- We will share our experience as a builder in Muskoka, to help your project avoid problems.
- We will provide product, finish & fixture samples, building assembly mock-ups and pricing.
- We will perform local administrative tasks to simplify your design decision-making, and to facilitate the work of your design professional.
THE ARCHITECT - UNCOMPROMISING DESIGN FOR LUXURY HOMES
Licensed Architects offer the highest quality of building design & construction documents available.
Design teams led by an Architect deliver luxury & custom home designs, including detailed construction drawings and specifications for between 5% and 15% of construction cost.
The cost of design for a specific project will depend on many factors, including project size, whether the project involves renovation of an existing building, building site constraints, building geometry & building systems complexity.
We offer Pre-Construction Consultation Services to support the design process led by your Architect.
Ask us to refer an Architect to deliver ground-breaking design for your home in Muskoka!
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Learn about designing with a Licensed Architect for your luxury home in Muskoka.ARCHITECT
CLASSIC MUSKOKA HOMES - GREAT DESIGN FOR CUSTOM HOMES
Classic Muskoka Homes' residential design & drafting service delivers a simple set of construction drawings for modest-sized custom homes at a cost of between 4% and 8% of construction cost.
Our architectural design service is well-suited for building projects up to 4,000 square feet of floor area with design goals originating in established architectural precedents.
Our home design service includes fully detailed construction drawings, engineered structural design, HVAC system design, window & door schedules, finish & fixture schedules, equipment schedules & building permit application.
Our construction drawings include tabulated construction tolerances that set a minimum standard for construction quality above that required by the building code and new home warranty program guidelines.
Our standard design service does not include preparation of a detailed Construction Specification document.
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From the very outset, we felt you were very much in tune with our approach to either an extensive renovation of the existing building or a completely new building.Leonard Lake
INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING - PERFECT YOUR HOME'S INTERIOR
The interior of your home is the most important aspect of its design because it is the place where you will spend the greatest amount of time when you are in Muskoka.
If you don't have experience in this area of home design, Classic Muskoka Homes recommends that you engage an interior designer to refine every important detail of your home.
An interior designer may charge a flat fee, an hourly rate, a percentage of construction costs under their management, or may charge for their service on a cost-per-room basis.
Interior design costs rarely exceed 5 to 10% of your home's total construction budget.
Hiring a qualified interior designer will deliver value by ensuring thoughtful consideration of every aspect of your home's furniture arrangements, cabinetry, storage solutions, colour scheme, finishes, millwork trim, plumbing & lighting fixtures.
Ask us to refer a qualified Interior Designer, or Interior Decorator for your home building project.
Learn about designing luxurious & inspiring interiors with a Registered Interior Designer.INTERIORS
THE COST OF BAD HOME DESIGN
When deciding which home design service is appropriate to your project, it is important to consider that the construction cost (the 85% to 99% of project cost that you will incur following completion of design) is primarily determined by the quality of the design that is captured by your designer's construction documents.
Low-quality home design is characterized by “confusion” in the geometry, details, materials, colours and finishes used in the design.
Low-quality home design is relatively easy to achieve, it is cheap, and it is widely available in the housing industry, the real estate market and in the neighbourhoods that we live in.
Low-quality home design is ubiquitous.
Without the wisdom & guidance available via the training and experience of a professional designer, do-it-yourself (D.I.Y.) house plans and interior design commonly result in aesthetic or functional compromises that are obvious in the finished construction.
It is very common for low-quality home design to exhibit:
- Ignorance of opportunities or constraints inherent in location, building orientation & construction site characteristics
- Poorly proportioned building geometry, interior spaces and architectural elements
- Awkward circulation paths at building interior & exterior
- Incompatible features from multiple architectural styles/ precedents
- Simplistic millwork profiles and details that are inappropriate for a more formal architectural style
- Bland and excessively neutral interior design & decorating schemes
- Inadequate or excessive lighting illuminance
- Inconsistent millwork details, finishes and fixtures
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STOCK HOUSE PLANS & CATALOG HOME PACKAGES - BASIC HOME DESIGNS
Stock house plans retailers commonly provide a very basic drawing set that demonstrates minimum building code compliance and that is appropriate for Average grade home builds.
Stock house plans can be purchased from a variety of website outlets at a cost of between 1% and 2% of the construction cost of the home.
Modification of stock house plans to customize them to your requirements or building site may add 50% to 100% to the cost of stock house plans.
Stock house plans often do not include specifications for:
- Acceptable construction tolerances
- Interior finish quality & workmanship standards
- Plumbing & electrical fixtures/ appliances
Learn more about Stock House Plans & Catalog Home Designs with our evaluation of the merits & risks of building from stock house plans.