Gabled windows. Reclaimed farmhouse beams. Quartz countertops. No, those aren’t the features listed on a luxury real estate listing -- they’re just some of the (very) detailed amenities included in the dollhouses created on the upcoming reality show Best in Miniature.

A first-of-its-kind in Canada, the upcoming series, produced by marblemedia in association with Discovery + UK and Ireland, premieres on CBC Gem on February 11. Hosted by comedian Aba Amuquandoh of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, it will feature 11 competitors -- all miniature design enthusiasts with notable social media followings -- as they battle it out over every painstaking detail.

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Up for grabs is a $10,000 cash prize... and the ultimate in dollhouse bragging rights, of course. The winner will also receive a residency spot with the prestigious International Guild of Miniature Artisans in Maine.

Miniature DesignBest in Miniature host Aba Amuquandoh. Photo Courtesy of CBC Gem

Judges are Canadian interior designer Micheal Lambie and UK miniature expert Emma Waddell.

Precision and artistry are the name of the game here, as participants have just hours to pull together their mini architectural wonders, complete with load bearing exterior walls and working windows, with everything at 1:12 scale. They’ll also need to have serious interior decorating chops and crafting know-how, in order to produce everything for their homes’ itty-bitty aesthetics, from minute mailboxes to tiny upholstered furniture.

Miniature DesignMicheal Lambie and Emma Waddell. Photo Courtesy of CBC Gem

Once a fairly niche interest, miniatures have soared in popularity in recent years, blending a love of craftsmanship, design, and even real estate; a number of Instagram and TikTok accounts have sprung up, showcasing these tiny wonders under hashtags such as #dollhousereno, #roombox, and #12thscale.

Well, if you can’t afford to buy that stately Bridle Path mansion (or any Toronto real estate, for that matter), we suppose building your own (tiny) slice of homeownership is the next best thing.

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