Basement Suite Design & Drafting Services

Unfinished Basements to 50 Year Old Basement Renewals

A staple of many renovations, basement and in-law suites are often the financial backbone of many projects we’re involved with. Often triggered by the need to support a family member or obtain some additional income, there’s only one type of suite allowed in single family homes – secondary suites. If your adding a second kitchen or a laundry facility; no matter whom you’re making it for, it’s a secondary suite.

Basement suite design (or secondary suite design) & construction go one of two ways. Firstly it can be very simple to complete within your current as-built conditions with limited renovations and little collateral work.

On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for there to be a number of technical and design limitations that can be overcome but with invasive and expensive renovations.

Structural modifications, changes to heating systems, window resizing and relocation, smoke detractors and electrical upgrades are common for more invasive basement suite renovations.

Legal Basement Suite Requirements Include:

  • Hardwired smoke detectors
  • Minimum number of wall plugs
  • Minimum headroom limitations
  • Provisions for life safety, accessibility
  • Emergency egress windows in every bedroom
  • Provisions for life safety, accessibility
  • Emergency egress windows in every bedroom

Basement & Secondary Suite Design & Drafting Services

Unfinished Basements to 50 Year Old Basement Renewals

Working 3D Model

The process of obtaining a basement suite begins by assessing your space, current foundation condition and your local municipal zoning by-laws and requirements.

A simple call to your city building department can lead you to the latter of these answers however, an assessment of the space and the condition of the structure should be left to someone with design or construction experience.

We’ve completed dozens of basement suites over the years and have considerable experience working through all the necessary building codes requirements, zoning by-laws and regulations. If your planning to put in a suite, be sure to contact us first for your free on-site consultation.

Associated Services:

  • Technical Consulting
  • As-Built Drawings
  • Master Planning
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Building Permit Docs
  • Development Drawings
  • Architectural Drafting
adaptive design basement suite design & drafting services
adaptive design basement suite design & drafting services
adaptive design basement suite design & drafting services
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Basement Suite Design & Permit Process

Unfinished Basements to 50 Year Old Basement Renewals

  • 1. Measure & Create As-Built Plans

    Dependent on the circumstances, complete on-site measurements and create the as-built basement drawings. Should you choose, well create working interior 3D perspectives and walkthroughs to validate design decisions.

  • 2. Schematic & Design Development

    Working within the built conditions and zoning by-laws, we work together with you through the basic conceptual schematic design and develop a concrete plan that that works with your budget and lifestyle.

  • 3. Permit Drawings & Structural

    Once design is virtually settled we engage a structural engineer for the structural design portion (where applicable). During this time, we finalize our permit drawing package to reflect the specific scope of work for your project.

  • 4. Quarterback Permit Submission

    With all the forms, application documents, architectural drawings and structural drawings in hand, we’re now ready to submit the building permit. While not necessary, we generally quarterback the permit submission process acting as the clients agent and delivering the building permit stress free.

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Basement Suite Projects

When it comes to home renovations, we’ve worked on all scales of work and can certainly assist you to bring your vision to life. Here’s a couple these interior renovation projects but if you have questions, we invite you to contact us.

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