At Bldg Studio Inc. we are always aiming to serve you better. When we began 6 years ago we offered the standard drafting package common in Saskatoon. Over the years we have expanded to include most of the services you need to complete your project successfully. These include design interviews , schematic design and site planning, full preliminary design including virtual reality models, construction drawings and documents, contract administration, and supplemental services.
We have developed a rigorous initial interview for our clients in order to asses their exact needs and desires for their project. We develop a program, budget, and analysis of the user. We first assess the neighbourhood, the site and solar exposure in order to place the building in the correct spot. We then discuss the needs of all the users and determine the adjacencies of use to ensure the efficiency of the design. Additional items may include the need for a Discretionary Use application or Appeal process.
With the information gathered from the interview and analysis, we begin the design. Typically we spend time sketching and creating massing models to come up with the first set of plans. This is the stage where we workshop the uses and adjacencies to ensure that the design will work on the site and the philosophy of the project is met.
The design drawings are then developed based on the above information. The drawings are done to scale and final square footage and budgeting are assessed. During this phase the materials and products are explored in preparation for the construction documents. Deliverables of this phase include a neighbourhood plan, site plan and zoning review, floor plans, exterior elevations, rendering, and 3D virtual tour.
The construction drawings are the final drawings and text for the work that is to be done on the project. These are the contract between the client and the builder and are required to obtain a building permit. They consist of the following pages:
- General Notes and Code Review
- Site Plan and Zoning Review
- Foundation Plan
- Floor Plans
- Roof Plan
- Exterior Elevations
- Building Sections
- Interior Elevations
- Construction Details
- Electrical and RCP Plans
- Window & Door Schedules
- Structural (by others)
- Mechanical (by others)
We work with the client to select interior finishes including flooring, wall finishes, paint colours, countertops, drapery, and ceiling finishes. We also design the millwork and cabinetry including kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and specialty woodworking such as bookshelves, window seats, and other built-ins.
Throughout the construction of the project we conduct site visits at specific intervals to ensure that the design and drawings are being carried out correctly by the contractor. This includes answering questions, making clarifications, communicating problems, and negotiations. We provide Site Instruction documents and Change Orders to ensure that that contract is being correctly managed.
We can assist you with communications at City Hall, zoning changes, appeals, and discretionary use applications. We can provide renderings for marketing purposes as well as full virtual reality models.