Our Process & Approach

Having a custom home designed is an exciting process, but many clients are unsure about where to begin. Engaging with an architectural technologist for design assistance is an important step. It’s also one of the earliest decisions clients will have to make to turn their vision into reality.

A good team is the foundation of any successful design project. At Design Hall, we value our clients and contractors and are here to offer support during your design journey.


We love it when our clients bring in ideas, inspiration, and dreams. It’s our brand promise that we will incorporate our client’s visions of their perfect build into the end result. It’s our role to listen and provide professional input in any areas we think could cause problems, while incorporating as much inspiration as possible from our clients.

Our years of experience in home design have reinforced the importance of working closely with clients, contractors, and home builders to create beautiful homes that are built to last.

Design Process

I Initial Consultation

The process begins with a complimentary appointment to go over the details of your project in depth. This provides the opportunity for both parties to understand what goals you have for your ideal home, discuss finer details, and ask any initial questions. At the conclusion, Design Hall will provide a tailored quote within 2-3 business days.

II Conceptual Design

Taking all the ideas and information from the consultation, we develop an initial concept for your review, including floor plan layout and architectural styles. From here, the design is refined through creative collaboration until all aspects are perfect. During this process, Design Hall not only offers our expertise, but ensures all design solutions are fully visualized and understood before moving onto the next project phase.

III Blueprint Drafting

As soon as the conceptual design is set, the next phase is for Design Hall to create the final construction set of drawings for the build. This process involves adding all the needed notes, dimensions, and technical information required for your contractors and trades. The end result is extremely high-quality home plans that effortlessly translate into a functional, beautiful home.

IV Post-Design Support

Although the design process might be finished, our door is not closed. We’re happy to make plan-related revisions to engineering or permitting requirements. We’re also happy to provide recommendations or guidance for other professionals you may need to engage with. And if you have any questions after the design is complete, we’re happy to provide clarification.

Flexible Consultations

Your life is busy. We understand that it’s a challenge to balance your work, your family, and your passions, which is why we offer flexibility for all consultations and meetings. You have the option to meet us in the Design Hall office or we can come to you. Select evening and weekend appointments are also available for all stages of our design process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Design Hall only provide residential design services in Edmonton, AB?2023-09-25T02:37:13+00:00

We offer our design services from two different locations:  Edmonton, Alberta and Westlock, Alberta.  While many of our clients are located in Edmonton and the surrounding areas, we enjoy working with clients across Alberta to create beautiful custom home plans.

How do I receive a quote for design services?2023-10-03T20:56:11+00:00

Your new custom home build or renovation is unique– and pricing for custom design services is the same.  At Design Hall, we value fair pricing that accurately reflects our investment of time, scope of work, and addresses your specific needs.  After completing a complimentary initial consultation with us,  we will provide a quotation to you in 2-3 business days.

Book your phone call with us today to get the quotation process started!

What is included with the base design package?2023-09-25T02:41:40+00:00

Design Hall’s base design package includes:

  • Conceptual design services
  • Basic 3D exterior design exploration
  • Final architectural blueprints in PDF format
  • Exterior colour suggestions

With the base package, you’ll have the architectural information needed to start the process of pricing, applying for building permits, and construction. Electrical plans are available for an additional service fee – contact us for details.

How long does it take to design a custom blueprint?2023-10-03T19:50:36+00:00

The timeline to complete your custom blueprint depends on various factors such as the type of project, its complexity, the number of options we explore, and how long you need to make decisions. These factors can significantly influence the time required to complete the project.

  • On average, for a typical new home build or extensive renovation, our full process takes around 3-5 months to complete.
  • For smaller or less complex projects, on average, the full process takes around 1-2 months to complete.
  • If you are interested in drafting-only or design-only services, please inquire directly about your expected timeline.
Do I need blueprints for my project?2023-10-03T20:54:28+00:00

Blueprints are a valuable tool, often necessary to obtain permits for your project. You will need blueprints when you:

  • Plan on constructing a new permanent structure, like a home, garage, or shop.
  • Are renovating to increase your total living area. Examples include developing your basement or adding an addition.
  • Are not adding more living area, but you are extensively moving walls– or completely gutting your floor plan!

For a complete list of the items required before construction, check with your local development authority for more information.

Do you only design homes?2023-08-18T20:16:08+00:00

Design Hall provides residential drafting services. Our architectural technologist design services are also available for accessory buildings, garages, secondary suites, and other projects. Please contact us directly for more information about how we can help with your specific project.

I’m looking for the location of your office. Where is Design Hall located?2023-09-25T03:59:15+00:00

We offer our design services from two different locations:

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Westlock, Alberta

To provide clients with more flexibility, we have decided to bring our services directly to you. However, we do have a beautiful space for meetings available at our Westlock studio.

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