On this episode of The Marc and Mandy Show, Ken Moore of Colonial Concepts Log & Timber explains the why and how of building a family compound. Check out the video above or keep reading to find out Ken’s story with family compounding.
Q: What is family compounding?
Ken Moore: Family compounding is an idea of being able to build a secondary dwelling on an existing piece of property for family to be close by.
Q: Why did you start family compounding?
KM: It initially started off as a an idea of building a secondary home for my son and his family. We were thinking of an adjoining piece of property or something of that nature to build a home on, but last year we realized it was very difficult to find a good piece of property. So, I explored the idea through the municipality as to what could be done, and then realize that you’re allowed to build a secondary dwelling on a large acreage property. So, the idea of the family garden suite was introduced to me to the point where we pursued it and eventually created Colonial Log & Timber.
Q: Tell us about Colonial Concepts Log & Timber?
KM: We started the company about 27 years ago. What we do is we manufacture log timber frame or hybrid custom homes to the client’s own specific needs. We ship worldwide. We’ve built pretty much everywhere over the last 37 years and it’s just a great family business. Enjoyed it immensely.
Q: Tell us about your family compound?
KM: It’s a 50 acre piece of land. The main house is a 6,500 square feet log home that we built, and then the idea was to build a secondary home with a garage with a loft over. My son is actually designing and building the home himself. The home is about 1,800 square feet with a garage and a loft. Even though the secondary home is not a log home, it’s a frame home. We had matching sidings that we could utilize. I’m able to make the home look exactly the same from the exterior so that it looked and blended with the main house.
Q: What are the advantages of the garden suite?
KM: Initially, it was a lot more money than I expected it to be. We had to do a farm study and pay engineers and whatnot to be able to create this. But then again, after it was all said and done it literally seemed not that bad compared to having to purchase a separate piece of property all together and do this. And the whole idea was a family concept. To be able to keep the family together. It saves a fair bit of money on taxes and expenses overall and resale down the road. It would enhance the property as well.
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