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9 Steps to Building Your Own Home

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Planning your dream home is an exciting time filled with countless possibilities and plenty of emotion and anticipation. At Royal Homes we are dedicated to helping you build a home that is perfect for you. What’s more, a Royal Homes Project Specialist is with you every step of the way. 

Two storey Royal Homes custom home model

1. Design it – Planning your home starts with choosing the perfect Royal Homes model to suit your lifestyle. Choose from our extensive library of floor plans for inspiration. Meet with our design team to customize them until you are satisfied with a plan that meets your every need. From bungalows to two-storey homes, to our Platinum and Royal Q series of homes, we’re sure to have a home design that’s right for you.  

2. Style it – Once you’ve settled on a plan, it’s time to customize your home. Choose exterior cladding including brick, stone, wood or vinyl siding and colour optionsBe inspired by the latest design trends and visit our Design Centre to see and feel cabinets, flooring, tiles, countertops and more.  

3. Stake it – You probably already have an idea of the kind of place where you’d like to buy a piece of land. It pays to do your research on the area, and community to make sure it offers both natural surroundings like lakes and trails, as well as shopping, schools and cultural spaces

Make sure you obtain a survey of the land before you commit to buy. If your land is not in a suburb, you may also benefit from a check for soil contaminationAs an example; sites that formerly were home to gas stations will have contaminated soil and cannot be built on. You will need to obtain any necessary municipal permits. 

Once you’ve found that perfect lot it is time to stake out your home. Which way will the living room window face? Which wall will have the fireplace? Your imagination can fill in the rooms as you begin to realize your dream will become reality.  

Don’t forget to consider any southern exposure. Homes facing the sun will benefit from faster-melting snow in the spring. 

4. Build the Foundation  A solid foundation is essential to a well-built home. This is why Royal Homes insists on building the foundation using top-quality building materials, and back it up with a 5-year “no-leak” warranty.  

5. Build it – Your home is built indoors in factory setting, sheltered from the effects of weather, with multiple professional construction teams working simultaneously to ensure your home is built with the best materials and on time.  

Royal Homes are built to last. Every Royal Home must meet four different quality standards; the Ontario Provincial Building Code, local municipal by-laws, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and our own 250-point inspection. 

6. Deliver it – Your home is delivered on time, on-budget and hassle-free. Once your home is placed on-site, crews make sure sections fit together like a glove.  

Watch us set a home in the heart of urban Ontario. 

7. Finish it – There are always some finishing touches to be made on-site. It’s all part of the process and the experienced on-site crew are there to look after all the details.   

8. Move in – All that’s missing now is for you to move in, arrange your furniture and fill the closets and cupboards with your own things. The excitement of this day is hard to beat 

9. Warranty it  At Royal Homes, we not only take pride in building quality homes, we also back it with superior service and warranties. Royal Homes extends the 7-year structural Tarion warranty for 3 additional years to provide a full 10-year warranty. This is in addition to our 5-year foundation warranty. Royal Homes is in a select group of only 7% of all of Ontario’s 6,000 builders that meets Tarion’s stringent guidelines for outstanding customer service. Royal Homes is proud to have been awarded the highest Excellent Builder rating from the program every year since it began. 

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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.