Why Altius

The best buildings, the ones that please the eye and soul, result from architects, clients, consultants, and contractors coming together to achieve something great. At Altius, we drive and manage that coming together, because we know the extraordinary results of an integrated approach. You’re not just thrilled on move-in date. You’re happy for years to come.

BEAUTIFUL, LIVABLE SPACES

Your space will be eye-pleasing, yet also deeply livable. Durable and sustainable. Functional and comfortable.

THE CHOICE OF BUSY PEOPLE WITH HIGH STANDARDS AND EXCITING DREAMS

You want something superlative, but don’t have time for the myriad of details?

We’re one of the rare architectural firms that also offer deep skills in construction management and interior design. We take care of your dream, concept to completion. You get one point of contact – owning all aspects of your project, delivering to your exacting requirements.

Cathy Garrido and her team are fantastic! Cathy listened and gave expert advice and solutions during our home reno, and always made herself available to answer questions and provide information. I highly recommend Altius Architecture Inc., and would definitely work with Cathy and her team again.

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YOU SEE YOUR BUILDING IN 3D – ACTUALLY SEE IT – FROM THE GET-GO

You’ll benefit from a smart, 3D process that gives every project participant a 3D view from the start. BIM (Building Information Modeling) pays off at every stage, for all professionals involved, improving communication, alerting spatial conflicts, and eliminating ugly fudges.

By making everything visual, BIM boosts the coordination between mechanical, structural and architectural features, and all the players involved. As just one example, BIM helps to eliminate bulkheads, enabling the sleek, flowing look of an modern, designed space.

Make sure to ask any architect you consider whether they use BIM – its capabilities are well beyond pen-and-paper, or even two-dimensional CAD.

LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY

Altius is en route to Passive House Certification, the global gold standard for sustainable building. We see net-zero homes as the way of the not-too-distant future. We boast here – we’ve been integrating these principles into our designs for the past 20 years.

As just one example, we’ll not only talk to you about how to take advantage of passive solar principles, we’ll spend time convincing you to build the most energy efficient building you can afford. You’ll thank us later.

RESPECTED BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Since we opened up shop, we’ve been awarded and recognized by industry experts. Early on, we won awards such as “15 Young Firms to Watch”. We were the inaugural winners of the Ontario Association of Architects’ Best Emerging Practice award in 2007.

More recently, our portfolio has been voted Best of Houzz for three consecutive years (Houzz boasts more than 25,000,000 monthly users, including 500,000 active industry professionals, and they’re all eligible voters in the Houzz awards). As well, we are regularly featured in publications such as Canadian Business Journal and in newspapers across Canada.

BALANCE IN ALL THINGS

Each decision we make balances aesthetics with performance. It’s not really about what you see at the outset. It’s about what you experience, it’s about whether your space is a joy to live in.

A surprising number of the decisions we’ll make are what’s behind the walls, integrated in the building envelope. You won’t be able to see or feel the difference during the build. But you’ll feel it and know it, once experienced.

HIGH TOUCH SERVICE

We help to guide you through a labyrinth of decisions. We coordinate the work of the entire team, including designers, engineers and construction professionals.

You’ll find we work hard to build your confidence, because the best results invariably come from a relationship of trust. We’re not motivated by impressing with our skills. Our goal is always to impress – and please – with results.

And – we help you choose all of the materials, equipment, light fixtures, colours, finishes and features, and put it all together so that you love the end results.

CONNECTING INDOORS TO OUTDOORS

It’s all integrated – we connect your indoors to your outdoors by designing decks, driveways, walkways, pool or waterways, and outdoor experiences.

COMPLETION

Our comprehensive service doesn’t end when the last contractor leaves:

  • We walk you through your new space and teach you how to use any technological features.
  • We prepare a maintenance manual for you, including instructions for maintaining your property, instruction manuals for your equipment, and warranty information for products used.
  • We professionally photograph your new space, and provide you with copies. You also get copies of the construction photos, so you know what is in your walls.