When working with a contractor, how do you avoid change orders, additional costs, and delays?

Question of the day, How to avoid change orders and delays in a construction project?

A successful project doesn’t start with a contractor, it starts with a good designer. No contractor can start a project without a good blueprint. The blueprints include architectural drawing, structural drawings, sometimes geotechnical reports and of course inter design drawings. 

A good architectural designer or the design studio will coordinate the entire process to make sure the process goes well.

A most common problem occurs when the client agrees with all drawings, but when it gets built, it doesn’t look like what they expected. This issue could be a result of several reasons which one of them would be the lack of ability to translate the blueprints. Many homeowners are not trained to read the blueprints and have difficulties envisioning the final product from the blueprint. 
The solution is that the architectural drawing should be accompanied by 3D visualization renderings as well as virtual reality presentations. Most of the advanced design firms should be able to provide these kinds of services. As of interior designer’s drawing should be followed by product samples so the client can see and touch the finishing material so there won’t be any surprises. 

But the most crucial part is the architectural designer’s job that should interview the homeowners and make sure they are satisfied and know what they really want. Many times the clients can not finalize their decision, which ends up to change orders is because they haven’t spent enough time deciding on the first stage of developing the design.

In a nutshell, to avoid change orders and delays or any possible problems with contractors, the smart homeowner should hire an experienced designer with the right tools. That comes with a higher price tag, but the value comes with it is incomparable.

Make sure to hire your architect/designer to overlook the project to reduce the headaches of change orders or delays. When the designer knows they are hooked to the end of the project, they will make sure to make better communication between the contractor, design and the client.

Please click on the link below to watch a video that helps you to get a better understanding of the process: www.myhomedesigner.com/lcc

A Feel-Good Home: Create a Sanctuary

How You Feel Starts in Your Home

However you want to feel, whatever you want to do, starts in the home. A well-designed house creates a healthy, feel-good home environment that extends to your personal relationships, business interactions, and more.


Architecture holds much power. Architecture can transform your life, inspire your goals, and bring calm and comfort to an otherwise stressful environment. Creative designs of shape, colour, light and other elements to encourage you to move forward through the home, workplace and elsewhere.


Think of your favorite public place, where you feel cozy or comfortable. What does the energy feel like? How does it influence your own energy? Perhaps you feel excited, soothed, motivated. Why not start at home?
When I interview my clients, I would like to know in what state of mind they are and in the state of mind, they want to be. Understanding their favorite colors leads to a conversation on what their goals are, what invigorates them. “What is your burning desire?” I ask. This can all be translated into architecture, into your home.


For example, a person who is wishing to retire on a sunny beach has a different motivation in life than a start-up entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration to take his or her business globally. So their home and work environment should reflect their desired lifestyle.   

Psychology and Architecture, feel-good home
Psychology and Architecture

A Feel-Good Home: Many Ways Architecture Can Benefit Our Well Being:

For our clients, this is the most important stage of design. Through this conversation we can create sanctuary — and life — of your dreams. This approach benefits the well-being of society by revisiting the positive impact architecture can have on our mental health.


Comfort is a state of physical ease, but tranquillity is a psychological state. Many people create comfort in their daily life without creating the mind calmness required for a healthy personality. “Let’s find your favorite couch,” I say, “then look further.” Plants and water features make good starting points in creating a relaxing environment.


You can find the concept of flow everywhere in ancient philosophies. Feng shui is established on the logic of physics and nature. To welcome positive energy, spaces should absorb maximum sunshine. Water features create a comforting, almost musical accompaniment — among other details that are not always implemented in western architecture.


Meditation has been a part of Eastern culture for centuries and is just recently finding its way into ours. For a few minutes, we may listen to the recording of water on a meditation app. Bringing in a water feature into your living space is one way to make meditation a part of your whole day and night. Through nature, we generate the parts of ourselves that exist but perhaps lie dormant.

Colours and architecture
Colors and architecture

A Feel-Good Home: How Colour And Light Affect Our Mood

We’re human. Our moods may swing day by day, and that’s okay. Some days we wake up to a grey sky, which reflects in our mood all day long; another day we may feel very energetic. While we cannot paint our walls in different colors every day, LED lighting can wash a wall in a variety of colors. One color might be more interesting in the morning, some entirely different colors in the afternoon. Perhaps when you’re working on your passion project, you want a certain shade of yellow to inspire creativity. That can be done with a click of a button.
The best cure is prevention, and architecture has the power to prevent family crises and other events that could negatively impact our well being.

Solutions Can Come From Unexpected Places

Many psychologists will try to find the root of a person’s problem, but in this case, we are not looking for a problem. We are looking for your solutions. I went to an Ayurvedic doctor about 20 years ago with my wife. I was surprised that this doctor was able to identify the illness by checking her pulse at her wrist. He gave her an herbal mix, which improved her immune system to fight the illness and make her strong — not a painkiller to numb the pain (over the counter drug).

Our clients also appreciate a holistic approach. We are looking to encourage a healthy mindset (Happy mind, happy life!).

A healthy mindset can be achieved by an individually customized design that can be achieved by designing the right color, light, furniture, shape and form. If you’re feeling like you need a boost, perhaps you’d seek out a holistic doctor or even a personal trainer. A good architect can be both. Through design, you can find the tools you need to meet your goals. We create the space AROUND YOU, not the other way around.

If you’re ready for a customized space to fit your lifestyle now and for years to come,
call 604-929-6696.