Our Process

Step 1: Project Inquiry

Estimated Time: 1-2 days

After contacting Catalyst about the dreams you have for your home, one of our team members will be in touch with you within 1- 2 business days.

When we contact you, we will ask specific questions about your project scope, budget, location, motivations, and goals for the renovation.

Step 2: Evaluation of Project

Estimated time: 1-3 weeks

After we connect with you, we will review your project and your goals with our sales and design team. We'll explore the feasibility of the proposed work, and whether Catalyst is a good fit for the project.

Based on specifications, we can provide rough timelines, design costs, and construction costs. If these align with what you're thinking, we'll set up a more in depth consultation.

Step 3: Project Consultation

Via video call, on-site consultation, or a combination of the two, we will introduce ourselves, and get to know you and your space a little better. We will discuss why our pre-construction planning services (which can take anywhere from 20-200 hours) are integral to the success of your project, and we will answer all of your questions.

Our comprehensive design services will guide you from concept to completion. We take into account zoning and lot requirements, structural challenges, design ideas, functionality, lifestyle considerations, and budget in order to determine the costs for pre-construction services.

Step 4: Pre-Construction Agreement

Estimated time: 7-10 days

We will draft a pre-construction agreement that outlines the project goals, estimated project costs or rough order of magnitude, and timeline. We will also outline deliverables such as architectural drawings, feasibility studies, engineering, identification of Designated Substances (such as asbestos), construction consulting, interior design services, and a list of required selections. Lastly, we will provide you with an outline of the next steps in the process. Pre-construction services generally range from $5000 - $15,000 + HST.

Step 5: Drawings + Specifications

Estimated time: 3-6 months

Once the pre-construction agreement is in place, we will begin to work with our trade partners and suppliers, schedule site reviews, and ensure design feasibility and pricing. This comprehensive process takes anywhere from 20-200 hours to ensure that we have a detailed scope of work that aligns with both your architectural drawings and plan specifications. We will set a target start date, and related deadlines to stay on track.

Step 6: Construction Planning & Kick Off

Estimated time: 4-6 weeks

Once the planning process is completed, we will introduce you to our construction team and arrange a kick off meeting where we will answer any questions you may have about the construction process.

As part of our kick off, we will set you up with BuilderTrend, our cloud-based construction management software. In addition to daily updates from our team, BuilderTrend allows you to review all aspects of your project when it’s most convenient for you. Typically, we allow for a minimum of 6-12 weeks from the day a contract is signed to the day we begin construction to allow us to coordinate schedules and to order materials with longer lead times such as windows, doors, or cabinetry.