FAQ

Do I need to hire Altius, or any architect, for my project?

Architects see the big picture of your project. At Altius, we explore what appeals to your senses and your intellect, and co-ordinate teams of design, engineering and construction professionals to sort through the maze of building codes and zoning requirements, so you don’t have to. We provide the experience and design skills necessary to ensure your dreams are built the way you intended.

At what point in my project should I involve Altius?

As soon as you start planning your project. Our pre-design services include site evaluation to help with initial decisions, such as solar orientation, and ensure you avoid basic mistakes which can turn costly as a project progresses. Involving us early on increases the probability that we can turn your project into exactly what you’re hoping to achieve.

How do I know I’m hiring the right architect?

Find an architect you feel comfortable with, and someone with whom you can discuss your dream vision as well as more practical subjects. With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial projects, we are happy to provide testimonials from our list of satisfied clients.

Will hiring Altius as my architect, or hiring an architect in general, add substantial cost to my project?

While there are fees associated with hiring an architect, we can say with absolute confidence that Altius will also be saving you a lot of money. We monitor your budget, and negotiate to get you the best materials and workmanship at a good price. Our designs significantly reduce energy and maintenance costs, and provide efficient layouts so you won’t build more space than you need. We pride ourselves on being able to turn even the most difficult lot into a successful building site, and have the experience and planning skills to develop your ideas and avoid costly changes once construction begins.

What services does Altius provide?

The short answer is that we ensure your dreams get built. The long answer is that we provide architecture and interior design services, as well as construction management services for residential and commercial buildings. We have over two decades of award-winning experience delivering quality and sustainable design services with continuous client satisfaction. Find out more on our services webpage, or visit our blog.

Can Altius offer me interior design services?

Yes. We are an award-winning interiors firm. Have a look at our portfolio of projects page or check out our social media channels to see examples of our work

What is the cost of hiring Altius?

Our cost varies per project. We are happy to put together a proposal after speaking with you. Please call or email us.

Can Altius provide me with a sustainable/green design?

Absolutely. We can help you achieve anything from basic energy efficiency to higher certifications such as Passive House. If you would like a LEED certification or simply to add some solar panels, we are happy to help, and have extensive experience in sustainable projects.

What is my role as a client/owner during a typical project?

We depend on you to tell us your design preferences, requirements and budget. Your timely response to questions and design submissions will help us keep your project on track. It’s important that you voice any concerns as soon as they arise so we can address them right away.

Does Altius provide construction management services?

Yes, on select projects.

What is Altius’ role in the construction of my project?

If you hire us for architecture or interior design, we will plan out your dream vision and ensure your project proceeds as smoothly as possible. When the design is complete, we head up the team of consultants to ensure all the little details of the big picture come together. During construction, we visit the site and meet with you and the build team to ensure that your vision is being executed according to plan. We negotiate with contractors and deal with and resolve issues that arise on site.

How much does construction cost?

The short answer is that it depends upon project scope and quality. We’ll work with you to design a project that can be built for what you’d like to spend. Unlike most architecture firms, which are more heavily involved at the beginning of the project than the end, we also do construction management on request, and are much more versed in understanding budgets. We give you tools and information to make financial decisions on your project, including the location and specifics of your site, the availability of contractors and materials, and the quality of finished materials, appliances, fixtures, and other design elements. By breaking down and explaining these costs for you, we can make adjustments as the project proceeds.

How long will it take for Altius to build my project?

A ballpark for a residential project is about two years, from the start of design to the completion of construction. However, this depends on the specifics of your project, such as permit approvals, construction availability and season. Of course, there are sometimes unexpected and unforeseen delays.

What kind of approvals will my project need before being built?

It depends on where your project is located. You will need to proceed through your municipality’s zoning approval process (for example: City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment). Following this, there is a regulated federal and provincial building permit process. During this time, your site or building may also be subject to some additional historic or nature regulations, such as Toronto’s ravine control bylaws. Rest assured that we are wholly familiar with this complex process, and will advise you on the best and quickest course of action.