BREAKING THINGS DOWN
From site planning and zoning analysis to design guidelines and variances, what we learn together during our initial consultation informs & simplifies our process together. Our initial consultation is a casual conversation in which we take the time to get to know the way you live and your distinct taste - a wish-list of sorts. We will also discuss your desired construction budget, possible builder, site conditions, etc. All aspects of the design + build are considered to create a beautifully functional home tailored to your budget and lifestyle.
Once we've received all necessary documentation for your project and established your vision, we begin the design phase. We work together through two primary design stages - floor plans and exterior elevations.
Creating a layout that works with your site and lifestyle is key to the success of the design. This stage takes the most time because we’re also thinking ahead to the exterior vision.
Our plans include built-in cabinetry, decorative ceiling details and even furniture placement to help visualize the space. Once the layout and details of the floor plans are complete, we move to the exterior elevation drawings.
Your exterior design reflects your style and personality. We draw all four exterior views of your home with these details in mind.
To finalize the design, we discuss the construction options and energy efficiency that will go into the house. We then create a 3D model and discuss options for exterior colours and materials. Then, with your approval, we put the finishing touches on your design and finalize the construction drawings.
With each stage, we work through details and suggestions until you are completely satisfied before moving on to the next stage.
3. Construction Documents
Your final plans will include a site plan, zoning analysis, a 3D view, general construction notes, foundation plan, roof plan, existing floor plans and exterior elevations (for renovations only), floor plans, exterior elevations with material specs, cross-sections, and construction details.
Once the construction documents are complete, they will be sent to a Structural Engineer for a structural plan. We will happily introduce you to one on our team or work with one you have in mind. Together, the architectural and structural plans can then be submitted for permits.
We know the transition from design to construction can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first building experience. Assembling the right team is essential for a smooth and seamless construction process that is consistent with our shared vision for your new home. We will gladly work with you to recommend the right builder for the job if needed and will consult with them every step of the way.