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Welcome to Adaptive Design Inc...

Kerrisdale Custom HomeThe Residential & Commercial Design, Development & Drafting Services Firm specializing in the design of new residential homes, multi-family developments, additions & renovations, laneway houses, basement suites and just about anything else home based you can imagine!

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Based out of Vancouver, BC, we've been serving the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island & the Okanagan for more than thirteen years. Over that time we've garnered a reputation for broad technical knowledge, professional quality design, unparalleled architectural documentation and overwhelming client satisfaction!

Whatever your aspiration, we'll listen first and formulate a design solution that fits your needs and budget; whether it’s a new garage, a new multi-family home or a commercial renovation.

Who We Are:

  • Our Story
  • Our Purpose
  • Our Process
  • Testimonials
Owner & Principal Designer, Chris Nugent

Founded in mid 2002 by a working Architectural Technologist, we started our independent practice with referrals from our Architect Mentors and through professional referrals. Starting with residential additions, large renovations and several new homes, we quickly grew to take on smaller more complex custom jobs and doing large-scale subcontract work for a number of Architects across BC.

Today, our Adaptive Design Team operates much like an architectural firm, we run two satellite offices where our staff of residential designers are made up of degree or diploma holding Architectural Technologists, Intern Architects and draftsmen.

After nearly thirteen years of successful practice entrenched in project of all scales, extensive experience working for Architects and a growing practice of professional referrals and individual homeowners, Adaptive Design has become a popular choice of all types of individuals looking for residential and commercial design, drafting and documentation services.

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Rendered Elevation Drawings “To turn your home aspirations into reality by creating architectural, construction-ready drawings that are based on your needs and your budget through our technical knowledge, passion for design and commitment to quality.”

Adaptive Design exists to deliver cost-effective architectural plans & services, to exceed the minimum requirements of the building code, and to comply or exceed all regulatory requirements of the BC Building Code or Vancouver Building Bylaw.

We are not trying to sound like a big architectural firm, nor do we want to become that. We pride ourselves on providing quality design, development & drafting services to anyone, and in establishing quality relationships with our clients and partners.

Here's some of the services provide...

  • Development Analysis
  • Site & Urban Planning
  • Schematic & Design Development
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Development Permit Drawings
  • Building Permit Drawing
  • Construction Drawings
  • Shop Drawings & Detailing
  • B.I.M. Modeling
  • Photo real Rendering
  • Lighting Plans
  • Board of Variance Appeals
  • Acoustic Design
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Project Management
  • Patio & Deck Design
  • Accessory Buildings
  • Mechanical Drawings

Schematic Design Sketch

The design of any project is the single most important element in the creation of a new building, renovation or addition and is therefore essential to use a well-trained and skilled design professional.

A house can be considered one of the most complex building types, so their design should only be entrusted to a proven building designer. It is not simply a matter of just drawing up a set of plans; every site is unique and has its own set of problems and possibilities.

It's our job as the design professionals and building designers to be aware of and overcome these issues while making the most of any opportunities.

Here's a detailed breakdown of our process.

The following documents are critical in the delivery of our services as they will:

  • Visual inform you of the overall intent of the project and give you the oportunity to make changes based on your response.
  • Communicate with municipal planning and building services the scope and implacations of the proposed work.
  • Tell your builder or contractor exactly how to construct the building in detail and ensure the standards and desired quality you're looking for.
  • Allow all builders and contractors who might be bidding on your project to quote for exactly the same thing and avoid an "apples to watermelons" comparison.
  • Form an integral part of your contract with the builder or contractor. For this reason, it is particularly important to engage a professional to design and document the project properly.
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Gianni D. in Vancouver, BC

"Working with Chris was a pleasure. His knowledge and experience working with the City of Vancouver was very beneficial. I look forward to working with Adaptive again in the near future.”


Despina H. in West Vancouver, BC

"I was very pleased with the service I received from the Adaptive Design group. The guys were very professional with their service and prompt with getting back to me when ever I had any questions. I would be more than happy to recommend Adaptive Design to friends or family.”


