Additions & Renovations

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Design Process

ADDITIONS & RENOVATIONS
1. The Initial Meeting with Your Designer
  • discuss the scope of your project
  • discuss your priorities and objectives
  • review the designer’s qualifications
  • review the design process
  • discuss your budget and timeline for construction
  • determine what permits are required for your project
  • determine what drawings or plans may be available for the designer’s reference or if site measures and drawings are required at the onset
A legal survey will be required for additions prior to commencing building permit drawings.
2. The Design Fee Proposal
  • Following the initial meeting, your designer will provide a design fee proposal specific to the scope of your project outlining:
    1. the scope of the project and a description of the specific design services
    2. deposit amount
    3. all applicable fees
    4. the payment schedule
  • Written approval and deposit are required to initiate work.
3. Municipal Zoning and Building Bylaw Review
  • A review of the current municipal zoning and building bylaws is necessary to determine if your proposed addition/renovation is permitted by your municipality. It is advantageous to have your designer review the municipal requirements prior to developing the Design Concept.
  • When the proposed addition/renovation is permitted in your municipality, then you can move forward with developing the Design Concept.
  • If your addition/renovation is not permitted by your municipality, then you will need to either revise the project to comply with the municipal requirements or apply for a variance with your municipality to have your design accepted.
  • This review will also determine if any aspects of the existing home are required to be upgraded to comply with the current by-laws and building codes.
4. Building Code Review
  • A review of the current BC building code is necessary to ensure that the various aspects of your project comply with that code. Your designer will generally review the building code throughout the design phases.
5. Concept Development
  • Design Concept Meeting
    1. further discuss your ideas, aesthetic preferences and budget
    2. further discuss your priorities and objectives
  • Review your ‘must haves list’ and ‘wish list’ of features you would like to include in your design and discuss your priorities for each item.
    1. discuss your requirements for the functional aspects of the new space
    2. discuss any considerations for future projects
    3. your timeline for construction
  • Review any collection of photos, drawings or product literature you may have.
  • Following the Design Concept Meeting, your designer will prepare preliminary sketches or 3D perspectives and a specification sheet of finishes and fixtures including images and samples.
  • Presentation Meeting
    1. Further review the Design Concept, design sketches and specifications prepared by your designer.
    2. Discuss any revisions or changes you have and finalize the design concept and specification sheet of the selected finishes and fixtures.
6. Interior Design Drawings
  • Once the design concept and specifications are finalized, the designer will prepare a set of drawings that typically include:
    1. detailed Floor Plans: fully dimensioned
    2. detailed Elevations: fully dimensioned
  • Floor material plans: indicating floor finishes (can be included on detailed floor plan)
    1. reflected ceiling plans: showing ceiling and lighting layout
    2. electrical plans: showing receptacles, lighting and switches
7. Building Permit Package
  • A legal survey provided by a registered BC land surveyor is typically required to be included in the permit application package.
  • Depending on the scope of your project, the municipality may require you to employ professional services of a structural engineer for the design of structural components, and/or a geotechnical engineer for components such as excavations and soil bearing, and/or a building envelope consultant for the design of the building’s exterior envelope.
  • Building Permit Drawings are typically required and vary in complexity but typically include:
    1. Detailed Site Plan: fully dimensioned
    2. Detailed Floor Plans: fully dimensioned
    3. Detailed Building Cross Sections: fully dimensioned
    4. Detailed Construction Details: fully dimensioned
    5. Detailed Elevations: fully dimensioned
8. Optional Services
  • 3D Renderings
    1. If requested, your designer can provide 3D renderings to assist you to visualize what your new addition/renovation will look like.
    2. The Designer’s fee for 3D renderings can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate.
  • Bidding
    1. The designer can assist you in the budgeting for the construction of your project.
    2. The Designer’s fee for bidding can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate.
  • Project Management
    1. Consultation and correspondence with site general contractor or subtrades
    2. Client consultation and correspondence
  • Site visits and inspections
    1. File management and maintenance of project notes
    2. Administrative tasks such as couriers and detailed invoicing
    3. Review of shop drawings and supplier quotes from the contractor
  • The Designer’s fee for project management can be included in the designer’s fixed fee or charged at an hourly rate as required.

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