Green Bee Atelier Inc.

(416) 698-7355

Services Provided
space planning, design, permit drawings, contract administration

Areas Served

Business Description
design services
Toronto, ON CA 
Steve Pollock 
282 Warden Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M1N 3A2
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Green Bee Atelier Inc.
Deborah's reply has some things right but others are simply not helpful. First thing, do you own the plans ? That's analogous to use of software. Yes you buy it and can use it but you don't have the right to install it on an infinite number of workstations. It has to do with copyright. If you want a detailed discussion of copy right and intellectual property talk to a lawyer.

As for "certifying" an engineers work all I can say is if you have a business of any type and guarantee someone else's work without having direct control over it, and getting paid enough to cover the inherent risks in doing that work, then if you propose doing that in conversation with the same lawyer you talk to about copyright, said lawyer should quite justifiably bite your head off. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE in their right mind would do that. Yes the architect should coordinate the engineering and architectural work, check for obvious errors that they should reasonably be expected to pick up on but NO they are not guaranteeing someone else's work. If you don't understand the reasons for this, then go talk to a lawyer.

As for what work the architect will do the initial answer is fine. It is basically called "scope of work", and the permutations and combinations vary as do the needs and budget of the client. Yes do talk about it in detail. It is also described as "managing expectations" and will prevent a great many misunderstandings and needless conflict.

Hope that helps.
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Sean Catherall, AIA
It's always good to ask to see examples of projects similar to yours that the architect has completed. Drawings, photos or a tour of a previously-built project are all good indicators of the architect's capabilities.
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Walden Homes
Hiring an architect or other professional for your renovation project: It is important that you are working with some that focuses on residential renovation. More specifically, they should ideally be set up to work on smaller renovation projects, not only large custom home projects. The smaller renovation project can get lost in many firms. It would be best to find a firm that has a good balance. You want to be sure that your project will get the attention is deserves.
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