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Frequently Asked Questions
Winter Lake Sunrise     Here is a list of typical questions that most people asked during the first contact with us. Should your questions not be all covered below, call us and it will be our pleasure to answer them separately. Please allow a few days for a response.
  1. What is a shell package or kit?

    The shell package begins with engineering, full drawings with ease of construction in mind. The best the industry has to offer is utilized to put together kits that include detailed instructions and complete materials required in order to build a cabin shell from exterior and interior walls, floor and roof systems, windows and doors, and complete exterior finishing. The material list that comes with the packages is comprehensive to help self-builders, but full structure erection service is available within the general area of the Ottawa Capital region (see Option C). Exterior finishing can also be quoted separately upon request.
  2. What are the options for exterior finishing?

    Many options are available for rustic exterior finishes or low maintenance products. Our standard kits come with pre-finished wood siding (Canexel). Upgrades (Hardi-planking, pre-finished pine, natural pine, log…) are also available and can be quoted separately.
  3. Can I build this myself?
    Yes, that is the most economical choice for people who enjoy hands on projects. Our system is very simple to build and our designs have been created with that idea in mind. Our B package (Panelized), is even easier to erect. The panels are quick & easy to assemble.
    Our professional support staff is available to assist you with the project. Also, our support documentation is designed with self-builders in mind. Should extra on site consultation be required, one of our associate experienced project managers can be called upon at a reasonable rate in order to assist in whatever way deemed necessary by the client.
  4. What if we are out of your area?
    Framing crews (Option C) will most likely not be able to erect your shell if your project is outside of our area. Our managers could be available, however, all depending on distance and timing. We can help you find local trades or contractors as over the years, we have established relationships with contractors in most key regions of Ontario & Quebec. Let us help you find the RIGHT contractor at the RIGHT price within your area.
  5. Can we choose our own design or can we change yours?
    Yes to both. For a nominal fee, designs can be modified, enlarged or created to suit your particular needs. The prices are always efficient due to our purchase power and construction methods. And remember that all design fees are always applied to your package price.
  6. Can we buy construction plans only? 
    On occasion, we may be willing to sell particular plans. Please send us E-mail or call us should you require further information on that subject. By the way, you would receive full credit for the cost of the plans should you decide later to purchase a shell package from our company.
  7. What about decks and porches, are they included?
    Porch structure & support are always included in standard pressure treated lumber. Decking surfaces and railings options are pressure treated material and cedar. Screen porches are included but the screens and screen doors are excluded. These items are better purchased locally at most hardware stores.
  8. Why do you show pier foundations on your designs? Can we have a basement instead?
    The piers we encourage people to use are engineered steel systems that are economical to use and most importantly for many, create very little disturbance to your soil and natural surroundings. The equipment used can travel almost anywhere and be utilized on some of the most difficult sites around making it cost effective, fast and simple. However, should your budget and site allow for excavation, backfill and a full foundation or crawlspace, your drawings can be modified. Please contact us for further details.
  9. What about shipping costs?
    Shipping costs are included within 2 hours of Ottawa, Ontario. Quotes can be provided on demand for other areas .
  10. What are your payment methods?
    Usually, 15% is required on contract signature (exceptions may apply), an additional 35% at 60 days before delivery and the balance by certified cheque or bank draft (50%) before delivery.
    Should we be able to accommodate our of area clients, final payment (by certified cheque, bank draft or bank transfer) will be expected 2 days before delivery.
  11. Do you do additions or renovations?
    We have, in the past, and continue to work on large additions / renovations. It all depends on distance, timing and availability of our managers and the crews we work with.
  12. I'm still confused... you say your homes are "pre-engineered" or "panelized". Are they not modular?
    We do NOT do modular homes. Modular homes are like trailer homes, different (lesser) quality and often times either COMPLETELY assembled outside of Canada or supplied by "Canadian" companies who are owned by non Canadian groups. They have to be built very differently due to transportation restrictions and very good access on roads and building lots is critical. With the new Ontario Building Code in full force, some of local municipalities are even frowning (no permits) on these lately. Lenders will sometimes refuse to issue mortgages and land developers often refuse modular homes in their development. Of even greater importance, there can be a serious resale issue with Modular Type homes since they can affect resale values to the negative in developments and communities.
    All our homes, cottages and cabins are CUSTOM designed (at no extra charge) according to YOUR site, YOUR budget and YOUR lifestyle. All our materials are purchased locally and we use local trades... definitely greener, since we're not transporting our shell packages across very long distances and much better for our local economy.




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