In the midst of 2020 when the whole world had been affected by Covid-19, my wife Raya and I started to realize what really matters in life. We learned health is wealth and time is our most valuable asset. As someone who was affected by Covid and a turbulent economy, I realized how quickly life can change and how vulnerable we actually are. We saw people losing their businesses and their jobs around us, but we considered ourselves very lucky and are grateful we are living in a country like Canada.
We realized how fast life is changing for people, how differently we interact with each other and how uncertain the future will be for all of us. Knowing that food, housing and healthcare are our most important needs, we started to think about how to simplify one of these needs and make it more convenient and better for everyone.
With my background experience in General Contracting and construction, housing was something that I felt more comfortable with and I realized like most people that most of my income goes to my mortgage payments which lasts 25 years. Beside the payment itself, I have the constant stress of making those payments every month and not knowing if I can continue to do so for the next 20 years.
Since I really enjoy thinking of how I can do something more efficiently, with less money or better quality, I started to think of modular homes. Modular homes that are sustainable, durable, low maintenance, efficient, and create less or almost no waste compared to normal construction. I focused on making possible a very energy efficient, comfortable place to live in.
Being involved in the construction industry, I knew what was coming in residential and commercial development for the next ten years and how the way we built homes is going to change in the near future. Then I discussed my ideas with some of my experienced colleagues and realized very fast what I was thinking of simply does not exist on the market. This brought up the question of why it does not exist and to find the answer I had to do some extensive research and development as well as consult with engineers. After getting the answer to most of my questions and solutions to most of my problems, I made the decision to start AVA Modular homes.
With a lot of people being able to work remotely from almost anywhere in a pandemic world, I thought I would rather live in a smaller town in an 800sq ft AVA home with a parking and backyard rather than a 800 sq ft apartment in a big city for as low as half the cost and sometimes one third of the cost depending on where you are.
An AVA Home is a healthier, more efficient and more comfortable home than an apartment. It’s a home that can be paid off in 10 years rather than 25, which means I can spend more time with my family and less time stressing about my mortgage.
I hope with AVA I can make a difference in people’s lives when it comes to their housing needs. I wake up every day and think of how I can make AVA a better home and this for me is an ongoing process.