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Regardless what happens with the province’s new regulation requiring foreign investors to pay 15% tax on real estate purchases, the Greater Vancouver real estate market is fast-paced. The process of buying a home in Greater Vancouver is complicated by the fact of multiple offers on any listing, which requires buyers to act fast. Unfortunately, important steps get missed in the process. Those missed steps could end...

    There’s a reason so many homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have bathrooms that replicate the zen feeling of a spa. With sleek, minimalist styling, spa bathrooms make getting ready for the day relaxing and enjoyable. Our bathroom renovation designer can help you create the perfect effect for your home.   Here are six spa bathroom renovation ideas to use in your home. Photo...

2016 has been a remarkable year so far for the Draft On Site team. Earlier this year, we moved to our new office location on Production Way in Burnaby. We also added three new members to our team this year – two of whom joined our real estate marketing division, as well as an on-site measurer/drafter. With the addition of our new staff members, we’ve...

When you're paying by the square foot, inaccurate measurements make a big difference to the cost of your home purchase or renovations – especially in a real estate climate where people are paying in excess of $1,000 per sq. ft. for property.   Inaccurate measurements are a problem in our industry, and we see them all too often. Floor plan measurements that are off aren’t done...

Draft On Site has moved to a great new office space in Burnaby!   Our team of on-site drafters, floor plan designers and technicians is growing quickly, and as part of our expansion, we’ve moved! We are now located at:   3292 Production Way, Unit 501   The location is easily accessed off Lougheed Highway at the Production Way exit. It’s also steps from the Production Way-University SkyTrain Station on...

  By some estimates, 40% of single-family homes in Vancouver include secondary suites. And many of those are illegal suites.   The City of Vancouver is in favour of secondary suites, but wants more suites to be legalized for safety reasons. Legal secondary suites meet the BC Building Code (BCBC) and the Vancouver Building By-Law (VBBL), which stipulate certain safety and living condition standards for all...

Draft On Site’s real estate floor plans division is growing! And that means we can now produce real estate marketing designs even faster. Recently, our company added two new staff to our real estate marketing team, making us the fastest real estate marketing designs company in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area. Now with a total of five designers, our team also produces 3D floor...

Our homes are 3D spaces, so trying to imagine a floor plan or renovation based off a 2D drawing can sometimes be tough. For real estate marketing and renovation design, we produce 3D modelling and renderings of homes and condos of any size. Here’s why. Our brains naturally work in 3D 3D floor plans and drawings show us what corners will look and feel like, where the...

Building a home or doing major renovations almost always come with some level of unexpected surprises. Large, multifaceted projects often do. But if there’s any advice we can lend that can help homeowners avoid the stress of unwanted surprises it’s this: Engage all your professionals and trades BEFORE submitting permits. In fact, we recommend booking your trades during the planning stage, if possible. Here’s why. You’ll have a...

White kitchens have had their day. We're inspired by the functional style of an industrial kitchen that has moved on from the common white-washed look. Industrial-style kitchens use earthy, homey-feeling materials. Items such as distressed brick, raw wood and poured concrete can create kitchen spaces that are virtually indestructible. If you’re considering a kitchen renovation in your home, consider breaking away from the crowd of white...

Small kitchen renovations are perfect opportunities for building cozy, useful spaces into your home. With smart, efficient space planning and a professional renovation designer, your Vancouver or Lower Mainland home can include cozy kitchen banquettes, even if there's no space for a nook. These spectacular kitchen spaces can inspire you to create a comfortable, welcoming seating area in your kitchen if you're planning to renovate,...

They're trendy and becoming the norm, but open-concept floor plans aren't for everyone. However, another alternative that's starting to gain popularity now are broken concept floor plans. What is an open-concept floor plan? Open concept, or open plan, refers to homes and spaces that use large, open spaces, rather than small, closed-off rooms. Open concept homes have their pros and cons, though. While they create the...

Most of us know that building a house in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland requires a Building Permit. But did you know that renovations might require a permit as well? Any renovations that include structural and non structural changes, additions and major upgrades to your home are subject to getting one, or several, permits from your municipality. Not sure if you need a permit for your...

Realtors in Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver and virtually anywhere in the Lower Mainland: Working with inflexible shops for your marketing floor plans can be tiring. It's not acceptable to receive floor plans that don't have the features you need to present to clients, and take more of your time than they save. The life of a Realtor is busy, demanding and often stressful. But...

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It's time to hit the refresh button on your home and transform your space into an inviting, stylish abode for you and your family. A DIY home renovation can be fun and exciting – or stressful and frustrating – but regardless, the end result is a beautiful space that feels like new. We want your DIY renovation to be successful and pleasurable. So to help...

Thinking of renovating your house in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland? Congratulations! Renovations mean an exciting new beginning for your home with a fresh, beautiful look that suits your taste and your lifestyle! But first, make sure to do your research and find out if you will need a permit before renovating. Before you begin, you'll need to investigate whether your renovation plans require a...

A Calgary woman bought a house listed as 2,580 square feet. In reality, it measured only 2,094 square feet, and the mistake in square footage might have cost her thousands of dollars. Sadly, how this happened is not that surprising. The source of the mistake is unclear. The listing Realtor originally indicated the property as 2,094 square feet, which was the accurate measurement. But the listing...

The Draft On Site team was thrilled to be an exhibitor at Buildex Vancouver 2016! It was an excellent opportunity to connect with our fellow construction experts in the Lower Mainland, several of whom were also homeowners considering doing home renovations in the near future. Home Renovations A large proportion of the people who came to talk to us at our exhibitor display at Buildex were...

Log homes are making a come back for a reason: the warm, cozy feeling of wood inside your home is almost irresistible for so many people! Incorporating wood, or the look of wood, into your home is easy, and as a result, can be a great design component for your next home renovation. There's some science behind that feeling of warmth and comfort that only...