What’s included in a Narratif project?
In close collaboration with you we establish the goals, scope of work, timing and budget for your project, whether it be a new build, renovation or addition. This includes understanding the desired spatial requirements as well as design aspirations. A solid foundation of common understanding and deep rapport at this stage ensures a smooth and enjoyable onward journey.
Site & Zoning Analysis
We review the existing property and/or building conditions taking into account existing terrain, vegetation, structures, heritage elements, sunlight and views. In addition, the local zoning by-laws applicable are reviewed. For renovations and additions, a set of as-built drawings is part of this phase. For additions and new builds, a full and up to date survey is typically required.
Conceptual architectural designs enable you to explore and evaluate the design options. We work together until you are completely delighted with your design before taking it to the next phase.
Appropriate contractors are invited to interview. This is first chance to carry out some preliminary budget input on the design concept. Integrated technical decisions from a selected contractor is available at this point onwards, providing valuable budgetary assistance going forwards.
Once the design concept has been approved, the building (plans and elevations) is developed in greater detail in preparation for the next stages.
Zoning Review Applications
Preparation of zoning review applications if offered by the relevant municipality. This confirms and/or identifies compliance or non-compliance with the zoning by-law and any planning applications required for the project proposal.
Minor Variance Applications
Preparation of minor variance applications for submission to the municipality’s Committee of Adjustment. A third party Planner is typically recommended to present the project at a hearing before the Committee.
Co-ordination of surveyors, grading engineers, structural and mechanical engineers, geotechnical engineers, arborists, landscape designers, and any other consultants to ensure building systems are well integrated, and site design meets the City requirements.
Design and co-ordination of plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules required for construction, and the permit application process.
Building Permit Applications
Preparation of the various building permit application sub-categories and ensuing co-ordination with municipal staff to manage the permit approval process.
Design work includes room concepts, drawings, specifications for selection and detailing of interior fixtures and finishes. This also includes a reflected ceiling plan (electrical plan) for all floors.
Cabinetry & Millwork Design
Design work related to the design and detailing of custom cabinetry including kitchen cabinetry, vanities, built-ins, staircase details, fire-place surrounds, typical trim details, custom panelling and wall/ceiling treatments, and other specialist millwork pieces.
General Review During Construction
Periodic/regular on-site reviews during the course of construction to ensure conformance with the architectural design is maintained, and to assist with any clarification if required.