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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...

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...

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...

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...

Our full service Design company only works because of the incredible people we have on our team. One of our incredible employees is our team lead for the Interior Design Division, Lyndsay Mossman.  How Lyndsay Came To Our Full Service Design Company Lyndsay’s parents are both handy DIY-types. Her mother was always doing renovations or decorating the Mossman family home, so Lyndsay got into Interior Design...

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...

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...

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...

Building a custom home is exciting! At the same time, the process can feel intimidating, especially if you have not been through it before. In our experience, there are seven important steps to building a custom home with your Vancouver Home Designer… and an additional 10 steps to take BEFORE you begin the building process. The 10 Steps Before You Begin Building A Custom...

The BC Energy Step Code has now been in place for over a year. However, we find many clients are still confused about how the Step Code works and what level is in place for them, mostly because each City implements its own rules about how the Step Code applies to residential construction locally. Here, we address which “Steps” are in place in several...

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...

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....