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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...

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...

Development and Building Permits are vital if you are planning a custom home design in Vancouver, or any City really. In the past, we have discussed many aspects of Development and Building Permits and the permitting process. We have never, however, focused solely on how long it can take to get a Building Permit approved. Today, we are remedying that by having this frank...

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...

Over the last eight weeks, we have covered a number of topics in our series on Stop Work Orders. We hope that we have made it clear how devastating non-permitted work can be. Why, then, do people undertake such work – and how do you avoid ending up in a similar position? Read more from our Stop Work Order series: Stop Work Order horror stories:...

A Stop Work Order may sound manageable, but it can be incredibly financially damaging. While we have touched on some of the issues we have seen over our years working in Vancouver home design, we have some true horror stories that show just how devastating getting a Stop Work Order can be. Stop Work Order horror stories We have had a number of cases...

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...

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...

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...

Our residential design team recently completed an interior/exterior renovation project in Tsawwassen. Our team was privileged to work on this renovation and was extremely pleased with how the project turned out. The initial plan for the project was only for interior renovations. But then, it quickly began to expand to include an update of the home’s exterior as well. The renovated home features a walk-in closet off...

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 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...

When housing gets pricey, people get renovating. It is a fact that is becoming increasingly true especially here in the Lower Mainland. Renovating offers homeowners a way to upgrade their living space without having to play in the crazy Vancouver housing market, so there is no wonder renovations are so popular here. We’ve written a lot about renovating lately, so today we’re compiling the best...

Last week we posted an article that looks at the fastest and cheapest updates to do for a flip, particularly for people who bought property in the Vancouver area for more than it’s now worth, and want to recover their investment ASAP. If you are not necessarily looking at a flip, but bought a house that direly needs an update, this blog is for you....

  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...

  The growing team at Draft On Site is one of the Lower Mainland’s most respected floor plan measuring and drafting firms. From 2D floor plans to 3D walkthroughs and interactive space planners, Draft On Site offers a wide range of floor plan measuring and drafting services.   Permit drawings For DIY renovations, and for city permit applications, we create reliable, accurate permit drawings. These are often used to...

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...

Our interior designers at Draft On Site are someone who knows, and loves, space planning. One of our favourite topics with our renovation design clients is how to make their homes feel larger, without adding square footage. Doing so takes skill, an outside-of-the-box approach and a very good eye for detail. Truly, an innovative use of space can make your home feel larger without additions. Our...