At Matthews Design, not only do we strive to design 100% to your needs and criteria, but prior to each individual project, we will consult with the local officials and regulating agencies to determine all zoning requirements, existing easements/encroachments, conservation/environmental impacts, laws and bylaws regarding your property.
For whatever your residential project may be, we prepare & work through drawing phases starting with field Measurements, provide design concepts & complete working drawings for permit and construction quoting.
To get started on your custom home project, you by now own a piece of property. If the property has an existing home you will require a demolition permit from the municipality. Other things to consider for custom homes, as most are located in rural areas is having a functioning water well or municipal water connection, hydro and gas connection, area allocated for septic system, all possible conservation authority, zoning setbacks & by-laws have been researched, as this will create a building envelope showing you the remaining area on the lot where & what size of home you can build. (This varies, depending on your specific site)
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There are two major differences in additions which have different outcomes. One is living in town with municipal amenities & the other is living in rural countryside. Both have different Zoning by-laws & in rural areas additions can have an effect on your existing septic system. Whether in town or rural, additions do require a number of subconsultants, the septic system will require an extra subconsultant. To start the process for an addition with our firm it will require a consultation.
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The most important step in renovating your home is proper planning. To save precious time and money later on, its imperative to take a breath early on and think through all your design changes and how they impact each other. We would be happy to walk through your home with you and provide detailed drawings to do this step right – the first time.
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Are you thinking about adding a garage to your home? Single or two car? Maybe a carport? Or what about an artist studio or workshop? Whatever the case may be, we can help.
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You are now looking at adding a new deck or extending onto an existing deck, or maybe wanting to change the appearance of your house by adding a porch. Even though the overall scope of work may seem small, there are still many rules, regulations, by-laws and licenses required by the municipality. To start the process Matthews Design would be required to Field Measure the existing house footprint.
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