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Our Design Process

The First Meeting

The first step in the process involves a visit to your home or building site. During the visit, we’ll ask a lot of questions about your vision for the project and your budget. This conversation will help us develop a concept and make sure our plans address your needs. We’ll also take a look at some factors that may affect your project, such as topography and sun and light exposure. If you’re building a new home or an addition, we’ll look for ways to maximize views and privacy.

Preliminary Designs

We’ll create a set of preliminary home design drawings based on our discussion. The drawings will include elevations and detailed floor plans that will allow you to see how the design will flow. Upon request, we can provide state-of-the-art 3D model views so you don’t have to try to imagine what the finished project will look like.

We’ll give you plenty of time to review the floor plans and make any changes to the design concepts and plans. If you realize you’d like to add a feature at this stage, we’ll look for ways to integrate it without significantly affecting your budget.

Working Drawings

Once you approve the preliminary designs, we’ll create a set of comprehensive details plans that are suitable for rendering, permits and construction. The plans will include:

  • Site plan
  • Foundation
  • Floor plans
  • Elevations
  • Cross sections
  • Details for building permit approval
  • Complete construction assemblies, including energy efficient requirements


When it’s time to start the project, we’ll provide you with a list of contractors who can bid on the work, if you desire. Because we work extensively in the Southern Vancouver Island area, we’re familiar with zoning ordinances and local bylaws, and we’ll use our knowledge to make sure your project proceeds without a hitch. We’ll even consult with surveyors, engineers and other project consultants and work with city and municipal officials on your behalf.