Design-build step #1 – The feasibility study

Thinking about renovating your home, or perhaps building a new one from the ground up?

When taking on a large renovation or new construction project, it’s important to know the full scope of work associated with it, along with any restrictions that may apply. To avoid some of the pitfalls many people run into when renovating or building, the first step you take before starting the process of designing and building should be a feasibility study.

Here are the four most important things to consider when completing your feasibility study:

1. Does the lot have appropriate zoning for your needs?

2. Is the property located in an Environmentally Sensitive Area? If so, what additional services and permits will be required?

3. What will be the cost of professional services for design and engineering?

4. Is the project budget realistic?

Other things to consider, depending on your project, could include septic, lot- coverage by-laws, existing non-conforming buildings, hazardous materials, easements . . . the list goes on!

If you don’t feel comfortable completing your own feasibility study, you can have a design-build consultant, such as myself, complete one for you. I’m always available to hear about your needs and would be happy to help you out with your study and/or point you in the right direction of other services you may require. Here’s what one homeowner thought of this service:

“The residential feasibility study that Bethany did for us was done in a very timely manner and saved us so much running around. She gathered all the information we needed and helped us understand exactly what building on our chosen site would entail. She was straightforward and sensible and gave us everything we needed to make an informed decision.” -D & S, Courtenay

Bethany Van Hecke – Design-Builder –  Capstone Dwellings Design-Build. Office - 250-331-9004. View our portfolio at

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