As an engineering consulting business that specializes in building homes, we understand the importance of designing and constructing homes that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and preferences, and use our expertise in engineering and construction to bring their vision to life.
One of the key aspects of our work is ensuring that the homes we build are safe, durable, and energy-efficient. We use advanced building materials and techniques to create homes that are built to last and that meet the highest standards of safety and sustainability.
In addition to our focus on safety and durability, we also prioritize design and aesthetics. We work with our clients to create homes that are uniquely tailored to their style and needs, and use our engineering expertise to bring these designs to life in a way that is both functional and visually appealing.
Overall, our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible home building experience. Whether you are looking to build a custom home from scratch or renovate an existing property, we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you bring your dream home to life.
I often get asked if house plans need to be engineered? Well, each city enforces requirements and codes differently. My building company is in the GTA, where we have several environmental factors to deal with. We face extremely cold temperatures and unusually high snow loads. Therefore any Structural change to you existing home has to have engineered plans.
Engineered Plans maintains its own engineering department that works with licensed engineers per your requirements. Should you require engineered plans for your building department in order to obtain a building permit we can supply you with what you’ll need:
Many of our customers do not choose to obtain permits, even though we always inform them that anything that is affixed to the ground normally requires a building permit.
At minimum, we suggest that you observe property setback regulations so you do not erect the structure in a location that violates local regulations (and so might attract official attention and possible penalties).
Obtaining a permit after the fact is not much trouble if you properly anchor and assemble your building. Just be sure to document with photos anything that is not easily seen such as footing depth, rebar placement etc.
Always abide by lot line setbacks and required distances from other buildings. Relocating the structure is an unnecessary hassle that can easily be avoided with a bit of due diligence at the start of your project.
We have no desire to sell you plans that you won’t actually need.
Before ordering engineered plans, you need to check with your local building department and verify that they will allow you to put up your building on the spot you’ve chosen. Every Building Department or Planning and Zoning Department has certain rules about “accessory structures” – which is what they usually consider our structures to be.
Two very important items to ask about in order to confirm you’ll be allowed to build your structure:
There’s one more point to check, while you’re talking with the building authorities: ask them for the Design Load requirement for the type of building you’re planning to install. You’ll need these figures when ordering engineered plans.
Remember: It would be useless and a waste of your money to order engineered plans unless you know the local authorities will allow you to build!
Many people are confused about the difference between a structural engineer and an architect.
A structural engineer is there to ensure that the project is planned out with safety in mind. The layout is completely planned out by the structural engineer, as well as the materials that will be used.
Your engineer will factor in space, cost, and of course, the stability of the entire structure.
While your structural engineer is making sure the structure is safe, your architect will be in charge of the aesthetic aspects of the project. An architect will design a layout using sketches or computer programs according to how you want your project to look.
Since these professionals take care of different parts of the building process, the help you will need will depend on the project.
If you’re creating a new building, it would be wise to use both a structural engineer and an architect. Legally, you need the evidence that your structure is sound from the engineer, but the architect makes the project much easier on you.
Even if you’re renovating a large portion of your home, the use of both professionals will ensure a space that is safe and visually up to your standards.
For smaller, less detailed renovations in the home, you can probably get by with just using a structural engineer. If safety is the only concern and not much goes into the appearance of your project, an architect may just be costly and unnecessary.
1. When you construct an accessory structure larger than 10 square metres* (108 square feet) in area, such as
2. Finishing a basement, if the work proposed includes any of the following:
3. Construct a deck more than 60 centimetres (24 inches) above ground
4. Construct a retaining wall more than one metre (3 feet 3 inches) in height provided the retaining wall is on or adjacent to public property (including streets), building entrances, and on private property accessible to the public
5. Change a building’s use (i.e. from residential to office or single dwelling unit house to multi-dwelling unit house). Even if no construction is proposed, if a change of use is proposed a building permit is required.