Trends in Home Building: Flexible Housing - Royal Homes Trends in Home Building: Flexible Housing - Royal Homes
My Favourites (0)
My Favourites (0)

Tips & Articles

Trends in Home Building: Flexible Housing

Design Trends


Flexible housing is an intriguing idea to maximize the functionality of your home. For families investing in a family home and property they hope to live in for their entire lives, building with flexibility in mind is a great way to design.Citadel Dinette

Your family’s needs change. The most important thing to think about in building with flexibility in mind is to plan the wiring and plumbing. In the early years, before the kids come along and even in the preschool years, the basement may not be an essential part of your home plan. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the future. Making sure it’s plumbed for a bathroom and maybe a small kitchenette will save a lot of headaches in the future when your tween boy band is practicing.

Using sliding doors and French windows makes it possible to open spaces that you might want to use for several things. For instance, a study might be the plan for when the kids leave home, but right now you need a large family gathering area. Sliding doors between the two rooms can give you the choice of room usage. Adding extra bedroom-sized room for a future home office, library or guest room just makes sense.

Choosing rafter or truss designs that provide the head room for future attic development is a great way to add an interesting escape feature to your home. Pre-planning a stair way to the attic will give you safe access to the space for storage until you need to develop it.

One of the most important design attributes is designing for your future. Make sure your doors are all 36″ wide makes the home easily accessed with a wheel chair (and makes moving furniture easy!). Designing your home with a study, library or office on the first floor gives you the option to transform it into a bedroom should stairs pose a challenge in the future. While the cost of making these adjustments might add to your initial budget, they will offer a big saving to future renovations and add re-sale value.Citadel-Greatroom

Don’t forget to document and diagram the flexible features that have been added, but hidden under the dry wall until needed. It will save immense time and money when the renovations are necessary. The diagram is a great feature when you sell your house. The potential home buyer will quickly ascertain the quality of the building and careful thought put into the construction.

Great final quality.Dan
Email Us
  • 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.