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Found your Perfect Lot? Here’s a checklist of questions to ask before you build:

Planning Your Lot & Home


Your lot is untapped potential. It’s often difficult to imagine just how beautiful it’s going to look when your house is set, the landscaping is complete and you’ve created the outdoor spaces you have imagined.

But there are some key questions to ask before you start building. Here’s a check list that can help you:

1. What is my lot’s unique personality? Spacing?

Is it shady and relaxing, a cove nestled by a quiet lake?
Is the lot rich with specific foliage? How colours can I draw out in my finishing products?
Is the land flat or does it have some natural elevations that can enhance my home?

2. Is my lot in a distinct neighbourhood?

From my lot, what other buildings do you see?
Are there unique design features in the buildings around me?
Are there certain home designs that would stick out in this neighbourhood?

3. How big is my lot?

Will my house plan look balanced on the lot size?
Is the lot narrow or wide? Long or short?

4. What is the best orientation?

Where is the street or road and how should my house face that road?
How will the driveway be placed and where should the garage be?
What is the best view?
How do I plan my windows and outdoor living spaces to take advantage of the view?
Where is south and how can I take advantage of the sun’s heat?

5. What factors do I need to consider about the yard?

Is the land rocky, and will the landscaping require significant work?
Are there any natural waterways, streams, lakes that will impact my house?
Will I have to bring topsoil in or will I leave the yard natural?

The personality of your custom lot adds to the overall character of your home – make it count!

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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  • 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.