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Being unique a priority for Randall Homes

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After two successful decades specializing in the new home market, Randall Homes is diversifying to apply its knowledge to other areas of the home building industry.

In addition to being a joint venture partner in a new, 83-unit seniors' complex in Transcona, the company has developed three successful condominium projects -- two in St. Vital and one in Island Lakes. And they have just started another new condo project, which is also located in Island Lakes.

"The new project is a brand new concept that we have brought to Winnipeg," says company president Randy Jaquet. "There is nothing else like it in the city."

The new Island Lakes project will encompass 10 condominium units, all of which will offer two-storeys of living space that are completely above ground. The first level will feature a double-attached garage and a large undeveloped area with lots of potential for future expansion. The main living space of the house will be located above the garage on the second floor to take advantage of a wonderful view of the lake.

"This is the last little piece of property in Island Lakes with a view of the park and lake," says Jaquet, who notes that the condos will be ready for possession this spring. "It's all about location, location, location."

Staying one step ahead of the competition, creating unique designs and diversifying into other areas of the housing industry, such as condominiums and land development, is what Jaquet believes will maintain Randall's position in the market.

"Our company is growing," Jaquet says. "And we will continue to be a leader in the industry."

Randall Homes has been in business for almost 20 years. Founding the company in 1983, Jaquet handpicked his team to ensure his company's success and longevity. He says teamwork is the key to his company's success.

"The strength of any company is the people you have around you," Jaquet says. "We have great people around us and that's why we are where we are today."

Jaquet shares the same sense of loyalty he has for his staff with his trades people. He has used many of the same sub-trade contractors since he first started the company many years ago and looks at them as an extension of the Randall team.

"When you have the same crews perfecting their techniques year after year, you can produce really well-built houses," he says.

Quality workmanship and innovative designs have been distinguishing Randall Homes in Winnipeg's housing industry for years. Every year, the new homebuilder is a consistent winner of multiple awards during the Parade of Homes in September, which is sponsored by the Manitoba Home Builders' Association.

"We always try to keep one step ahead of everyone," Jaquet explains. "We are a leader in the industry -- not a follower."

The Randall team's creativity and ingenious designs set it apart from other builders year after year. Each fall, the company comes out with its latest designs and new products during the Parade of Homes to showcase what's available in the new home market. Jaquet stresses that being unique and different is a priority for the company.

"We have good plans," he says. "We just re-vamp them each year for the current market with a whole new look."

Randall Homes, which currently builds about 140 units per year, allows each buyer to have input into the design of their home through modifications to the plan and the finishing touches.

"Customers modify our plans all the time," says Jaquet. "We are just the builder -- everyone wants to put his or her own personal taste in their home."

bryksa@mts.net

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 10, 2002 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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