David R. Smith Design Inc.

Drafting Service
401 Craven Rd. Toronto ON M4L 2Z5
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amoffat77 in Toronto
amoffat77 in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Architectural consulting, drafting floor plans, construction permits

David is very professional, delivers great design advise, is a clear communicator, and follows up and completes the work on schedule. The permits he submitted for our reno on our behalf were approved by the city in about a week! Fantastic service!

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Thank you Andrew for taking the time to post such a generous review, I really appreciate it. You and Samantha were a pleasure to work with and I am so pleased that we were able to accommodate your tight timeline. Take care and all the best!

Angela in Toronto
Angela in Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Design Plans

Working with David Smith was a very positive experience. He has keen knowledge of design ideas and suggested new ways of thinking about my floor plan. His drawings were very detailed. He is very knowledgeable about city permits and how to obtain them. He was available for ongoing questions once my construction began. I highly recommend David.

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A very sincere thank you for taking the time to post such a generous HomeStars review Angela. You were a pleasure to work with and I am so happy to have been able to help with your project. Take care and all the best!

BJ in Toronto
BJ in Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Third Floor Addition

We first met David over a year ago when we were searching for an Architect to help us with our renovation plans. From the start David was professional, laid back and his wealth of knowledge was very clear. We spent a lot of time going back and forth on various ideas over the course of a year and David was always helpful and supportive as we worked our way through this stressful process. David was able to provide us with so many great suggestions and options for our project. The renderings he created for us were great at helping us visualize the spaces, and have been very helpful throughout the construction phase as well. We're grateful we were able to work with him.

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A heartfelt thanks BJ for such a kind review and for the opportunity to collaborate on your project. We spent a lot of time exploring and reviewing options which is part of the process and so integral to finding the best scenario. I think that your pragmatic and considerate approach to your budget, wish list and priorities really helped us identify what design “checked the most boxes” for you. I am really happy that you found the renderings helpful, I think they are such a great tool for visualization and will become a staple of the process moving forward, they’re also so much nicer then just looking at plans on their own. I can’t wait to see the finished project, thanks again and all the best!

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

Planning, Visual Design, Permits

Working with David was a delight and set the tone for the level of professionalism I experienced while working together. David was prompt, transparent and responsive when I had questions. Of particular note, was David's ability to clearly articulate key design aspects over the phone. David's ability to be flexible and patient was demonstrated when I wanted to make changes quickly after a discussion when decisions had already been reached. Without question I will be contacting David for my next renovation project!!

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Thank you Ash for taking the time to post this review and for the very kind words, it was a pleasure working with you on this project. Though our experience working together was brief, it’s always nice to work with someone who is organized and has a clear idea of what they want. I know the final space will be fantastic and look forward to hearing all about it when it’s complete. All the best and take care!

SSingh
SSingh
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Drawing, Permit Application and Cof A representation

I really enjoyed working with David. He has been very patient through the entire design process...even thought we changed our mind several times.
I really liked the way he utlisizes every corner of the house to create the flow.
Lastly, he is very well versed with the city by-laws and knew how to handle our permit and the hearing . He takes personal interest in every aspect of the design process.

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Thank you S. for such a great review, I really appreciate you taking the time to post it. You and your husband were a pleasure to work with, your patience and flexibility were truly appreciated. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you in designing your home in coordination with the SubhaVaastu, this was a truly unique experience. I can’t wait to see the completed building, please keep me posted and stay in touch.Thanks again and all the best!

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

Rear extension to width of semi, upstairs master with en-suite

David was a pleasure to work with from the beginning. After taking considerable time to listen to our vision, he came up with a plan that totally worked, including things we wouldn’t have thought of. We extended the back of our semi to maximum width and extended the upstairs rear bedroom to include an en-suite. David mercifully obtained our permits and communicated regularly throughout the process. Thrilled with his work. Everything was efficient, transparent and professionally handled. Would totally recommend him. Well worth the money. Saved us money in the end.

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Thank you Penny for such a wonderful and generous review, I really appreciate it. You were fantastic to work with and I think it was really a team effort. I am thrilled that you are so pleased with how everything turned out and can’t wait to see the finished addition. All the best and keep in touch!

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

Main Flr Extension Design, Committee of Adjustment & Permit

I reached out to David after reading the reviews about him on HomeStars, and am happy to have the opportunity to provide one of those reviews to help guide others to him!

Working with David was totally stress-free. He listened, offered meaningful suggestions, and I felt that he really wanted to take the time needed to get it right. Not that it took a lot of time on his end... to be honest, I created huge delays and David was incredibly patient with me. Though I was not always able to be as responsive as I might normally be (my excuse would totally excuse me :), he never once made me feel that he was frustrated or put out in any way. Truly a genuine, lovely guy & I found him to be quite brilliant at what he does!

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Thank you Leslie for the very kind words and thoughtful review, this means a lot. Working with you was a real pleasure, you had a clear idea of what you wanted but were open to ideas and pragmatic about the limitations of the space. I think that our personalities and interests resonated nicely and that this contributed to such a positive collaboration. Your addition will be a truly unique space and one that I hope you will enjoy for years to come. All the best and take care!

