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Being Busy is a Good Problem for Builder

The skies ahead definitely look clear for Vranic Homes as it begins construction of 19 singlefamily homes in Ilderton’s Clear Skies neighbourhood. The Sifton Properties development is launching a second building phase of 57 homes.

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Vranic Homes’ model home in Ilderton showcases a custom kitchen with locally manufactured HanStone quartz counters and cabinetry by London Kitchen Studio. A spacious entrance foyer leads to the open-concept main floor living space.

“Everything is selling fast,” says John Vranic, who is off to a good start with several houses on the go, plus a model home showcasing his custom design features.

Vranic built 10 homes in Clear Skies’ Phase 1 and has a long-standing rela-tionship with Sifton, formerly building in its Deer Ridge and Riverbend com-munities. He has already been offered more lots when Phase 3 opens.

The current homes are set on 40- to 50-foot lots, with some oversize pie-shaped parcels backing onto a retention pond. The one- and two- storey options, ranging from 1,550 square feet for the bungalows and 1,800 square feet for the two-storeys, are priced from just over $800,000.

Vranic has 10 floor plans available. “People can pick from those and work with my designer,” he says. He’s also offering a $7,500 pack-age for window coverings through London’s Made In The Shade Blinds & More.


“The clients are thrilled,” he says. “It’s one thing we often forget when moving, and some are saying the last time they moved they had to temporarily hang up sheets.” Now they can pre-order their blinds, shutters and curtains with confidence that they will be installed before move-in.

He has also forged a relationship with Raven Windows, a German company, to supply his windows and doors. He says the products are appealing and provide superior energy efficiency.

The Clear Skies neighbourhood offers myriad advantages, Vranic maintains. Ilderton, a rural community north of London, boasts a homey, small-town charm, with much lower taxes than the city. It has plenty of business, service and recreational amenities, as well as access to trail systems and natural spaces. And it is less than 10 minutes to North London’s Hyde Park and Masonville shopping and entertainment districts.

Vranic says that 60 to 70 per cent of buyers are coming from Toronto. “They’re moving away from the GTA and heading our way because of the price points. Even though prices (here) have increased dramatically in the past couple of years, it’s still a bargain compared to Toronto.”

In addition to Clear Skies, Vranic has also been building in a number of communities west of London. Between Phases 1 and 2, he completed a dozen homes in Mount Brydges and several others in Kilworth, where he also showcased a Fall 2020 Dream Lottery home. “Being busy is a good problem to have,” he says.

Vranic credits his success to his hands-on commitment of being onsite to oversee all of his projects. “I want to be in the trenches,” he says. “I love being outdoors and on the site and connecting with clients.”

He believes the slogan, depicted on his van, says it all: “We don’t just build homes. We build relationships.”