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Water Management

Planning Your Lot & Home

Early in July, Toronto was hit by an unprecedented rain storm. The city drains were overloaded and the city was a mess. You’ve seen the photos. Dealing with water – especially on a custom lot you purchased – is one of the most critical areas to research.

I chose Royal Homes as my custom home builder because building on unique custom lots is their specialty. They have been doing this for over 40 years. They have a site team that comes out to your site before you even start to design your home. They can work with your surveyor and engineer who put together the lot drainage plan.

It’s important that you consider all seasons. Torrents of rain in the summer can cause tremendous cause tremendous damage, even if the rainfall only lasts a few hours. When you build a home on undeveloped land, you are changing the landscape. Even when you do everything you can to preserve the natural environment, you are disrupting the natural flow. Nature didn’t design the space for the house. You need to work with nature to make sure the flow of the water is directed away from your house.

You also need to find ways to enhance the natural flow of water so that you preserve the land. Taking good care of your lot ensures generations of enjoyment in the dream home you built.

But in Ontario, rain is only half of the equation.

Snow is the other. Depending on the tree lines and other natural facets of your lot, the snow will layer in different ways. Building your driveway for minimum snow helps manage the snow. Making sure the melting snow can easily drain away from your home is critical.

Discovering the spring runoff in your brand new house is very disappointing.

Royal Homes will build your foundation and basement, hi and dry… you can sit back and enjoy it.

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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.