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Many people think they should build their Custom Home first and worry about getting an Interior Designer later.  That, however, could not be further from the truth.  In reality, you should hire your Interior Designer when you are going through your initial Building Design, long before you ever break ground. Here are five key reasons why. The Advantages Of Hiring An Interior Designer At The Beginning Of...

Are you considering Custom Home Design for your next build, but want to know more about the process? Looking for more information about how we work?  Here is a summary of the steps that make up Draft On Site’s Custom Home Design process.   The 8 Steps In Our Custom Home Design Process  1. Consultation  The first part of our Design process is getting to know you. We will...

While a Net-Zero house involves a higher up-front cost than traditional builds, over time it will pay for itself.  But how long does that take? Are we talking one year? Ten? A hundred?  Today, we explore the financial side of Net-Zero homes.   Why A Net-zero Home Costs More  There are a few reasons a Net-Zero home costs more upfront than a traditional build. These include:  1. Better quality materials  Net-Zero...

Draft On Site now has an in-house Interior Design team! We have already introduced you to the team members. Today, we want to introduce you to some of the 2019 Interior Design trends that resonate with our team.  8 Of Our Favourite 2019 Interior Design Trends   1. Rich palettes             View this post on Instagram                         A post shared by Covet House (@covethouse_) on Jun 14, 2019 at 6:07am PDT   Rich...

These days we are surrounded by Interior Design imagery. It is everywhere from social media to magazines to television shows. With so many inspirations, it can feel like DIY Interior Design is the way to go. In the end, though, DIY Interior Design is not as easy – or cost-effective – as it may appear to be. Why DIY Interior Design Can Cost You...

What’s the best way to achieve a seamless flow between the interior and exterior of your Custom Home? And why does doing so matter? A well designed Custom Home in Vancouver should have continuity between the interior and exterior, as well as the integration of the artistic into the structural, in order to help the homeowner feel connected to the home’s identity. While most Custom Home...

The BC Energy Step Code is now in place in a number of cities across British Columbia. Step Code is important and it means changes for new homes and major renovations being built now and in the future. How will it affect you and your Custom Home Design? What future government initiatives do you need to keep in mind? Today, we are covering everything...

With the introduction of the new BC Energy Step Code, all homes having to be Net-Zero ready in the coming years, and the climate change crisis, building or renovating a house can feel overwhelming. Should you make your home energy efficient or Net-Zero? Will that be affordable? What standards do you need to meet? This is where Custom Home Design can help!   Why now...

A new building wrap can make a significant difference in your home’s energy usage, your comfort, and your health. Why is that the case? And when is the best time to upgrade your building wrap? Today, we are tackling the important topic of building wrap to help you plan your next set of renovations. The importance of building wrap Building wrap can seem like...

The BC Energy Step Code is already in place for builds in most BC cities. By 2032, however, all homes in Canada must be Net-Zero. That means many Homeowners will have to make major renovations before then. What are these renovations – and when is the best time to do them? Take a page from Step Code for your renovations The Step Code is...

Restoring an old home can be exciting and fun… or a nightmare. Either way, the process is expensive, costing both time and money. That is why we think it is time for a frank conversation about this endeavour. The costs of restoring an old home Right now, you’ll find a series of recent news articles about “free” character homes being available. These homes are...

In April 2017, the provincial government adopted the BC Energy Step Code. While the Step Code has been embraced by many Cities, Builders, Designers and Homeowners, there are some people who have asked why it was created in the first place. Here at Draft On Site, we believe in the importance of Step Code and want to share why we see it as such...

Windows and doors have a significant impact on your Custom Home Design in Vancouver. While there are numerous points of impact, there are four key areas of focus. These are: Air Tightness Insulation Value Design Cost Here is how these four elements come together, to help you achieve your ideal Custom Home Design. Key ways windows and doors impact your Custom Home Design in...

Draft On Site is now offering white label Design services to Contractors in the Greater Vancouver Area. Contractors that have worked with in-house Designers have likely encountered a number of issues that can arise with this approach. We heard from many Contractors and are now white-labelling our Design services. That means we do the designs, with your company’s logo on the finished product. Here...

With the BC Energy Step Code in place, now is the perfect time to give your Vancouver home an energy efficient renovation! But what is included in such a renovation? There are several components that make up an energy efficient renovation. This article breaks down what these components are – and the impact they have on the finished home. The Key Components Of Your...

Building a custom home is exciting! At the same time, the process can feel intimidating, especially if you have not been through it before. In our experience, there are seven important steps to building a custom home with your Vancouver Home Designer… and an additional 10 steps to take BEFORE you begin the building process. The 10 Steps Before You Begin Building A Custom...

The BC Energy Step Code has now been in place for over a year. However, we find many clients are still confused about how the Step Code works and what level is in place for them, mostly because each City implements its own rules about how the Step Code applies to residential construction locally. Here, we address which “Steps” are in place in several...