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Design Trends: Trend #1 – Smaller and More Livable

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There is a trend to building smaller homes. It just makes sense. As the economy struggles to regain its equilibrium, families are looking for cost effective solutions to managing their budget. Downsizing allows you to focus on your priorities while keeping frivolous spending to a minimum. Smaller homes require fewer furnishings – so you can invest in better quality pieces. Smaller means less space to clean, but it requires strategic design to create storage spaces. With a little imagination, you can add interesting features that create unique spaces, giving your home greater definition.

The Oxford is just 1500 square feet, but its open space design give the impression of a much larger home. The house is designed for the modern family. The master suite is set apart from the other bedrooms, making it truly an oasis. The kitchen, living room and dining area is wide open – bringing the family together in one space and allowing for larger groups. I encourage you to visit the home at the Wingham Design Centre. It’s fast becoming one of our most popular base designs for your personal custom design.

The advantage with custom building your own home is that you can start with a base plan and identify the key advantages for your living choices. The Oxford has an efficient U-shaped kitchen design. You can add an island or change the configuration of the cabinets to create your ideal space. Whether you’re a gourmet or a practical cook – you can make design choices that make sense for your specific lifestyle.

Because every Royal Home is custom built, the design team will help you modify an existing plan or start from scratch by designing the house you have always dreamt of.

I have a Royal Home which was built in 1993. I love my house and have never had any problems with it.Debbie
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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.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $250 sq-ft to over $350 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.