Construction Project Planning

Initial Meeting

This first meeting aims to begin the construction project planning phase of our process.  We start by determining your project goals and scope. To do so, we will look at your home’s current condition and then sit down with you and go over what you would like to have done. We will also be sure to take some time to answer any questions you may have about our process and the next steps, along with providing some rough ideas on potential budgets. 

Meeting Topics:

  • Discussion of your project wish list 
  • On-site evaluation of your home’s existing condition 
  • Discussion of project budget – what you have to spend
  • Discussion of how to best use your available funds
  • Walkthrough of our design and construction processes
Design Development

Design Development

Once our initial meeting is over, the project planning continues. With your project goals in hand, we will review all related zoning bylaws and building permit requirements. Building any home in Toronto’s east end can be tricky as there are many requirements to be aware of. Our review will allow us to confirm the best course of action to make your project successful. We’ll then report our findings to you so you can decide whether or not you’d like to move forward. Once you choose to move forward, we take our design development notes and provide a firm project budget with timelines to permit and construction. 

  • Finalize zoning requirements 
  • Set a rough project budget 
  • set a timeline for design work
  • set preliminary construction dates



Finalizing Your Project Plan

There is one more critical construction project planning step left to do, which is to finalize the details of your project. To do this, we need a bit more information from you. You’ve probably already started this part, but no problem if you still need to, as there is plenty of time to do so. We will need as many images, Pinterest boards, or Houzz folders as you have been able to collect. To help show us the look and feel you are after for your project. This allows us to tailor the project’s design to your tastes.

Looking for Design Services?

Our in-house team of designers can take care of all your home design and permitting needs. Please click below for a complete list of our design services

Looking for Build Services?

We offer all the same build services without the design element required. Please note a professional design of some sort is still needed.

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"We had a great experience working with Chris at Woodsmith Construction. He is honest, transparent, realistic, easy to get in touch with and makes himself available to his clients whenever they need him. I would gladly recommend Woodsmith Construction to anyone doing a renovation as Chris made a complicated process a positive experience."
Natalie Zawadowsky
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“Woodsmith Construction Inc. recently completed a full-home renovation on our place, including underpinning and adding a third floor. We couldn’t be happier with the results and the level of service that we received from Chris and his entire team. Chris is an absolute professional who is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated to his craft and was exceptionally responsive at all points in the project to all of our questions and concerns. For us, this timely communication provided a level of comfort and assurance – I cannot imagine doing a project of this scale without it! During the project, the worksite was kept so clean – our neighbours consistently commented on how great and respectful the team was. We were able to complete a huge project with very little tension and to me, that speaks volumes about the manner in which the project was carried out. In terms of the results, we are thrilled. The workmanship, detail and solid construction of our home are all that we hoped for. This workmanship and level of service continued through the final stages of the project, when we were completing the finishing touches. Chris ensured that every small detail was arranged for and completed. Obviously, we highly recommend Woodsmith Construction and are grateful to Chris and his team for the amazing work, professionalism and service they provided.”
Dave Ducan
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“The Woodsmith team did a phenomenal job of rebuilding our house to match our dream on-time and within our budget. Chris (the owner) was always accessible, open to ideas and patient with questions. This made all the difference for us. He understands that a job of this scale is something that an owner will likely only do once, and he offered great advice and put all our fears at ease. We constantly knew exactly how we were tracking to our budget (to the dollar) and our job site was clean and orderly at all times (which our neighbours very much appreciated). We were nervous about our year-long adventure in renos (we’ve all heard horror stories), but Chris helped us spread out decisions over time and provided clear options for any challenges his team encountered, making that year a surprisingly pleasant one. All of the work was top-quality and has garnered unsolicited positive comments from anyone who sees our home (including other contractors working in our neighbourhood). I have no problem recommending Woodsmith; you will be in very good hands.”
Lynn Egan
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"We were very pleased with the results of our renovation project completed by Chris and his team at Woodsmith Construction. As well as a great end-product, Chris provided excellent customer communication services throughout the whole process that were greatly appreciated! We would have no hesitation in recommending Woodsmith Construction and in fact have already booked them for a second project."
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"Woodsmith construction just completed a gut job and garage addition for my husband and I and it was the best experience I could have hoped for especially given all the renovation horror stories we have heard. They were so professional, helpful, diligent and responsive and the quality of the renovation was first class. I would recommend anyone to hire Woodsmith construction for all their needs whether it is a renovation or a new build. We could not be happier with the outcome and our newly renovated home"
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