Rockhaven Designs Custom Homes

When you look at the Rockhaven Gallery, you will see there is no “Rockhaven style”.  Each home, like each client, is unique.  Nevertheless, our goal is always the same: to design a client’s dream home, while minimizing surprises and maximizing value.

To achieve this, Rockhaven employs what we call our “Design Plus Program” – a simple and unique process to design and engineer your new home. In a nutshell,  our clients work with one dedicated contact to integrate their ideas with those of excellent and qualified designers, engineers, and vendors, while incorporating Rockhaven’s extensive experience and  knowledge of current building costs, materials, schedules, construction procedures, and design.  Read more about our Design Plus Program.

When a new home is designed and priced, there are numerous features and finishes to consider and to choose from.  We have included below the starting Standard Quality Features of a Rockhaven Home, as well as some of the Additional (Optional) Features that are available.

…Thank you, we are still in awe…

Dave B.

To anyone building a home who wants it to be stress free and rewarding, I would strongly recommend Rockhaven Homes.

Preston and Kim R.

…Albert must be very proud of his son Jesse. I could not imagine a better person to work with on building our home. Just once I would have liked to prove him wrong on a building problem. I never came close.

David and Michelle C.

It made a huge difference that Jesse understood our requests…..We love our home so much. We are happy when we come home and enjoy it. We highly recommend Rockhaven Homes to build your home.

John and Ingrid M.

If you have the opportunity to work with [Rockhaven Homes], take it. You won’t have any regrets.

Cindy A and Kreso M.

You have taken our dream/vision and given it life. … we found this experience effortless and enjoyable.

Lisa and Allan V-H.

I have been amazed at Rockhaven’s co-ordinating skills, impressed by their sub-contractors, and very pleased at the timing.

Parish of St. Joseph, Patron of Canada

…We constantly get flooded with many compliments day after day by our neighbours, passers-by, family and friends…

Joe and Antonietta S.

…the entire experience was a pleasure from beginning to end…

Brent F.

…All of the tradespeople working on our home were skilled and just really nice people to deal with!

Tim and Sharon R.

…Communication was timely and always clear. We very much felt we had control through the entire process…

Dennis & Laurel R.

We would like to express our appreciation for the professionalism shown in the construction of our new home . Your attention to detail as well as your suggestions and recommendations were excellent.

Richard & Marg A.

Our home was built on time, and within budget, without making compromises on quality, our Allowances, or our design. We would recommend Rockhaven Homes without reservation.

Tony & Carol W.

…You completed our project in an amazingly short amount of time and the work site was always safe and clean…

Norm & Heather L.

I have seldom encountered such professionalism and workmanship. We would highly recommend this firm to anyone who wishes to have their dream home built to complete satisfaction.

Paul and Linda C.

His attention to detail, ability to communicate effectively and desire to assist in any way possible was a breath of fresh air. In short, it was a pleasure.

Community Living Dufferin

Every step of the way there was excellent communication from the Rockhaven team which made a potentially stressful process a very fun and exciting time in our lives.

Jamie P.

…They are extremely professional, honest, diligent and really care about getting it just right.

Josh and Karen H.

…It’s a wonderful thing when you can entrust your dreams to someone, who in turn listen to your wants and needs…

Dean & Loretta D.

…I would also like to express how impressed we were with your “after sales” service…

Don and Mary-Kathryn M.

He was very meticulous about going through the plans. He suggested subtle changes to the plans that didn’t threaten the designer’s integrity but at the same time saved on overall price.

Rocco & Ida C.

Rockhaven was able to complete the project on time and on budget. All services were performed promptly and professionally.

Dickinson + Hicks Architects

We truly commend you on an outstanding job on our new home. We absolutely love it. It has been a pleasure working with you.

Susanne & Kevin M.

It was the speed and professionalism…that impressed me about Rockhaven Homes.” … “They are amazing and carry my strongest recommendation.

Theodore L.

Everyone told us that building a custom home is stressful and unpleasant at times when dealing with contractors. This was quite the opposite; Albert made us feel at ease throughout the whole design build process.

Lindsay & Adam G.

…When we started the building process we were told our expected move in date, and that was the date we got our keys and moved in….

Ryan and Kassie M-S.

…We appreciated the calm, unflappable, “can do” approach they brought to every issue large and small…

S.A.R.P.

…The experience, including the budget, was free of unpleasant surprises thanks to excellent communication, solid organization, and Rockhaven’s network of skilled and honest tradespeople…

Mark & Cristina D.

Both Dawn and I were, and continue to be, impressed with the quality of the home and are enjoying it immensely with our family.

Martin & Dawn K.

…Rockhaven helped walk the project through all zoning and permit offices for full approval to build a residence on a cemetery and church property in an area which had been frozen to development…

Adam Zimmerman (architect for the St. Elias Parish House)

Quality Standard Features

At Rockhaven Homes our goal is to build your new home as solid as a Rock, a true Haven for your family. Rockhaven standards are higher, and all these features exceed or meet the Ontario Building Code. All the quality features listed below are chosen to meet this goal, and are included in what we call a “Quality Standard” Rockhaven home.

