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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...

Applying for a Building Permit can be an overwhelming process. We hear a lot of horror stories from people who tried to handle applying for permits on their own. Many expressed that they were not prepared when they went into the permit application process – even if they felt prepared at the time. Often, these individuals found themselves backtracking to consult the proper experts...

Just as VR scans have changed the face of the real estate industry, rough-in scans are poised to revolutionize the home renovation process. Not sure what rough-in scans are? We are here to give you all the details about them – and how they can help you with your Vancouver home design or renovation. What are rough-in scans? Like VR scans, rough-in scans are 3D,...

With cannabis being legalized this year, the City of Vancouver is putting regulations in place around its sale. Many people know there are regulations around who can purchase cannabis – but what about those who want to build and operate a cannabis dispensary in Vancouver? A certain set of permits is required to do so. Here is a snapshot of the information that is...

Now that VR Design and VR scans are on the market, there is a range of new applications appearing for them. One of the applications we are most excited about is home renovations. In the past, there was limited technical support to help Designers and homeowners communicate about home renovations. This has, at times, led to misunderstandings and miscommunications. Now, Virtual Reality is revolutionizing...

Development and Building Permits are vital if you are planning a custom home design in Vancouver, or any City really. In the past, we have discussed many aspects of Development and Building Permits and the permitting process. We have never, however, focused solely on how long it can take to get a Building Permit approved. Today, we are remedying that by having this frank...

Matterport Scans are an important trend emerging in real estate and have become popular with many Developers and Realtors. With more and more Matterport Scans entering the market, however, how do you ensure that yours stands out? We have put together a list of seven tips to help you make that happen – and get your properties the attention they deserve. 7 tips for perfect...

Draft on Site was recently invited to consult with the Sustainability Office of the City of Vancouver. During that meeting, we made recommendations about how to make it easier for Home Owners to achieve better energy efficiency in their houses. We also addressed which upgrades we would make to the current City of Vancouver Energy Efficiency requirements and why we would make them. Why...

You may have seen the articles in the news about Vancouverites getting a “free” home, by moving a structure from elsewhere. And while the structure itself may be free, the label is far from the truth. Here is what a “free” home really means, and how much a free house in Greater Vancouver really costs. What are the true costs of getting a “free” home...

With the amount of development currently occurring in Vancouver, it is vital to do everything you can to help your projects stand out. As a Builder/Developer, how do you break through the sea of photos and floorplans, capturing your potential customers? 3D real estate scans offer Builders and Developers an edge with a unique visual showcase for your projects. Innovative and impressive, 3D real...

Unique bathroom lighting can bring a sophisticated charm to your custom home design. From chandeliers to ultra-modern vanity lighting, your bathroom lighting can be as beautiful as it is functional. When considering your new bathroom, talk to your home designer about options for your bathroom lighting. Here are six ideas to consider. 6 unique bathroom lighting ideas 1. Nautical chandelier [caption id="attachment_4114" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Photo...

Luxury real estate is a competitive market – and standing out is vital for a faster sale and higher price. 3D real estate scans are one of the biggest emerging trends in real estate marketing, becoming popular in Toronto, New York and now Vancouver. How can they help you make your luxury real estate listing stand out? The basics of 3D real estate scans 3D...

Throughout history, there have been a number of periods where having a two-kitchen home was common. Although a single kitchen is the norm these days, we are seeing a trend in custom home designs with two kitchens. Why is the two-kitchen home making a comeback – and is a second kitchen something you should consider for your custom home design? Love entertaining? This blog...

Our new Partner, Jamie Henry, formerly Viyae Innovative Imaging Concepts Inc., created a Matterport VR scan for North Vancouver’s Bluedog Guitars. Since VR scanning technology is so new, we decided to share Bluedog Guitars’ experience and the process of shooting with the Matterport camera. Jamie’s team also provides VR scans of residential property for real estate marketing, with 360º virtual reality tours, fully immersive...

Real estate seeks out any technological advances that can make the process of buying and selling easier for homeowners and soon-to-be homeowners. The latest piece of technology that everyone is jumping on is Matterport. But what is Matterport and why is it going to revolutionize the Vancouver real estate market? The basics about Matterport and its impact on the Vancouver real estate market In short, Matterport...

The City of Vancouver recently enacted its new requirements for short-term rentals, including Airbnb properties. If you list your property on Airbnb, you’ve likely asked yourself whether you should comply with the City’s new regulations, or if it’s worth continuing to rent it out. There are a few key considerations before making any decision. We go into more detail below, but in short: A business licence...