At Jim Bell Architectural Design our process is unique and tailored to ensure that the experience of building your new custom home, or renovating your existing one, respects your time, money and dreams, while ultimately culminating in results that wow you—a custom home or cottage that is beautiful, functional and a joy for you and your family for years to come. You want to choose the right architecture firm for you, and the design process is key to not only a successful outcome, but also the journey you will experience along the way.
First, Jim offers a complimentary phone consultation to confirm a few details and understand your needs so that he can prepare for a meeting or site consultation. Jim will share his design process and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about your project and next steps.
The initial consultation is complimentary and without obligation. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from Jim’s 30+ years of experience. Contact us today.
- listen to your desires and goals and provide feedback on lot attributes and benefits
- show you how many crucial custom home design decisions are strongly influenced by the physical properties of the build site
- discuss zoning restrictions and the relationship between the natural characteristics of your property and desired build features
Fee applies. If you sign a contract with us, the site consultation fee will be applied to your retainer.
The Program Brief will document key elements of your project including: design objectives, space requirements, budget estimates, proposed schedule, site and zoning analyses, site survey and soil/geotechnical report.
A Program Brief will not only reduce headaches and smooth the process considerably, but will also reduce your overall design/build budget when compared to skipping this step and jumping into drawings and construction before your needs, wants and budget are fully understood.
Now, with a strong understanding of your needs, wants and dreams and an analysis of the technical requirements fully documented, Jim begins with a blank page and over 30 years of design-build experience to make your vision a reality. He doesn’t just modify an existing design, Jim develops new sketches to illustrate the look and feel of your new home.
By the end of this phase you will be well on your way to your custom dream home or cottage design with:
- a preliminary site plan
- floor plans (with size and location of rooms)
- key exterior elevation drawing(s)
- preliminary cost estimates for construction
Be assured; you will be part of the team and decision-making process every step of the way.
With Jim Bell Design Inc the design of your custom home or cottage doesn’t end with the structure itself, but also can include a complete interior design and landscaping plan. If you choose those options, Jim’s drawings will include interior finishes, room layouts, colours, fixtures, appliances, hard and soft landscaping and other design details that will make your house your home.
The construction documents are extensive and provide the specific details required for building your home or cottage.
During construction, we establish regular site meetings, carry out unscheduled reviews and assist the contractor with additional information or direction. We review proposed alternates and co-ordinate required administrative duties. We review shop drawings from the major sub-trades and meet with them as required. We review, monitor and administer all payments to the contractor, and can certify mortgage draws, at your bank’s request. At the conclusion of construction, we review the project and report on deficiencies.
We also review the completed project eleven months after completion, before the standard contractor warranties expire, and produce a warranty deficiency list, if required.
Download more information about the architectural design process, and more, from our Resources page.
Speak with Jim to share your vision. A consultation is complimentary and without obligation. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from his 30+ years of experience. Contact Jim Bell today!
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“Jim helped us take our home design from ordinary to extraordinary! His attention to detail, strength at managing space and proportions and knowledge of the needs of a house from the inside out, made our house the dream space we were hoping for. We won't hesitate to contact Jim in the future, when the need arises.”
Rosanna & Jamie
“Innovative design that truly transformed the look and utility of our cottage. Design complemented the landscape with end result looking as if the cottage was an original build. Attention to details both inside and out gave the cottage a modern flare while retaining the history, through the use of board and battens and roof line details.”
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