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 custom homes. 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.


It was an incredible and positive experience working with Rockhaven. From the first day we met Albert and Jesse we knew we were in good hands. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this beautiful home you built.

George and Nicole


True to your word, our home was completed on the exact day you had forecast 7 months earlier with a 6 month build time. The fact that it came in under original budget was icing on the cake.

We want to sincerely thank you for the genuine care you and your entire family and crew took with us.

Paul & Mary S-D.


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

Sergio and Carolin P.

Zimmerman / architect for St. Elias

…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)


This is our fourth new build home. What confirmed that we had made a great decision choosing a Rockhaven home was the lack of issues we had to resolve once we moved in: Zero!

David & Phyllis S.

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

Lisa and Allan V-H.

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

Norm & Heather L.

Community Living Dufferin

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

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

Cindy A and Kreso M.

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

Brent F.

…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.

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.


Without hesitation we recommend you have Rockhaven build your custom home. … We literally have no complaints because every time we wanted something done, Rockhaven carefully listened to us and made it happen.

Amanda and Clint

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

Josh and Karen H.


With Rockhaven you’re not only getting a professional partnership, with accurate quoting, on time deliverables, and strong craftsmanship, but the whole team goes the extra mile to create a seamless and stress-free process for their clients. … if we were to build another home, Rockhaven would be our first choice.

Maggi and Kevin


We are over the moon with our new home. Thank you so much for giving us a wonderful experience and a gorgeous home.

Bert and Ruth

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.


Both Albert and Jesse provided excellent suggestions for changes that enhanced the appearance and overall result of our home.

Dr. David K.

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

Don and Mary-Kathryn M.


…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.


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

Dennis & Laurel R.


…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.


…Thank you, we are still in awe…

Dave B.


…our family cannot express how impressed we are with the quality of build. And how attentive and focused all of your staff have been.

Shaun & Sherry M.


We are very happy with the outcome and would recommend Rockhaven Homes to anyone when considering building a custom home.

Iain M.


Timelines were always clearly communicated, and their step-by-step building process was 1st class. We have now been in our home for over 4 years, and could not be happier.

Greg & Michelle


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

Theodore L.

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

Tim and Sharon R.

Dickinson + Hicks Architects

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

Dickinson + Hicks Architects

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

Preston and Kim R.

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.


…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.


Rockhaven worked hard to achieve our goals, they paid close attention to the numerous details, and minimized surprises by listening well.

David and Kelly K.

Parish of St. Joseph

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 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.

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.


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.

Ed and Zoe

Their attention to detail was exceptional. The process was well organized and clearly laid out, which was very helpful with such a big and important project.

Ed and Zoe


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

Joe and Antonietta S.

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.

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.


We were impressed with the whole process, so detailed, organized and clearly laid out; each step was documented so we understood where we were and what the budget was.

Kiera, Mike & Andy K.


Building a dream home is a significant life experience and choosing the right home builder is a critical life decision. Rockhaven, through their professionalism and dedication, turned our intimidation of the build process into comfort.

Alanna B. & Thomas 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.


One of the details we appreciated most was the overall accuracy with budgeting for our new home.

Derek & Billie Jo M.


If you are considering Rockhaven … you need look no further. The team has what you need to build a beautiful finished product on time and on budget.

Brian and Lisa C.


Special thanks to Melissa, who was always helpful and patient with us. Jordan continues to amaze us with his knowledge and his speedy response to all our concerns. Jesse and Albert were amazing to deal with. They truly care about their customers.

Joe and Donna C.

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

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