As of 2018, these include:

1. It all starts with a solid foundation Basement walls 9 inches thick, 20 MPa concrete 2. Stable, high-performance, low-deflection floors Engineered floor joists, glued and nailed 3. Strong, well-insulated exterior walls Two-by-six, R-24 exterior framing, c/w codeboard 4. Taller walls, with more expansive living space Main floor wall height of 9’ 5. Large, open-concept layout Engineered, clear-span trusses 6. Steeper, taller, more appealing rooflines Roof pitch of 8/12 7. Long-lasting, attractive, textured roof shingles Life-time warranty, architectural shingles 8. Welcoming, protected front entrance, c/w useful space below Covered front porch, c/w cold storage below 9. Warm, dent-resistant, rust-proof exterior doors Exterior doors are fiberglass construction 10. Energy Star windows, available in 4 styles (casement, etc.) Vinyl, low-e, argon-filled, energy-efficient windows 11. Large basement windows 4, poured-in-place, 47” x 23”, basement windows 12. A large, useful garage that easily fits 2 cars/trucks Two-car garage, interior dimensions of 22’ x 23’ 13. Quiet, secure, insulated garage overhead doors Insulated garage doors, belt-drive openers, key-less entry 14. Long-lasting, weather-proof, window and door openings All openings sealed, clad, insulated, and caulked 15. Low-maintenance, solid, clay masonry exterior Clay brick, residential size with over 50 colour/style blends 16. Durable, sloped, long-length stone sills One-piece, natural stone sills, up to 8’ in length 17. Well-insulated, properly vented, trussed attic spaces R-50, blown-in attic insulation 18. Pleasing, low-profile, textured ceilings throughout “California knock-down” finish on (most) ceilings 19. Wide choice of quality flooring, customized for each client Quality hardwood (engineered), ceramic and carpet flooring 20. Attractive, tiled, showers and baths, both ensuite and main Ceramic-tiled showers, with skirted deck tubs 21. Strong, durable, long-lasting, wall-sheathing for ceramic tile Cement board wall-sheathing installed in all shower areas 22. Attractive, durable plumbing fixtures, with full warranty Name-brand, quality plumbing fixtures 23. Pleasing interior door choices, with textured, wood-grain appearance Choice of 4 styles of textured/smooth, painted interior doors 24. Natural, wood casing and baseboard throughout Larger, more substantial wood trim with excellent finish 25. Custom cabinet layout, design, and finishes for each home Custom cabinet Allowance, c/w premium features 26. Quiet, comfortable, high-efficiency, low-maintenance furnace 96% efficient, 2-stage gas furnace with V-S ECM motor 27. Efficient, environmentally-friendly, air-conditioner Seer-13, wall-mounted, A/C unit 28. Fresh, outside air supplied via efficient heat-exchanger Heat-Recovery Ventilation (HRV) unit, simplified 29. Clean, attractive, and efficient, gas fireplace Clear-view, gas fireplace, with tile/wood surround 30. Practical, energy-saving control of home heating and cooling Programmable thermostat, 5-and-2 day control 31. Five convenient vacuum outlets throughout the house Premium central vacuum, with ultra-pack accessories 32. Complete choice in lighting fixtures throughout the house Lighting fixture Allowance, incl. under cabinet lighting 33. Well-planned, rough-in (only) basement washroom 3-piece, rough-in, drains and vents for washroom 34. Extensive, established, third-party warranty protection Tarion (Ontario New Home) Warranty Protection

All the features listed above meet and typically exceed Ontario Building Code standards. At Rockhaven, we build your home as solid as a Rock, a true custom Haven for your family for years to come.

Additional (Optional) Features

There are numerous additional features to consider when building your new home. Below we have listed a few of the more common features that people like to include. These are priced on an individual, custom basis.

Additional (Optional) features include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cathedral ceiling(s)
  2. Large garage (3-car or more)
  3. Large covered concrete(or PT) porch
  4. Ext. living space (covered), or Deck (uncovered)
  5. Columns (add'l), railing, stairs
  6. Columns, deck, railing, stairs upgrade
  7. Dormers
  8. Increased roof pitch (more than 8/12)
  9. Main floor greater than 9'
  10. Second floor greater than 8'
  11. Exterior finishes (stone, pf wood, shakes, etc.)
  12. Gables: in brick, or additional gables
  13. Window upgrades (colour, shape, etc)
  14. Front door feature/upgrade
  15. Exterior door upgrades
  16. Exterior trim features (frieze, shutters)
  17. Shingle/shake upgrade
  18. Interior columns, beams
  19. Interior doors: french, solid, pocket
  20. Taller/wider baseboard and trim
  21. Coffered/tray/crown ceilings
  22. Smooth ceilings throughout
  23. Flooring upgrade (hdwd, slate, specialty)
  24. Feature staircase (shape, finish, iron)
  25. Finished basement staircase, c/w foyer
  1. Larger or feature fireplace
  2. Wood-burning fireplace (c/w chimney)
  3. Cabinet upgrade (finish, height, Lndry, builtins)
  4. Granite countertops (kitchen, ensuite, all)
  5. Kitchen backsplash
  6. Glass shower in ensuite/washrooms
  7. Plumbing upgrade (whirlpool, fixture type)
  8. Additional bathroom (c/w bath/shower)
  9. Radiant heating (ensuite/washrooms)
  10. Hot-water recirculation (for faucets)
  11. Water treatment (softener, RO)
  12. Additional potlights (int. and ext.)
  13. Finished basement washroom (3-piece)
  14. Finished portion of basement
  15. Open concept (steel beams) in basement
  16. Taller basement walls (8'-10")
  17. Basement walkout
  18. Garage to basement stairwell
  19. Basement in-floor radiant heating
  20. Framed, insulated, basement ext. walls
  21. Garage finish (drywall, paint, trim)
  22. Generator backup wiring layout
  23. Geothermal heating
  24. Smart Home Technology