We offer a comprehensive suite of services that is tailored to every clients’ needs. Click on one of the five services below to see how we offer a truly customized design + build approach.
Where thoughtful solutions begin
Our team provides full service design consulting, beginning with early inspirations, through to comprehensive permit and construction drawings, engineered and detailed to your vision.
Starting by listening to you, and drawing from your inspirational sources, we find out how you want to enjoy your home. Whether it’s entertaining, family activities, or personal enjoyment, we creatively design to suit your desired experiences. We help you answer those initial questions like, “How can my kitchen optimize workflow?” or “How do I create space to entertain quests while maintaing a private area for retreat?”
Thoughtful design is critical when siting a new house, establishing circulation paths and sightlines, tackling small spaces and integrating sustainable energy solutions. Designing your home can be overwhelming. Our team guides you through a step-by-step approach with milestone revisions along the way to incorporate your feedback.
As design ideas develop, we become more and more specific with building systems. As a truly integrated Design + Build firm, we vet design ideas and always have the option of drawing expertise from our trusted network of trades, supplies and subconsultants.
Find out more about our design process here.
Ready to start designing the perfect space (and put those Pinterest boards to work)?
Design + Build from the ground up
Now is a great time to build in Metro Vancouver. Our team works from concept to completion to realize your custom home, brand new and made specifically for you.
A custom home build gives you an opportunity to realize your desired living experiences with the highest degree of customization. Because we’re licensed homebuilders, we can guide you through every step of your project from initial design concepts through to the completion of your new home.
“…some of the most genuine personal care and reasonably priced attention to detail that I have ever received, period.”
Building custom makes sense when a ‘builder basic’ home isn’t good enough and you want to select only the products and materials that meet your standards. Production builders usually standardize their offerings to minimize the cost of construction and maximize profit. As custom home builders, we focus first on thoughtful design that is right for you. We ensure that we bring value to the project with creativity, integrated disciplines, and innovative solutions along the way.
Wondering why it makes sense to build new?
A Lot of Dream Home in One Small Package
Embrace small living, generate rental revenue, or simply bring your family’s generations closer together.
We provide full service, planning, permitting and construction of your custom small home–tailored to fit your needs. Building a laneway home or coach house is an exciting way to thoughtfully design and create affordable living solutions.
The Year of the Laneway House
The City of Vancouver approved laneway houses in 2009
In response to the EcoDensity Charter established in 2008, the City of Vancouver approved laneway houses in RS single-family zones. The Charter was established as a way to promote density in Vancouver; basement suites and residential additions to existing commercial buildings were other strategies. EcoDensity was also an effort to help establish more affordable housing in one of North America’s most expensive real estate markets.
“It’s like a handmade suit. It just fits. It’s tailored. That’s exactly what this place feels like.”
What Have You Always Wanted?
Our clients are over the moon about their new laneway house. Here they chat about what they’ve always wanted in a custom-built home.
Novell celebrates our first laneway houseWe completed our very first laneway house in December of 2013. This project defied the convention of having a sitting area and kitchen on the ground floor. We flipped this home upside down and gave our clients an upstairs area for cooking, relaxing and entertaining, while providing them downstairswith the privacy and seclusion they requested. Ergonomics and saving space was key in this build. Some features include hidden drawers and a horizontal mechanical room accessible from the upstairs deck. A living roof adds unique green space while the home’s deck provides south-facing views of East Vancouver.
What Was Most Exciting for You?
Chatting about the process of building their laneway house, our clients share what they were most excited about during the project.
“You made it feel like the TARDIS–it’s bigger on the inside.”
Want to know more?
Sink your teeth into our fun and informative blog
- So just what is a laneway house? Our crash-course gives you all the details.
- It’s no surprise that laneway homes aren’t the size the of mansions. But here’s why these houses aren’t as small as they seem.
- Why are laneway homes so good for the City of Vancouver? Because they increase density in a thoughtful way.
How did the Design Build process provide value for you?
Design Build is an integration of two broad disciplines that culminate in a well-managed, high-quality project. Our clients talk about the value this system provided them and their completed laneway house.
Embrace small living today.
An extreme home makeover
There’s something special about breathing new life into an older home, where thoughtful solutions translate into truly meaningful spaces.
Let us help you to discover how your home can be the best it can be through a Design + Build major addition or renovation. We provide full service design, permitting, and construction of your project from start to finish.
The challenge of bringing an older home up to today’s standards for modern living and enjoyment, complete with meeting today’s building codes, can be well worth it, especially where a personal connection to a home is preserved. Our team manages this project with thoughtful design strategies, structural and energy strategies, and budget management.
“…[the] team de-stressed the project and made it actually fun and enjoyable…”
Renovating your home allows you to introduce modern, functional living to spaces that were never designed with you in mind. And it’s not just about aesthetics and layouts, either. This is also the perfect opportunity to consider adding the latest in smart home technology and energy-saving features.
Your home, reimagined.
More than just a facelift
Update your home with a refurbishment of finishes and materials, thoughtful interior design and a brand-new feel.
You love your neighbourhood, your kids’ school, your backyard, but you feel your home is overdue for a refresh. Our refurbishment services help you update your look, redo your kitchen, bathroom, or that basement suite you’ve always been meaning to get to. Our expedited process takes you through design and construction in style. An integrated team of designers and builders means the answers are at our fingertips when necessary. The project is over before you know it and you get to enjoy your just-like-new home in a flash.
Refurbishing a home, which includes maintenance and repairs, is just about the greenest thing you can do for a house. When compared to building new, refurbishments generate a lot less waste. There’s no demolition or excavation, which means less heavy equipment and less fuel spent.