Bldg Studio Inc. offers full design services including schematic, design development, construction drawings and contract administration. Our software enables clients to view their projects in a hypermodel which integrates the 2D and 3D navigation, saving time and money for the construction phase.
We offer a high level of customer service by coaching our clients through the design and construction process. We go above and beyond, including relationship mediation, to ensure that our client's needs and wishes are met in both the design and construction drawings.
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. BIMx is an augmented reality walk-through of the house. This is like a “game” of your house that you can walk through on your computer, tablet or phone. All of the information from the construction drawings are included in this file. We encourage the contractor or builder to also view this file in order to ensure that the design vision is understood by the whole team. BIMx is compatible with Google Cardboard VR, allowing a rich, immersive experience of building design on iOS and Android smart phones