PROCESS

Making the makeover process super simple.

In five manageable steps

Our design & build methodology is proven to not only produce higher quality results than standard general contractors and architecture firms, but can reduce overall project fees by up to 10%. By having your design and construction teams working together under one roof, it helps create efficiencies that can drive projects to completion up to 30% faster than traditional methodologies.

Traditional Construction Methodology

Multiple Project Stakeholders + High Risk Inefficient Flow

Engineer

Preliminary
Drawings

Construction
Drawings

Permit
Application

Bidding

Cost Established

Select Contractor

Construction

Procurement

Complete redesign / re-permitting / rebidding if costly initial bids

Architect

Truenorth's Design-Build Methodology

Cost Established Swiftly + 30% Shorter Process

Preliminary Drawings

Construction
Drawings

Permit
Application

Cost
Established

Construction

Procurement

TRUENORTH

=  Time + Money Saved

01. DISCOVERY

Complete the contact form

Share your contact information, address, project description, photos, budget, and timeline on our web form, where an advisor will call you for a 15 minute call to setup a free no-commitment 1-on-1 site visit.

   Every journey begins by taking the first step

   Transparent discussion about your project goals

   Discover renovation options within your budget

   Learn how we might best move forward together 

PRICE: NO COST

 

01. DISCOVERY

INTRODUCTIONS

Complete the contact form

Share your contact information, address, project description, budget, and timeline on our web form, where an advisor will follow up with a 15 minute call to schedule a free no-commitment 1-on-1 site visit. 

   Every journey begins by taking the first step

   Transparent discussion about your project goals

   Discover renovation options within your budget

   Learn how we might best move forward together 

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Site visit

A member of our team will perform a free inspection and spend 45 minutes on-site to learn more about your motivations and the project.

   Gain a better understanding of the project

   Meet one another to help establish rapport

✔   We will assess if your project aligns with our interests

   Technical questions addressed to ease concerns

   Ballpark estimate provided

   Service Agreement sent for signature

02. DESIGN

RETAINER: $500 

Dream designs personalized to your budget and utility

For basic interior & exterior renovations and landscaping, we capture simple measurements using AR tools and create photorealistic visuals to produce an accurate build estimate for your approval. For remodels requiring building permits, we may require land surveys, as-built plans, and BCIN stamped construction drawings as per Ontario Building Code and municipal bylaw & zoning requirements.

   Simple projects receive a fixed-price design estimate in advance

   Complex projects are billed fairly at hourly rates or fixed rates

   Hourly rates = $90 Project Management / $110 Architectural Design

   Receive an honest and transparent service with no hidden fees

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What to expect?

   Weekly collaborative design development meetings

✔   Municipal property records search 

✔   Site review & zoning verification

   As-built drawings up to 6,450ft²

   Existing exterior elevations & cross sections 

   Existing site plans, roof plans, mechanical plans

   Virtual 3D walkthroughs via Matternet 

   Photographic documentation 

   Photorealistic design renders of your space

   Accurate build pricing for approval

   Stamped BCIN architectural drawings 

   Interior design consultation

   Completed permit application package

   Design fees are settled in full for permit submission

   Full material takeoff list prepared for procurement

Your design package will serve as the foundation for the project and is personalized around you. We use Slack and weekly 1-on-1 meetings to communicate & collaborate with one another. Our clients are typically wrapped within 2 included rounds of revisions, with any additional revisions accommodated for a fee. Once you approve the final designs & build budget we begin our transition into the next phase of the project.

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03. PERMITS

CITY FEES: PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO CITY HALL

  • Building Permit = $265 minimum fee

  • Group C Residential = $16.69 service index x SqM

  • Accessory Structure = $5.99 service index x SqM

  • Demolition Permit = $0.49 service index x SqM

  • Minor Variance = $3,465 non-refundable fee

  • Coordination & Review = $90 hourly

Building Permit Package Preparation & Submission

We help prepare and submit your permit drawings, site statistics, surveys, schedules, structural documents, designer schedule 1 forms, and any required approval letters to the City of Hamilton's Building Division via ePLANS online portal. While we can easily monitor the approval process online, we cannot control turnaround time whatsoever which can vary from 2-8 weeks depending on backlogs.

   We serve you as authorized trade representatives and agents

   Minor variance applications under Committee of Adjustment

   Communications maintained to help manage expectations

   Permit clearly displayed on premises exterior in OBC compliance 

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04. PROCUREMENT

DEPOSIT: 50% MATERIAL PURCHASE & DELIVERY

Sit back and relax as we gear up, pick up, and drop off.

Our dedicated team procures all required supplies after having calculated material square footages and linear lengths from available plans and sectional measurements. We order, inspect, and deliver materials to site to help the project start and finish without delays. 

   All materials & products are ordered straight to your door

✔   We try our best to inspect everything to ensure quality control

   We won't start until deliveries are made in time for our start date

   If any supplier issues are incurred you will be notified immediately

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05. BUILD

30% BREAK GROUND PAYMENT: LABOUR FEES

20% COMPLETION PAYMENT: REMAINING BALANCE DUE

Boots on the ground. Let the crafts begin. 

Your project will be built by our own licensed & insured team that is briefed with all details and construction notes to help ensure a quality build. We only subcontract tasks that require accredited licensed masters (plumbing, HVAC, electrical) for OBC compliance & liability purposes and with whom we have previously conducted repeat business with and supervised.

✔   1 year workmanship warranty

   $2 million insurance protection

   City of Hamilton licensed master builders

✔   Any change orders are discussed in advance

   Full payment is due on receipt of invoice

✔   We coordinate all required building inspections

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Built with love. Manage your project with peace of mind.

Our communications & project management platform allows you to connect with us from anywhere and help track progress through open lines of communication and collaboration in order to manage mutual expectations of one another.

✔   Use Slack to message us anytime for timely responses within 24h

✔   30 minute meeting(s) per week to discuss updates & share progress

✔   It's only a wrap once satisfactory standards are successfully delivered

Building Ideas. Built with love.
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