Our Design Process follows a very simple and holistic philosophy. We believe the design of a great dwelling should be informed by two key considerations; those who will inhabit the dwelling and the landscape that it exists in.

Our process begins with a great deal of research. We will spend as much time as required understanding what your goals are. In turn we will immerse ourselves into the site and it’s nuances and draw upon our experience to develop a big picture concept for what the idea of the project will be. This idea evolves but always informs each of us as we develop our ideas from concept closer to reality.

Conceptual Design is about establishing the project parameters and exploring the opportunities offered in a free yet meaningful way. We explore the big picture and establish the overall ideas of the project which will help us narrow our focus as the design evolves.



Gaining intimate knowledge of the Site and it’s unique natural features. This includes site visits, photographs, drone videos, topographic survey and 3D contour modeling. In addition understanding the nuances and sense of place, the movement of the sun and the air across the site. Site Planning. Exploring options for building locations, roads, septic, solar, terraces, docks etc.

This phase is executed and communicated through hand sketches, massing models and eventually 3D computer drawings and models. The goal at the end of this phase is for the Client to have a clear direction that the project is taking.

Establishing the Programmatic requirements of the project for example the number of bedrooms, bathrooms etc. Gathering of Client information, anything and everything you would like to share. Research into the Zoning By-Laws of the Local Municipality for the property and any other restrictions. Space Planning. Exploring the relationship of the building to the site and the spaces within the building to each other. Massing and integration of the building into the landscape


During this phase we build upon the foundation of work established during the Conceptual phase and continue to explore the look and feel of the home. We also begin to establish the structural and mechanical systems and engage our consultants. At this time we can also establish schematic budgets and ensure we are meeting our goals.

The goal of this phase it to develop the design to the point the Client has a realistic idea of the final design so that we can confidently proceed with Construction Drawings.

• Confirm exact location of the building on the site
• Develop scale drawings and BIM (Building Information Model)
• Share BIMx model with client for feedback
• Explore and establish materials to define the aesthetic qualities of the home
• Establish required Structural System and engage consultants


During this phase we will coordinate all consultants and their drawings into the final stamped documents issued for Building Permit and Construction Tender. We will establish details and specifications for materials and products.

BIMX cutaway copy

We will coordinate the structural and mechanical system within the architectural model. In addition we would review and coordinate structural steel and timber shop drawings as well as window and door packages.

All of this will be resolved and entered into our Building Information Modeling software (BIM) to ensure a very high level of coordination and a comprehensive drawing and specification package as well as a comprehensive 3D computer model that can be used by the project’s Construction Manager during construction.