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Building On An Island

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When it comes to cottage living, often nothing is more important than relaxation. In many cases, the goal is to step back from the hustle and bustle of regular life. What better place to do that than in the country?

You can kick up the relaxation of a lakefront cottage even more by upgrading to a cottage nestled comfortably on an island. But of course, first you have to build! Though the reward at the end is a great one, building on an island does come with its own set of challenges. Let’s review:

Cottage building on an island

Shipping Materials

If you are going to be building on an island, the major challenge you will face is how to ship all the materials—you cannot just drive your car! At the very least, you will need the assistance of a ferry. However, you may also need to investigate other options depending on how you are able to access the island when not trying to build on it.

The two major ways to help overcome this particular challenge depends on how you wish to build your cottage. First, of course, you can hire a contractor with experience in this sort of build—bonus if their experience is with that specific island or another in the immediate area. This way, they will already have the knowledge about what they need to do to get the materials onto the island.

Your other option is to turn to a prefabricated cottage. Doing so means you only have to transport the finished product, and can likely do so on the same day, rather than spacing out the shipping as you might when materials are coming from a variety of places and are not put together.

Potential Red Tape

Building on an island (or the desire to build, rather) may have some red tape from the local authorities. It is important to adhere to regulations, which is why you should make sure you look into everything thoroughly before building. Even if you don’t think there is anything out of the ordinary you will have to deal with, it is better to be safe rather than sorry.

Lakefront cottage build

Regulations can range from what you are allowed to build, how big it is permitted to be, to how long you have to build! The length of time to build regulation often refers to how long you have to start the project rather than finish the whole thing.

The Build Itself

When it comes to building on an island, when the actual build comes along, the other potential challenge is preparing the site. By this we mean ensuring you have a system for plumbing and are able to set up anything required for electricity should you want it—these two things tend to be harder on an island than on the mainland. Aside from this, the actual building process is pretty much the same on an island as it would be on the mainland.

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    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.