Small business shoutout: Sprout dwellings
If you’ve been looking to have an office or additional living space added to your current property, we think this interview with Sean Kirkwood of Sprout Dwellings is for you.
Q: What's the story behind why you started your business
When COVID-19 entered centre stage in 2020, it sent the world scurrying for the safety of their homes, it brought offices to dining room tables, and it highlighted the need to have a housing solution for family members where familial support and privacy could exist hand in hand. The real estate market was also becoming overwhelmed with buyers and very little inventory, while gentle density became a new priority for the city of Halifax with the passing of new by-laws that allow for accessory dwelling units. Sprout was born to address the varying needs of our community. We set out to create a small, attainable housing solution that could be built in the backyards of most of the lots in Halifax. Our goal was to offer a simplified buying and building experience for attractive contemporary structures, built with high-quality materials and finishes to stand the test of time.
Q: What can customers expect
I was serious when I used the word ‘simplified’ as we have made every attempt to create a streamlined purchasing experience. As one of our current customers said to us the other day, “It's been really, really, really easy.” From our professionally-designed interior packages to our by-law-friendly footprint options, there are only a few key choices that need to be made. We also utilize passive design solutions as well as universal design principles for accessibility, so our buildings are efficient and built to suit different ages and uses throughout its life.
Prior to the commencement of any project, we offer a Feasibility Study that results in a document to clarify what their property will allow for under current by-law restrictions and how the building would be serviced (water, sanitary, electrical). Once a contract is in place, we handle all the permitting and inspections, project management, and (of course) construction… right up to the point where we hand over the keys to an impeccably finished small home, ready to move in to. (Nice!)
Q: Tell us about your favourite Dwelling
Ha, that’s like asking someone to choose their favourite child… we love them all! But what we love even more are the stories from our customers on their intended use. We’ve been very fortunate to work with customers that have long-range visions for how a Sprout can serve their respective families for many years to come.
Q: What are some other local businesses people should check out if they’re in the area?
Our Sprout offices are located near Quinpool, so you’ll often find us meeting over pizza and beer on the back deck of the The Oxford Taproom, one of the nicest decks you’ll find in Halifax.
Real Estate Advisor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I help people buy and sell homes with Engel & Völkers.