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.
- 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
The site visit is complimentary and without obligation. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from Jim’s 30+ years of experience in architecture. Contact Jim today.
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.
By the end of this phase you will be well on your way to your custom dream home or cottage design with:
- a site plan, floor plans (with size and location of rooms) and key elevations
- 3D renderings and/or a physical model to help you visualize your home
- 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.
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From Our Clients
Just a note to say how happy Pat and I are with our new home. We had a lovely Christmas and have had numerous compliments on it. I am confident that with the quality of materials and workmanship used in the construction of our new home, it will remain attractive for years to come.
Just a quick note to let you know both Patti and I are very pleased with our new addition. Your organization delivered the project on time and on budget. We were very impressed with the quality of workmanship delivered by your sub-contractors and the rates which you negotiated. We are especially pleased with the support and service we received from your superintendent on site.
Cathy and David
A few years ago, we engaged Jim Bell to design a major remodel for our home in Ottawa. This was a very big commitment for us and something we'd be planning on doing for a few years. Throughout the entire process, Jim was not only a sound and innovative creative voice, but it was always tempered with reasonable, pragmatic thinking.We have no issue recommending Jim Bell Design to anyone considering a remodel project. Once again thank you for an excellent effort.