Moneca Kaiser Design Build (MKDB)
We are a fully integrated design-build firm that specializes in solving tough floor plans to co-create a harmonious space with you. Our talented team of craftspeople then brings our design to reality during an eco-friendly construction process. We take pride in our schedule and budget - it is a point of honor - so you can rest assured that we will deliver on our promises.
Dedicated to Transforming Lives
Basement Design, Basement Remodeling, Drafting, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Home Additions, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Project Management, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Downsizing, Interior Design, Custom Renovations, Home Renovation, Home Renovators, Home Design
Ottawa, Glebe, Barrhaven, Bells Corners, Britannia, Chelsea, Gatineau, Gloucester, Hazeldean, Kanata, Nepean, Old Chelsea, Orleans, Rockcliffe Park, Shirleys Bay, Sandy Hill, Uplands, Golden Triangle, Westboro, Hintenburg, Beachwood, Downtown, Old Ottawa South, Manotick, Alta Vista, Center Town, Fisher Park, Old Ottawa East, New Edinburg, Manor Park
YWCA Woman of Distinction 2009 Habitat for Humanity Donor of Distinction 1997Ottawa Carleton Home Builders Association Finalist 2003 Renos > $100,0002005 Kitchens >179 sq. ft. 2005 & 2007 Housing Details 2012 Renos >$450,000 2002 Honourable Mention Housing Details
We suggested that together we explore options to either accept the plans, much as they are, or start over - wiser for your journey. You chose to explore the latter option and allow us to take a fresh look at your wish list and come up with some new solutions.
We offered about a dozen new concepts for discussion culminating in one resolved solution that addressed both your wish list and resolved many of the concerns you had with your existing plan. After working together for a bit on this new plan option, the project scope quickly reverted to working with the former floor plan and looking for ways to elevate it.
As we explained in our initial consultation and we will reiterate here for the Houzz community, in the hope of illuminating the complexity and importance of comprehensive and elegant design - our biggest problem in working through this second opinion of your existing plans is that they are good. It's really hard to justify changing something that is good, and the solutions are not simple for the same reason.
Given that, once we shifted our focus to working with you existing plan/footprint, we performed a careful review of the existing plan and offered viable options for all 3 stories. The solutions were aimed at eliminating any wasted space, refining traffic flows and door swings, providing new/better storage opportunities, addressing your concerns about the master suite layout which disturbed a resting partner if the other wanted to dress, improving your kitchen triangle, too long in our opinion, which then presented an opportunity to add a shower to the powder room. The list of improvements/solutions continued. All of this was achieved while keeping within the existing building envelope or suggesting very modest modifications that would not extend your permit application process for construction.
Through all of this, our solutions illustrated to you and provided you with greater clarity around what you value and what you couldn't live without. We are only too grateful that at least it has allowed you to move forward with your existing plans with confidence.
This exploration of options is exactly what the Second Opinion service is for and this was truly the advantage you gained from utilizing this service.
You said you were initially drawn to our work because of the smart and elegant designs - should you see any features or finishes that appeal to you we would be happy to supply you with their specifications at no additional charge.
In the end, our services allowed you to feel happy with you choices and move forward into the build justified and confident. Please let us know if we might be of further service to you as you move forward. Perhaps when you come around to furnishing we can offer some ideas from our travels...
We wish you the very best with your new house construction and we hope your home brings you happiness as your family continues to grow.