Mark H Smith Designs Inc.

Formerly Markedly Better Design, Drafting & Permit Services
Drafting Service
280 St. George Street Suite 504 Toronto ON M5R 2P7
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our_home
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Design and Permit Process

We had a great experience working with Mark and highly recommend his services. He is very thorough and professional, and seems to understand the permitting process very well which allowed him to provide helpful advice to us, which I consider value add. He also possesses a technical knowledge that was helpful to us in making some key design decisions on our project. Our building permit was issued with no issues (or even questions) from the City.

Approximate cost of services:
$3,000.00
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Thank you for the kind words, it was a pleasure to work with you and your partner on this project and navigate designing an underpinned finished basement that best served both of your needs in the future within your cozy semidetached home. I wish you both a smooth transition into the coming construction phase and am excited for when the finished basement is ready for you both to enjoy.

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

2nd Floor Addition

I retained Mark to design a 2nd story addition above a tandem garage. Mark efficiently guided through the Committee of Approval and Building Permit process despite a few miscues/delays from the City. Mark is very diligent and through, I would highly recommend his services, in so much that I already have lined him up for another project down the road.

Approximate cost of services:
$12,000.00
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Thank you for the kind words B, it was a pleasure to work with you on this project and I am glad that even with a unfriendly building department examiner creating some delays, we could work through each step of this project's requirements and obtain minor variances and permits for exactly what you wanted to build. I look forward to seeing the completed second floor addition and wish you all the best throughout the upcoming construction stage for this project.

Andris P
Andris P
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

New home design, permit submissions

Words can not describe how pleased we are with Mark's work. Upon our first meeting to discuss design ideas he paid special attention to every detail of our vision. Mark was able to reproduce that vision perfectly. Looking after all the necessary requirements for obtaining city permits made this project enjoyable for us, the amount of knowledge needed to navigate the permit process is confusing, we would, with out a doubt, not been able to do it ourselves. Mark was always very responsive to any and all enquires we had and with his expertise gave us suggestions that were well thought out and never made any part of the design process confusing or stressful. I can't stress enough that MARK IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL AT WHAT HE DOES!

Approximate cost of services:
$10,000.00
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Thank you Andris for the kind words, you and your family and kids were so wonderful to work with on this project. Designing, drafting and obtaining all of required permits for a new home construction of a two storey building and basement to replace the existing bungalow was a big project indeed and I am glad that although some bumps came up along the way, we could smoothly work through every change and challenge to provide your family with exactly what you envisioned as your future family home. I wish you and your family all the best for the upcoming construction phase of this project.

JB in Toronto
JB in Toronto
3 reviews Whitchurch Stouffville, ON
10/10

Design for Home Renovation

We hired Mark for an extensive home renovation project. The home that he created professional designs for was a 1970's sidesplit. Mark was very professional the entire time he worked with us. He asked about our needs and a wish list. He listened attentively and followed through with all our requests. He also provided his professional opinions allowing us to make informed decisions. Throughout the entire project Mark was extremely punctual. His thorough and clear communication over emails, phone calls, and ZOOM calls helped make what could be a stressful experience, an exciting one. Mark, this first part of our project went smoothly due to your professional dealings and expertise, and for that we thank you. If you are looking for someone who is reliable and knowledgeable Mark is your guy! We highly recommend him.

Approximate cost of services:
$9,000.00
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Wow, Thank you JB, I am so grateful to have worked with you and your wife KB on this project. It was a pleasure working with you both and am glad we could draft your dreams into a set of drawings and permits for a new third floor addition as well as a completely renovated existing building that you are both excited to live in and grow with. Good luck with the construction stages ahead.

Leigh Ann
Leigh Ann
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Architectural drawings/permit applications for our basement underpinning project

Mark is who you want in your corner for your next project! As a person who has never taken on a project like this before I could not have done it with out Mark’s expertise, vision and exceptional customer service and communication skills. From the onset he was very personable and made it a priority to let us know that this was our project and he was here to help make this dream a reality for us. He really listened and included all members of our family to ensure that he had a good understanding of what our desires are. He worked diligently with us to design the most of our space including all the little details that we requested. I can not emphasize enough that what makes Mark stand out from others is his exceptional communication and customer service skills.

Approximate cost of services:
$3,000.00
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Wow, thank you Leigh Ann for the kind words. It has been a pleasure to work with you and all of your family to make your big renovation dream a reality. I am excited to see this project move onto the construction phase with approved building permits and look forward to seeing all of your family enjoying the finished space in the not too distant future.

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

House Facelift

Right from the first call Mark demonstrated his great ability to listen and understand our needs in wanting to renovate the front of our house. There a great ability to interpret our wishes and translate them to a well polished design with detailed plans.
The real bonus was having Mark obtain the building permits for us. His attention to the details and patience are top notch, especially during covid times.

Approximate cost of services:
$5,000.00
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Thank you for the kind words Oliver, you and your family were wonderful to work with on this project and I am so glad that although it was an enduring challenge to navigate the required minor variances through the Committee of Adjustments during the co-vid pandemic, we persisted until completion. It is great to know that you now have all of the required drawings and permits you'll need for upgrading the front porch as well as rebuilding the rear addition to better suit your family's needs. I look forward to seeing the finished project and wish you a smooth construction phase as you continue to move forward with this work.

