Project Design

Initial Design

The success of any project rests on the quality of its design. Our process starts by using all your information to develop an initial concept set of plans. This set of plans focuses more on space planning rather than interior aesthetics. The goal is to present the best options that work well with your home. These first sets of plans are a great way to start to see what is possible for your space. 

  • Narrow down the layout
  • Start to figure out the look and feel of the finished home
  • Use 3D walkthroughs to get a sense of space 
Design Revision


This is the core of our whole design development process. We will take your initial design feedback and use it to improve your plans. As you progress towards your final design, each revised set of plans has more finishing details added to it. Details such as kitchen cabinet visuals, wall treatments, flooring choices, and paint colours, to name a few. All done with realistic photo renderings of the interior and exterior of your home to better help visualize your new space. 

  • Revise till it is perfect
  • Add cabinetry details 
  • Add finishes 
  • Photo-realistic renderings
kitchen rendering


By this stage, your project’s design is complete, and you’re happy with the look and feel of things. We then take your finalized plans, add the necessary information, and send them in to start the permitting process. Permitting can take a while as your plans must clear a zoning and building review to get approved. During the permitting timeframe, we get to work finalizing the finishing details and selections for your project. We also set your project’s budget and schedule and book your construction start date. This gives you the time you need to get things organized on your end, whether to find another place to live or rework the one you’re in so we can do the required work. 

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.

Matthew Bernstein
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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."
Christina Mah Darcy
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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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