David R. Smith Design Inc.

Drafting Service
401 Craven Rd. Toronto ON M4L 2Z5
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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Home Rebuild in South Etobicoke

We used David's services for a challenging rebuild project of our small wartime home in 2022. His patience with answering all our questions, accessibility to promptly making himself available for us and care to "getting things right" when we were unsure of a window choice at the front of our house was so helpful. He is knowledgeable and has an eye for modern design. His ability to work with the C of A process was outstanding!! We look forward to moving into our new house soon! Thank you David.

Approximate cost of services:
$400,000.00
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A sincere thankyou J & R for taking the time to post this review, you were both a pleasure to work with and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to collaborate. Although it’s always a little harder to step into a project where another professional has already got the ball rolling, your relaxed and receptive attitude towards feedback and ideas allowed us to get things back on track efficiently. I am thrilled that R is almost through the framing phase of your project and commend him for taking on such a challenging task. I can’t wait to see the finished build when it’s complete and hope that you truly enjoy the new space once you’ve moved back in. Take care and all the best!

Beacher
Beacher
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Attic renovation

We hired David to do plans and permits for an attic remodel. He has been professional, responsive and thorough - highly recommend!

Approximate cost of services:
$7,000.00
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Many thanks Beacher for taking the time to post this review, I really appreciate it. It was a pleasure working with you and I hope that the attic reno really helps you to maximize that space and create something special for the kids. Take care and all the best!

Shalina in Toronto
Shalina in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

A gem in the home building industry

David is more than a design, visualization & permit specialist. David is a trusted partner in a process that can be quite complicated. Since day one, my husband and I felt we had made a strong choice in picking David to help us get approvals for our dream home. He accommodated our schedules, answered emails in a timely manner, acted as a voice of reason when we were debating items, provided honest feedback when we needed to hear it and calmed us when neighbours challenged our plans. Our work with him is wrapping up, but we feel confident that he'll be around if we need advice as we move forward with our build. He's trustworthy and professional, the real deal. If considering David, don't hesitate, go for it.

Approximate cost of services:
$1.00
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Thank you so much Shalina for taking the time to post such a thoughtful and generous review. Projects like yours seem to require a spectrum of skill sets which helps to keep things interesting. I must say that you and Anil brought a measure of patience and pragmatism to this experience as well, in addition to an exceptional level of organization. These factors certainly contributed to our success and minimized the overall amount of stress any of us had to endure. I think the three of us worked very well together and I am genuinely grateful for having had the opportunity to collaborate with the two of you. I look forward to seeing the finished build and all that went into it. Take care and all the best!

Maggie  from Toronto
Maggie from Toronto
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

East York Redesign

David was instrumental in the redesign of my East York bungalow. David worked tirelessly to design exactly what I wanted. His insight and knowledge of design and construction made the early stages of the project seamless. He was readily available for meetings and always quick to respond to questions. He took care of every step of the process and communicated with my contractor every step of the way. He even hand delivered my permits! Working with David took a significant amount of stress out of the project.

Approximate cost of services:
$7,000.00
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Thank you so much Maggie for taking the time to post this review, it really means a lot to me. You were such a pleasure to work with and I really appreciate how receptive you were to feedback and ideas. I think we made a great team and it was a lot of fun! Thanks again and all the best.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Second floor addition and complete reno

My wife and I hired David to design our home and take care of the permit process for us. After working with David previously on a custom home that he designed, we knew his professionalism and expertise and were not disappointed when it came to our home.

He patiently worked with us step by step through the design and permit process, and has been a great asset throughout construction thus far. He always answers the phone anytime that questions arise on site which helps to make the construction process streamlined.

We would definitely recommend David to anyone who is looking to renovate or build their home.

Approximate cost of services:
$430,000.00
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Thank you so much C & J for taking the time to post this review, it really means a lot to me, especially over the Holidays. You guys were a pleasure to work with and I am happy that things have moved so smoothly thus far on the project considering all of the additional variables we have had to deal with with the Pandemic. I look forward to seeing the finished build and expect to still hear from C on occasion as he works on site and manages the project. This review is a fantastic way to start the New Year and I am truly grateful for it. Thanks again and all the best!

HomeStars readers please note that my fees for this project were $8500 + HST.

PJuuls
PJuuls
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Home Architect - Best Around

Cannot recommend David highly enough. He was a true partner as we envisioned potential changes to our house and made sure we were clear on what we wanted and why. He took our ideas and enhanced them and offered up solutions to challenges that we didn’t think could be solved. He’s meticulous about his designs and ensures practicality in any proposal. We unfortunately had a neighbor opposed to our renovation and David’s preparation for our Committee of Approval hearing was nothing short of stellar. After sitting on the Committee link waiting for over 5 hours for our hearing, I can say that he was the only architect who was complimented by the Committee for the quality of the package he prepared for their consideration. His rebuttal of the points raised by our dissenting neighbors was complete and air tight and he did it with great diplomacy and tact. After he spoke to address the neighbor’s concerns it felt like a mic drop moment and the Committee had no further questions, went straight to a vote and the plans were approved. He is incredibly responsive, answers all the questions we have and is always willing to offer help on adjusting ideas and solving the seemingly impossible. He’s a master at his craft who is committed to clean lines and architectural soundness and beauty. Cannot recommend him enough. Don’t hesitate to engage him on your next project!!!

Approximate cost of services:
$8,000.00
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Petra, your review is very kind and beyond flattering and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to post something so detailed on my behalf. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such great clients and collaborate on so many interesting and challenging projects. I am humbled by the positive feedback and will simply continue to do my very best for each and every client and project. Thank you again and all the best!