Simon & Annie
Simon & Annie
1 review Vaughan, ON
10/10

Home Renovation - Design to Permit

Mark is a consummate professional. He guided us with care from drafting remodelling plans (involving structural engineering and hvac redesign) to permit approval. He never shun from any concerns or question we had, even post job. Mark is fair and trustworthy with estimates and payments. Thank you for the care and environment-of-ease you provided during our project! Will definitely work with you again.

Approximate cost of services:
$5,000.00
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Wow, thank you for the kind words Simon and Annie, it has been a pleasure working with all three of you. I need to bring in your son here and acknowledge his continuous efforts that helped create that environment-of-ease you both felt throughout this project. Team work truly made this dream design work. You have a wonderful son! I am glad to hear that you both felt recognized, at ease and able to communicate with me throughout this project. That is what matters most in the service I provide to my clients. I am also glad that we worked with and through the multiple co-vid delays to obtain all of the permits needed for this project to begin construction. I am excited to imagine all three of you sitting in the sun in the rear yard of your newly renovated home when all of the construction is complete later this year.

Tony Leah in Weston
Tony Leah in Weston
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Front Porch Design

Mark did an excellent job transforming our desire for a new front porch into a design that we loved. He took care of everything including liaising with the city and obtaining a building permit.

Mark was a pleasure to deal with because he listened closely and used his expertise to satisfy all our wishes.

Approximate cost of services:
$3,000.00
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Thank you Tony for the kind words, it was a pleasure to work with you and your wife on this project. I am so glad that the design we created together as a team evolved into a beautiful porch that you are both truly excited and enthusiastic to build this coming spring.

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

Fully gut out renovation with back extension

Mark was such a joy to work with, especially after some prior bad experiences with architects.
We appreciate Mark’s professionalism and consistency the way he conducts his business, at the same time being personable and attentive to his clients. He asked detailed questions, listened carefully and took good notes on our thoughts for the project. The three initial design solutions he proposed were all aligned with our visions and sympathetic to the project limitations. It was easy and hard at the same time to choose one of the plans to go with. Mark encouraged our feedbacks and was very open to adjustments we requested (within contract scope), his focus was always on arriving at a design solution that best suits our needs and budget. He took our project to zoning preview, resolved the kinks through persistent follow-ups with the city, and produced a building permit application that was swiftly approved. We plan to begin construction come next spring. It was through Home Star that we found Mark, with our review it has come a full circle! Of course we highly recommend him and his services.

Mark, thank you for your wonderful work!

Approximate cost of services:
$7,000.00
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Wow, Thank you both for your kind words and for providing a wonderful experience working together on this project. It was definitely a team effort and both of you contributed valuable creative insight as well as feedback which was instrumental in making our final design. I am glad my questions, proposals and iteration process was able to capture what you both wanted most for this project and am happy that you are both now excited and ready with final permits in hand to begin construction in the spring. I look forward to seeing your dreams become a reality.

Julie
Julie
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

I've had bad luck with previous vendors from HomeStars, but....

This review is long overdue.
We have used HomeStars in the past and have had some (not all) bad experiences with the vendors we have chosen to work with but Mark has restored my faith.

He's checked all the boxes on what we are looking for...

* Professional
* Personable
* Over communicates and readily available to patiently answer our questions
* Doesn't overpromise and realistic on what can and cannot be done.

It's not hard to find people to design but what seems to be rare is customer service / customer relations. My husband and I felt reassured by Mark's suggestions and quality of work.

We WILL be working with Mark again in the near future and have recommended him to our family and friends.

Thank you Mark for your services and putting our mind at ease.

Approximate cost of services:
$6,000.00
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WOW! Julie your are welcome. You and Mark are(and were) beautiful humans to work with. I am grateful for the opportunity you both gave me to work on this project. I love that I get to contribute to your lives in a meaningful way by helping design the renovation of your dreams and then help lay out the next exciting steps for you both to take as this project becomes a new reality for your whole family to grow with and enjoy.

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More about Mark H Smith Designs Inc.

We specialize in designing homes, drafting the necessary construction drawings and then filing for the required building permits. This includes designing for new buildings, renovations, additions, garages, basement conversions into suites and single family home conversions into legal duplexes. We also provide client support and representation where a minor variance is required by the Committee of Adjustment. Do you have an upcoming construction project on your mind? Contact us today and we can offer you some helpful tips for getting started. Please email info@markHsmith.ca or call 647 609 0333

CATEGORIES
Drafting Service
SPECIALITIES
Design, Drafting and Permit Services for: • Custom Home Design • Residential Additions and Renovations • In-Law Suite or Apartment • Accessory Buildings & Structures • Retroactive Permits
WEBSITE
http://www.markhsmith.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2014
PAYMENT METHOD
Cheque, Interac E-Transfer
LICENSES
BCIN Registered # 46896
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
PROJECT RATE
Fixed Fee Proposal
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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