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Planning Your Lot & Home

For many families, a cottage is a tradition that builds strong bonds. I still remember sleeping in the bunkie with my cousins and telling ghost stories until almost dawn. Well it was really a tool shed with a couple of bunks in it. But it was close to the water, the gentle lapping of waves adding terror to our stories.

If you already have the lot chosen to build your cottage – you’ve already made the most important, and often most difficult step in the process. You might find a great deal – but make sure you understand what you’re buying. A lot only reached by a boat or along a rarely used road may look attractive in comparison to a lot that is already accessible and ready to build. Carefully weigh the cost. It may turn out that the higher priced lot is actually more affordable when you consider the costs of service the less accessible lot.

Here are 5 vital questions you have to make in your search for your cottage lot.

1. How far you are willing to travel?
This is a personal decision. For some families, travelling five or more hours is well within the scope. For others, an hour or two is all they are willing to give up to the road. Start with a map and locate areas that would be ideal for your situation.

2. What region is best for our family?
You can do a lot of research online. Start by selecting a couple of areas that are appealing to you and compare prices. Don’t forget to search for prices of cottages that are for sale. They will give you a good idea of the value of lots and cottages in that region. Doing a little comparison shopping online prepares you for the differences of each region.

3. After visiting the region, does it still meet my expectation?
While online shopping can give you an overview of what’s available and the price ranges in the various regions, take some time to visit each region. Talk to the people there. Get a feeling for the neighbourhoods, the waterfronts, stores and services available in each region.

4. Have I visited the Royal Homes Design Centre?
Our design team knows a lot about cottage country. We build in some of the most remote regions of Ontario. They can help give you an overview of the detailed steps to building your own home. Ask them to develop a package for you, giving you a better idea about the process.

5. What kind of cottage do I want to build?
Whey you visit Royal Homes Design Centres in cottage country, you will begin your journey of gathering information and ideas. Our gallery is a great place for you to look for new ideas. Our Design Team will help you start your design by showing you some cottage plans that meet your needs – and then they will help you to draw your own plans.

Those 5 questions make up the research stage of building your dream cottage. I encourage you to visit the Cottage Life Show in Toronto – Royal Homes will be there. It’s the ideal place to start your research. There are nearly 500 exhibitors at the show this year. If you would like to meet us there, go online now and order your Custom Home Builder’s Start-Up Kit. We’ll have it for your at our booth. (Hall 5, booth 2400)

We are so very grateful for not only the support provided to us but also the understanding and support shown by your wonderful staff.Carleen & Robert
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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.

    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.