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Finalizing Your Home Design

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Finding the perfect plan is a long, difficult search. You may have already found 10 that are exactly what you want. Each one of those ten have characteristics that you want in your own home. After chatting with families who have chosen to build their own home on their own lot, here are some principles that I use to help me make good decisions.

1. Know your lot.

We have written about this in a number of blogs. I can’t stress the importance of knowing your lot. The structure of your house and the grade of the land has to work. Of course, if you have an unlimited budget, you can grade the land to suit your dream house, but this rarely a budget-savvy decision. The size and shape of your lot determines many things about the design of your custom home. Like we have said in other blogs, the placement of the road, other buildings and the southern exposure all influence the design of your home.

2. Dream

Look at homes and talk to their owners about whey it works for them. Don’t get caught by liking the finishing products. Be deliberate about looking at the bones of the home. When my brother bought his first house, he took me with him to look at it – for an objective eye. The bones of this home had many issues. First of all, the living room – a large, segregated space – was sunken. This low area in the floor rendered more than 1/3 of the bungalow’s basement useless. That is a design issue that looked appealing when looking at the house, but it quickly became an issue as he tried to use the basement. Don’t let “cool” features distract you. Imagine your family living in that house.

3. Know that everything can be changed.

You may love the layout and plan of a home, but hate the exterior. Give your builder the opportunity to use some of their cool technology to show you how the exterior can look if you change the products used. In some cases, adaptations in the roof lines, changes in porches or verandas can completely transform the exterior details. Make sure the interior design works for your family. then work with your builder to choose the products that will give your home the curb appeal you’re looking for.

4. Be creative

You may be dead set against a living room in your house. Don’t let the labels on the plan deter you. You can use any of the rooms in the house to suit your lifestyle. The room labeled “Living Room” may actually be a great library, study, den, nursery or dining room. Remember that you are custom designing your home – walls can move!

5. Know that anything can change

You may love the layout and design of a house that is just a bit smaller than you need – or you may want to add an extra room or take out a room on a larger plan. When you start with a play that meets many of your needs, you can modify the plan to make it perfect for you. Remember that no plan will incorporate everything you want. Even if you have a large budget, you will have to identify the tings that are essential and things that are extra.

To finalize the design of your custom home is a choreographed dance between your family’s needs, your wish list, your lot and your budget. Inviting the builder to dance with you through the thinking process helps you design a home that is on budget and meets your needs.

Most of all, building your new home on the lot you’ve chosen is a delightful process by which you can express your own personality through the design. Then, once you’ve moved in, you can begin building memories that will be carried into future generations. The walls have ears!

Love our Royal Home. The house was as promised and on time June 2014. The interior and exterior were flawless. The workers are pleasant and have an excellent work ethic. Any small problems have been fixed without any issues. Unlike many builders. The detail in the house is as perfect as you will ever get. Thanks for an awesome home.Kenny
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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.