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Almost 100 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright had a brilliant insight – why not build in factories, with pre-cut framing and factory built parts. But Wright was ahead of his time. As many of his designs were lauded in Europe, Americans were slow to see his brilliance.

But today we’re living in a different economy and a radically different environment. The word “sustainable” has crept into our conversation… what does that mean for Pre-Fab?

The new generation of architects approach building in new ways.

Pail Masi, principal of Bates Masi+Architects, New York says: “I think prefabrication and sustainability are sort of one and the same. By using prefabricated elements you can not only cut down on the waste, but you’re building with precise tools, and you’re not out there in the snow and rain, so you can be very efficient.”

In California, architect Michelle Kauffman, who co-authored Prefab Green, put her money where her mouth was. Her and her husband designed and built a house in the Bay Area. They chose a traditional on-site builder. The house took 14 months to construct on-site. Then she took the identical plan and had it built in the factory. It took 4 months to build.

Pure cost reduction isn’t the motivation for using prefab. Masi discovered that pre-fab, when applying custom design, was similar in cost to traditional builds. He was more excited about the green elements and strict control when building pre-fab. Pre-set jigs, highly technical processes and green standards make a difference. The build in a factory is much more disciplined, ensuring consistency on every level.

We feel Royal Homes has done a good job. Their employees are professional and courteous and want to make sure you are happy with the finished product.Dawne
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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.