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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...

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...

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...

The BC Energy Step Code is already in place for builds in most BC cities. By 2032, however, all homes in Canada must be Net-Zero. That means many Homeowners will have to make major renovations before then. What are these renovations – and when is the best time to do them? Take a page from Step Code for your renovations The Step Code is...

Restoring an old home can be exciting and fun… or a nightmare. Either way, the process is expensive, costing both time and money. That is why we think it is time for a frank conversation about this endeavour. The costs of restoring an old home Right now, you’ll find a series of recent news articles about “free” character homes being available. These homes are...

In April 2017, the provincial government adopted the BC Energy Step Code. While the Step Code has been embraced by many Cities, Builders, Designers and Homeowners, there are some people who have asked why it was created in the first place. Here at Draft On Site, we believe in the importance of Step Code and want to share why we see it as such...

Earlier this year, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (also known as the GVHBA) became the Homebuilders Association Vancouver (or HAVAN). As a proud member of the organization, Draft On Site is looking forward to a number of partnerships with HAVAN throughout 2019.   HAVAN and its services HAVAN is intended to support Homebuilders and Homeowners in Vancouver, as well as connect the two groups. On...

Last year, the BC Building Code for 2018 was released. A new Building Code can lead to many questions and concerns regarding your new home construction project, or your renovation. Below, we go over the most common questions we are asked, giving you the answers you need to navigate your build in spite of the changes. Is my project covered by the BC Building...

Buying a character home can be exciting. Renovating a character home in Vancouver, however, can feel overwhelming. It does not have to, though. With a few simple tips, the process can be quite smooth. That is why, today, we are going through nine tips to assist you with your renovation. 9 Tips for Renovating your Character Home in Vancouver 1. Figure out which features designate your...

Vancouver heritage homes are very popular right now. Not only are these homes gorgeous, but they have been deemed architecturally and historically significant. There can, however, require some work. Fortunately, if you have recently purchased a Vancouver heritage home, you may be eligible for conservation grants for your renovations and repairs. Vancouver Heritage Homes May be Eligible for These Grants There are a variety of grants...

If you are doing an energy efficient renovation in your Vancouver home, now is the time to consider a heat pump. Why is that? The City of Vancouver and Efficiency BC have teamed up to offer rebates for heat pump installations. To help you take advantage of these rebates, we have put together information on what is available, who is eligible and how to apply. Why Add...

Owning a character home can be a dream, especially for Vancouverites who love classical architecture. Buying a character home, however, comes with its own range of challenges. In October we spoke about these challenges and more at the Vancouver Home Show’s Ask the Experts panel. Now, we want to share some of the key information we discussed about character homes with you. What is...

In September, the City of Vancouver introduced new RS duplex zoning changes. What is this legislation and what does it mean? Today, we are going through the implications of the legislation, reviewing the advantages it offers you and the regulations you will now face. What do the RS duplex zoning changes mean?   The RS in the zoning changes refers to the City’s low-density, single-family neighbourhoods....

On October 17th, non-medical cannabis was legalized. If you are considering entering the non-medical cannabis retail market in Vancouver, however, there are a number of licenses you will need, including the British Columbia Cannabis Retail Store Licence. Part of the application process requires providing information on your retail location’s floor plan and site plan. Applying for British Columbia Cannabis Retail Store Licences for your...

Stop Work Orders – a boundless source of stress for homeowners. We have written a lot about Stop Work Orders in the past, covering everything from horror stories to tips for avoiding them. In spite of this, we continue to see homeowners who have received Stop Work Orders – and hear the devastating consequences of receiving them. This month, we created a three-part series about...

Stop Work Orders may be scary, but they are completely preventable. If you follow a few simple steps, you will not have to worry about Stop Work Orders at all. Not sure why you want to avoid Stop Work Orders? This month, we created a three-part series about Stop Work Orders Check out the other blogs in this three-part series: 4 Perfect Examples of Why...

Welcome to the third part in our Stop Work Orders series! This month, we created a three-part series about Stop Work Orders We have already tackled 4 Perfect Examples of Why to Take Stop Work Orders Seriously and Why Stop Orders Happen and How To Prevent Them. Today, we are wrapping up with a look at the consequences of working without the appropriate Permits. Some...