We began in 1979 as Upper Canada Post & Beam. Since then we’ve created thousands of timber frame buildings, from simple cabins to 50,000 square foot lodges.
3.5 – 5.5 months, depending on how long it takes to resolve any design issues or permit approvals. However, prime building season deliveries are often booked up many months in advance.
Normerica makes all necessary arrangements for shipping of materials to your site. The cost of transportation is additional to our base price, but we do include it in your personalized quotation, based on the destination.
Any capable contractor can build your entire Normerica timber frame home. Our package, including pre-cut timber frame, prefabricated wall and roof panels and other random length materials will arrive at your site ready for easy assembly. Included in your package is the assistance of a Normerica technical representative who will aid your contractor in the initial stages of construction. Alternately, if you live in the area serviced by Normerica or one of our Authorized Distributors or Builders, we will be happy to assemble the material package we supply or provide complete construction services. Normerica also has an in-house construction management team which can oversee the entire building process, from site servicing plan development and permit applications through to the final finishes of your home and exterior landscaping; or any portion of that work you require.
No special foundation is required. Many Normerica homes are built on full poured-concrete or insulated concrete form (ICF) walls. However, if a full basement is not needed, you can opt for a crawl space basement, slab on grade or concrete piers instead.
Depending on the size of your home and the site conditions, assembly of the materials package will take anywhere from a few days for a sleeping cabin to three to six weeks for an average house. The timber frame itself can usually be erected in one to ten days depending on its size and complexity.
You have complete flexibility! Not only are all plans customizable, it’s our pleasure to work with you or your architect to develop a home reflective of the way your family lives. At Normerica, customization is a way of life. For example, you can:
Explore all of our customizable home designs in our Plans.
Yes! We have add-on designs that you can adapt to your selected home design. Timber frame construction allows any exterior walls between the posts to be easily removed, making way for outside doors or complete additions. Explore all of our customizable home designs in our Plans.
Yes! You’ll find our beautiful homes throughout Canada and the United States, as well as overseas in countries like England, Ireland, Holland, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and South Korea.
Absolutely. Commercial projects are among our specialties, from golf course clubhouses to ski lodges to multi-unit residential housing, using both our timber frames and our economical Panels-Plus systems.
There will be three elements to the total cost of building your home: 1. Land, Interest Carry and Legal Costs. 2. Site and Servicing Costs. 3. Construction Costs. Land, Interest Carry and Legal Costs: Note that if your land is already serviced with municipal water, sewer, hydro and gas lines, then the site and servicing costs will be less. Site and Servicing Costs: Site servicing includes connection fees, permits, development fees or levies, primary electrical service to your building, sanitary and water systems, driveway and landscaping. Construction Costs: The square foot price can vary depending on several factors, including whether you have a finished basement (which would bring the cost per square foot down when you factor the basement into the overall square footage), or if your custom home has extensive decks and/or screened porches (this brings the cost per square foot up, since these features are not included in the actual square footage of your home or cottage). The Normerica Shell and Finishing Package often represents 33% to 40% of this cost. You can see detailed cost break downs of some recent Normerica builds on our pricing page. The cost will vary due to home location, availability and cost of skilled labour, taxes, the design of your home and the price range of selected features. The construction cost includes items like foundation, timber frame package, labour, electrical work, plumbing, heating, cabinets, drywall, painting, floor and wall finishes.
Several factors affect this cost including:
Normerica timber frame homes offer you several advantages over a traditional stick frame house. One of the biggest is the complete freedom you’ll have to customize and personalize your home design, thanks to our process and the built-in flexibility of post and beam construction. During construction, our high quality pre-fabricated materials will produce less waste and are faster to build. And because Normerica wall panels exceed current insulation codes, you can expect lower heating and cooling costs over the long term. And perhaps most importantly, there really is nothing like the character, distinctiveness and beauty of a timber frame home. Explore all of our customizable home designs in our Plans.
Very! Our timber is both natural and renewable. And we buy all of it from suppliers who follow sustainable forestry practices and are members of the Forest Stewardship Council. Our state of the art, prefabricated components produce less waste – both during manufacturing and on the job site.Once built, your timber frame home will deliver superior energy efficiency and environmental comfort. For instance, our insulated wall panels exceed Canadian and international building codes. And just as we can customize your design, we can customize your full building shell package too – increasing or decreasing insulation values, should you desire. Meanwhile, our low-emission building materials and recommended whole-house ventilation system will provide excellent indoor air quality. Our exacting standards for airtightness and insulation will deliver lower heating costs. And since our homes are built to the highest efficiency standards, you’ll use less energy overall, reducing your carbon footprint. Explore all of our energy efficient, environmentally friendly custom home designs in our Plans.