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Design:

  • Drawings,
  • Estimates.

▸ Requirements Gathering,
▸ Consult Specialist,
▸ Creativity.

Design Purpose

The design is used to communicate the renovation details to everyone involved in the project.

A design is made up of pictures and specifications. It shows what is to be built in concrete... objective terms.

Sometimes it is just a sketch. Other times it is pages of drawings and details.

Getting to a design requires a balance of communication and analytical skills, creativity and experience.


Iterative Process

Early in every project there is a discussion about your needs and goals.

The design takes shape by translating these “wants” into specifications and drawings. It is an iterative process, where we review-and-refine the design until it captures the spirit of the original needs and goals.


1. Collect Requirements:

  • Needs, goals
  • Sketches
  • Ideas from Internet
  • Measurements
  • Budget

2. Consult specialists as needed

  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Engineer

3. Prepare some initial designs

4. Review designs:

  • Pros and Cons?
  • Likes and dislikes?
  • Add new requirements

♺ Refine Design:

    Redesign and Review until OK.

☑ Final Design

Drawings

As part of a project, we work together to create drawings for the Building Permits.

When a special beam, lintel or footing is required, or if there are any doubts about a design element, we go to an engineer.

The City of Guelph site has excellent information about building permits and drawings.

"Just need Drawings for permit... I have a friend who can do the work with me."

Sure, no problem. Just pay for the time to prepare the drawings.

Usually sketches are provided with a project estimate.

You then decide either:

  • Yes.
    Pay project deposit to schedule work. Drawings prepared for free.

  • Drawings only.
    Pay just for drawings.

  • No thanks.
    Go elsewhere for work.

You also still need to pay any Engineering fees, say to size a footing. Same with any other Specialist, Decorator, etc.

Design
Kitchenette

Requirement.

Customer wanted to turn a 48" wide closet into kitchenette.

Customer google-searched "kitchenette" images for design ideas.

▸ Inspiration.
Design
Kitchen and a Movie
▸ Before.

In the Beginning...

The walls were framed. The range vent and power were in. The plumbing roughed-in.

The design process was similar to a kitchen consultation at Home Depot.

Process:

  1. Collect Requirements:
    • Take precise measurements.
    • List appliances and sizes.
  2. Prepare some initial drawings.

  3. Review-refine until OK.
▸ 2D Layout.
▸ 3D Layout.
▸ Final.

Success!

The final result looks like the design... which is the point.

Watch Kitchen movie for more on this project.

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Design
Kitchen Reno
▸ Before, view 1.

Problem Area...

☹ View from dinette is sad.

☹ Cupboard is deep and high, making storage hard to use.

▸ Before, view 2.

Problem Area...

☹ Dishwasher cut into closet is ugly.

☹ Storage above dishwasher is deep and high and hard to use.

▸ Before, 3D view.
▸ Proposed, 3D view.

3D layout was very useful for visualizing how the space could be reworked.

Features:

  • Storage via upper cabinets is usable.
  • Increased counter space.
  • Fridge and Dishwasher de-emphasized.
  • Better flow.
▸ Nearly Done.
Design
Goldilocks Ensuite
▸ Ensuite, Demolition.

What to do...

Customer had a dated 2-piece ensuite.

Needs:

☐ 3-piece ensuite.

☐ vanity storage.

Constraint...

The room was only 4'3" wide.

What-if options:

  1. No change to room size.
  2. Make room wider by 2 feet.
  3. Make room wider by 1 foot.

In this case, any space added to the bathroom is space taken away from the master bedroom.

▸ Layout 1... Too Small.
▸ Layout 2... Too Big.
▸ Layout 3... Just right.
▸ Final (inside view)

Compromise

The just-right proposal gave enough space for a good 3-piece bathroom, without taking much space away from master bedroom.

Needs:

☑ 3-piece ensuite.

☑ vanity storage.

▸ Final (doorway view)
Design
Basement and a Movie

Requirements.

  • TV rec room with gas fireplace.
  • Guest bedroom.
  • Bathroom.
  • Storage.
  • Laundry.

Process.

  • Took measurements.
  • Prepared some possible layouts.
    ....Really old drawings from AutoCad days...
▸ Proposed A.
▸ Proposed B.
▸ Proposed C.

Movie

Watch "basement movie" for more on this.

basement
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Design
Another Basement

Requirements:

  • Started with builder's basement drawing.
  • TV rec room with office area.
  • Guest bedroom.
  • Bathroom.
  • Storage.

Builder Before Layout..

We can do better...

Create as-is Layout.

I put a 12"x12" grid on the floor so customers can sketch layout ideas.

Design in Progress (3D).

Nicer flow over builder's sketch.

▸ TV Room, Before.
▸ TV Room, 3D view.
▸ TV Room with Hall entrance.

Looking Good.

Beveled corners make the hallway more welcoming.

IKEA cabinets installed. Waiting for counter.

▸ Hall, Drywall
▸ Hall, After.
▸ Landing, before.
▸ Landing, after.
▸ Bathroom, before.
▸Bathroom drawing.
▸ Bathroom, after.

Looking Good.

Cosco shower with tiled walls (and shampoo nook).











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