We’ve been happily serving the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Bruce Peninsula throughout Southern Ontario for over 5 years, here’s what some of our previous clients had to say about working with us.
Turning Single family home into legal duplex
We purchased a house downtown that we wanted to turn into a legal duplex. We hired Mark to draw up the plans and submit to the City. During the design process Mark was very patient and efficient. He also came up with some innovative ideas. The plans were submitted and were approved by the City without ANY changes. We highly recommend Mark. He is detail oriented; a very good communicator and was always ready and willing to answer our questions. It was a sheer pleasure to know him and work with him.
N & J Stoner
Interior and Exterior renovation and addition
Our Goal: to do extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of our house that involved restructuring our roof and creating an open-concept for our interior space. We had no idea how to move forward with the project.
Mark worked on preparing plans for a whole house renovation where we could do some of the work ourselves and be general contractors for the larger structural changes. He spent a great deal of time talking to us about our home and rural property and taking accurate measurements of the existing structure. The conversations and measurements were translated into several design proposals that would meet our needs. Mark continued to meet with us to refine our design options. Although we must have been challenging clients because we did not have a clear picture of what we wanted, he did not issue any ultimatums during the design process. Instead, we were offered complete design options from which we were able to pick and choose. His design ideas varied from very conservative to bold. Being given the option of combining designs instead of choosing only one was exactly what we were looking for. Mark’s background in construction allowed him to point out advantages and disadvantages for different designs. He worked with the town building inspector to get permits approved and made any design adjustments required. Mark was able to change plans in a timely manner to incorporate an additional removal of a small wall which lengthened the beam needed, while construction was occurring. He was able to alter the plan, have it sent to the building inspector and approved on a day when roads were closed due to a snow storm. Although initially reluctant to work directly with a homeowner, our contractors were happy to do the work as soon as they saw the details and quality of the plan.
We were completely satisfied with Mark’s technical knowledge and professional approach. We would not hesitate to refer anyone to Mark for architectural design services.
Complete interior renovation and 2 storey rear addition
Mark is an effective communicator and provided great service from the day I signed up to the day I received my second set of building permits over a year later. Mark came up with creative solutions for the open concept design I wanted as well as the approach I should take with the city in order to start work on the building quicker. Mark was also an invaluable part of the Committee of Adjustments (“CofA”) process. He diligently prepared the case and did a great job of representing my project and he was successful in obtaining a minor variance for the third floor addition and basement apartment portion of the project.
The total project involved a complete renovation and two storey addition of a fully detached three-storey home. Mark thoughtfully redesigned the floor plans for each floor of the building in order to provide the open concept living we desired and a separate one bedroom apartment in the basement. The project did have some challenges during construction, but Mark was able to effectively navigate the issues at hand and come up with timely solutions. Overall, I would recommend Mark and would use him again for any future projects.