Our design team will accompany you for every step of the creative process to create the ideal custom-made home for you to enjoy your desired lifestyle. From beginning to end of the process, we strive to make your experience agreeable, transparent and as harmonious and fluid as possible.
First and foremost, we will be attentive to your vision. To create inspirational living spaces that are bathed in natural light, functional and comfortable, while respecting the environment, your budget, your health and that of your loved ones: that is our mission! Our team of enthusiastic experts is always relatable and ready to give their best on projects ranging from the most modest of single-family homes up to more complex or high-end projects: inter-generational, semi-detached or multi-unit housing, indoor pools, medical clinics and others. Moreover, you will benefit from the added value of having design and construction handled under one roof, both teams mutually enriching each other through every project with a free flow of information and ideas. Another of our strengths is always having construction imperatives in mind throughout the process as we construct most of the structures we design!
Budgetary imperatives are always a prime consideration and our approach is to propose a financial pre-feasability of your project when you first visit our office, free of charge. Shall you decide to continue with UrbanÉco, we calculate three estimates at the design phase, followed by a quote upon completion of the design process.
All our houses are at least certified Novoclimat, solar passive and bioclimatic, have superior insulation and consume a minimum quantity of water and energy. Our design approach encompasses the global site characteristics to maximize the passive solar energy input and make the best use of the topography and specificities of the terrain and the surrounding environment. We can start from a blank page to create your dream home, or you can consult our library of plans from previous projects, style studies and eco-friendly model homes designed by our team. You already have your architect and would like an UrbanEco construction? We will be pleased to discuss with your architects to finalize the particulars of construction and propose green alternatives where possible, in keeping with the project’s technical and budgetary imperatives. Moreover, our architectural drawings are drafted using powerful software specifically designed for building conception. This allows for detailed project visualization with high quality 3D renderings.
The service of interior design is integrated with the design process of the architectural drawings, as it is a key component. We create comfortable, functional and beautiful interior spaces according to your lifestyle and esthetic preferences.
During our very first meeting, you will have the occasion to learn more about the services we provide, whether it’s in architecture, construction, or one of our eco-neighborhoods. This meeting is free of charge and will also allow us to calculate an approximate budgetary estimate of your project as well as elaborate on the next steps to move forward.
Before we move along with your project, our estimator will calculate a more precise budgetary estimate of your project. In order to do so, we will collect more details about some particularities of your land and the services you would like to require from us.
Conceptual Design Study
In line with our philosophy of respecting the environment, we draw our projects based on your land to minimize the negative impacts construction can have on surrounding nature. Therefore, our architecture team will evaluate your land even before they start to draw the plans and gather various information such as the site’s topography, important views or panoramas, dominating winds and types of soil. With this information and various photos, images and drawings of inspiration explored with you, we are finally able to draw. Your dream is starting to come to fruition! These first blueprints include perspectives, site planes and schematics showing the architecture of the building.
Official Blueprints and Specifications
Once you are completely satisfied with the plans so far, we can draw the plans that will be used for construction and focus on various details. At this stage, you can choose your indoor and outdoor finishes and we will add plans for the roof, electricity, the foundation, details for the stairs and built-in furnishing. In order to help you choose the best materials possible suitable for your needs, a document with all specifications related to the plans will be annexed. These specifications will also help different suppliers submit their quotes.
Official Quotes and Construction Contract
The official blueprints and specifications are approved and signed by you! You can now ask for an official quote from UrbanÉco and/or another contractor if you wish. We like to offer some flexibility to our clients so we either built turnkey houses, or split construction tasks to allow you to get involved and reduce the costs. We also provide guidance and estimates to assist you through the process with your financial institution. If needed, we bring some last changes to the plans, print the lasted version, obtain a construction permit and once your construction contract is signed, we can begin the construction!
Construction and Acceptation
We now have the pleasure to introduce you to our production team! As a general contractor, we can hire our own construction team, who is very detail-oriented, has great work ethic and is very knowledgeable regarding ecofriendly houses. As for our suppliers, they are well-aware of our high-quality standards and they work hard to apply them. Communication, planning and quality control is our motto!