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The Ultimate GIft-Giving Guide for Cottagers


Depending on a number of circumstances, cottage life can be very different from life in the city. Woodstove heating, outdoor plumbing, or even access to electricity can make cottage essentials more unique.

So, what do you buy the cottage dweller in your life?

Whether you’re lucky enough to be invited as a guest or are looking for the perfect gift for the cottager in your life – we’ve got you covered with our 2019 cottage gift-giving guide.

A Weather Station

We’ve all been there; the weather forecast reads sunny but rain pelts down on your cabin windows. Weather at the cottage can be unpredictable, to say the least.

Personalized weather stations have got more sophisticated in recent years, yet increasingly easy to set-up and use. If you want a unit that will survive both foul and fair weather, look for sturdy construction and materials. Basic systems measure temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, rainfall and humidity. Some of the most popular weather stations include Ambient Weather and AcuRite.

For the most accurate reading, the best spots to place your personalized weather station are in your garden, a windowsill or a personalized porch created to fit your needs perfectly.

Hudson’s Bay Patterned Blanket

It doesn’t get much more Canadian than snuggling up with an iconic Hudson’s Bay blanket. Perfect for chilly evenings by the lake or a late-night bon fire.

Impress your cottage-going friends with a thoughtful gift that adds some Canadian pride to their second home.

Customized Sign

From ceilings to doors, at Royal Homes we know that families love to customize their cottages. Adding a personalized touch to their home-away-from-home makes weekends away a bit more cozy.

A customized sign makes for a great cottage gift, whether you go for classic cottage messaging or the family name – it’ll show your friend how much you care.

Dinner Bell

Chances are during the warmer months everyone’s scatted everywhere at the cottage – down by the lake, lounging on the dock, fishing or chopping wood.

A vintage-styled dinner bell is the perfect gift for any cottage goer. There’s nothing better than spending time with people you love at the cottage and now your host can call everyone together with this vintage-styled dinner bell.

Garden Décor

We know that cottagers not only appreciate a customized interior, but a beautifully unique exterior. For those who spend their weekends perfecting their hobby garden or keeping their landscape looking exquisite – a piece of garden décor is the ideal gift.

From planters to windchimes, there are plenty of beautiful shops driving through cottage country to pick up a unique gift for your hosts.

The Perfect Planner

For the friend (and future host) who’s not yet made all of their cottaging dreams a reality – a high performance planner is essential.

From choosing the perfect lot to considering popular design trends building a cottage is a lot of work. Not only does it take time, but organization.

Cottage season is nearly here and whether your visiting friends for the weekend or celebrating the avid cottager in your life – we’ve got you covered.

We had a Royal Home built in 1989, truly loved this home, because of unforeseen circumstances, we sold the house in the 90's.. However if we ever have another chance 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.

    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.