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Architects and Home Design

Depending on the size of your project, you may require the services of an Architectural Technologist as well as a Professional Registered Architect, although typically an Architectural Technologist is capable of designing the majority of renovations or custom home builds.

The 2014 Alberta Building Code and the National Building Code outline the limitations of the level of work that can be done by an Architectural Technologist without the need of a Registered Professional Architect. Your project will almost always have an Architectural Technologist involved in the development of any drawings, whether you need the seal of a Registered Architect or not. However, based on specific criteria that may involve large square footage, number of attached units, and other specifics, you may require the services of a Professional Registered Architect.

An experienced Architectural Technologist will provide an abundance of knowledge and out-of-the-box design ideas that will exceed expectations and meet any design criteria. We work with very skilled Architecture Technologists for the majority of our projects.

A full discussion of your project parameters will determine the required skill set for your proposed design.

Importance of Architectural Design

Whether you’re doing a major renovation or building a custom home, it is critical to have a design that is functional, can be built within your budget, and will result in a home you love. The drawings and specs determine the scope of the project. The scope of the project then determines the cost.

If the architectural drawings are inaccurate or the specifications are not clear and you’re not working with a design-build team, you may not get what you thought you were getting. That, or a change may be required well into the construction phase that increases the overall cost of the project.

Working with an experienced team that collaborates with one another and can give you ideas is the best way to accomplish your goal of getting an architectural design that works on all levels.

Industrial Design

If your project does not require structural supports and engineering details, or primarily focuses on cabinetry and millwork revisions, we will work with an Industrial Designer from our design team to create your proposed floor layout and cabinetry elevations.

Industrial design is a combination of art and engineering; drawing skills, creativity, and technical knowledge, with a good sense of colour, balance, and proportion. Our skilled team of creative designers focuses on custom cabinetry and millwork details. Imaginative and innovative, they will offer suggestions to improve your work space functionality, and are able to hand sketch details to help you visualize how your space will look with the updated finishes in place.

The creation of scaled cabinetry drawings, including 3D elevations, provides you with an opportunity to see your new layout on paper before a single wall is built. Personalized details specific to your lifestyle are implemented into the design, and meticulous site-measurements ensure your custom cabinetry and millwork components are built to perfectly fit your new space.