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When someone comments on a Viceroy Home we all think of a certain style of home, a cottage with large panoramic windows.

The company, Viceroy Homes, was started by the Lindal family, who are respected throughout the industry. The Lindal’s built up an enduring Viceroy brand into a household name. Regretfully the Lindals are no longer involved as Viceory Homes has gone through several changes of ownership. Viceroy Homes sells their homes primarily through a Dealer network.

Royal Homes is a private company owned by the managers of the company. Royal Homes sells their homes primarily through company-owned Design and Sales Centres. When you buy a Royal Home your home will be registered with the Ontario Tarion Warranty Program with Royal Homes as your registered builder. When you buy a Viceroy Home through a Dealer, the Dealer would become your registered Builder and not Viceroy Homes.

Both Viceroy Homes and Royal Homes sell homes to individual lot owners. Viceroy Homes and Royal Homes are both priced competitively with other Builders who build custom homes in the traditional “stick built” method.

A Viceroy Home is a “kit” home with all the parts and pieces “pre-engineered” and cut to size ready for site assembly. Site assembly is done primarily through a Dealer network.

A Royal Home is built with a full three dimensional module or unit with as many fixtures, cabinets and floors installed in a factory controlled environment. The term “modular home” was originally used to describe a Royal Home. Currently the term “prefab home” is in common usage resulting from the architectural community embracing the benefits of prefab building.

A Royal Home is more like a “lego” block with all the interior finishes and a Viceroy Home is more like a “meccano” set, with more site assembly required.

Both Viceroy Homes and Royal Homes are delivered to the job site by truck. Because Royal Homes have a majority of the home built in the factory the actual on-site construction time, after the home is delivered, is considerable less with a Royal Home.

Viceroy Homes and their Dealers also sell their homes as an unassembled kit or load of lumber and materials. If you are a “do it yourselfer” this is a less expensive option. Royal Homes specializes in selling ‘Turn Key” or complete homes.

Royal Homes constructs the foundations and basements for their homes and all individual homes are registered under the Tarion Program with Royal Homes as the registered builder. The company Viceroy Homes does not register many homes directly with the Tarion program, because that is the responsibility of the individual Dealer.

When you buy a Royal Home you are buying directly from the manufacturer and builder of your home. Royal Homes is responsible for any service and warranty issues that arise. For a Viceroy Homes the primary responsibility for service and warranty lies with the Dealer. It is very important to check that whoever you contract with to build your home is in fact a registered Builder with the Tarion Program. Further you need to confirm that the Builder will in fact be registering your new home. If your home will not be registered under Tarion you need to ask why.

How your home is constructed varies by the degree of knowledge and experience of who is doing the work. Quality control for the site assembly of Viceroy Homes varies depending on the Dealer’s abilities. Royal Homes are largely assembled in the factory with a Quality Control program with over 250 inspections, a QA process which has been certified by CSA.


An overall positive experience with very few hassles.Eric
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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.