for discerning and busy professionals
OUR DESIGN SERVICES
This is one of the crucial first steps to starting any Greater Vancouver home design and building project.
We need to confirm your home building lot is suitable to build what you want. This applies whether you have an existing lot or buying a new home building lot.
We'll review your site comprehensively, identifying any factors which may negatively impact your home design.
This is where our creativity shines! A GREAT custom home design is the difference between a finished custom home build that you LOVE ♥... or one full of "design regrets". You only get one chance to design your custom home properly, so make sure you get it right by working with a highly experienced home design team!
Our custom home designs have been recognized across North America, and have been nominated and won over 23 awards.
Click here to check out our portfolio and view our Vancouver home designs (among many others!).
TIP: The design process should also be really fun and exciting. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you should ensure you enjoy the team you're working with.
Click here to book a complimentary call to see if the Phase One Design team might be a good fit.
The various Building Codes and Zoning Bylaws which govern Greater Vancouver home designs require certain documents be submitted along with construction drawings and for the purposes of your Permit submission.
These documents are obtained from "third party consultants". The list is different for each Greater Vancouver municipality. However, some examples include a Structural Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Building Envelope Engineer, Energy Consultant, and the list goes on...
We'll be straight up with you...This part of the process is usually extremely technical and boring for homeowners.
But it is 100% mandatory.
This is why we will take care of this entire process for you.
Custom Home Budget Management
Your new custom home budget needs to be managed responsibly throughout all stages of the project.
Our team will be involved in helping you establishing your initial budget range, and working together with the custom home builder throughout all the various stages of the process to make sure your budget is respected.
Regardless of how large or small your home building budget is, our team will always treat your money like our own, and find innovative solutions to get the most bang for your buck, and balance this with preserving quality.
Before starting any design work, there's a lot that happens behind the scenes.
We'll help you map out and plan your entire project from these early stages to construction.
We'll discuss budgets, the process, and ensure your custom home building project is planned out for success.
Sound overwhelming? Don't worry, we're your Trusted Advisors through this process. We'll keep things detailed, but simple. We know you're busy and have a ton of other things to do. We're here for you.
Your home's exterior and floor plan design is only half of the equation. As this design is in progress, it's important to consider the interior design, and integrating this with the overall home design.
It can be overwhelming with all the choices, but our streamlined design process makes it easy and fun.
Our interior design team specializes in residential design, and has 10+ years experience creating beautiful and functional interiors. We will help you with everything interior design related. This includes mill work design, lighting design, interior finishing selection, window coverings, furniture, and decor.
Your new custom home will will be beautiful and fully move-in ready once we're done.
If you have a third-party interior design firm that you'd like to work with, we are also happy to collaborate with them too!
Permit and Approvals Management
Every Greater Vancouver home design will require approval from a Municipal Authority, and in some cases, more than one.
You may have heard horror stories of home design projects being stuck in permits for an extended period of time.
The reality is that if you have an experienced design team managing and negotiating your permit, this can go a long way in saving a significant amount of time (in some cases months) off the approval time frame.
Our team has extensive experience with Greater Vancouver home design approvals. We understand the requirements, process, strategy, and nuances of each Municipality, and to make this stage of your home design as stress-free and as quick as possible.
Click here for a full list of Vancouver area municipalities we work in
Seeing your custom home design come to life is one of the most exciting parts of the process!
But it can also be a bit intimidating, as there is a lot going on.
We are here to support you during this phase. At this point, your Vancouver custom home builder should be managing the project on a day-to-day basis.
However, it's always great for our home designers and the custom home builder to collaborate during construction, especially if unexpected items come up. We are here for you through the entire construction.
Once we're ready to start design,
all Greater Vancouver home designs are subject to numerous Zoning Bylaw and Building Code restrictions.
City of Vancouver home designs also involve a lot of upfront coordination and requests for information from various sources, and prior to starting design. We will take care of all of this for you.
It is of utmost importance your design team (like ours) is highly experienced in navigating these regulations, and without compromising the beauty and function of your home design.
3D Visualization and
We get it. Floor plans can be hard to read.
You want to make sure you're making all the right decisions throughout your home design process. But first, you need to understand what exactly you're looking at. That's where 3D visualization comes in.
We have powerful tools we utilize throughout the entire design process. Your design presentations are all completed in a 3D environment, among many other visualization tools and techniques we have.
