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He Said He’d Be There Tuesday

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One of my friends made the leap and purchased his first custom built home. He was pumped about it. He had poured over the designs, making sure every detail was perfect for his personal needs. He had selected flooring, cabinets, lighting and exterior finishes. He could already see his first Christmas tree in the awesome bank of windows in the formal living room.

What he didn’t imagine is the unbelievable chain of delays.

Sub-trades didn’t show. Products were wrong or not delivered on time. Each delay set the final delivery back another week… Or two.

In the end, the delivery of the house was more than 24 months (2 years) delayed.

The cost of those kind of overruns is significant.

Now this is extreme.

Founder of Home Tips. com, Don Vandervort says: “When you buy an existing home, you make a few changes and move in, but a custom home can take up to a year… materials don’t show up on time, so expect delays.”

It’s obvious that Mr. Vandervort has not built a custom prefab home.

You see prefab has all sorts of advantages.

First of all, we work with you so that your lot is prepared for your home. Many people are a little shy of buying their own land and then building – but let me tell you, the right lot is a dream come true. Royal Home’s team has been in the business for more than 40 years. They walk with you, step by step.

Second, while the lot is being prepped, the actual building can continue. We don’t have to wait – the two processes can happen simultaneously. And our experts help you meet the building codes. We understand the process and we are there for you, helping to ensure the process goes well.

Thirdly, there are no delays because we build in a factory. We have long-standing relationships with companies that provide custom components. As our design team works with you, designing each room, they are able to build an accurate time line for your build – because they know what they are working with.

Finally, the factory process eliminates surprises. One of the trickiest things to manage in a custom build is the sub-trades. The dance of the trades is a complex process, as they each depend on facets of the other sub-trades to make sure the job is done right. But at Royal Homes most of our trades people are internal – they work for Royal Homes. They are a part of the prefab construction process. We don’t phone them when we are ready for them; they are already there at our factory.

We had a Royal Home built in 1989, truly loved this home. We would have another Royal Home in an instant. Truly no complaints,
Doris
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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.