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Custom Designed or Prefab

  As the authorized Linwood Custom Homes dealer on the Sunshine Coast, we are your one stop prefab home experts. Whether your interested in a new custom designed luxury home or a more modest eco friendly bungalow, we are here to help make your dream home a reality.

Canada’s Prefab Custom Home builders for over 50 years.

Emerald Forest Homes  offers a hassle free and cost effective alternative for home buyers on the Sunshine Coast from 

Powell River to Langdale and on the North Shore from Whistler to Deep Cove.

What a Team.

 At Emerald Forest Homes we combine local building expertise with a proven building system. With over 10,000 Linwood Homes completed worldwide, we take the guess work out of your building project.



The Process

 The design and build of a custom prefab home can be one of the most  rewarding experiences of a lifetime. However, the process can often be challenging and time-consuming. Emerald Forest Homes is here to  guide you through each stage of the experience. Explore below for  insight into the planning, designing, financing, and building of your  new custom prefab home.

Step 1 - Planning

    Often when planning a budget, researching the cost associated with  developing the land does not get the attention it deserves. By planning ahead   in regards to building permits and the cost to  obtain them, you will have a more accurate idea of the actual completed costs. Emerald Forest Homes can assist in obtaining permits.


When selecting your property, research whether water, power, and  electric are already on the lot. It can cost thousands of dollars to  hook into utilities. It is considerably less expensive hooking up to  utilities already stubbed into the site, rather than having to go into  the street to make a connection. This involves the cost of digging up to  and into the street as well as repairing it. A site with lots of trees  means at least some tree removal, which can be expensive and therefore  should be factored into the budget from the outset.

Always have soil tests don on the part of the site where you plan to  build before you commit to the location and begin building. Finding out  during construction that the area you plan to build on is bedrock or  has underground water will throw you off budget, especially if you need  to pick a new location.

Step 2 - Design

The professional design team at Emerald Forest Homes can assist you in Selecting  a plan from our extensive menu of home design choices to create a custom house plan to fit you perfectly and to match your needs to one of the hundreds of unique Linwood plans in our library. Then  we will assist you in further personalizing that house plan into your custom home design by selecting a level of customization at an  affordable price. Knowledgeable designers can produce new home plans  that incorporate those designs. Your new home is a statement of your lifestyle. Express your personal  tastes through architectural style, home design and floor plan  selection. Then choose from an array of quality building materials to create your own custom dream home.


Non-structural changes may include siding, millwork,  windows, doors, hardware and many other architectural details. Home  style changes are easy—and very affordable—within this level.


Add a basement, garage,  deck, balcony or porch to enhance your custom home. You can move  non-load bearing interior walls to open up your living area or create  the perfect storage space. Add a Sun Room or a dormer to bring in more  warmth and natural light. These changes are more affordable than you may  think!

Accommodate that dream kitchen or  master bedroom suite. Stretch or shrink a portion of the home. Add a  wing. Change wall heights to create a soaring ceiling. Alter the window  configuration to impact the ‘personality’ of your home. 

Custom Homes

Linwood designers have had  decades of experience creating award-winning unique home plans that  begin from a sketch on a napkin, a conversation with the professionals at Emerald Forest Homes or an  architect’s rendering.


You can start to design and build  your own home from scratch by working with one of our in-house  designers, or have your architect work directly with Linwood. After 50 years in  the business, we have experience with every kind of scenario. Our  primary goal is always your complete satisfaction. 

Step 3 - Production and Financing

Your final construction drawings will help you receive accurate contractor bids, obtain building permits and prepare your foundation. One of the Emerald Forest Homes consultants can provide construction estimates, recommend builders, guide the project through required permits – and even serve as a liaison between buyer and builder throughout the construction process.

Financing: Construction Loans

One of the most important  factors in successfully building your new home is obtaining the construction loan. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • When you  apply for your construction loan, apply for more than you will need. Running out of money before the project is complete can be disastrous.

  • Don’t make expensive changes after construction begins. An ounce of planning can save you cash and stress.

  • The bank typically pays out your construction loan in four to ten draws, after proof  is shown that the specified phase is complete. Draw schedules are normally back-ended, requiring you to go into the project with start-up cash of  your own.

  • Make sure your financial package is complete before visiting the lender. Complete all required forms and provide as much information as you can, including cross-sections of the home and a specification of details and blowups of key areas. This will also help the builders give you accurate estimates of building costs.

  • If possible, apply for a Permanent-to-Construction Loan (or convertible loan). This eliminates additional closing costs by putting both the construction loan and long-term mortgage in one loan. Shop carefully for the best rates.

Step 4 - Delivery and Construction

You’ve made it through the first steps of the new home building process — planning, design and production. You have transformed your ideas into a floor plan that meets your needs, selected a reliable home builder, have financing ready and all your building permits are in hand. You are now ready to learn about the final stage: Delivery & Construction.

When you are completely satisfied with your chosen home design, you will sign off on your final set of plans and authorize the shipment of your building materials kit. Then you will work with Emerald Forest Homes to set a date for your building materials package delivery.


Unloading the Linwood building materials is an  exciting time for everyone involved in bringing your new home to life.  Emerald Forest Homes will be on hand at the delivery to complete an inventory and  make sure that your dream home building project is off to a strong  start. Then it is time to let your home builder get to work!


This phase begins with the arrival of  your home building materials and is completed when your custom home  builder applies the last piece of trim and the landscaping is done.  There are many steps to the actual building process, from the ground  breaking, foundation and framing, to the plumbing, flooring and interior  trim. Before you know it, it is time to move in—and finish the  landscaping, and of course to have friends and family over to share in the grand opening celebration of your new Dream Home.


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Emerald Forest Homes

Gibsons, BC

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