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What it Really Means to Build Custom

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Whether it is your first home or cottage, or whether you’re building for your retirement years, planning a custom-designed home is an exciting opportunity to create a space to match your needs now, and in the future rather than fitting into an existing layout. It’s a chance to bring your own lifestyle vision into reality.

However, the road to owning your custom-designed home is filled with many choices and decisions in order to get it right. The Royal Homes design team specializes in providing you with the inspiration and the expertise to help you every step of the way. Working together we can create a plan to fulfill your needs and wishes.

“They can make anything you want. We had a variation of all 3 display homes that are there, and we took some of those and a lot of it was our own ideas and they just worked it in.”

Jean Vollmer, Wingham, Ontario

Determine Your Budget

The first item to consider is your total budget. You’ll need to include the cost of land, local permits, fees and taxes, septic and hydro connection, appliances, furniture, and ultimately landscaping. Make sure your financial institution is on board and backing your investment.

Address Your Needs for the Present and the Future

You will also need to determine size and any lot restrictions. When planning for the future, consider how many stories you want your home to be. Keep in mind that the quantity of stairs can help or hinder as you age. How many bedrooms will you need?

Does your home need to be barrier-free and accessible to wheelchairs? Talk to us about essential items such as bathroom grab bars, raised or elongated toilets, wider doorways and hallways, lowered and tilted mirrors, stair lifts, elevators and much more. Our expert designers can help you plan a home that is both functional and guarantees the safety of you and your loved ones.

The Canadian Government has implemented many programs to help you build, purchase or renovate to create a home that is barrier-free, accessible and accommodates all individuals that will live in the home. The idea is that planning with aging in mind, creates a home that allows for “aging in place” and extends the liveability of a home.

What are your priorities and what are you willing to compromise on?  Make sure you understand the costs involved in your choices so that you stay within your budget.

Enjoy a virtual tour through 3 of our popular model homes! You’ll be able to see and select the styles and features that you prefer. If you have not already done so, be sure and visit one of our design centres.  Here you can tour professionally-decorated model homes at your leisure for a first-hand look at the quality that goes into a pre-fab Royal Home.

Creative Control

You have your own unique design and style preferences, and probably a good idea of what you desire in a home. All of the home’s design features such from cabinet styles, countertops, windows and flooring, to the smaller details like handles doorknobs will be in your hands. In addition, you might consider special features like fireplaces, or heated floors.

Our model homes allow you to explore the possibilities in person. Here you can see and feel all the textures, colours and styles that are available to you. If you don’t see what you had in mind, we also offer a full fabrication workshop and paint booth.

Consider Your Timeframe

Is there a new baby on the way? Are you planning a move before the start of a school year?

With no weather delays, choosing a prefabricated home built in a factory setting is a smart move! You’ll be smiling when seasons are not a concern and the building process proceeds despite inclement weather.

Royal Home’s building process has been perfected over many years, delivering homes on time and on budget.

See why we really mean it when we say that “every Royal Home is custom designed for you.”

Contact us today.

We are very pleased and love our new home.Kathy
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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.

    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.