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Our Process

The Architrix design service is an interactive and thorough process that guides our clients through a 5-step process as we conceive the space that will eventually be the place they call home. We’ve prepared this process guide for prospective clients to better understand the Architrix design process:

Step 1: Initial Consultation

▪ Preliminary meeting with you on-site or at our office

▪ Initial discussions about your vision for the project, budget and intended schedule

▪ Preliminary information gathering  ie. survey, existing drawings/ permits, etc.

Step 2: Scope of Work & Contract Development

▪ A general feasibility study is done to provide high level information about the site

▪ A contract is developed based on the required scope of work

▪ Our design fees will be based on the projected budget and level of detail required

 SIGN OFF AT STAGE 2: DESIGN & PERMIT CONTRACT SIGN OFF 

 

Step 3: Design and development

▪ In-depth study of the site and relevant zoning bylaws

▪ Optimal placement of new or added structures on the site based on studies

▪ New Construction: spatial planning begins

▪ Renovations: space planning begins after as-built drawings are produced

▪ Options for floor plans are produced, elevations are blocked up, and concept sketches and/ or 3D massing models are developed

▪ Preliminary discussions are initiated with municipal planner for initial feedback

▪ Approval of final design direction and preliminary pricing drawings are produced

 SIGN OFF AT STAGE 3: FINAL DESIGN SIGN OFF  

 

Step 4: Construction, Tender and Permit Drawings

▪ Coordination with consultants are initiated, ie: engineering, green technology, landscape design, etc.

▪ Review all documents with the builder to fine tune the design to the budget (if builder is already involved)

▪ Organize and issue tender drawings to bidding contractors (if builder is not already involved)

▪ Review submitted bids and make recommendations to select the builder (if builder is not already involved)

▪ A complete permit set is produced ready for submission to your local municipal hall

SIGN OFF AT STAGE 4: PERMIT SUBMISSION

NOTE:  Revisions initiated by the client beyond this point will be charged hourly.
Revisions required by the city to obtain the building permit is covered. 

 

Step 5: Building Permit Application & City Review

▪ Submission of the permit application to begin its processing at the local municipal hall

▪ As city planners review the application, coordination takes place to resolve any deficiencies

▪ The building permit is obtained only after all deficiencies have been resolved

▪ Once the building permit is obtained, a final meeting is arranged to review the issued permit documents

 SIGN OFF AT STAGE 5: DESIGN & PERMIT CONTRACT COMPLETE 

 

Breaking Ground – Ongoing Construction Services & Interior Design Services

Once construction starts, project coordination with you and the builder is an optional service we offer in order to ensure design execution and excellence. We also offer interior design services to provide a complete, holistically designed home, inside and out. Some of those items are:

▪ Assistance with gathering sample materials and responding to site specific inquiries

▪ Requested design revisions by you are logged and issued as change orders

▪ Site specific or piecemeal revisions and details are provided as required by the builder

▪ Interior drawings: flooring, lighting and millwork drawings are produced

▪ Interior materials sourcing and specifications are provided

▪ On-site coordination during installation of materials is provided along with detail instructions