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Essential Questions to Ask When Designing Your Dream Home

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We have discussed some mistakes to avoid when building your dream home, but what about when it comes to designing it? Here are a few design options you will have to think about when you are designing your dream home.

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When you’re designing your dream home, lighting plays a big part in the overall ambience. Whether your rooms are well lit, lighting can be essential to design. If you have lower ceilings, pot lights are an excellent option to avoid your room feeling cluttered by light fixtures. If you have a cathedral ceiling, a low hanging fixture is an attractive design option.


Based on your budget, many counter options may work for you. Make sure you take into consideration the upkeep counters require when making your decision.

If you have a family, quartz is an excellent option as it is stain-resistant. If you’re looking to never repurchase another countertop for your home, granite is long-lasting. Do you have a lower budget for things like countertops? Laminate is one of the most popular countertop options as it mimics marble but at a way more economical price.


Are you and your large family moving in? Is it only yourself and your pet? What is your budget for flooring? These and more are all critical questions that come into play when choosing the perfect flooring for your home.

If you’re a fan of a clean look throughout, hardwood is an excellent choice. It’s a timeless look and often adds value to your home. If you have a family with young kids or active pets, hardwood may not be best as it dents and scratches easier than other flooring options.

Ceramic tile can be an excellent option for families with children and pets as it can withstand high impact and foot traffic. If your pets or children are messy (whose aren’t?), there’s no need to worry about tricky cleanup – ceramic flooring makes it a breeze.

Looking for a solid floor on the main floor and a more inviting flooring for bedrooms? Carpet is an obvious option, especially with little ones around. The only catch is that you may want to avoid drinks in carpeted areas as they do stain easily and require upkeep.

Are you on a budget when it comes to flooring? Laminate or vinyl are great options as they are both easy to maintain and can mimic the look of real wood or specialty tile.


Ceilings make a significant difference to a room, so based on the build of your home and what look you want to achieve, different ceiling styles may work.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, you can start simple with a California knockdown ceiling. This is seen in many homes and provides a nicer ceiling option than the outdated popcorn ceiling. If you’re eyeing a vaulted ceiling, you can look into options like adding simple pot lights to keep it clean or adding reclaimed lumber beams to add to your rustic style.

From flat to wood ceilings and regular to vaulted, you can find which option best suits your style and space – even finding the right cornice moulding to any details around ceiling light fixtures.


There are many options to choose from regarding cabinets – depending on what style of kitchen you are going for. Regarding outer cabinet looks, you can select from painted door to thermofoil styles and everything in between. Once you choose your colouring and finish of your cabinets, what style are you going to go with?

Open shelves are becoming more popular in the kitchen by adding pops of colour to the room, as well as display any cookbooks or any other valuable items that don’t deserve to be hidden behind a door. Another similar trend is glass inserts to display your dishware, but without having to worry about any overhead hazards for your little ones.

Lastly, choosing your hardware can personalize your kitchen. If you’re looking for a clean style, brushed nickel is a well-suited choice. Going for a more traditional kitchen? Antique English finish or Antique Copper would both help bring that theme together.

Pulling Everything Together

With a new home, there are many decisions, but designing is half the fun. Find the combinations that suit your style and budget best, all while focusing on the flow of your homes. If you are interested in all of the different home design combinations, check out our design options that may work in your new home.

About 10 years ago you planned this little slice of heaven that we call home. We still love our home & have sent a few folk to you because our experience with you & Royal was so great!Wayne
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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.

    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.