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When creating the look for your house, you have a choice between stock plans and custom home design. Stock plans are general and pulled from a bank of options, while a custom home design is created for you by an expert builder or developer. Before discussing the reasons for getting a custom home design over using stock plans, there is one other thing we...

With the amount of residential construction in Vancouver skyrocketing, the number of Stop Work Orders is exploding. In fact, Stop Work Orders are becoming downright common for builders and homeowners. But what are Stop Work Orders and why should they matter to you? What is a Stop Work Order? A Stop Work Order is a legal notice to suspend work on a given project....

Getting a Building Permit can feel overwhelming… but it doesn’t need to. That’s why, today, we are focusing on one of the most difficult – and, for many people, frustrating – parts of the process: Building Permit Drawings. There are three easy ways to simplify the development of your Building Permit Drawings, while also protecting yourself against future issues.     The three ways to make...

As the number of Secondary Suites in the Vancouver area explodes, the pool of illegal rentals is growing. In fact, the majority of Secondary Suites in the City are illegal. While having an illegal Secondary Suite means risking being reported to By-Law Inspectors, the process of legalizing your Secondary Suite can be costly and arduous. If you do decide to pursue the legalization process,...

Renovating a townhouse or condo? The rules for renovating a multifamily unit can be a little different than remodelling a single-family home. Working with a Vancouver renovation designer ensures that not only will your renovation go smoothly and look consistent from start to finish, but can save you from costly delays due to unexpected permit requirements, for example. Before beginning your townhouse remodel, talk to...

Renovating in Mount Pleasant, or in Grandview-Woodland? The City of Vancouver could be changing its zoning bylaw for those neighbourhoods and it could affect your renovation plans. Proposed changes to the zoning bylaw for those areas could now allow the construction of laneway houses and infill structures. Previously, these were only allowed to be built on lots zoned for construction of duplexes. Therefore, the change provides...

If you are planning to build a custom home, being prepared for your first meeting can help advance your project quickly, and gives you a clearer vision of your finished home. This checklist helps you identify the five things to do before you hire a residential designer to create your custom home design. Learn which permits you’ll need. For building a custom home, Building Permits...

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...

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...

We’ve had quite a few requests lately from medical marijuana and cannabis clinics in Vancouver, asking about how to get the permit sets they need to operate in the city. We wrote a blog about it not long ago, and we’re still getting more questions and orders. In April, the City of Vancouver announced it would start enforcing the requirements it set out for medical...

The set of drawings that appear after your cross sections in your permit set are called Construction Details. For new construction, including custom home designs and new builds in Vancouver, Construction Details are an essential part of the package of drawings that is submitted to Building Officials during the Building Permit application phase.   What are Construction Details? Construction details are like zoomed-in images that show the...

One of the first things to consider when you’re planning to build a secondary suite in your home is the cost. Since a primary reason why homeowners want to put a secondary suite into their homes is for monthly rental income, the cost of constructing a secondary suite has to be worthwhile financially. This article helps you understand the costs of building a secondary suite...

Building a custom home takes planning, patience and some great connections. Building a house in the BC Lower Mainland can never really be done “on the cheap”, but there are some great solutions for cutting costs in order to get the most out of your design and construction budget.   If you have a tight budget for your custom home design… Custom home design doesn’t have to...

The City of Vancouver’s new regulations for medical marijuana stores and cannabis clinics also included some development permit updates for these businesses. We discovered these changes when we were approached recently by a downtown Vancouver cannabis club. They were in a hurry to have their permit application approved. Our client needed a permit set in order to have their licence and variance application approved by City...

When it comes to permit drawings, we’re talking about a technical document that is vital to successfully getting the permits you need from your project. Each municipality in the Lower Mainland has its own requirements of permit drawings, and those requirements vary slightly between the Vancouver-area cities. Today we’re looking at the Burnaby Permit Drawings Checklist. Sometimes, clients or acquaintances come to us because they’ve had problems...

  There’s a relatively unknown aspect in the Vancouver renovations industry that, for some contractors, designers and homeowners, comes as a surprise and a significant cost. Certain renovations, especially large ones, could trigger the requirement to install a sprinkler system. The City triggers that would require the installation of fire sprinklers, upgrade vapour barrier and upgrade the insulation in a home are complicated, and are not well...

Home renovation designs for the Lower Mainland are some of our favourite projects at Draft On Site. Recently, we helped a homeowner in Delta renovate her home’s interior and exterior, with beautiful results! Renovations are exciting, and can be stressful, so being prepared from the outset are important for your mental, financial and emotional wellbeing. These 10 don’ts of home renovations will help you plan...

You may have noticed that we have a new website! Recently, we launched the new version of draftonsite.com with some great new features that we think will make it easier for you to get information about our real estate floor plans, on-site measuring and drafting, permit drawings, square foot verification and design services. For one, you’ll notice that there’s a slightly different design on the home...

  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...

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...