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Tiny homes make big impression in Trenton

By  Stephanie Clue [8]

TRENTON – A company in Trenton is redefining the housing industry.

Green Terra Homes [9]manufactures environmentally friendly homes, but that’s not the only unique thing about these residences.

Some of these tiny houses are no bigger than a pop-up trailer. Buyers can get anything from a do-it-yourself kit to a full-sized house depending on their level of experience or interest.

The company opened its doors June 22 , and its sales manager Matt Dewey says business is going well.

“We can build a home out of six recycled cars,” said Matt Dewey.

The homes are made out of 75 percent recycled steel which makes the product 100 per cent recyclable.

By building with steel instead of wood, the business has saved approximately 40 trees per home, said Dewey.

Green Terra Homes offers its customers solar panel [10] options for electricity, but some clients have come up with their own ideas.

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The company is not just limited to tiny houses. It also constructs garages, boat houses, barns and full sized homes.

Clients can choose from a variety of different models on the website, everything from modern homes to traditional designs.

Green Terra Homes also offers its customers the option to customize their houses if none of the designs on the website suit them. “If you can draw it on a piece of paper, we can build it,” he said.

Since it started taking orders in August,  the company has sold several homes.

It has had requests from customers in the local area and plans to put three houses in Prince Edward County in October.

Green Terra Homes has also received orders from clients in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon. There is even demand from as far away as the Dominican Republic.

Despite the success of the company’s first three months, Dewey says it needs to expand its plant to meet the growing demands.

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As well as getting local contracts, Green Terra Homes expects to receive business ventures from outside of Canada.

“We fully anticipate that 90 percent of our market within the next three years will be selling kits to the United States,” Dewey said.