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asbestos in older homes

There is a new rule regarding asbestos.  Before a building permit can be issued, Municipalities are now required to ask homeowners to have a survey conducted to establish the possible presence of asbestos in certain materials of an older home (built before 1990).  These materials may be disturbed during construction, and it is important to […]

28.09.2012 | Read more...

need more space? - renovate or find a new home?

If you need more space, there is a good possibility that renovating or remodeling will be a better choice.  There are a lot of extra costs when you buy a new house, such as agent fees, taxes, movers etc.  Often the new home requires modification to suit your needs – another potentially significant cost. You […]

19.09.2012 | Read more...

second life

In a historic neighbourhood, overlooking a golf course on a 2000m² wooded property, sits a 1960’s home in need of some attention. The existing house has little or no insulation but solid bones, and a favourable exposure.  The work will include re-skinning all exterior walls to increase the insulation value and meet new energy efficient […]

13.09.2012 | Read more...

tight budget remodel

SOS Design has prepared the documents for a remodel of a 1950′s  2 bedroom home in Saanich. The design incorporates the roof space and is providing the family with a new Master Suite and family room. The existing roof was removed and replaced with a new truss roof. The remodel has added 72m² of living […]

06.09.2012 | Read more...

roof decks in victoria, bc

Victoria’s City Councillors have been busy amending the Zoning Bylaws to prohibit Roof Decks. In most Cities Roof Decks are a welcome private oasis. At SOS Design we have incorporated several roof top gardens in our designs. Green roofs provide many benefits – added insulation for sound and temperature, reduced runoff, longer lasting roof membranes […]

30.04.2012 | Read more...

garden suites and lane houses

City of Victoria has developed a policy to allow Garden Suites on properties of Single Family Homes. SOS Design has developed a Garden Suite that is in compliance with the intent of the bylaws. This 37m² (400 ft²) one bedroom suite is available as pre-fabricated kits-of-parts from Pacific Homes at an estimated cost of less than […]

12.04.2012 | Read more...

speedy glass on the move

Belron, the parent company of Speedy Glass, contracted SOS Design to facilitate their move. Hard to find locations in the auto repair district it took over a year to secure a new lease. The new facility also operates Interlock. SOS Design has, over the past couple of years, assisted Belron with screening new locations in North […]

19.01.2012 | Read more...

successful addition

SOS Design planned this 2 storey 112 m² addition to a  typical bungalow style home in Victoria BC. Our client purchased a home that had been renovated by  its previous owner without a permit. There were several infractions: the internal  stair had been removed and an illegal suite was created in what used to be the  […]

12.01.2012 | Read more...

homes and buyers - the match makers in the new real estate market.

Mark McDougall has created the perfect tool to join the interests of sellers and buyers with an innovative use of technology. The aim was to create a customized strategy that removes the stress of selling or finding a new home. Here, for the first time, sellers can see what buyers are looking for. Mark will […]

05.01.2012 | Read more...

smart meter or maybe not so smart?

BC Hydro is replacing our current digital electric meter with new “smart meters”. The cost to the users is over $1 billion. The claim is that it will save $1.6 billion over 20 years in theft and labour. Currently there is no way to know how much electricity is being stolen. In many older homes […]

30.12.2011 | Read more...

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ASBESTOS IN OLDER HOMES
28.09.2012
NEED MORE SPACE? - RENOVATE OR FIND A NEW HOME?
19.09.2012
SECOND LIFE
13.09.2012
TIGHT BUDGET REMODEL
06.09.2012
ROOF DECKS IN VICTORIA, BC
30.04.2012

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