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Earlier this year, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (also known as the GVHBA) became the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (or HAVAN). As a proud member of the organization, Draft On Site is looking forward to a number of partnerships with HAVAN throughout 2019.   HAVAN and its services HAVAN is intended to support Homebuilders and Homeowners in Vancouver, as well as connect the two groups. On...

Last year, the BC Building Code for 2018 was released. A new Building Code can lead to many questions and concerns regarding your new home construction project, or your renovation. Below, we go over the most common questions we are asked, giving you the answers you need to navigate your build in spite of the changes. Is my project covered by the BC Building...

We have discussed VR Home Design and Real Estate quite a bit over the past months, touching on everything from how it can draw millennial buyers to how it can help homeowners visualize secondary suites. With the popularity of VR, it will clearly continue to be part of Home Design and Real Estate for years to come. Therefore, today, we are looking at VR’s...

In recent years, we have seen a shift in Custom Home Design, with many of our clients wanting to make their homes more eco-friendly. One of the best ways to do this is through the materials used to build a new home. Look for materials that minimize your environmental impact, such as recycled products. Not sure which materials fall into this category? We are featuring 12...

Buying a character home can be exciting. Renovating a character home in Vancouver, however, can feel overwhelming. It does not have to, though. With a few simple tips, the process can be quite smooth. That is why, today, we are going through nine tips to assist you with your renovation. 9 Tips for Renovating your Character Home in Vancouver 1. Figure out which features designate your...

Matterport Scans have not been around as long as photos. Despite being the new kid on the block, however, Matterport is already a favourite for home buyers. Why do people prefer these scans to photos? Why Matterport Scans are More Appealing to Buyers than Photos 1. Matterport Scans give a better sense of a home From colour to size to layout, photos can distort the look of...

Vancouver heritage homes are very popular right now. Not only are these homes gorgeous, but they have been deemed architecturally and historically significant. There can, however, require some work. Fortunately, if you have recently purchased a Vancouver heritage home, you may be eligible for conservation grants for your renovations and repairs. Vancouver Heritage Homes May be Eligible for These Grants There are a variety of grants...

If you are doing an energy efficient renovation in your Vancouver home, now is the time to consider a heat pump. Why is that? The City of Vancouver and Efficiency BC have teamed up to offer rebates for heat pump installations. To help you take advantage of these rebates, we have put together information on what is available, who is eligible and how to apply. Why Add...

Virtual reality is revolutionizing everything from education to shopping to gaming, especially for Millennials. Tending to be early adopters of new technology and generally comfortable with making purchases online, Millennials are embracing virtual reality across many aspects of their lives. This is making Millennials quite different from previous generations, especially when it comes to purchasing real estate.   How Millennials are using virtual reality to...

Owning a character home can be a dream, especially for Vancouverites who love classical architecture. Buying a character home, however, comes with its own range of challenges. In October we spoke about these challenges and more at the Vancouver Home Show’s Ask the Experts panel. Now, we want to share some of the key information we discussed about character homes with you. What is...

In September, the City of Vancouver introduced new RS duplex zoning changes. What is this legislation and what does it mean? Today, we are going through the implications of the legislation, reviewing the advantages it offers you and the regulations you will now face. What do the RS duplex zoning changes mean?   The RS in the zoning changes refers to the City’s low-density, single-family neighbourhoods....

On October 17th, non-medical cannabis was legalized. If you are considering entering the non-medical cannabis retail market in Vancouver, however, there are a number of licenses you will need, including the British Columbia Cannabis Retail Store Licence. Part of the application process requires providing information on your retail location’s floor plan and site plan. Applying for British Columbia Cannabis Retail Store Licences for your...

VR design offers a whole new way of approaching home renovations. Adding a secondary suite to your home is a big project – and it can be hard to imagine how it will look when it is finished. That is where VR design comes in. With VR design, homeowners are able to visualize their secondary suite before a shovel has even broken ground. In...

Stop Work Orders – a boundless source of stress for homeowners. We have written a lot about Stop Work Orders in the past, covering everything from horror stories to tips for avoiding them. In spite of this, we continue to see homeowners who have received Stop Work Orders – and hear the devastating consequences of receiving them. This month, we created a three-part series about...

Stop Work Orders may be scary, but they are completely preventable. If you follow a few simple steps, you will not have to worry about Stop Work Orders at all. Not sure why you want to avoid Stop Work Orders? This month, we created a three-part series about Stop Work Orders Check out the other blogs in this three-part series: 4 Perfect Examples of Why...

Welcome to the third part in our Stop Work Orders series! This month, we created a three-part series about Stop Work Orders We have already tackled 4 Perfect Examples of Why to Take Stop Work Orders Seriously and Why Stop Orders Happen and How To Prevent Them. Today, we are wrapping up with a look at the consequences of working without the appropriate Permits. Some...

Virtual reality design technology is on track to change how Vancouver approaches custom home design. Its capabilities, however, can also be utilized in the home renovation industry. We believe that VR will revolutionize the home renovation process for both homeowners and renovation professionals.     How Virtual Reality has changed home renovations for homeowners In the past, homeowners often have not been full participants in the...

Here at Draft On Site, we are always looking for new custom home design inspiration. Doing this allows us to bring new concepts to our clients: It keeps our designs fresh and innovative! Recently, we began running a photo contest for our staff on our Facebook Page, which we’ll tell you about below, to encourage our team to share their unique perspectives and capture...

Matterport scan technology is one of the most innovative pieces of technology to ever hit the real estate market, and the building and development industry. Many professionals are still learning the many opportunities Matterport 3D scans and virtual walk-throughs offer, particularly for Contractors, Builders and Realtors. That is why, today, we want to discuss one of the strongest aspects of Matterport for builders and...

We are proud to announce that our talented Designer Tannaz is now Passive House Certified! That means Draft On Site can now design Passive Houses for our clients in the Lower Mainland! Why does that matter? Let us take you through all the details – and you an insight into why we are excited about the Passive House movement. Why being Passive House Certified...