It's our job to deliver a beautiful home design. But it's also our job to make sure you understand exactly what you're getting, before you commit to starting construction.
In this way, you can make educated and confident decisions.
We do all of that within our design process.
Ask us how. Reach out to get more information.
Custom Home Builder Selection
Every custom home design will inevitably require a custom home builder (of course!)
Finding and selecting a home builder can be incredibly intimidating. That's why we will lead you through this process too. We have worked with numerous Greater Vancouver custom home builders, and home builders all across the province of BC. With our local experience, we know "who's who" when it comes to custom home builders. We know who's good (and who's not so good).
If you've already selected a home builder, or have your own shortlist in mind, we are always happy to work with them too!
Regardless of whether it's a builder we recommend, or a builder that you've brought to the table, we help you through the entire selection process with our unbiased opinion, and so you're confident in your final home builder selection.
The Vancouver home design process is much more than just design. There is a LOT involved to execute a custom home design and build project properly.
It can be overwhelming and confusing.
That's why we offer a turnkey concierge-style service. We navigate you through the entire process. We take care of all the details. From start to finish. A summary of what our service includes is below.
we'll help answer all of them.
Design-related, budget-related, or anything else on your mind.
vancouver home design locations
a list of the Greater Vancouver and area municipalities we work in
*don't see your city below? Contact us for more info as this is not a fully comprehensive list
Specializing in West Side Vancouver luxury custom homes. Includes laneway homes, major renovations, and complex sites.
WHISTLER AND SQUAMISH
Experienced in all Municipalities from Horseshoe Bay and northward to Whistler, including Bowen Island
The beautiful and unique topography of these mountainous and water front home building sites always inspires some breathtaking home design
COQUITLAM AND PORT COQUITLAM
We love working with the vibrant nature of young families and multi-generational families building in these two cities.
VANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLANDS
Experience with the various Municipal Districts and challenging site conditions associated with new home design and builds in these areas.
TOWNSHIP AND CITY OF LANGLEY
The larger custom home building lots which are typical in this area
are a home designer's best friend.
OKANAGAN AND INTERIOR BC
We have extensive experience with delivering our high quality designs and service throughout all of Interior BC
BURNABY AND RICHMOND
Extensive experience in both of these Municipalities directly adjacent to City of Vancouver.
DELTA, TSAWWASSEN AND WHITE ROCK
We love designing homes in the idyllic surroundings of these three municipalities, with their beautiful natural surroundings and views.
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the Phase One Design difference
Quality is always our #1 priority.
As one of our clients, you will only work with highly experienced senior designers, who have specialized experience with residential design.
Kathy Yuen, the firm's principal, is involved in every project. We have complete 600+ home design projects in the past 15 years.
Regardless of new home, renovation, or virtual design, you access our top talent.
BEAUTY & BUDGET
We believe every design can be beautiful and on-budget.
We understand costs and how design controls the overall construction budget. We treat your money like our own. We feel we have a responsibility to stretch your dollars as far as possible, but without sacrificing quality.
Our ability to execute this has been proven through all our projects. From non-profit low income housing to multi-million dollar luxury homes. Beauty is never sacrificed. Nor is budget.
It's all about creativity to get the best of both worlds.
We are intentionally a boutique firm, but with a large geographic reach.
We accept a limited number of projects so we can focus on the clients we have and deliver exceptional service and design quality.
We service clients internationally and set up to deliver any of our services 100% online.
Our systems are user-friendly, regardless of how savvy (or not) you are at technology.
We promise our technology is so slick, that you won't even miss commuting to design meetings.
Prefer to meet in person? We'd love to do that too. We have studios in Vancouver & Calgary or can travel to you.
*Effective Mar 16, 2020, all meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice due to the Coronavirus
AWARDS & LEADERSHIP
We are recognized leaders in the residential design industry and known for our beautiful, edgy, yet timeless designs.
Our design work has over 23+ awards + nominations. We have been featured in numerous publications, garnered a long list of accolades and media appearances, including with HGTV stars such as Bryan Baeumler.
Our YouTube channel, Custom Homes with Kathy is a leading educational resource for homeowners worldwide
We work side-by-side with you to capture your vision, but lead you through the process to make it the best it can be.
We believe you should get the design YOU want.
Not what we think you should have. Or what might win an award (...unless of course, you tell us that's what you want - we can do that too 😉)
But unlike some other firms, we will never force our ideas upon you. In the end, it is your home. Customized exactly to suit you.