We look forward to hearing from you!

Office and Showroom Hours:
Mon - Fri 9 AM - 5 PM
Sat - Sun (By Appointment)

REQUEST A PROPOSAL
CONTRACTOR LOGIN

You can also follow DOS on:

© 2020 Copyright DOS Design Group Inc.

Website by Pro Projects

 

Articles

Did you know that windows can be placed on your home in a way that will reduce electricity bills, create a more sustainable, environmentally friendly home, and be more comfortable for you and your family? In Vancouver’s climate, a combination of passive solar heating and passive cooling can be used throughout the year to regulate the temperature inside your home with minimal use of electric...

In Vancouver’s rainy climate, it’s hard to believe how many flat roofs, also called horizontal roofs, we see on contemporary and modern homes being built around the city. Though most people don’t realize it, horizontal roofs are not perfectly flat; instead, they have a low slope. The reason is drainage: In order to properly drain rainwater that accumulates on the horizontal roof, a slope is...

In home design, we often think about building design, structural design and even landscape design. But a new concept and term in residential design is spatial design, and it is worth noting for Builders and Home Owners considering building a new home in the coming years. In short, spatial design can strongly affect the atmosphere of your home, and whether you enjoy living within it. What...

Vancouver is at the forefront of a global movement toward more sustainable buildings and lower environmental impacts. In 2016, the City launched a plan to have all new buildings produce zero emissions by the year 2030, and by 2050, existing buildings will have been retrofitted to produce zero emissions as well. The Georgia Straight calls the plan “bold” and while that is true, it is important...

Building a home doesn’t mean just getting a pretty box where you will spend time sleeping, eating and relaxing. Your home is where you’ll spend the majority of your life, so it has to be perfect. It affects your quality of life, your happiness and your lifestyle. How to get better quality of life from your custom home design Architecture affects our mood, and our overall...

Porcelain countertops aren’t well known amongst homeowners, renovators and builders, but they are on our radar for a few reasons: [caption id="attachment_2507" align="alignright" width="500"] Porcelain slab flooring and slab wall in a spa. Photo credit: Oregon Tile and Marble[/caption] Durability and affordability. So, this is not the material that makes you think of fragile dolls and fine china. Porcelain isn’t just for countertops either: it’s an attractive option...

Knowing which design genre fits your style is helpful when talking to your residential designer about your custom home design. In Vancouver, homes fall into three main design genres: Modern Contemporary Craftsman Plus, there’s the Vancouver Special, which we describe as well. In this article, we will explain why two of these genres often get confused, plus help you decide which suits your preference, so you’ll love...

This article is the first in a series that looks at smart building envelope design for homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Please check back next month for the next article in this series.   In custom home design and architecture, a home’s overall look, style, layout and finishes are top of mind for homeowners. Generally, we don’t consider how the placement of windows, or how...

Legalizing a secondary suite can be complicated and may not be the right step for you, even if you have an illegal suite in your home. If you are considering converting your illegal secondary suite into a legal one, this checklist will help you prepare for the process and decide whether legalizing makes sense for your property.   Check the zoning requirements for your property. Some...

Exciting new regulations from the City of Vancouver could require newly built homes to be “solar ready”, meaning pre-equipped to have solar panels installed. In an administrative report from January, the city recommends that new homes of one to three storeys “be designed with a solar photovoltaic ready pipe run” that could be connected to the structure’s hot water tank. But using solar panels or solar...

If you have purchased, or are considering purchasing, a land value only lot in the Greater Vancouver area, this checklist goes over the steps you should take after the transaction closes. However, reading this checklist before the transaction is recommended, so that you are aware of what is involved in demolishing any existing structure(s), and building a new home or structure on the lot. You may...

In Greater Vancouver, building a home that prioritizes energy efficiency is more important than ever. Not only is the City of Vancouver implementing new regulations that will cut emissions and pollution in residential construction, it is just good practice. An energy efficient home provides more comfort, saves money on your heating and cooling bill, and helps protect our environment. There are several ways to increase the...

If you’re building a house in the Vancouver area, you may wish to consider ICF foundation material. This is an innovative and efficient material/method that, while uncommon, is being used more often in the Lower Mainland.   [caption id="attachment_2444" align="alignright" width="362"] Photo credit: Vancouver ICF[/caption] What is an ICF foundation? In short, ICF is foam bricks that interlock, similar to Lego blocks, are reinforced with rebar, and...

Stop work orders on residential construction in Vancouver became quite prominent in 2015, when building was booming. At the time, homeowners were either unaware of the permits required for these structures, or were skipping the permit application process altogether, in order to complete the project faster. A stop work order will likely be issued if you do not have a permit to build a house...

  Most of us do not think twice about our insulation when it comes time to build a house. The industry standard is to apply interior insulation – most commonly batt insulation – inside the walls of the home. While interior insulation has its advantages, exterior insulation is becoming better recognized because of the benefits it carries over its counterparts. This article explains the differences between interior...

Thinking of purchasing a home that is a bit of a fixer-upper? Doing a major home renovation can have big pay-offs for your family’s happiness and comfort at home, as well as for your property’s resale value. However, before you sign the check, read this checklist that includes 7 things you should check before buying a fixer-upper home. If you are on a tight budget for...

Our team has been working on an addition to a detached home in Surrey. In all, the project involves adding a 2,500 sq. ft. two-storey addition to an existing detached rancher-style home that measured 2,200 sq. ft., plus adding a secondary suite (on the second level) and a two-car garage and workshop to the property. The project is still in the construction stage – the...

Having control over your custom home design is one of the biggest advantages of building a new residence. While considering style, flow, finishes, light and rooms for everyone in your family, it is also crucial to maximize the space your new home has to offer. This doesn’t necessarily mean adding square footage to the home. It is best done with insightful space planning on the...

If you’re looking at buying property, but the price is marked as “land value only” – what do you need to know? We’ll go over what “land value only” property sales mean, and help you navigate buying this type of property with a convenient checklist. What does land value only mean? Buying a land value only lot means that the price you pay is truly for the...

The types of drawings required for submission to get a building permit vary somewhat depending in which City you are building. That said, most Cities have relatively similar lists. Below we’ve compiled a checklist of the drawings that are required for a building permit application in most Cities in the Lower Mainland. However, you may wish to check with your City Building Department, or with...