Welcome to

Adaptive Design Inc –

Kelowna's Residential Design Experts

The 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 design service you can imagine!

Based out of Kelowna BC, we’ve been serving the Okanagan, Lower Mainland & Vancouver Island for more than thirteen years. Over that time we’ve garnered a reputation for broad technical knowledge, thoughtful design & quality architectural documentation.

Adaptive Design - Custom Kelowna single family home

An Introduction to

Our Residential Design Services

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.

Meet Chris Nugent

Owner, Principal Designer & Wearer of Many Hats

A Bachelor of Architectural Science, years working in Architectural firms on residential scale projects and a large growing family means Chris understands your needs and how to get to your goal.

A family man based in the Upper Mission of Kelowna BC, between hockey or soccer for his four kids, Chris would love to meet with you to discuss your residential design needs…

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Our Featured

Residential Design Projects

From small scale to large custom projects and renovations & additions, Chris has successfully completed a project just like yours. Take a look at some of his recent residential design projects.

Our Education

We’re professional residential designers, trained by working Architectural professionals with extensive working experience within professional Architectural practices.

Our Experience

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

Our Technology

We’ve adopted leading technologies, principals and systems in the industry and employ the latest design software technology, Building Information Modeling.

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

We don’t charge on the basis of how much you’re spending, rather we employee a set fee structure for each project type that is based on historical data from projects like yours.

Why Work with Us

5 Principles of Our Work

With extensive education in architectural science, years of experience working a variety of project scales & a focus on sustainable renovations, Chris is a go-to residential design professional you can trust…

We’re house whisperers who understand the zoning by-laws and building codes to keep in-line with what’s possible. We use all the latest technologies to deliver you an in depth experience of your project before placing a shovel in the ground. Complete exterior 3D mock-ups, 3D walk throughs by video & virtual tours are some examples.

Clients & Testimonials

Lee. D.

Homeowner

Chris was excellent in all aspects of the job. Right from the initial meeting we felt comfortable that he completely understood what we were looking to achieve. When it came time to submit drawings and deal with the city he went above and beyond and his experience made the whole process less stressful for us. Thanks Chris and Adaptive Design!

Gianni D.

Contractor

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.

Homeowner

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.

Questions about your next project?

Our Approach & Process

To Residential Design Projects

From small scale to large custom projects and renovations & additions, Chris has successfully completed a project just like yours. Take a look at some of his recent residential design projects.

  • 1. Free Consultation

    Lasting about an hour, each residential design project begins with a free consultation; giving everyone an opportunity to get familiarized with the project and each other.

  • 2. Prepare a Fee Proposal

    Chris will prepare a fee proposal containing all the important details of project delivery, including project timeline, fees involved & a couple examples of similar projects.

  • 3. Define Your Program

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  • 4. As-Built Drawing Creation

    Renovations require detailed on-site measurements and using Revit BIM technology, we’ll model out your entire home using the same wall, floor & roof systems your house is built from. Measuring to an 1/8″ accuracy will help us to understand exactly what the conditions are like and minimize structural expenses and costly change orders during construction derived from oversights.

  • 5. Schematic Design

    Through a series of schematic sketches and overlays showing the approximate layout, a preliminary floor plan and conceptual massing sketches are presented to you with several options and iterations.

  • 6. Design Development

    With the concepts and iterations narrowed down to one principal direction, we’ll go back to the working drawings and develop all the details and assemblies making sure that each change meets or exceeds the requirements of your local building code & zoning by-law.

  • 7. Building permit Submission

    With all the approvals in place and the required documents all assembled, the permit submission can take place. Depending on the type of project, you can expect to wait between ten days and twelve weeks for the permit to be issued.

  • 8. Construction Drawings & Tendering

    Construction documents describe the micro details of the build and include many things not describe during the macro stage of building permit documents. While not required, this is where the information required for an accurate estimate and all the details of the build are derived.