The Cost Savings and Other Benefits of Going With a Pre-Fab Cottage
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The Cost Savings and Other Benefits of Going With a Pre-Fab Cottage

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Many Canadians dream of owning a cottage at some point in their lives. In fact, two-thirds of Canadian Millennials are keenly interested in having one as an alternative to big city real estate costs. Some prefer to invest in a fixer-upper, as this represents the type of cottage they loved in their youth. Others favour building from scratch, and that can lead to important decisions on the type of structure.

You will likely have seen some cottages that look more like mansions, with a cost to match. Fortunately, you can still have a lovely, affordable haven in the country thanks to the advantages offered by pre-fab design. Here are a few of the cost savings and other benefits of going with a pre-fab cottage.

Eco-Friendly Materials

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Modular structures consist of pre-designed sections, which means no architectural design fees. If a particular style is popular, the various pieces are often ordered in bulk, which can reduce costs. Another advantage is that modular construction materials are typically very eco-friendly and energy efficient, meaning you will have a much “greener” cottage than if you choose to buy an older structure. You will also be helping to support Canadian companies and talent as the materials for modular homes are usually locally sourced.

Construction and Transportation

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One of the most notable advantages of pre-fab structures is the mode of construction. Since the creation of each section takes place inside a factory, weather delays are no longer a worry. That speediness can mean you get to use your cottage that summer, rather than having to wait another year because it was not up until the fall.

It is much easier to transport these individual pieces to the building site, compared to the materials that make up a conventional build; this can be a major plus if your cottage is off the beaten track. Assembly of the individual sections also requires less time, which can substantially lower labour costs. Finally, this manufacturing style means no waste or chemicals left behind on the building site.

Safety

Some seem to mistake modular homes for mobile homes. The latter category includes vehicles like a Winnebago, which go from place to place; a modular home is stationary, just like a conventional building. Although it consists of pre-fab sections, a pre-fab cottage is as structurally sound as a traditional home. Most modular structures can withstand winds of up to 175-mph, which is far more than you are likely to face from a storm at the cottage.

Also, a third-party inspector checks each section of the structure while it is still in the factory. Thus, the company you deal with can address any potential issues before the building site assembly even begins.

Accessibility

The design of modular homes can easily take accessibility into account. Thus, if you have guests with disabilities or mobility issues, they can still enjoy your home in complete safety. Older, pre-existing structures are far less likely to offer this important advantage.

From start to finish, very satisfactory.Debbie & Rich
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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.