Donna D. in Kelowna, BC

"I own and run a day-care and with the purchase of a permanent dedicated home, we had some major reno's to make to meet Federal Childcare Guidelines. Development permits, engineering drawings and construction permits; Chris handled it all from Vancouver without a single problem. I know we saved thousands!”


Paul B. in Vancouver, BC

"Pleasure to work with!”


Carson K. in Burnaby, BC

"Recommended to us by a friend, Chris came in, told us what we could & couldn't do, answered our questions and didn't ask for a penny until he hand delivered our building permit...he became a friend not just our designer!”


Jacqueline O. in North Vancouver, BC

"We were extremely happy with your services and would highly recommend Adaptive Design to others!”


Jason S. in Vancouver, BC

"$8,000 in Architectural fees on a $50,000 renovation? That's what several Architects had quoted me for my project. One architect referred me to a past student of his, Chris Nugent. Personal, professional service and less than a quarter of the design costs? It wasn't a difficult decision!”


Nancy S. in Kamloops, BC

"For us it was a simple decision. We knew what we wanted up-front and rather than have an Architect charge us for a full range of services, we hired Adaptive Design and saved over 80% off the rate of competition... The level of service impressed us.”

Staff credentials:

  • Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science +

    Architectural technology is a bridge program between pure design theory and construction practice with a focus on the science of architecture in the professional daily practice. The program is a
  • Diploma of Architectural Building Technology +

    Architectural and Building Technology is a comprehensive, two-year diploma program with a focus on applied learning. It combines sound theoretical knowledge with practical skills and technical training to provide job-ready
  • Master of Whole Systems Design +

    The opposite of the dis-integrated approach—typically reveals lasting, elegantly frugal solutions with multiple benefits, which enable us to transcend ideological battles and unite all parties around shared goals.
  • Bachelor of Psychology +

    The scientific study of behaviour including thought, feeling and action, and viewed from social, developmental and biological perspectives.
  • Masters of Architecture +

    Masters Degree is required for pursuit of professionals registration as an Architect under the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.
  • LEED AP +

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. Since 2002, the Canada
  • Certificate of Architectural Drafting +

    The Architectural and Structural CADD and Graphics Technician program offers two areas of specialization: Architectural CADD and Graphics Technician and Structural CADD and Graphics Technician. The program offers training for
  • Certificate of Structural Drafting +

    The Architectural and Structural CADD and Graphics Technician program offers two areas of specialization: Architectural CADD and Graphics Technician and Structural CADD and Graphics Technician. The program offers training for
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Why Choose Adaptive Design for Your Next Project?

Our Education

Our Education:

We're registered Architectural Technologists, accredited by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, trained by working Architectural professionals with extensive working experience within professional Architectural practices.

Our Experience

Our Experience:

We have over 25 years of combined professional experience with the design & construction of wood frame housing here on the west coast. We work everyday with top design professionals on all types & scales of projects but specialize in residential design.

Our Technology

Our Technology:

We've adopted the leading technology, principals and systems in the industry and employ the latest design software technology the industry has to offer, 3D Building Information Modeling Technology (BIM) to deliver our clients the highest quality service.

Our Effectiveness

Our Effectiveness:

We're the technical minds behind the professional architectural practice and thus are grounded in the understanding of the effects of the decisions we make on behalf of our clients. We're house whisperers who understand the zoning by-laws and building codes to keep in-line with what's possible.

Our Value

Our Value:

Unlike most Architects, our scope of work is dictated by client needs rather than prescribed by a mandated scope of service enforced by a Provincial Professional Association. We don't charge on the basis of how much you're spending, rather we employee a set fee structure on each project that is based on historical data from projects like yours.

Questions about your next project? Call us at 1-866-685-9990 or  Email Us

Who Are We?

Adaptive Design Inc.

"Adaptive", the core pathway we undertake in everything we do.

Architectural science is our area of expertise and we're amongst the best at what we do.

Let us help you realize your built dreams!

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