Architecturally designed homes
& Passive Homes
What is passive house design, aka Passivhaus?
Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building's ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
Passive house design is not a trend. The science behind the building envelope techniques and energy efficiency is already standard building code across much of Europe and is being adopted in Canada like B.C.’s Step Code. If you’re interested in building passive, or a passive retrofit on your existing home, then we’d love to hear about it.
Our renovations projects tend to be complete renovations or in the very least extensive projects designed by an architect. We’ve completed both modern renovations and traditional homes like our various Chester projects. Anything can be done with the proper planning and budget considerations. We tend to do more complete home construction but we like to entertain exciting renovation projects.
How Much Does a New Home Cost?
The earlier that you involve us in your planning, the more easily we can assist you in meeting your goals and budget requirements.
- Size – smaller is not always less costly and mega large is not always more expensive. Some costs like sewage and water, foundations, and lot preparation to name a few, are not affected much by square footage
- Interior and exterior finishes can make a big difference in the final costs
- Windows and doors can swing the price dramatically depending on the brand and aesthetic
- Lot grade can also be a factor—a steep lot may require a taller foundation wall or more extensive earthworks than a level one
Having said that, we can help you determine a budget range. We work closely with you and your architect to review the plans, provide feedback on constructability and cost effectiveness, and provide advice on materials and finishes. With that information we can create a working budget that will allow you to assess the project in detail and make financial adjustments to meet your needs.