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

Design, Plans and dealing with the COA-David did it all!

I was introduced to David by a neighbour who had retained him and spoke very highly of his experiences working with him. Having now used him myself I would happily recommend him and will be moving forward.

In the end David worked on both my home where we proposed a substantial multi-storey rear addition and a full gut of the existing building, as well my fiances commercial office space.

For the house we had to go through a lengthy municipal review process including the Committee of Adjustment and it was not without its headaches and hurdles. David was there through all of it, helping us navigate concerned neighbours and liaising with City staff to ensure our application moved smoothly.

In the end we received unanimous approval and are now planning our next steps. Overall I can say that working with David was a pleasure, he is relaxed and very approachable, confident in his knowledge of the process and the building code and highly experienced.

We leveraged his experience numerous times both in the design of both properties and in answering a number of questions that otherwise would have kept us guessing and sleepless.

I would recommend him without hesitation, thank you David for all that you did!

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A sincere thank you Jason for taking the time to post such a thoughtful and detailed review. Thank you as well for the kind words and most importantly for the opportunity to collaborate on your various projects. As a client you were always easy to approach and open to suggestions which made the lengthy process with the City that much more tolerable. I think the proposal for your place is phenomenal and will dramatically change the feel of the entire building. Similarly, I think that what we came up with for the clinic will really help optimize that unused space and allow you to continue to grow the business. All the best and take care!

10/10

Second and third floor renovation

I wholeheartedly recommend David. We spoke with other design/permit specialists about our renovation, but had no hesitation in engaging David. He is very patient and knowledgeable. We had a lot of questions about the process and he was always happy to explains things to us. The whole process went very smoothly. David is fantastic!

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Thank you Anthony for the kind words and for taking the time to post such a positive review. You and Sheryl were great to work with and I am always happiest when the process runs smoothly from start to finish. I know you guys are going to love your new master suite!
Take care and keep in touch.

JOHN & VALARIE in Scarborough
JOHN & VALARIE in Scarborough
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Second Storey Addition, Enlarging & New Design for Main Floor

David was recommended to us by a mutual acquaintance. When I contacted him he had the patience to explain to me the difference in qualifications between architects and designers. That patience has been one of David's most valuable qualities that we have depended on all through our design and permitting process. At times he literally acted as a referee for my husband, John, and me when we couldn't come to agreement about design details. Our project is to add a 2nd storey to our bungalow and also enlarge the main floor area as much as possible without delaying acceptance of the plans by the City. David is extremely good at the design element of the work and also at understanding what is likely to pass the City's zoning provisions. David reworked our plans until he delivered what we think is the best that could be done with our existing home and lot. Everyone who sees the drawing of the "proposed elevation" is impressed. David treated us and our project as if we were the only clients he was working for, always responding quickly to our questions and comments. Although David provides design only services (not design/build) he is well versed with the construction aspect of the renovation process, which was very important for John who is a shipwright and craftsman. We have relied heavily on David's knowledge and expertise in this area. And, in fact, it is David who introduced us to a contractor who was likely to be able to deal with clients as challenging to work with as we know we are. As part of our vetting process before hiring David he referred us to his reviews on HomeStars, a resource I had never referenced until then. Now we can honestly say that the near perfect ratings and excellent reviews he continues to receive are not exaggerations but are well-deserved.

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A heartfelt thank you Valarie and John for taking the time to post something so generous and thoughtful. Rest assured you were certainly not my most challenging clients. I think because I could relate to your relationship dynamic it allowed the three of us to collaborate and trust each other on an uncommonly personal level. With regards to the design, I am very happy that you guys love it as much as I do, however it would be unfair of me not to credit you and John with being an integral part of the design development, your feedback and input greatly improved the overall proposal and I would consider the final version a true collaboration of three like minded individuals. I am very eager to see the final building constructed and look forward to being a part of the construction process in whichever way is needed. Thank you again for the kind words and all the best!

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More about David R. Smith Design Inc.

Providing an honest and relaxed approach to the design experience.

David Smith is a registered BCIN Designer with almost two decades worth of experience in the industry of Architecture and Design/Build. Specializing in residential additions, alterations and new buildings in the Toronto area.

CATEGORIES
Drafting Service
SERVICES
Simply put, our services encompass the spectrum required to fully meet the needs of our clients. As a boutique firm we never over sell our time, ensuring that there is always adequate man power available to effectively meet the needs of our clients immediately. We understand that with a renovation of any size, a budget is a necessity and it’s for this reason that we offer fixed fee proposals for all projects. We quote on projects of all sizes and complexities and work with a network of Architects and Engineers, if we are not in a position to meet the needs of your specific project, we can put you in touch with the professionals that can.
SPECIALITIES
Design, visualization and the permit process.
WEBSITE
https://new.davidrsmith.ca/
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2010
PAYMENT METHOD
Cheque, Money Transfer
LICENSES
BCIN# 43686 House & Small Buildings
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
PROJECT RATE
Fixed Fee Proposal
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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