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4 Mistakes to Avoid in Building Your Dream Home

Planning Your Lot & Home, Design Tips


Building a home is an exciting journey. Some people have dreamt of it for years; others have been saving for a decade.

Though rewarding, building a new home does come with its fair share of challenges. As experienced prefabricated home builders, we’ve built custom homes and helped many first-time builders through the process. These tips will help you to avoid many common mistakes when building your dream home.

Avoid these homebuilding mistakes

1. Understand the Extent of the Planning Stage

The planning stage typically takes a minimum of six months. This includes planning your budget, drafting designs, and requesting permits. During this stage, most homeowners consult with an accountant or financial advisor about how much they can afford to spend and what the new home is likely to cost.

Visit the design center closest to you to choose a plan that suits your lifestyle and needs. Choosing the perfect model is an important step in building your dream home.

2. Think About What Your Space Needs Before Deciding on a Floor Plan

One very common mistake is planning for the short-term. If you’re building your dream home from scratch, you likely plan to live in it for a while. This means that the space you need right now may not be what you need in ten years.

Consider how long you plan to stay in this home and how your life or needs might change during that time. Ask yourself:

  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • Where do you spend the majority of your time when at home?
  • Do you cook regularly?
  • Do you work at home or do you need a home office?
  • Do you have older children who will be moving out?
  • What is the most convenient placement for laundry machines?

Long-term space planning can help keep your home functional as your lifestyle and needs change. If you anticipate many changes, multi-purpose rooms are a great option.

3. Select Your Lot Carefully

It’s possible that you already own your lot. If so, the building process will be more straightforward.

However, if you’re purchasing the land to build a home there, there are a few things to do to make the building process go much more smoothly:

  • Don’t settle. The lot you choose will play a huge role in your home. Make sure that it’s the size, shape and view that you want.
  • Of course, you’ll also want to consider the surrounding infrastructure. Are there grocery stores, good schools and attractions nearby?
  • Be aware of land costs. Grading the lot, sewer, water and gas line connection all add up. Property taxes associated with your lot will also impact the cost of the project which could, in turn, impact your overall home build budget. Do your research to ensure your dream home is built on your dream lot.

4. Prepare for Delays and Possible Frustration

Home building is a big undertaking that involves many key players to see through. People tend to stress out when the build is delayed; however, delays are common and hard to avoid, especially if the construction phase overlaps with the colder months.

Weather may set construction back, as could transporting additional parts and materials to the site. We build our homes indoors at our plant in Wingham to avoid these delays entirely.

Another possible delay is the laying of the lot. You’ll also want to be sure to involve your builder or other experts when doing this. There are many rules, building restrictions and minimum requirements you’ll have to comply with and these could delay the process.

Planning for delays ensures that you will be pleasantly surprised should things go smoothly, which or course is the end goal.

Choose a Trusted Builder

Perhaps the most important step of all. Choose a local builder who knows the land, local suppliers, and reputable subcontractors. You can ask builders where they’ve built homes previously and get a good sense of their expertise.

Be sure to ask your builder all of the questions you may have and write them down as they come to mind. A good builder should be open and honest and should not hesitate to answer any of your questions.

Building a home takes a lot of work, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences there is. In the end, your effort is rewarded with a customized home that’s personalized exactly to your lifestyle and design preferences.

If you’re interested in building a prefabricated home or cottage in Ontario, contact us to learn more about how to get started.

We are very pleased and love our new home.Kathy
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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 $200 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 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.