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Passionate, outspoken, innovative and knowledgeable are just a few terms that describe Nicholas Petrie, co-founder, Chief Business Development Officer, and Managing Director of DOS Design Group. This blog features a truly unique and inspiring individual, who is leading the building and construction industry.   How Nick Petrie’s interest in Custom Home Design was born With a natural penchant for solving puzzles, one of Nick’s favourite activities is...

To Build or Renovate… that is the question. And it is a challenging question in Vancouver today. There are a number of pros and cons on both sides. Today we want to address these pros and cons so you can make the decision that is right for you and your family.    The Case for Building 1. More choices  When you are building a Custom Home, you get...

Based in Abbotsford, DMC Contracting is a standout Residential Builder that does excellent Post and Beam work. We have worked with them for nearly five years and on more than three dozen projects. They are one of our top choices when it comes to high performance Builds. That’s why we want to put a spotlight on them and their incredible work. How This High Performance...

Are you feeling down? Overwhelmed? Anxious?  Your space may not be helping.  Scientists have demonstrated that our home can have a significant impact on our mental health and wellness. This does not mean that if you change your home, everything will be solved. Only that the right kind of Integrated Design can help, by contributing to your overall health and wellness. These Integrated Design elements may...

Our Full Service Design company only works because of the incredible people we have on our team. One of our team members is our CEO and Principal, Certified Residential Designer, Shira Rosenberg.  How Shira Came To Lead Our Full Service Design Company  Real-world Design philosophy Shira is an ASTTBC Certified Residential Designer, one of only approximately 100 credentialed in BC. This designation means that she is approved...

A DIY renovation may feel like an easy way to save money while adding to the value of your home. That is not always the case, however. A DIY renovation can actually end up costing you more. A DIY can also easily backfire, lowering the value of your home.  How A Diy Renovation Could Lower Your Home’s Value  1. Poor workmanship It is not easy to Design...

When you are thinking about your Custom Home Design, land is an important factor to consider. Finding the right piece of land in Vancouver to build a new home on, however, can be a complex process. There are a lot of aspects you need to look at. With this handy guide though, finding the right piece of land for your home can be smoother...

It can be hard to know when it is the right time to renovate your Vancouver Home. Should you do it now? Wait a few more years? We have put together this blog to help answer these questions and stop your worries… at least when it comes to Home renovations.  8 Signs That It Is Time To Renovate Your Vancouver Home  1. There are signs of...

Last month, we introduced you to our amazing team lead for the Interior Design Division, Lyndsay Mossman. Today, we are continuing our Full Service Design staff profiles. Next up? Our awesome Junior Designer, Sydney! How Sydney Came To Our Full Service Design Company Sydney first fell in love with Design in high school. At that point, his passion was production design for film. He got involved...

As you plan your Integrated Design, you can let your imagination run wild. When it comes to Custom Home and Interior Design, almost anything is possible. Not sure where to start with your one-of-a-kind Home? These unique homes could inspire some ideas for your Design.  10 Unique Homes That Highlight Integrated Design    1. A pineapple a day              View this post on Instagram                         A post shared by Adolfo Goldberg...

A Custom Home Design may not seem like it could be life-changing… but it can be. How is that possible? What can a Custom Home Design do for you? We are here to walk you through the power of a Custom Home Design.  How A Custom Home Design Can Change Your Life    1. Creating a more functional space  A Custom Home Design allows you to decide exactly...

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...