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Standards of Excellence
Home & Foundation Specification Guidelines

A durable home needs strong bones which is why we insist on building the foundation ourselves and only using top quality construction materials that we know will stand the test of time.

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Walls, Ceilings and Roof

  • 2″x6″ kiln dried studs at 16″centres on exterior walls
  • 2″x4″ kiln dried studs at 16″ centres on interior walls
  • 1/2″ plywood sheathing on roof
  • Premium roof shingles with limited lifetime warranty
  • Wood exterior wall sheathing
  • Interior completely dry walled and finished, drywall screwed not nailed
  • California ceilings throughout (except baths & closets)
  • Engineered trusses/rafters designed to meet snowload conditions in your region

Floors

  • 2″x10″ or 2″x12″ Solid wood joists with 5/8″ T & G plywood subfloor, glued and power nailed
  • Choice of carpet throughout living room and bedrooms, from Royal’s Design Centre
  • Superior high density underpad installed under carpet
  • Choice of vinyl flooring in kitchen, dinette, dining room, foyer, bathroom, and laundry room
  • Optional premium hardwood and ceramic tile laminate and bamboo flooring

Stairs

  • 2-storey homes – closed stained oak stringers and risers with carpeted treads and oak handrail to second floor
  • Basement stairs – closed stringers, unfinished basement grade wood stairs

Kitchen

  • Choice of custom wood and thermofoil flat panel cabinet doors
  • Choice of laminate countertop
  • Range hood fan with charcoal filter and light
  • Double compartment stainless steel sink with single lever, washerless faucet

Bathroom

  • Designer bathroom accessories and fixtures
  • One-piece acrylic tub and shower enclosure with cap & pot light
  • Single handle, washerless faucets with pop-up drains
  • Choice of custom wood and thermofoil flat panel vanity cabinetry in bathroom(s)
  • Exhaust ventilation through Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)
  • Choice of laminate countertop
  • Choice of mirror or medicine cabinet
  • Insulated bathroom walls

Plumbing

  • Water supply lines
  • ABS drain piping
  • On site plumbing hook-up package to your pressurized water line
  • Additional basement site plumbing services available

Electrical

  • 200-amp breaker style panel
  • Copper wiring
  • Designer overhead light fixtures installed
  • Heavy duty dryer and stove electrical receptacles
  • Door chime
  • Combination smoke/co2 detectors installed on each level including basement
  • Designer soffit potlights or exterior lights and weatherproof exterior receptacles
  • Outlets for telephone and television
  • “Decora” light switches and receptacles throughout
  • Basement lights
  • General electrical hook-up & electrical permit
  • Low voltage lights where practical

Doors and Windows

  • Painted steel clad, insulated entry doors with deadbolt locks
  • Maintenance-free vinyl thermal sealed Low E glass patio doors as per model
  • Thermal sealed awning, single slider, double hung or casement style maintenance free, easy clean vinyl Low E windows
  • Raised panel interior doors and sliding by-pass closet doors painted white

Trim and Paint

  • Deluxe oversize colonial style white painted baseboard, door frames and window casings throughout
  • All interior walls painted white, optional designer colours available

Finish Hardware

  • Interior and exterior door hardware installed including knobs and locksets in designer finish
  • Privacy locksets for all bathrooms

Insulation

  • R50 in ceilings
  • R22 in exterior walls
  • R20 in basement

Energy Sealing and Heating

  • Complete exterior house wrap
  • Unique airlock covering for electrical outlets and light fixture boxes
  • Closed cell sill plate gasket between home and foundation
  • Window frames foam sealed in place
  • Seals on all exterior doors
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) including ductwork and timers in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Full ductwork and choice of gas or propane furnace
  • Optional upgrades include a heat pump or air conditioner, forced air oil, electric or ground source heating system
  • Optional Energuide Rating or R2000 package

Soffits & Fascia

  • Pre-finished maintenance-free aluminum soffits and fascia
  • Seamless aluminum eavestrough and downspouts

Foundation

  • Supervision and excavation of the foundation
  • 4″ (min.) drainage stone placed under the basement floor
  • 4″ drainage tile place around perimeter covered with 6″ of crushed stone
  • Perimeter walls are 8″ poured concrete
  • Foundation walls are damp proofed
  • Drainage layer is installed on exterior of the basement walls
  • Foundation backfilled with subsoil from basement excavation to rough grade
  • 3″ (minimum) thick poured concrete floor
  • Supply and installation of a sump well and lid
  • Thermal sealed sliding Low E windows (2) with screens
  • Sill plate and gasket supplied and installed
  • Control joints are placed in basement floor and walls
  • R20 basement insulation with 2″x4″ wood studs at 24″ centres
  • Optional full basement finishing
  • Five (5) year “no leaks” foundation warranty

Plans

  • Choose from Royal Homes plans or bring in your own ideas which will integrate your lifestyle and needs with your custom Royal Home plan
  • Complete set of custom plans provided to obtain building permit

Site Services

  • Additional site services are available
  • 10 Year Structural Warranty
  • Full 7 year structural Tarion Warranty on your complete Royal Home, which is extended 3 years by Royal Homes to provide a full 10 year structural warranty.

Suppliers Warranties

In addition, products and services included with your home may be covered by warranties directly from suppliers.

Upgrade and Options

In addition to these Standard Guidelines, there are many upgrade options available which can be seen at our Design Centres and our Website.

These Guidelines are subject to change without notice and do not form part of the Sales Agreement. All dimensions are nominal and may vary from the actual sizes.

It was the only smart move to go with Royal!Ken

FAQ

Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

What is your average square foot selling price?

Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $150 sq-ft to over $300 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

Do your homes include a foundation?

Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

What size homes do you build?

As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

Do you build garages?

Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

Are the homes energy efficient?

Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to removes stale air, and introduce fresh air.

Where can I put a prefab home?

Anywhere in Ontario you like.

Can I really customize my prefab home?

Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

Do you finish the basement?

Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

Are Royal Homes built to code?

All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

How is your home delivered?

Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

Can you make changes or custom design?

Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.