The Tignum Design Process

Undertaking a construction project of any size can be both exciting and confusing at times. You’re excited by the possibilities for your new space but recognize that many things must occur before you can begin your construction project. At Tignum Design and Engineering we apply our knowledge of design and engineering to guide you every step of the way.

Step 1: Initial Consult

First, we schedule a design meeting to learn about your vision and discuss the project in detail. This is where we lay the groundwork for the next few months of working together to make your vision come to life.

Step 2: Preliminary Assessment

We perform a building code and municipal zoning by-law review to understand what is permitted and restricted in your specific circumstances, this will allow us to understand the challenges that may arise during the design phase. At this phase we will also prepare an estimate and contract for the proposed work.

Step 3: Preliminary Design

We present you with a preliminary design proposal. You come back to us with your feedback, and we iterate on the design—going back and forth with you—until we have created exactly what you’re looking for. We will also prepare renderings to help you visualise the final design.

Step 4: Preliminary Project Review

We will apply for the zoning certificate or preliminary project review on your behalf. This ensures that the design proposed will meet all of the local municipal by-laws. If there are any zoning notices, we can work with you to either rework the design or act as your advocates at the Committee of Adjustment and Local Appeal Board for the variance.

Step 5: Engineering Design

We will begin to put together your drawing package for your building permit application. This package includes the engineering and architectural drawings based on the design we worked together to create.

Step 6: Permit Application

We apply for the necessary building permits to advance your project to the construction phase and address any questions that arise from the building code examiner.

Step 7: Construction Review

We provide regular engineering reviews throughout the build process to ensure construction strictly adheres to our design and drawings.

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