- What is “light green construction”?
Light green construction is our own terminology in order to
classify Evergreen’s environmentally responsible entrance
level option in terms of design and actual choice of green
products within a 21st century type of structure. We utilize
energy star products and ratings along with certain key
elements such as our sip panels and other high efficiency
type materials and equipment. We pay particular attention to
our products in regards to embodied energy and overall
performance. Please see our green section for further info.
What is a shell package or kit?
The shell package begins with engineering, full drawings
with ease of construction
in mind. The best the industry has to offer is utilized to
put together kits that include detailed instructions and
complete materials required in order to build a country home
shell from exterior and interior walls, floor and roof
systems, windows and doors, and complete exterior finishing.
The material list that comes with the packages is
comprehensive to help self-builders, but full construction
management service is available within 2 hours of our
What are the options for exterior
Many options are available for rustic exterior finishes
or low maintenance products. Our standard kits come with
pre-finished wood siding (Canexel). Upgrades (pre-finished
pine, natural pine, log…) are also available and can be
Can I build this myself?
Yes, that is the most economical choice for people who
enjoy hands on projects. Our panelized system is well suited
for self-builders since the panels are quick & easy to
assemble. Our professional support staff is available to
assist you with the project. Also, our support documentation
is designed with self-builders in mind. Should extra on site
consultation be required, one of our associate experienced
construction managers can be called upon at a reasonable
rate in order to assist in whatever way deemed necessary by
What if we are out of your area?
Framing crews will most likely not be able to erect your
shell if your project is outside of our area. Our managers
could be available, however, all depending on distance and
timing. We can help you find local trades or contractors as
over the years, we have established relationships with
contractors in most key regions of Ontario & Quebec. Let us
help you find the RIGHT contractor at the RIGHT price within
Can we choose our own design or can we
Yes to both. Designs can be modified, enlarged or
created to suit your particular needs. The prices are always
efficient due to our purchase power and construction
methods. And remember that all design fees are always
applied to your package price.
Can we buy construction plans only?
On occasion, we may be willing to sell particular plans.
Please send us E-mail or call us should you require further
information on that subject. By the way, you would receive
full credit for the cost of the plans should you decide
later to purchase a shell package from our company.
What about decks and porches, are they
Porch structure & support are always included in
standard pressure treated lumber. Decking surfaces and
railings options are pressure treated material and cedar.
Screen porches are included but the screens and screen doors
are excluded. These items are better purchased locally at
most hardware stores.
Why do you use a pier foundation on your
model home? Can we have a basement instead?
The piers we encourage people to use are engineered steel
systems that are economical to use and most importantly for
many, create very little disturbance to your soil and
natural surroundings. The equipment used can travel almost
anywhere and be utilized on some of the most difficult sites
around making it cost effective, fast and simple. However,
should your budget and site allow for excavation, backfill
and a full foundation or crawlspace, your drawings can be
modified. Please contact us for further details.
What about shipping costs?
Shipping costs are included within 2 hours of Ottawa,
Ontario. Quotes can be provided on demand for other areas
based on distance and fuel costs.
What are your payment methods?
Usually, 15% is required on
contract signature (exceptions may apply), an additional 35%
at 60 days before delivery and the balance by certified
cheque or bank draft (50%) before delivery.
Should we be able to accommodate our of
area clients, final payment (by certified cheque, bank draft
or bank transfer) will be expected 2 days before delivery.
Do you do additions or renovations?
We have, in the past, and continue to work
on large additions / renovations. It all depends on
distance, timing and availability of our managers and the
crews we work with.
I'm still confused... you say your homes are "pre-engineered" or "panelized". Are they not modular?
We do NOT do modular homes. Modular homes are like trailer
homes, different (lesser) quality and often times either
COMPLETELY assembled outside of Canada or supplied by
"Canadian" companies who are owned by non Canadian groups.
They have to be built very differently due to transportation
restrictions and very good access on roads and building lots
is critical. With the new Ontario Building Code in full
force, some of local municipalities are even frowning (no
permits) on these lately. Lenders will sometimes refuse to
issue mortgages and land developers often refuse modular
homes in their development. Of even greater importance,
there can be a serious resale issue with Modular Type homes
since they can affect resale values to the negative in
developments and communities.
homes, cottages and cabins are CUSTOM designed (at no extra
charge) according to YOUR site, YOUR budget and YOUR
lifestyle. All our materials are purchased locally and we
use local trades... definitely greener, since we're not
transporting our shell packages across very long distances
and much better for our local economy.