Materials Selection


Throughout the design process we are considering materials selections and choices. Often there are strata design guidelines that can restrict the available options, but through a coordinated effort it can also make for a more aesthetically pleasing neighbourhood. We are very familiar with working to guidelines and making the most of their suggestions and criteria.


Selecting the right materials for a home is always a carefully considered process. There are so many options available that this task can seem daunting. Having a clear understanding as to the various pros and cons of materials and their true life-long costs means that our clients benefit from years of experience.


Quality is a balance of the specification of a product and its level of finish. Good colour selections for  example can outweigh the relative difference between two paint brands. A well installed and finished trim package is more important than whether the wood is fir or mahogany. Only once the level of finish and installation reaches a threshold level of skill can the material specifications be valued. That said, there is a sweet spot between a material's cost and the cost to make it achieve the desired result. Sometimes it is better to spend a little more at the outset so save later, and other times that is reversed. That is why the design specification is so important to defining project success.



There are so many climatic, solar and terrain variables that materials selection is a very important piece of the finished product. Please visit our Materials Resources section to assist in your decision process.

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