Architectural Designer FAQs Part 4

We know everyone has questions, especially when embarking on a custom home or renovation project with an architectural designer. Every Friday in March we’ll be addressing a few of the most common questions clients pose to Jim Bell. This week we discuss the topic “Process and Timing”.

 

Process and Timing

 

How long does the design process usually take?

 

Typically, from site visit to completion of technical drawings and a permit application for your new custom home, the design process takes 3 to 4 months. The time necessary is largely dependent on your schedule and availability for feedback during the design process. As we collaborate throughout the design process your input is critical.

 

Do I have to get my own building permit?

 

Jim Bell Architectural Design & Build has a fantastic team that is dedicated to acquiring all the necessary permits and approvals for your project in a timely and efficient manner. We keep you updated along the way with status reports, and call and visit the municipal offices to ensure we are doing everything possible to move your permit application for your new Ottawa or Pembroke custom home or renovation along as quickly as possible.

 

If you prefer to handle the permit process yourself, we are available to address any design or site plan modifications as required.

 

How long will it take to get my building permit?

 

Building permit approval time is multi-factorial. There are numerous items that influence the length of time it takes to receive a building permit, for example: site-specific approvals, involvement of the local conservation authority, heritage impact statements and application for a minor variance/committee of adjustment. It can take from 1 to 6 months or more for the Building Department to issue your building permit. Once we know more about your project, we can provide a better estimate of the time you should expect.

 

Each municipality has different requirements and protocols for their building permit application process. When embarking on a design in a new area, we start by calling the municipal Planner/Zoning Examiner and Building & Planning Department to ensure we have a full understanding of the applicable zoning bylaws and building permit application requirements. However, we are already very familiar with the expectations in Ottawa, Pembroke and many other municipalities in the Ottawa Valley/Eastern Ontario.

 

Do you also do the build?

 

We provide Project Management Services to compliment the design of your Ottawa custom home. We have a network of trusted trades & suppliers that will apply the same level of quality, attention to detail and customer service to the build as Jim and his team apply to the design process and to managing the build for you.

 

Upon request, we are happy to send additional information and meet with you to review our project management services and our unique service offering, IPD — integrated project delivery.