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Prefab Homes Grow Up and Go High End

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Prefab Homes Grow Up and Go High End

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Building Prefab always had many advantages, such as high quality workmanship, less waste with in-factory recycling, shortened building time, greater energy efficiency and more.  All these reasons have been know for a long time so why has there been a recent breakout into higher end homes.

The most significant reason is that progressive prefab or modular home builders have overcome the constraint of the traditional factory mantra of maximizing plant efficiency.   Factories are most productive if they build high quantities of the same thing.  If the goal is solely to be most productive then the house design falls victim to functionality.  In other words you may have the best method and materials to produce a lower cost home but you also get the most boring home designs.

So boring home designs are great for camps, retirement parks and the tight budget, but lousy for todays increasingly educated and affluent society who do not accept yesterday’s normal.

Once the prefab building industry understood that the client drives the home design and not the factory or the production line, innovation and change happened.

The first challenge was to ensure that the high quality of materials and workmanship was maintained while allowing for upgrades to higher end options.

The second was to allow for complete home design customization.

First he mindset had to change. The mindset that each home was a single prefab unit evolved into each home component was a prefab unit.  So we needed to have computer programs that could keep track of the more that 5000 pieces that make up a home and put them together into as many variations as possible.

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The programs were developed.  CAD,  Archicad, AutoCad, Chief Architect and more. These programs have come into widespread use and were then tied directly into materials management systems.

Now we could design a custom home and order high quality materials for each home to match the design. The factory production line became filled with job shops for each home.  The high quality building standards now added elements of craftsmanship.

A good material management example.  Rather than stock standard size windows at the factory you order the windows in any size to match your customized requirements.  This lowers inventory cost and brings in “just in time” thinking. This change was not easy, we had to cajole, educate and demand that our material suppliers change to be able to supply the materials quickly.  But with a little time it happened.

We then went one step further. O those poor production managers.  We opened up custom home design to even include designs that could not be entirely be built in the factory in a cost effective way.

A good example is a custom roof design with a high pitch and many peaks, valleys and dormers.  This type of roof is better built on-site after the prefab modular home units have been placed on the foundation.  A prefabricated roof truss package is brought to the site and the roof is then completed on-site in days.

As an industry, while maintaining high quality materials and workmanship the Prefab  custom home became available to High End home buyers.  The prefab home became the sum of prefab components or pieces.  Prefab was used only those parts that did not compromise design.

 

High End Home Buyer First.  Factory Second.  The High Quality of Prefab Grows up.

 

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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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    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 $200 sq-ft to over $300 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.