Are you a registered architectural firm?
Yes. 3 Elements Architecture is licensed and registered architectural firm with with the Ministry of Housing and Affairs. We are registered Architectural Designers.
What kind of architectural service 3 ELEMENTS provides?
We provide a professional architectural service for residential and commercial buildings & houses. For fully documented list of service follow this link.
What sets 3Elements architecture apart from the rest?
What sets us apart is our ability to provide and maintain the high standard of services, confidence, and trust. Our commitment to you is to economically and efficiently manage your project. Our principle is to serve you with care, integrity, knowledge and creative ability in the faithful performance and obligations. 3Elements is dedicated to help create your valuable project in a simple and stress-free process. Our proven innovated process will give you power to manage your project professionally. Avoid contractors that take control out of your hands! We can help. Call us now for first-class service. 416-209-4754.
How do you establish set of construction drawings and architectural services fees?
Architectural fees can be determined in a variety of ways, depending on the project size and complexity. We have several types of fee structures: Cost per Square Foot and Flat Fee: Fee is dependent on square footage of the project. We use Cost per Square Foot for surveying fees and for design developments process in residential projects. Percentage Fee: Depending on the complexity of the project, difficulty of the site, and the services provided. Fee is based on a percentage of the construction total cost that will range from 5% to 20%. Hourly Fee: Fee is based on the number of hours put into the job. Because of the complexity, some commercial jobs are at a higher fee scale than residential jobs. We use Hourly Fee for construction observation process step. To help you serve better we have developed cost estimator tool that is 99.9% times accurate. Click for more.
Will the price of my project stay as per contract?
We guarantee our price as written in the contract. Our prices are fixed and there will be no hidden fees. Many architects will give you low price and then after ask you for more money as project progress. With 3Elements you will be safe.
How long does the process take?
It all depends on the size of the project and the clients’ response time. Please take a look at our project time chart.
Do I need a building permit?
You will need a building permit if you plan to:
•Construct a new building •Any addition to an existing building •Structural alterations •Renovate, repair or add to a building •Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building •Change a building’s use •Install, change, or remove partitions and load bearing walls •Make new openings for, or change the size of, doors and windows •Build a garage, balcony or deck •Excavate a basement or construct a foundation •Install or modify heating, plumbing or air-conditioning systems •Install or reconstruct chimneys or fireplaces •An accessory structure larger than 108 sq. ft. in area •A deck more than 24″ above ground •A wood burning stove/fireplace installation •A basement entrance •A Second Suite •New or altered plumbing If you find your project here then Yes you need a building permit and we take care of all the legal, architectural, zoning procedures as needed.
When is a Building Permit NOT required?
You do not require a Building Permit for the following:
•Wooden decks (including pool decks) with no roof, where the finished deck level is not greater than 0.6m above the adjacent finished grade. •Skylights, provided not more than one rafter, joist, or other similar structural member (excluding a truss) is cut or removed, and they are not less than 2.0m apart, except for buildings regulated under Part 3. •Re-cladding with noncombustible material excluding brick or stone veneer. •Re-insulating or adding insulation. •Window or door replacement providing the opening is not enlarged. •Furnace and boiler replacements, add on cooling systems, gas fireplaces, air cleaners, in-line humidifiers, hot water tanks. (All Part 9 residential buildings) •Repair or replacement of plumbing fixtures. •Re-roofing, except where structural work is involved or where the new material increases the dead load on the roof by more than the equivalent of three layers of asphalt shingle. •Except where an additional dwelling unit is created; finishing basements where no structural alternations or plumbing are involved. •Canopy/storm porch enclosure, enclosing or covering not more than 5.0 m² of floor area. •Minor repairs such as installation of chimney caps, chimney liner and repointing of brick work. •Free standing communication towers regulated by the Federal Government. •Installation of counters, millwork, and fixtures. •Storage tanks regulated by the Gasoline Handling Act or the Energy Act. In many cases, 3Elements Architecture will get permits on your behalf. Remember, as the building owner, you are ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements. Failure to obtain Building Permits can result in costly construction delays, legal action and/or the removal of work already completed.
How will the 3Elements approach your project?
With 3Elements Architecture, Inc. you’ll get a customized, innovative approach to your design and building needs along with sustainable design solutions that fits your specific budget. Every project is unique , yet there is one constant in the way we work: whether your project is a small renovation or a multi-unit development, our design solutions will be a direct manifestation of your project goals. Working with you and your contractor, we will help you guide your project to completion on time, on budget, and to your vision.