordable

The word custom is often times closely associated with being high-cost. Not the case at Shane Homes.
“Adding square footage is an added cost, but if you want to move walls around in your existing footprint, we don’t charge anything for that,” Albertin says.