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How to Find the Best Lot to Build Your Custom Home


The only hard part of visiting the lake is having to pack up and say goodbye when the weekend is over. The drive back home to the city is terribly bittersweet.

What if you didn’t have to say goodbye?

That is the reward of building a home by the lake.

Beautiful waterfront homes and four-season lakefront cottages are among the most-sought pieces of real estate. There is often steep competition when it comes to buying a lake house in Ontario (and abroad), and it’s tough to find a developed lakefront property that perfectly fits your dream home vision.

That’s why we developed lakefront property that perfectly fits your dream home vision.

Let’s take a walk through the Lakeview’s two-storey floor plan room-by-room.

Lakeview: Quick Stats

  • 2 floors
  • 2-3 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Open concept floor plan with a second-floor loft


The floor plan of this cottage-style home as designed with two goals at heart:

  1. To give you the best view of your lake from as many rooms as possible.
  2. To provide you and your guests ample room to gather together and plenty of space to retreat in privacy.

The plan also incorporates a convenient walk-out basement to fit the grade of a typical lakefront lot.

Great Room

Great room, family room or living room – either way, this central space is the heart of the Lakeview.

It’s easy to see why we show this room first in our Lakeview video tour. In the full light of day, the stunning cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows are nothing short of breath-taking. Look up and you’ll see the cozy second-storey loft, which is the best place to behold the lake.

Every interior design choice is a nod towards the natural beauty this home is built to embrace. The great room is flush with natural material, from the tall stone fireplace to the panelled ceiling and natural hardwood floors. You’ll see this style echo throughout the house.

Master Bedroom

There’s nothing like waking up to the sights and sounds of a Canadian lake. Would you have the foot of the bed face the window, or the side? The choice is yours. This spacious master bedroom has room for both.

You won’t have to pack light when you move to a house modelled after the Lakeview, because the master bedroom steps right into a walk-in closet. Beyond that lies the luxury ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and double vanity.

Kitchen and Dinette

Far from your modest cottage kitchen, the Lakeview boasts an expansive kitchen and dining room that includes a winning view of the water. This efficiently-designed space has room for six dinner guests plus a functional kitchen island. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy upgrades like a built-in wine fridge!

Features like the island with butcher block and stainless-steel farmer-style sink aren’t Lakeview exclusives. These features are upgrades we can make to any of our custom homes.


We love how sunrooms spark imagination in the homeowners we talk to.

You might picture yourself easing into a comfortable chair with a book in hand and a kid on your knee – or, you might see yourself seat around a table with a poker hand. You could instead imagine painting on an easel, plucking a guitar, or listening away to that podcast you’ve been raving about.

A sunroom can become anything you want! And here, you can do it all with a view of the lake.


Welcome to the best seat in the house! From here, you can observe all the action in the great room below and catch the fullest view of the lake 24 hours a day.

The loft at our Lakeview model in Gravenhurst has been designated a game room. We’ve also heard from homeowners who plan to use the loft in their custom home as a third bedroom or a sitting area. Since it has its own en-suite, it could even become your master bedroom!

What Makes the Lakeview Unique

Our architects and designers work meticulously on each model homes in our catalogue. All our homes have something that makes it unique. The Lakeview stands out for its:

  1. Second-storey loft. This contemporary feature is a rare find in a cottage-style home, but it’s a fantastic way to maximize the view of the lake while preserving the vision of an open-concept home.
  2. Abundance of windows. The walls of windows are undoubtedly the first thing that draws people to this model and floor plan. Like all our homes, the Lakeview incorporates high-efficiency windows and doors to minimize the environmental impact of this design choice.
  3. Most contemporary floor plans eschew the sunroom in favour of additional bedrooms or office space, but we want to give you every opportunity to enjoy the view of your lake. The sunroom is a beautiful space full of possibility.

Explore the Lakeview

Would you like to experience the Lakeview in person? You are welcome to tour a version of this home that is open to the public at our Design Centre in Gravenhurst, Ontario. You don’t have to call ahead to take a tour, but we invite you to book an appointment if you would like to learn more about our custom home building process!

You may also view a video tour of the Lakeview.

Remember: each home we build is unique! Our catalogue of model homes is there to serve as inspiration, but you’ll work with our designers to customize your home’s floorplan, features and finishes to fit your needs.

Get in touch to learn more about our custom-built homes in Ontario and abroad.

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.

    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.