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To all readers, please note that I am not an Architect nor do I market myself as one, I am an Architectural Designer with a BCIN number. The terms Architect and Designer are sometimes used interchangeably and I have no issue with this, but I think it is important that I make this point of clarification out of respect for all Architects that have achieved that designation.

Kenn in Toronto
Kenn in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

New Single Family Home Design

David had politely declined working with us on a previous project because of his workload (a sign of his professionalism) but we were able to engage him to work on our recent home re-build.

For over a year, from Aug 2020 to Nov 2021, David guided us through the design and submission process carefully, patiently, and thoughtfully. He happily entertained our revisions, our questions, and the 1000 other things that happen while we planned our new home.

David brought an empathetic attitude, a steady guiding hand, and ultimately a wonderful design for a family home that we are excited to build and enjoy. We could not be happier with our experience with David and can only hope that we get a chance to work with him on our future projects.

Approximate cost of services:
$10,000.00
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What a wonderful review to hit the 100 review milestone with!
Kenn, I know that you guys are currently knee deep in construction and juggling all that comes with a new build, so it means that much more to me that you took the time to post something so generous and kind. My experience working with you and B was exceptional, you guys were perfect clients; organized, disciplined and most importantly pragmatic. As a team, I think we accomplished great things and I can’t wait to see the finished build. I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to collaborate with you both on such a fantastic project. Take care and all the best!

scott in Toronto
scott in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Addition to house

David was kind and courteous to work with. He provided information in prompt manner as he guided us through the permit process. It was a pleasure working with him in seeing our dreamhome home as a reality.

Approximate cost of services:
$400.00
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Thank you Scott for taking the time to post this review and for the kind words, it was a real pleasure working with you and Sally. This project took an exceptionally long time to complete due to delays relating to the pandemic, so it means that much more to me that we were all able to see it through to the end and get you to the point where you can finally start construction. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished build, take care and all the best!

Jonathan from Toronto
Jonathan from Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Rear Addition and Re-Design of Existing Home

We approached David through a recommendation, and after our first meeting with him and reviewing prior projects, we were set on working with him.

Our renovation included an addition to the rear of our home, and a redesign of the existing floors and spaces. Never having done this before, we were completely new to the entire renovation process (design, drawings, permits, etc.). David patiently walked us through the entire process, and answered any questions we had along the way.

David has a great design sense and ample experience, he really helped us go in the right direction with our planning. He knows all of the city's bylaws and building codes which really took the weight off our shoulders. After our plans were complete, he took care of dealing with the City of Toronto and permit acquisition. David continued to be involved with our General Contractor by answering questions, and being available whenever required.

We can absolutely say that we could not be more happy with the service that David provided us, and we will be recommending him to anyone that ever needs his services.

Approximate cost of services:
$8,500.00
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A very sincere thank you Jonathan for taking the time to post such a great review, I really appreciate it, especially as I know you guys are gearing up for the reno right now. You and Meghan were fantastic to work with, you guys were considerate of my suggestions and ideas and remained disciplined and pragmatic about your budget. I think the rear addition in combination with the interior changes will dramatically improve the overall feel and flow of the house and really enhance quality of life for the whole family. I can’t wait to see the finished product, please continue to reach out as needed and keep in touch. Thanks again and all the best!

Anne
Anne
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement, 3rd Floor Addition and More!

We first met David when were planning a 3rd floor addition to an old east end row house. David came highly recommended by several neighbours. He understands the "quirks" of old homes in this area extremely well and was a superb collaborator (and guide!) through the design and permitting process. We also engaged David to help us plan a more significant--basement underpinning and general gut--project in an equally old home. David has numerous strengths, but what really stood out to me was his flexibility, patience (with all our questions) and excellent project management. We have already recommended David to others and will continue to do so.

Approximate cost of services:
$8,000.00
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Thank you Anne for taking the time to post such a generous and thoughtful review, I really appreciate it. Working with you and Luis on both of your homes was such a fantastic experience and I felt privileged to be able to contribute to each of them. You and Luis were gracious clients that, considering you were tackling these substantial projects for the first time, dealt with all of the stress and variability with pragmatism and a calm demeanour. I think the three of us worked very well together and I was happy to be able to leverage my experience in order to keep things running smoothly. I can’t wait to see the finished product, and wish you and your family the very best. Take care and thanks again!

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More about David R. Smith Design Inc.

Providing an honest and relaxed approach to the design experience.

David Smith is a registered BCIN Designer with almost two decades worth of experience in the industry of Architecture and Design/Build. Specializing in residential additions, alterations and new buildings in the Toronto area.

CATEGORIES
Drafting Service
SERVICES
Simply put, our services encompass the spectrum required to fully meet the needs of our clients. As a boutique firm we never over sell our time, ensuring that there is always adequate man power available to effectively meet the needs of our clients immediately. We understand that with a renovation of any size, a budget is a necessity and it’s for this reason that we offer fixed fee proposals for all projects. We quote on projects of all sizes and complexities and work with a network of Architects and Engineers, if we are not in a position to meet the needs of your specific project, we can put you in touch with the professionals that can.
SPECIALITIES
Design, visualization and the permit process.
WEBSITE
https://davidrsmith.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2010
PAYMENT METHOD
Email Money Transfer, Cheque, Bitcoin
LICENSES
BCIN# 41498 & 43686 House & Small Buildings
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
PROJECT RATE
Fixed Fee Proposal
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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