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10 Facts You Need To Know About Building a Prefabricated Home

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You’ve always loved the idea of a custom home. Who doesn’t? Imagine waking up every morning in a house with the exact layout, colours, flooring, lights, windows, stairways, and rooms you’ve always wanted…the stuff dreams are made of!

But if there’s one thing that turns most people off from building a custom home, it’s the construction time. Building a house in Ontario can take years (literally!) from the planning stages to the day you finally move in.

That’s the beauty of prefabricated homes.

Instead of hiring a builder to build your house brick-by-brick by a construction crew on-site, more and more Canadians are embracing the idea of custom prefab homes – which can take you from concept to completion in under a year!

Here are a few facts every homeowner in Ontario should know about building prefab!

1. Prefabricated Homes are Built to Last

One of the biggest benefits of building a home in-factory is the constant attention to detail. Instead of hopping from one building site to the next, dedicated tradespeople work on each prefab home exclusively until the job is done.

Each prefab home is inspected at numerous points throughout the building process – not just at the end by a building inspector. At Royal Homes, each home must meet the standards set out by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and our own 250-point inspection in addition to local and provincial Building Codes.

Best of all, a prefabricated home is never exposed to the weather until it’s complete and ready to be installed on the building site. The ‘bones’ stay dry! You don’t have to worry about your future home being pummeled by rain, snow, or wind.

The result is a home that is truly built to stand the test of time, with a level of quality control that is worlds beyond what you get when you build on-site.

2. Prefabricated Homes are Incredibly Energy-Efficient

With strict quality control and protection from the elements, prefabricated homes are remarkably more weather-tight than most houses – meaning no accidental gaps in the windows, doors, or building envelope.

This, combined with proper insulation, makes your typical prefab home far more energy-efficient than the stick-built house next door. Warm air stays in during the winter, and out during the summer!

3. Prefabricated Homes Don’t Always Come From a Catalogue

You might think getting a prefab home is like ordering from IKEA – you browse the floor models, make a few colour choices, and have it shipped to your building site in pieces.

Well, that’s only partially true. While it’s correct that your prefabricated home is delivered in pieces (called modules) planning one is nothing like picking from a catalogue!

Our home model gallery is here for inspiration, but our designers and architects can help you customize them in any way you can imagine. You can have a variation on one model, a combination of two or more, or something completely different!

Of course, not every prefabricated home builder offers this level of customization! Learn more about the Royal Advantage.

4. These Days, You Can’t Even Tell a Home is Prefab

Those plain, box-shaped prefabs that rolled out of factories in the 50s? They’re things of the past.

Like many 20th century inventions, the prefabricated homes of today are worlds beyond their predecessors. Most of our custom homes and models look no different from a house that’s built on site. If your neighbours didn’t see it get delivered, they’d never even guess it was prefab!

5. Prefabricated Homes Are Better For the Environment

You’re right to wonder about the environmental impact of building a custom home. Did you know that construction and demolition makes up 23% of all the waste in our landfills?

Not to mention the disturbance to nature bordering the building site, and all the greenhouse gas emissions caused by builders driving to and from the site for months on end…

The good news is, you don’t have to harm the Earth to bring your dream home to life! Prefabricated homes are faster, more efficient, and much easier on the environment.

Prefab homes have precise, custom components, making for far less wasted material. Any spare parts are easily reused or recycled. And most of the construction takes place in a closed, sheltered factory (not on site) so it minimizes the impact on the natural world around your land.

It’s a win-win for you and the environment!

6. Prefabricated Homes Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Just because you’re going with a prefab build doesn’t mean you’re stuck with one style or another. Take a drive to cottage country and you’ll quickly see how many modular home builders there are these days!

There’s a prefab home out there for every location and budget.On the other hand, the sheer number of prefab home builders can make it hard to choose.

At Royal Homes, we are proud to hang our reputation on feedback from real homeowners. We also invite you to visit the nearest Design Centre and tour a Royal Home in person so you can judge the quality for yourself!

7.  Yes, You Can Get a Tarion Warranty on a Prefabricated Home

Thought Tarion only covered traditionally-built homes? Think again! It might only take weeks to build a prefabricated home, but Tarion offers 7 years’ protection for prefabs constructed by reputable builders.

In fact, Royal Homes is proud to have been selected as one of only 5 builder finalists for the 2020 Homeowners’ Choice Awards in the Medium Volume Category!

Plus, Royal Homes personally extends that warranty for an additional 3 years for a full 10 years of coverage. Learn more about our support for homeowners years after moving day.

8. Prefabricated Homes Do Require Building Permits

Although prefabricated homes are mostly built indoors, they still require a building permit. Permitting one of the key factors in the time it takes to build a custom prefab home.

The sooner you get that permit, the sooner your dream home can become a reality!

9. Prefabricated Homes Can Be Installed Almost Anywhere

If you’ve got land, a vision, and a desire to build, you can have a custom home. It doesn’t matter if that land is located southeast of Toronto or way up North; in the city or country; on sprawling acreage or a tiny sliver of a building lot.

We’ve even delivered a home to a private island in cottage country. No matter where you want to live, your home will be delivered on-time, on-budget and hassle-free!

10. Going Prefab is the Fastest Way to Build a Custom Home

Here’s the best part: if you start planning now, by this time next year, you could be living and loving life in your very own custom prefabricated home!

The average, single-family home takes almost a year to build. Worse, a few days’ bad weather can draw out the whole process! And just look at how many building sites ground to a halt with the spring 2020 lockdown.

As for prefab homes? No weather delays. That, along with an advanced building process perfected on thousands of custom homes, means we can bring your home from concept to completion in as little as 6-8 months!

Plus, since Royal Homes has been designated an Essential Service, construction can continue even as other builder sites are forced to shut down.

If you’re thinking of building a custom home, and you don’t want to wait 2-3 years to move in, a custom prefabricated home could be the answer. Contact us to learn more about the Royal Homes building process!

The passion and attention to detail that the Royal Homes team has is incredible. Their pre-fab homes and cottages and have never been anything short of stunning and top quality. I would recommend this company in an instant, without a shadow of a doubt.Jessica
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  • 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 $350 sq-ft to over $450 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 remove 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.