...designing unique homes since 1985

OUR PORTFOLIO

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUETIONS

  • Q1. Why Use Tricor Design Group? A1. One word - Experience.
  • We have senior designers, with over 100 years of experience, with the ability to provide individual creative input in team design conceptualization. Working together, we can create better envisioned and impassioned designs for our customers.

  • Our production department features talented architectural technicians trained through a variety of post-secondary technical institutions.

  • We have designed over 9,000 individual home plans throughout our history. We are constantly researching relevant issues and concepts such as: Green Building, Chemical Sensitivities, Feng Shui, Not So Big House, and Barrier-Free Living to name a few.

  • We have an organized system-driven approach to our projects from start to finish.

  • Our drawings feature detailed construction components and best practices.

  • We have worked with an amazing array of well recognized builders over the years such as: Alanridge, Albi, Avi, Cardel, Jager, Jaymack, Jayman, Kingsmith, Lifestyle, Lindal, Lionsworthe, Maillot, Morrison, Sandlewood, Truman, and Westglen.

  • Q2. How do we start the design process?
  • A2. First, we encourage you to pay attention to your existing home where you live right now. Think about what is working for you, and what does not. When visiting friends homes or show homes, pay attention to details you see that feel right to you.

  • Take a look at our preliminary questionnaire which might help you get started on the process of defining more clearly what you want your home to be. Start compiling your dream file photos, magazine articles, necessary feature lists, pictures, and even your own personal sketches. All these items can help contribute greatly to the final design by giving us clearer guidelines.

  • Also, we are more than willing to set up a meeting or discuss on the phone about what you’re thinking.

  • We have worked very successfully in long distance relationships with some of our clients.

  • Email, fax and conference calls allow us to keep our clients informed and involved in the entire design process even from a distance.

  • Q3. Should we find the builder or the designer first?
  • A3. Sometimes you are dealing with building in an area where you must purchase a lot from a builder; sometimes you are able to purchase your own lot. Sometimes the builders have their own design team in place and you may only use them; sometimes they are flexible on who designs their customers’ plans.

  • If you choose the designer first, you will create your new home independent of a particular builders methods and standards and be more focused on the design itself. It may also give you a stronger ability to tender for price comparison with multiple builders as we complete the design process. We are generally more design driven in this choice.

  • Either way that you go, the Tricor Design Group can assist in designing your new home plan.

  • Q4. What should we look for in a residential designer or architect?
  • A4. You should choose your personal home designer as you would choose any other professional. Their reputation, portfolio and references are of significant importance, but be sure to interview them in person as well. You will be creating a rather close relationship with them for an extended period of time.

  • Custom home design is a very personal experience and you must be sure that the person you select will listen to your specific needs and requests, and be willing and able to design the home of your dreams, not theirs. You will spend considerable time with your designer and will share important parts of your life with them. Be sure that you like and trust them.

  • Design experience and technical knowledge is extremely important, but personality and character you can trust and enjoy is also important.

  • Q5. What qualifying professional background do you have?
  • A5. Most of team members are registered Architectural Technologists or Certified Residential Designers.

  • Our architects are graduates of Canadian universities, are licensed in various provinces and states, and members with the Alberta Association of Architects.

  • Q6. How long does the design process usually take?
  • A6. This varies based on the size and complexity of your home design, and factors such as community boards and city approval, as well as your ability to make timely decisions.

  • Usually, from the time we begin design to the time we are ready to submit the finished construction drawings for a residential building permit is about 2-6 months. Most of the homes we design are built in 9-15 months.

  • Q7. Will our design meet our budget requirements?
  • A7. We work closely with experienced custom home builders and renovators and we generally consult with them for advice on general construction costing during the design process with our clients.

  • We are happy to work with the builder of your choice, help you select a qualified builder, or to refer you to a contractor we have worked well with in the past.

  • Q8. Do you have existing stock plans that we can purchase?
  • A8. Yes we do.

  • The Tricor Design Group has produced over 9000 unique plans over the years. We possess a large portfolio

  • of custom acreage and inner city homes, as well as multi family designs.

  • Due to risk of copyright infringement we do not post these on our website. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

  • Q9. Do we require other professional services?
  • A9. There’s definitely a possibility that this can occur.

  • This is determined by the complexity of the project, and changing building code and local municipality requirements.

  • We will notify you if a structural engineer provide engineering services on your custom home or extensive renovation project.

  • As well, it is sometimes necessary to consult with:

    • Mechanical engineers
    • Surveyors
    • Soil engineers
    • and similar professionals.

  • Some of the other specialists occasionally brought into the team on a luxury custom home or multi-family project:

    • Interior designers
    • Landscape architects
    • Lighting designers
    • Pool consultants
    • Audio/visual consultants
    • Fitness center consultants
    • Kitchen designers
  • This is determined by our client’s budget and expectations.

  • Q10. Can you refer professional contractors and trades?
  • A10. Yes we can.

  • We work with a large number of custom home builders, developers, and renovators. We also have formed relationships with many local trades and suppliers through the years.

  • We would be happy to offer suggestions on your project.

  • Q11. What organizations do you belong to?
  • A11. We belong to the Better Business Bureau, and we are members of the Canadian Home Builders Association - Calgary Region.

    • Perspectives / Additional Information
  • Custom Residential Projects

    • Design Concept(s)
    • Color Boards
    • Landscape Plans
    • Perspective Drawings
    • Architectural Submissions
    • Main & Upper Floors
    • Lower Level Development
    • Cross Sections
    • Ceiling Details
    • Additional General Details
    • Tall Wall Details
    • Roof Plan
    • Site Analysis (Grades)
    • Final site plans
    • Blueprinting Services
    • Site Inspections
  • Renovations

    • Same as above plus....
    • Onsite measurements
    • Liaison with trades and suppliers
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