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Welcome to Engineered Plans, an engineering firm that was started in the City of Markham, Ontario by few like minds, amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. In the face of uncertainty, Engineered Plans was founded with a clear mission: To bring quality engineering in to the small scale residential market. With a commitment to quality, innovation, and client satisfaction, we have rapidly become a trusted partner for homeowners seeking engineering services.
At Engineered Plans, our specialization lies in residential engineering, where we differentiate ourselves through quality work and reliability and customer-centric approach. Our team of seasoned engineers and architects brings a wealth of knowledge to every project.
Our extensive portfolio showcases a diverse array of projects, with a primary focus on residential construction. From carefully designed home additions that seamlessly integrate with existing structures to transformative basement renovations that unlock a home's rental potential, we take pride in turning visions into reality.
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.