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We spend a lot of time talking about our clients’ spaces. Today, we want to introduce you to DOS Design Group’s own space. Here, we make the magic happen, planning Custom Homes, meeting with clients, drafting plans, and conducting VR design. That is why we want to open our doors, giving you a peek into DOS Design Group’s home.  DOS Design Group’s Office Space, Including...

High-performance Custom Home Design is in demand these days. But if you are thinking about a high-performance Custom Home, which features should you consider? And why are these features important?  We are covering the answers to these questions, and more.  4 High Performance Features For Your Custom Home Design  1. Insulation  Quality insulation is key for a high-performance home. While many people think about the insulation on the...

People talk a lot about “good Interior Design”, but what makes it “good”? There are a few simple elements that people are really referring to when speaking about good Interior Design.  Today, we are going through these elements so you know what to consider when thinking about Interior Design for your home.  5 elements of good Interior Design  1. Thoughtfulness  There is a lot of creativity that you...

When it comes to Interior Design, technology has long provided focal points for rooms. Now, though, technology has taken on a whole new level of importance.  Homeowners and Interior Designers are putting home technology in the forefront of their designs.  But why?  And what kind of tech is taking centre stage?  What type of technology is being incorporated in current Interior Design  In the past, televisions have generally being...

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...

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...

We have discussed VR Home Design and Real Estate quite a bit over the past months, touching on everything from how it can draw millennial buyers to how it can help homeowners visualize secondary suites. With the popularity of VR, it will clearly continue to be part of Home Design and Real Estate for years to come. Therefore, today, we are looking at VR’s...

Here at Draft On Site, we are always looking for new custom home design inspiration. Doing this allows us to bring new concepts to our clients: It keeps our designs fresh and innovative! Recently, we began running a photo contest for our staff on our Facebook Page, which we’ll tell you about below, to encourage our team to share their unique perspectives and capture...

Matterport scan technology is one of the most innovative pieces of technology to ever hit the real estate market, and the building and development industry. Many professionals are still learning the many opportunities Matterport 3D scans and virtual walk-throughs offer, particularly for Contractors, Builders and Realtors. That is why, today, we want to discuss one of the strongest aspects of Matterport for builders and...

We are proud to announce that our talented Designer Tannaz is now Passive House Certified! That means Draft On Site can now design Passive Houses for our clients in the Lower Mainland! Why does that matter? Let us take you through all the details – and you an insight into why we are excited about the Passive House movement. Why being Passive House Certified...

Real estate seeks out any technological advances that can make the process of buying and selling easier for homeowners and soon-to-be homeowners. The latest piece of technology that everyone is jumping on is Matterport. But what is Matterport and why is it going to revolutionize the Vancouver real estate market? The basics about Matterport and its impact on the Vancouver real estate market In short, Matterport...

When it comes to purchasing a home in Vancouver, there are a lot of decisions to make. Which neighbourhood do you want to live in? What kind of home are you looking for? What is your budget? One of the most important questions, especially for Vancouver homebuyers, is: Are you looking for a renovated home or a fixer-upper? Here’s why. The value of a fixer-upper...

When it comes to homes, the best designs offer both beauty and functionality. Nowhere is this more true than the kitchen. Not sure what kind of kitchen design would give you the style you want without compromising the function you need? We have put together a list of seven of our favourite beautiful and functional kitchen designs to provide you with some inspiration...

Before beginning a custom home design project, most clients have a budget in mind. It can be easy to find yourself over that budget though – especially when you encounter hidden costs. This list of the four most common hidden costs in custom home design is intended to help you make an informed decision when selecting a home Designer for your project. The 4 most...

One of the most important things to do when you are buying a property is check that the home matches the plans on file with the City. This is vital because, if the plans do not match, there are likely renovations to the house that have been conducted without a permit, meaning once you purchase the property, you are at risk of being hit...

When planning your custom home design, inspiration is key. Before Designers start a new project, they will often spend some time looking at interesting ideas and styles from around the world. Now, you can draw on such inspiration too, with this list of our favourite global designs of the moment.    Our top four global inspirations for your custom home design   1. The green machine [caption id="attachment_3700"...

As Building Codes are available to the public, many people believe that they do not need professional guidance regarding renovations, and attempt to do it themselves. Individuals with some knowledge of Building Codes may also believe they have enough information to handle Vancouver renovations on their own. However, not working with a Vancouver Home Designer can land you a Stop Work Order. This article...

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...

When it comes to home designers, teamwork really does make the dream work. The teamwork, in this case, comes in the form of open communication. In order to get the house of your dreams, there are several topics you need to cover with your home designer. The five topics to discuss with your home designer 1. What a typical week looks like for your family Home...