Linebox has been in design-build for nearly a decade. We understand that undertaking any residential project is not only very personal, but also something that individuals have little, if any experience doing. We will partner with clients and help guide them through the design-build process providing not only exceptional design, but also advice and support throughout the entire process.
Our approach to design is about exploring the character of a space and the people that will inhabit it. We do not design objects for ourselves, but rather listen, experience, and celebrate our client’s own personalities. Once we understand our clients well, we contribute new ideas and concepts that we feel would reflect and celebrate the clients’ personalities, needs, and wishes for their space.
Our studio will also design the entire home, inside and out. Many architecture firms only provide the overall design and construction drawings for a home and charge more for any additional work. Linebox will develop the entire design and all its required drawings for a single fixed fee. This work includes: exterior, interior, lighting, shop drawings, millwork, and landscaping. The fee for all this is agreed upon at the project’s outset.
Support & Collaboration
In most cases an individual or couple that undertake the process to design-build their home is doing so for the first time. Recognizing that this is a new process to many of our clients, we are committed to providing support and advice from the very beginning until the home is entirely complete.
As clients become more knowledgeable and involved in the process, new ideas are formed which we gladly incorporate into the design. At Linebox we embrace and plan for changes to the design along the way.
Over time we have also built strong relationships with local builders, trades, craftspeople and City officials. We pass along the benefits of these relationships to our clients ensuring they receive the best possible products and service.
We believe in transparency and simplicity. Linebox will provide the client with a thorough proposal including a single fee for for all architectural work. This includes drawings and design for the exterior, interior, lighting, millwork, and landscaping.
The first step is to sit down with the client and get an overview of what they are trying to achieve, their budget, schedule and any special conditions. This information is considered in conjunction with information about the property, existing zoning restrictions and building codes. We then develop a fully informed response as to the feasibility of the project and present insights and opinions to the client.
Our goal is to simplify the design-build process and provide clarity around:
▪ Construction financing and how it works
▪ Design and construction schedules; setting realistic timelines
▪ Budget and construction costs
▪ The need for other consultants (i.e. engineers, mechanical designers)
▪ Soft costs (i.e. permit fees)
We make sure our clients are well informed and comfortable with everything that is involved in the design-build process before they proceed with the project or engage our firm.
The initial design vision meeting provides the opportunity for the client to express their ideas and concepts. Linebox will assist in this process by asking a series of questions that will lead to an in-depth understanding of the client(s). This is the most important step in being able to design a place that will truly be a “home”.
Here’s what we’re looking to understand:
▪ The client’s character and lifestyle
▪ Restrictions/opportunities (i.e. small spaces, specific needs etc..)
▪ Gain a critical understanding of local zoning and by-laws
At this point we will also look at all sustainable considerations related to the project. In our view, designing in a sustainable manner is intrinsic to good design.
With all these inputs, initial 3D sketches and work on plan options can begin. These are then presented to the client for comments and review.
If minor variances are required for a project, additional work is required for a separate application and approval process with this City. Fees associated with any minor variances are not included in the original project fee.
Minor variances add a level of complexity and cost to projects. Linebox has had a lot of experience with minor variances and in most instances we have been successful in acquiring them. We have good relationships with city officials which helps this process run more smoothly.
In the early stages of the design process, we will consult with the City for their comments and feedback. We will also consult with community groups and neighbours to ensure support for the project and the proposed design. An application will then be filed with the City and a hearing date set. At the hearing, Linebox will present the design and answer any questions that are asked. It is at this point the the City provides their official position on the minor variances. If the decision is in our favour there will be a 21-day appeal period following the decision date. After the appeal period ends an application for the building permit can be submitted.
Linebox will present preliminary design schemes and refine the options based on the clients’ comments and feedback. The preferred scheme will then be further developed and refined. The necessary consultants (mechanical, structural) will be brought-in to work on the scheme. This work will inform the contractor’s pricing for the project. We will continue to test various options with budgets and schedule until we arrive at a scenario that the client is comfortable with.
Once the preliminary construction budget and schedule have been agreed upon, the client will need to sign-off on the final design. After approving the design we will be ready to proceed in preparing the construction drawings for the project. The construction documents are created for a few different purposes: submission to the City for the building permit, final budget pricing by the contractor and to capture all the information required for construction.
The construction drawings are an amalgamation of all the work to date and will reflect the architectural, structural, mechanical, lighting, interiors, landscaping and technical information required to build and get the building permits as well. These drawings will act as the contractual documents for the budget and construction.
A single person from Linebox will be assigned to manage the day-to-day communications required throughout construction. This person, usually the senior designer that the client is familiar with, will work with the builder and stay connected via phone, email, text and/or Skpye.
In addition to daily communications, Linebox will be onsite a minimum of three times to inspect and advise on:
1. Major framing & block walls
2. Interior finishing: kitchen, millwork and other design related items (two visits)
Our intent with site administration is to ensure that the construction is sound and that it meets our design intents. We will work toward fostering a good working relationships with the builder so that we can easily share ideas with them and continually refine the design. Linebox will represent the clients interests onsite and oversee the project to ensure quality of construction and that budgets and schedules are adhered to.
Linebox Studio is experienced in the commercial design process. Our consolidated approach to projects takes into account business objectives, budgets, timelines and also the client’s character.
It is our view that great design leads not only to inspiring spaces but also to better productivity and more successful businesses.
Design is sometimes viewed simply as a necessary corporate expense. When done properly however, good design can have a critical impact on a business’ success. We have seen that the right space can positively affect corporate revenues, increase staff retention, encourage innovation and performance while also contributing to better customer experiences.
Linebox Studio will work closely with clients to understand their business objectives, vision, branding and corporate culture to develop a program that suits their requirements.
We have design experts and architects on staff who are committed to designing for the “quality of space”. This means considering all the aspects that contribute to creating an overall amazing space. Our team will consider sound, sun, lighting, air and traffic flows and sustainability. We also provide services relating to ergonomics, finishes, paint colours, fabrics, upholstery and furniture.
In our experience providing all the design and technical services internally creates better spaces overall by generating greater efficiencies and eliminating the need to engage various outside consultants.
Keeping all the design services in-house also ensures a cohesive approach to the project and allows for the client’s vision to be better executed in a timely manner.
Identity & Character
Good design is never about just one thing. It is about achieving an ideal balance between the need for profits, productivity and performance with the ability to inspire and demonstrate true character and identity.
Greatly lacking in today’s design for commercial, retail, restaurant and public works spaces is the connection to the character and identity of its inhabitants. Often times the designs reflect a singular objective like profits, brand or sustainability and the real character of the company, person or organization is lost.
Linebox can deliver on providing commercial clients with a space that is truly reflective of their own character and brand while also ensuring the space meets particular business needs.