Next Steps


Building your home.

Ready to make your dream come to life? Here’s a look at the process.

Step 1: Land

If you need land, perhaps we can help you. Contact us at to get connected with registered real estate agents in different regions of North America.

Each realtor specializes in acreage properties and can offer you in-depth knowledge of the building lots available in the area you’re interested in.

Step 2: Consultation

Every Normerica home begins with a dream. We work closely with you in the consultation phase to ensure your dream is carried through to initial design development

Whether you’re envisioning a lakeside cottage, intimate cabin or sprawling clubhouse, the layout of your building is key. We’ll advise you on how to make the best use of your land’s natural features, how to create the perfect view and how to site your structure for optimum exposure.

It’s also a good idea to plan other aspects of the property at this time, including the addition of a detached garage, a future cabin or boathouse, a gazebo for outdoor entertaining and even gardens.

Contact us today to arrange a design consultation. We’ll visit your building site, discuss design options, explore building costs and construction options and review the range of shell package material choices.

Step 3: Design Development

The design development process starts with the creation of a custom design, or with your choice of a Normerica home design. With Normerica you have many ways to proceed.

1) Work with our design team to custom design your own home.

Normerica’s professional Architectural Design and Engineering Department will work with you or your appointed architect to develop the perfect home design for your family’s needs and budget.

2) Modify a Design Portfolio model from your many options.

With this choice, you’ll have the ability to:

  • Change the dimensions of the building.
    • Change the style or quantity of windows, including the addition of walkout basement windows.
    • Add shed or gable dormers.
    • Add entry or screened porches, sun rooms, or garages.
    • Change the roof overhang, siding style, or material.
    • Add interior or exterior architectural details such as heavy timber gable trusses, cupolas, or roof overhang treatments.
    • Mirror the plan to better suit your lot.
    • Consider a walkout basement level to expand your living space.

3) Select a home as is from our Design Portfolio.

Our Design Portfolio comprises several specially selected home designs offered at attractive package prices with fast delivery dates.

4) Work with your Normerica representative to search our Design Portfolio Library.

Consult our database of hundreds of our “best-of-the-best” modified models or custom Normerica designs.

Step 4: Choosing your Normerica Timber Frame Shell Package

Just as you have the ultimate flexibility to custom design your Normerica home, we make it easy to custom design your Normerica shell package. Choose from one of the following options, or combine any elements of either package:\

A) The Normerica “Super Insulated” Shell Package

The Normerica Super Insulated Shell Package represents our very best building envelope. Prepared using the finest materials available, this package includes all the elements that make up the complete shell of your home, from the top of the foundation to the shingle-ready roof.

B) Our “Economy” Shell Package

The Normerica Economy Shell Package is ideal for seasonal cottages or cabins, where less insulation is required. This package includes all the elements that make up the complete shell of your home, with money-saving adjustments throughout.

Step 5: Quotation for your Normerica Timber Frame Shell Package

Once we’ve created a design or modified an existing design with you, we can prepare a quotation based on the shell package elements you’ve chosen. If you have created your own readable design sketches (dimensioned floor plans and all elevations are required) or if you have a plan that you’ve seen elsewhere, we can usually prepare a guaranteed price quotation for a Normerica Timber Frame Shell Package in five to seven business days.

In addition to package pricing, Normerica will work with you to develop a practical budget for the construction of your entire custom home. Our representative will work with you to ensure we capture the specific features you want included in your home.

Step 6: Ordering Your Timber Frame Package

Once you have received and approved your shell package quotation, you will be ready to place your order. You’ll sign a Material Package Contract, which allows us to finalize your design details, schedule production of your building components and confirm a delivery date for your materials.

Normerica’s contract obligation includes the preparation of building permit drawings. A typical permit set of drawings will have floor plans, elevations, foundation plan, numerous section and drawing details, and a structural engineer’s stamp. We will professionally produce the right level of plans to meet your permit requirements.

A typical contract payment schedule is as follows:

    • An initial payment of 25% is due upon signing the contract for your Normerica Timber Frame Shell Package. This payment triggers the scheduling of production dates for the manufacture of all aspects of your home. Please note, prime delivery dates in the spring and summer are often filled by February and March.
    • A further production payment of 25% is required on approval of final review drawings, or a predetermined date based on the contracted delivery date (whichever comes earlier). This confirms the production date of your material package.
    • A final payment for the remaining 50% is required prior to the delivery of your package.
Step 7: Selecting Your Home Builder

When deciding who will construct your Normerica timber frame home, the interview and selection of your builder is as important as creating the right design and choosing the right materials. Your Normerica sales representative will spend a significant amount of time helping you with this important selection process. And as always, Normerica gives you options:

1) Choose a Normerica Authorized Builder.

If you are building in an area in which Normerica Authorized Builders operate, we can introduce you to them. Normerica Authorized Builders are experienced professionals who have successfully built many Normerica timber frame homes. Each comes with solid references.

2) Find a builder with our help.

If you’re building in an area not served by a Normerica Authorized Builder and you don’t have a preferred contractor, we can help you find and qualify the right one. Any experienced custom home builder, with our assistance, can build a Normerica Timber Frame Home. And every home we sell comes with a highly experienced Normerica Technical Representative who can work with your builder during the critical stages of construction.

3) Use your favourite builder.

If you already have a favourite builder with whom you have worked in the past, but who has never built a Normerica Timber Frame Home, that’s okay. Any experienced custom home builder, with our assistance, can build a Normerica Timber Frame Home. And just to be sure, we’ve developed a detailed construction checklist to which we can refer when discussing your project with your builder.

4) Use Normerica’s in-house Construction Services Department.

Depending on the location, timing and size of your project, our highly experienced staff can provide you with a full range of construction services, from timber frame or package erection to the complete construction of your entire home.

Step 8: On-Site Construction

Soon after you’ve ordered the production of your Normerica Timber Frame Shell Package, your builder will prepare the site and foundation for its arrival.

Once your material shell package arrives, the shell will be installed. This includes rough framing, timber framing, installation of exterior wall panels, roof system, windows and doors, mechanical rough-ins and installation of your insulation.

Finally, the finishing touches begin. These include installation of drywall, painting and staining, installation of flooring and decking, completion of siding and stone work, installation of plumbing and electrical fixtures and completion of millwork and countertops. Once done, you’re ready to move in!

Get started today.

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