Home Addition Design & Drafting Services

No such things as an addition project that’s too small

Residential addition & renovation design & drafting services
Residential addition design project

Looking to add an additions to your home? We’ll you’ve come to the right place! We’re experts within the field of residential design but we specialize in additions & renovations.

With more than twenty years of experience pulling apart homes and rebuilding them, we’re sure to be able to assist you in bringing your aspirations to life with our home addition design & drafting services.

Types of Additions Include:

  • Upper Floor Additions
  • Dormer Additions
  • Master Bedroom Suites
  • Decks & Porches
  • Home Gym Additions
  • Garage Additions
  • Secondary suites
  • Emergency Bunkers
  • Pergolas
  • Ageing in place solutions

Home Addition Design Process

From a simple idea to shovels in the ground

While the exact process of each residential addition design project is unique to the project, the vast majority of addition projects follow this pattern:

  • 1. Free Consultation

    Lasting about an hour, each residential design project begins with a free consultation; giving everyone an opportunity to get familiarized with the project and each other.

  • 2. Prepare a Fee Proposal

    We will prepare a fee proposal containing all the important details of project delivery, including project timeline, fees involved & a couple examples of similar projects.

  • 3. Define Your Program

    Every project is different and our approach will shift depending on the project goals. We start by asking that complete a renovation questionnaire that will help to define your goals and provide a road map to where you want to be.

  • 4. As-Built Drawing Creation

    Renovations require detailed on-site measurements and using Revit BIM technology, we’ll model out your entire home using the same wall, floor & roof systems your house is built from. Measuring to an 1/8″ accuracy will help us to understand exactly what the conditions are like and minimize structural expenses and costly change orders during construction derived from oversights.

  • 5. Schematic Design

    Through a series of schematic sketches and overlays showing the approximate layout, a preliminary floor plan and conceptual massing sketches are presented to you with several options and iterations.

  • 6. Design Development

    With the concepts and iterations narrowed down to one principal direction, we’ll go back to the working drawings and develop all the details and assemblies making sure that each change meets or exceeds the requirements of your local building code & zoning by-law.

  • 7. Building permit Submission

    With all the approvals in place and the required documents all assembled, the permit submission can take place. Depending on the type of project, you can expect to wait between ten days and twelve weeks for the permit to be issued.

  • 8. Construction Drawings & Tendering

    Construction documents describe the micro details of the build and include many things not describe during the macro stage of building permit documents. While not required, this is where the information required for an accurate estimate and all the details of the build are derived.

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Leverage The Power or Point Cloud Scanning

Cutting edge approach to home addition projects

We’re proud top offer the latest cutting edge technology to our clients projects. Early in 2022 we introduced Point Cloud Scanning service, a great complement to our architectural services.

Carriage house addition looking through existing trees

100's of Thousands of Laser Points

As the name suggests, point cloud scanning is a measurement of thousands of reflective points in physical space. A specialized scanner captures 270 degrees at a time, bouncing a sophisticated laser off surrounding surfaces to capture their coordinates as well as luminescence.

Experience Any Location on Site

Whether were talking inside or out, point cloud scanning is an amazingly powerful tool able to capture every nook and cranny. The cloud is then inserted into our BIM model allowing for precision measurement, understanding relations between elements and furthering our ability to integrate a seamless addition & renovation for your project.

Experience Any Location on Site

Whether were talking inside or out, point cloud scanning is an amazingly powerful tool able to capture every nook and cranny. The cloud is then inserted into our BIM model allowing for precision measurement, understanding relations between elements and furthering our ability to integrate a seamless addition & renovation for your project.

Sample Point Cloud Scan Images

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Our Home Addition & Renovation Design Process

Simplified to Four Steps

Building permit submission tips and tricks

Creation of As-built Drawings

Whether you have old drawings or not, we initially take stock of your space using a number of techniques starting with site research to obtain zoning & site setback information. We then take some time on site to get to know the nuances and complete measurements of your space. With everything we need in hand, we move to creating an as-built model.

Schematic Design

Having gathered your programming needs, our attention turns to the schematic design phase and the creation of several potential iterations. This is done through a combination of sketches, PDF drawings, perspectives, video walkthroughs & still image renderings.

Adaptive Design residential schematic design process
Adaptive Design residential schematic design process

Schematic Design

Having gathered your programming needs, our attention turns to the schematic design phase and the creation of several potential iterations. This is done through a combination of sketches, PDF drawings, perspectives, video walkthroughs & still image renderings.

Building Permit drawings and Construction details

Creation of Working Drawings

With design decisions complete, the integration of structural design and the creation of working “blueprint” level drawings are our next objective. We verify municipal requirements for development & building permits submissions and curate our drawings to suit.

Building Permit Submission & Follow-up

Having coordinated the gathering of drawings and documents, we complete the submission of the development &/or building permit applications.

As any feedback is received or adjustment requested, we coordinate that for a painless experience culminating in the delivery of your issued building permit documents.

BIM Model Explained
BIM Model Explained

Building Permit Submission & Follow-up

Having coordinated the gathering of drawings and documents, we complete the submission of the development &/or building permit applications.

As any feedback is received or adjustment requested, we coordinate that for a painless experience culminating in the delivery of your issued building permit documents.

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Check Out Project Gallery

Residential additions & major renovations

When it comes to home additions, we’ve successfully worked on residential addition projects of all types and scales. We’d be happy to meet with you and see how we might assist you in bringing your vision to life.

Here’s a couple examples of recent home addition projects but if you have questions, we invite you to contact us.

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Check Out Project Gallery

Residential additions & major renovations

When it comes to home additions, we’ve successfully worked on residential addition projects of all types and scales. We’d be happy to meet with you and see how we might assist you in bringing your vision to life.

Here’s a couple examples of recent home addition projects but if you have questions, we invite you to contact us.

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