The main task was to transform a small traditional house into an elegant two-storey edifice, without an intimidating budget. Work was also done on restructuring the basement and installing insulation. The client was completely satisfied: the house sold very quickly, which was the goal.
Even though the house’s height did not allow for a second floor, it was possible to build it by putting the entire second storey under the roof, which also saved on costs. The basement apartment walkout at the back ended up being above ground, creating an illusion of three storeys - quite a feat in a neighborhood where no more than two are allowed. All the work was done on a modest budget, thanks to keeping the original walls and simply building on them, including a complete change to their façade, as well as the roof.
Our scope included the following:
- Building permit procurement
- Floor plans and elevations design
- Architectural control during construction and contract administration*
- Interior design
*Architectural control during construction:
Once the building permit is issued, we help with the hiring of a general contractor and ensure that the architectural plans are being followed. Since the city inspector checks the construction site on a regular basis, it is essential that the work carried out strictly corresponds to permit drawings. Normally, about 50% of building projects do not pass such inspections. This results in remediation measures, which means an extra cost to the customer and delays in construction.