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Prefab construction lets couple’s dreams come true

Like thousands of people in this market, Dan Stanton and Brooke Cation were struggling to buy a new home. But after a frustrating search for the perfect house in a tight real estate market, the couple decided to switch gears. They purchased a piece of property and contacted Royal Homes to see about building something that included all their needs and wants. “We just threw it out there and emailed Royal Homes,” says Brooke. “The designer got back to us quite quickly, and everything unfolded fast after that.”

They began discussing plans with the designer and learning about prefab construction. And just over a year after the initial contact, the couple was in their home. “The turnaround was very quick,” says Brooke. “A 1,600 square foot home can’t be done that fast with normal construction … It was pretty impressive to watch.” Buying land and building – or tearing down and rebuilding – is trending throughout Ontario. Part of the appeal is that it lets the homeowners decide exactly what they want their new home to look like. “But we did it before it was cool; we made it cool,” jokes Dan. “It was quite the transition to go from shopping for a home to building a home.”

Custom home

When they first contacted Royal Homes, Dan says they thought they were only able to choose from the designs on the website. They started their process by asking about pricing for those designs. But they were surprised to find that their new home could be completely customized. The models were a great starting point, though, helping them to refine their desires and see other options. Brooke leaned toward the Oxford model, while Dan preferred the Hudson. “We asked the designer how we could mix and match, and he showed us a blueprint of a home he had designed previously. From there we tweaked it to suit our property and our needs,” says Brooke. “We didn’t realize that was even an option.”

Brooke’s favourite feature is the vaulted ceiling in the great room, which allows for large windows looking eastward over the rolling hills, providing stunning sunrise views. Dan, on the other hand, felt it was essential to have plenty of openings in the walkout basement, with oversized sliding glass doors and adjacent windows. The brightness gives it a warm, welcoming feel, not like a basement at all. “We ended up increasing the height of the basement by a foot. There is a ton of natural light that comes in to that room,” he says. Notes Brooke: “When anyone comes through the house, they remark on what a bright and big space the basement is. With the big windows and the walkout, it doesn’t feel like a dark basement.”

Both Dan and Brooke are delighted with the way their kitchen functions. From various access points to an island featuring abundant storage, they have everything they wanted. They were also impressed at how their Royal Homes designer took even the smallest detail into consideration. When Brooke suggested moving their small wine fridge out of the island and off to the side of the kitchen, she received a different and eye-opening perspective. “Having it in the island makes it accessible to the back door and the deck that we’ll be putting in there,” recalls Brooke. “He said, ‘you’re going to want to have quick access to grab a drink.’ And he was absolutely right.”

Impressive process

Like everyone who purchases a Royal Homes build, Dan and Brooke were invited to visit the manufacturing facility. Dan, who has a background in construction, says he was fascinated by the process – so much so that they went back for a second tour before their build was complete. “The coolest thing about Royal Homes is how they build the home,” says Dan. “When we got to see our home on the assembly line split in two, it was impressive. The fact they built it in their factory, which removes all the effects of the elements from the construction, is huge.” Adds Brooke: “Everything is so well-designed and organized, even down to the way they do the electrical.” Now Dan and Brooke are enjoying their Royal Homes build to the fullest, and it is made just the way they want it. “The whole experience was amazing,” says Dan. “From start to finish, the whole team was excellent to work with and they really made the vision come true.”

TEXT WRITTEN BY: CHRIS OCCHIUZZI
PHOTOS BY: ANDREW FEARMAN
Published in Dockside Magazine May 2022

This house rocks. It's awesome. I'm excited. Thanks for all your assistance. The girls think it's great. Everything's just the way I imagined it. Wow!Stephanie
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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.