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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Garage Design

We engaged Mark as we were having trouble building a garage and could not be happier with his work. We had received planning permission from City Planning based on the plans of another designer. But during the construction process the building inspector noticed some of the measurements were wrong and would not approve the construction. When the original designer refused to return our phone calls Mark stepped in, re-baselined the entire project, and went above and beyond to give us the advice and do things right. It was only after working with Mark that we realised just how bad the original designer really was and the steps a proper designer should take. We are eternally grateful and would recommend him in a heartbeat.

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Wow, Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you and your partner on this project and I am glad that we were able to rectify this project from the challenging position you were both in when you initially found me on Homestars.

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

House Design

My wife and I are so pleased with Mark's work. He helped us through our design evolution, was patient, full of ideas and perspectives that we found very helpful. He was keen to adapt as our plans evolved and let the project become what we wanted rather than what he thought should happen. His perspective attention to detail and his ability to convey what he was considering as he developed the plans made us comfortable. His personal attendances at the site and his willingness to spend the time to understand what we were thinking made us both fans both of Mark and his work. We cannot overstate how much he impressed us.

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Wow, thank you very much Pat for the kind words about your experience working together with me on this project. I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to work with you and your wife on this project to design the home of your dreams. You both are such thoughtful and caring people and these qualities truly helped shape the beautiful home that we designed for you to enjoy and share with your family and friends for many years to come. Excited to see the construction phase begin next year.

Kevin in Hamilton
Kevin in Hamilton
3 reviews Hamilton, ON
10/10

Architect Service

I had worked with Mark for the past almost 2 years. I can't even begin to explain how great he was. Simply put, he is one of the best person I've ever met so far. But that's putting it very mildly. Simply saying that he is a great designer would be a huge understatement. I highly recommend him to everybody who's going to renovate a house or build a new home.

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Wow, thank you Kevin for the kind words, it was a wonderful project to be a part of and I appreciate working so closely and continuously with you and wife to design your dream home. I am glad that we were able to go all the way to the LPAT(OMB) and win to overrule the minor variance rejection at the city level in order to ensure you could build your dream home the way you really wanted it to be built. Excited to see the project develop as construction begins this month.

Anna in Burlington
Anna in Burlington
1 review Burlington, ON
10/10

New House design and plan

We were referred to Mark through a Toronto area construction manager knowing that our project was to design a new home for us in the Grand Bend area. Our starting point with Mark was a conversation on site to get to know our initial vision, lifestyle and approximate budget. Then using our comments he created a number of home designs to begin refining our thoughts. We achieved a final design of about 4000 sq feet of construction that we were excited to move to the permit stage. Our new home will be located in the country and as a surprise to the local builder, ourselves and Mark we needed to apply for a minor variance. Here Mark shone in handling all the paperwork and attending local meetings 2 hours away. He established a very positive working relationship with the local building department and followed through to the approval. We are now breaking ground thanks to him.
Mark is knowledgeable and creative, detail-oriented and timely, conscientious and very patient. It was a pleasure to have him at our side through this journey. We are happy to highly recommend his services.
Greg and Anna

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Wow, thank you Anna for the kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you and Greg on this project. You both brought so much excitement, curiosity and most importantly effort into creating this dream home that I have to say it was a team effort all the way. I am glad that despite setbacks with the building department, construction is now under way. I look forward to coming by for a tour when the building is finished.

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

2 Storey Addition & Reno

We had a very clear idea of what we wanted in terms of layout and design for a 2-storey addition & renovation to our 100+ yr old semi. We wanted to find someone who could execute our vision and had thorough knowledge of all the city rules. Mark definitely fit the bill as he had knowledge of the city codes and helped us navigate towards a plan that would avoid the committee of adjustment (something that a separate designer had told us was not possible). Sure enough, we got our permits no problem at all without needing to go through CofA. Throughout the process, he was extremely patient, offered some great suggestions, was kind and understanding, with a very professional style of communication. We had a very challenging time with our contractor - during which, Mark was so very quick and helpful in trying to help us problem solve issues. If ever there were any adjustments needed to be made to the drawings, he was very prompt to correct. We’d definitely recommend Mark and are grateful to have gotten the chance to work with him. Thank you Mark for helping us push the project forward and help our vision come to life!

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Wow, Thank you so much for the kind words Andrea. You and your husband are both standout special human beings to me. Your honesty, decisiveness and clear vision were a pleasure to work with throughout the project. I am glad that despite the contractor challenges, we were all able to work together and persist until your vision came to life. I hope you both enjoy your beautiful new home.

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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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