Before we begin designing, our team obtains a detailed understanding of:
This is the most important part of the pre-design process: getting to know you. A custom home or renovation needs to be inspired by the people who will experience it every day. We ask you to complete a Wish List questionnaire so we can get a strong understanding of your functional requirements and design style. We also encourage the use of Houzz.com or Pinterest to discover inspiration images that will help us connect visuals to your written words.
At this point, we invite you to a Wish List meeting in person (or via Skype) to further understand who you are as homeowners and as people. Great custom home design is about creating a home that truly reflects the people inside: their lifestyle, their hobbies, their passions. In other words, our mission is to give your home a soul. See how David captured his family and their lifestyle in his custom home.
Our design philosophy is based on “organic architecture”: letting the property influence the design. An essential pre-design activity is visiting the site where your future home or renovation will be. We carefully evaluate the property -- views, orientation, topography, vegetation, neighbouring buildings. For renovation projects, we take detailed measurements and photographs in order to create “as-built” drawings of the existing home. For large rural properties, we use a drone to fully evaluate the property. We also order a topographic survey: a boundary survey that examines property elevation, location of trees, servicing information (water/sewer connections), etc. This will be required during the permit process, but we order it early on as it is an important design tool.
Every property is governed by a unique set of rules called zoning bylaws. These rules include required distance from property lines, square footage maximums, height restrictions, and so on. Additional rules could apply if your property is within a regulated conservation area or heritage district. We research the municipal rules that apply to your property and create a detailed zoning review prior to starting the design.