David R. Smith Design Inc.

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

Addition drawings and securing permits

With absolutely no experience with home ownership and renovations, we were extremely vulnerable when seeking out services, especially with respect to our proposed addition drawings and permits.

Thankfully we found David.

Our first experience with David gave us the sense and confidence that we had someone in our corner. David was mindful and respectful in all his interactions with us. This was a great way to set the tone for our technical and very real task of acquiring permits through the committee of adjustments.

We were requesting a minor variance (as David had correctly guided us towards) and the journey involved many facets that included multiple drawings, repeated engagement with the city, the committee of adjustments hearing, etc.

David handled ALL of this.

We were satisfied with the outcome of the drawings for our addition given the budget limitations (David was always cognizant of how drawings impacted construction costs). We did receive approval from the committee of adjustments despite some neighbours' opposition. David went above and beyond in speaking to our neighbours on multiple occasions. He handled those discussions with absolute respect and professionalism.

I waited quite a long time before writing this review because I wanted to see how David's drawings played out through the 5 month long construction period. Nearing the end of that period, I can now confidently say that the drawings were coherent, clear, and of great value to the contractors who took on my project. This was a critical piece for me because the drawings generally always look good/cool but my concern was always - the application of those drawings for builders! It has worked out great!

In closing, we were lucky to find David given our context - uninformed and on a pretty tight budget. David addressed both of these elements with respect in educating us on some key aspects and always drawing with costs in mind. David is flexible, cooperative, strategic, thoughtful, and diligent in completing what we needed him to complete. He drew the house we wanted and got the permits we needed.

Thank you David. If we find some money one day somewhere, we will do the front of the house!

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First and foremost Mark thank you for putting so much thought and effort into this review, it is greatly appreciated. Your generous words like those of many previous clients continue to reinforce my belief that the service I provide is something of value and that I am doing a good job. What I most appreciate about this review process is how it acts as a real time indicator of how I am doing; showing me what can be improved and what clients most value about their experiences while working with me. I am constantly trying to better my service and the positive reinforcement that your review provides is the confirmation that I remain on the right track. Thanks again for taking the time and all the best in your new home.