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6 Reasons to Build Your Dream Cottage in Huntsville

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Most families who build a cottage want to be closer to the natural world. What better place to connect with nature than the legendary Algonquin Provincial Park? That’s definitely one of the most compelling reasons to build your dream cottage in Huntsville, but it’s not the only one. Here are a few of our favourite things about the scenic town of Huntsville, Ontario!

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It Preserves its Past and Embraces its Future

Huntsville has been around since 1869. Originally an agricultural community, the city has grown to become the largest municipality in the Muskoka region. You can find evidence of the town’s modest roots in its historic downtown buildings and classic lakeside cottages, many of which have been passed down for generations.

Huntsville has just over 20,000 residents, but those lucky few have a lot to look forward to. Huntsville is a proudly forward-thinking community. Sustainability is at the top of the agenda. The town is home to the University of Waterloo’s Summit Centre for the Environment, a venue that hosts academic and professional meetings and workshops.

You can sum it up in Huntsville’s official slogan: “Touch the Past, Embrace the Future.”

Huntsville is a True Sporting Community

Expedia counts Huntsville as one of Canada’s most active cities, and for good reason. The town hosts the TriMuskokan triathlon, the Ironman Muskoka 70.3 race, and non-competitive sporting events like the Spin the Lakes cycling tour.

The town sits at the gateway to Algonquin Park, which has seemingly endless hiking trails and over 2000 km of interconnected canoeing routes. There’s more than one person could explore in a lifetime — not that you’d ever want the adventure to end.

There’s Lots to Do

Need to take a break from hiking or canoeing? Hit up the shops, explore the town’s rich history at the heritage museum, or kick up your feet at a romantic spa. You won’t have to travel far from your dream cottage in Huntsville to experience something new.

When it comes to dining, Huntsville has a lot more to offer than a camper’s diet of hot dogs and marshmallows. The downtown core of Huntsville has pubs, cafes, fine dining, and the picturesque Dockside restaurant. And you won’t have to go far to find that fresh Kawartha Dairy ice cream!

Huntsville has Character

The historic streets of downtown Huntsville are bursting with authenticity, including quaint family businesses and an old clock tower. It stands as a refreshing compliment to the cottage character and modern developments in other parts of town.

The Housing Market is Healthy, but Accessible

Despite the ebb and flow of the housing market, Huntsville remains a relatively affordable place to build a cottage in Ontario. Property values are steadily increasing, but not to the extremes of other parts of Muskoka region. A lakeside cottage in Huntsville is still within reach for many families who could not afford the same in the Muskoka Lakes.

The People of Huntsville Have Community Spirit

Huntsville is one of the top ten communities of all sizes in Canada for participation in the annual Culture Days events, where the community’s talented artists, musicians, and designers share their craft with the world.

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Had the best experience with Royal Homes. From start to finish, the professionalism of all the staff was top notch. Whether it was the office staff, the sales rep, or the guys who came onsite, everyone was always friendly and able to help us when needed. We really enjoyed the plant tour, and got to see our home while we were there.Wendy
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    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?

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    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.