Streamline Design, Ltd. is an award winning log and timber frame design firm design firm specializing in timber frame and luxury log home designs. Based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the City in the Country, we specialize in custom planning and designing of log and timber frame homes. Whatever your dream or style, we will work with you to create a quality, custom log home design to match your desires and needs.
Log & Timber Home Developers
Streamline provides assistance to developers in a wide range of areas, including consulting on proposed building locations, building massing, schematics, subdivision site layout and creation of subdivision design guideline materials for log and timber home builders.
To ensure that our log home designs are durable, meet all safety standards and requirements, and are built efficiently, we maintain close working relationships with structural engineers. Streamline Design is proud to have Jorge Silva, P Eng. on our staff. Jorge is licensed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, and works closely with our design team to ensure your home will be structurally sound. For log home projects outside of British Columbia, we have excellent relationships with licensed engineer associates throughout North America.
Although we don’t provide interior design services exclusively, we have developed strategic partnerships with two interior log and timber frame home designers. Together we provide a full array of services for designing and executing your interior custom log and timber frame house plans along with the building of your new home.
Streamline Design, Ltd. is recognized as being one of the top design firms to have incorporated green building practices into the designs of our log and timber frame homes. We encourage ‘Green’ building techniques and standards in all our log and timber frame plans. Our Principal Designer, Kevin Simoes RBD, is a LEED accredited professional, and can help plan and register your green project.
Learn More About Why Streamline Design, Ltd. Will Be The Right Fit For You
Whether you are an individual ready to breathe life into your dream log home, or a developer looking to create a luxury timber frame subdivision, we at Streamline will provide you with an approach that will meet your needs, with clarity and efficiency. If you want to learn more check out our Design Process section below or our How Much do Custom Homes Cost pages.
What is the design process for building a custom home?
At Streamline Design, we know that choosing the best designer for your log or timber home can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming, and we understand that you are the most important resource in creating the home you’ve been dreaming of. Using a systematic approach and keeping your ideas at the forefront, we will create well-designed and cost-effective plans for your new home, without compromising on quality. We will walk you through each step of the design phase so the end design is exactly how you imagined it to be.
As you can imagine we will have a number of back and forth conversations through the design phase. One of the first questions we often get asked is “Do we have to meet in person”? No, we do not. Majority of the clients we work with we never meet in person. Whether you are across the globe or down the street we can handle everything remotely through emails, online meetings and phone chats.
So, let’s walk through the different design phases to help give you an overview of what to expect:
Inspiration + Discovery Phase
When designing your custom log or timber frame home we first like to sit down with you in person, or in an online meeting, to discuss your future space. Our goal is to build your dream home just the way you envision it, which makes you the most important member of our design team. From overall home style to unique elements and features, we encourage you to bring your inspiration to the table throughout this phase. We will guide you through a series of questions to determine what your design will require in order to meet your practical living needs, while ensuring it fits your personality and lifestyle. During this phase, we will also discuss site or bylaw considerations, budget matters, and all other objectives that may apply to your project.
Determine the vision, site considerations, and any other objectives for your future home
Creative + Developmental Phase
Following our first meeting, our designers will present you with a preliminary concept based on your objectives regarding style and functionality, as well as site and budgetary considerations. Complete floor plans and high quality 3D renderings will be provided in order to help you visualize your new home. Proposed roof lines and structural elements of the log or timber frame home are also included during this phase.
Prepare and present a preliminary design concept
This is the most important stage of the design process. After you have had time to contemplate the initial drawings for your log or timber frame home, we then revise and refine them to meet your needs and wishes exactly. It is imperative that you carefully review all aspects of the design to ensure your expectations have been met, for now and for the future lifespan of your home. We encourage you to be specific and compile a list of changes, questions and comments about the design that you wish to be addressed. In addition, we will provide you with 3D renderings and take you on a guided virtual walk-through to help answer any remaining questions, and enable you to fully visualize your new home.
Revise and transform the layout, structure and aesthetics based on your response and feedback to the preliminary design
Following your approval of the final design, we will prepare a partial set of construction documents to send out for potential log or timber frame builders to bid on. These include four elevations, detailed floor plans, a foundation plan, section views and 3D CAD files. We will also provide recommendations for general contractors and log or timber frame builders with whom we have had superior building experiences with. If you already have a builder in mind we will work with them to provide the specific details they need to begin building the project.
Prepare a tender package, with the purpose of submitting to contractors for initial quotes
Construction Drawings + Engineering Phase
During this phase, a final set of drawings for construction will be completed. If your design requires engineering, we can provide this for you using our own engineer, allowing construction directives and changes to be made in-house in order to avoid the additional costs of hiring a third party engineering firm.
Once engineering is complete, the plans are then printed, stamped by our engineer, and ready to begin the permitting process through your local building department.
Prepare construction documents and perform structural engineering (if required) for submittal to your local building department
Construction Support Phase
We are committed to ensuring your design is executed during the building phase with as much precision and diligence as was put into the design process itself, and are available to assist your building team with last minute ideas or changes as they arise. We offer a wide range of additional detailing to help the build phase proceed as smoothly as possible.
Through a clearly laid out process that keeps your ideas front and centre, our desire to build your quality, luxury log and timber home will be realized. Take yourself one step closer to your dream log home and contact us today.
Work with you throughout the entire construction process, providing consulting services and engineering changes at your direction
Are You A Developer?
We provide assistance to developers in a wide range of areas and projects including helping with your subdivisions site layout and proposed building locations. From building massing, schematics and presentation material to the preparation of your subdivisions design guidelines, we do it all. We can also act as your design consultant, providing review and enforcement of the prepared guidelines.