Custom Timber Frame Design & Drafting Services

We offer a custom design service for people who want professionally drafted plans for various purposes.

Suppose you have a sketch of the building you're thinking of building, or a design from a magazine. We can provide the plans you need to enable you to get a building permit, some preliminary pricing for the subtrades, and an overall idea of what your project will cost. We also provide custom design services for those who need detailed drawings, want to explore design alternatives, etc.

Prices for design and drafting services

Our drafting design services are most often billed at the rate of $60 CAD per hour. Here's how it usually works out:

1. Prelimnary/conceptual design, includes floor plans, foundation plan, simple elevations, basic window placements and configuration, and timber framing. It gives enough detail to help you visualize the project, and for contractors to provide you with some ballpark pricing so that you can start to develop a budget. It's also enough for us, or another timberframe company, to provide a preliminary cost for the timberframe.

Your cost will fall in the range of about $0.75 to $1.50 per sq. ft., depending on the complexity of the project. The average project comes in at about $1.00 per sq. ft.

2. Full design service includes detailed floor plans, foundation plans, elevations, window & door schedules, detailed sections, engineering reviews and estimate, and a timberframe quote from us. These prints will enable you to get full quotes from all contractors and put a firm price on your completed project.


a) As a follow-up to the above conceptual plans: $0.75 to $1.50 per sq. ft., depending on the project's complexity;
b) Drawn from scratch: $1.50 to $2.50 per sq. ft.

We can provide engineering for projects in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.