Custom Home Design

People have custom homes designed for a variety of reasons, but most often because they cannot find a stock plan that suits their particular needs or the specific requirements of their lot. Spectacular view lots requiring that the view be fully utilized, steeply sloping lots which do not allow conventional house types to be easily used, special floor plan configurations requiring particular room arrangements to satisfy your lifestyle, a building lot with covenant or easement restrictions, these are all factors which may dictate the need for a custom design.

Design Process

In designing your home we have a well established format that has been developed over time to not only simplify the process, but also to ensure that we have the best possible chance of satisfying all your needs.

1. Initial Meeting

In order to prepare for our first meeting we suggest that you do some "homework" so that you are better prepared to accurately convey your needs.

Things we suggest are:

  • measure the room sizes of your current house, or have a copy of a plan that you like that reflects the room sizes you prefer.
  • measure the items of furniture that you will be re-using. We want to make sure that everything not only fits, but does so in a functional way.
  • if you property has desirable views, consider which rooms you wish to take best advantage of those views. In this regard also consider where the best use can be made of available sunlight and how to integrate the sun and views to best advantage.
  • give serious thought to your own needs- what rooms do you really want or need- how many bedrooms or bathrooms - how should your Kitchen be arranged, etc.
  • get a series of photographs that reflect the exterior "character" of the house that you are after. These should be in context, an eighty foot wide house on a forty foot wide lot obviously does not work. A good idea is to look around your local area as these houses should reflect what is possible under the bylaws in your area.
  • give some thought to the heating system you want as different types of heating can have an impact on your overall building height, and a change half way through the process may result in height problems at the city.
  • be sure that you have all the relevant information regarding your property. You should come armed with the following:
    • Legal and topographical plan of your property ( or a Lot Grading Plan if you are in a new subdivision)
    • know your zoning
    • have information with regards to any Restrictive Covenants that may be applicable to your property.