Meet the home plan experts

Meet the home plan experts

Co-op has partnered with CADvantage Design to create the Co-op Home & Cottage Plans Collection.

Since 1998, CADvantage Design has expertly designed over 5,000 projects throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. Founder Doug Schmidt, an architectural technologist, initially established the company as a home-based business and it quickly expanded, thanks to his high-quality drawings. Today, five talented architectural technologists round out the CADvantage Design team. From new homes to cabins, additions, renovations and small commercial buildings, we leverage our education and experience in building science to create functional, attractive buildings for our clients.

Concise, easy-to-read drawings are still the cornerstone of our business. That’s because they reduce costly errors—and resulting site changes—during the building process. Due to the clarity our drawings provide, some local trades and suppliers will even offer discounts to our clients. We’ve learned firsthand that high-quality drawings pay for themselves over the course of construction—and that’s what we call a smart investment.

The majority of our drawings are created with 2D CAD (computer-aided design) software, but we’re happy to offer 3D services to interested clients. Although 3D services cost slightly more than 2D, they offer our clients the option to virtually “walk through” their project, providing an excellent opportunity to visualize the scale and layout of the home.

Our house plans

We’ve presented a set of plans that balance form and function. Both practical and aesthetically appealing, they offer an excellent starting point, which we can then tailor to your tastes and budget. We’ll meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, and customize one of the plans in this e-book, or create an entirely new plan from scratch.

Our plans work equally well in an urban or rural setting, although rural living offers more flexibility and space to “spread out” the design. It’s simply easier to incorporate an angled, multi-car garage on an acreage, than on a narrow city lot. When it comes to urban living, we strive to make the most of every available square foot—we do this by reducing circulation space, such as hallways, and creating multi-functional areas.

Most of the plans you’ll find in the We’re proud to be partnering with Co-op Home Centres, and we’re pleased to offer preferred pricing for our drafting services to Co-op customers like you. Our high-quality designs, coupled with Co-op’s excellent materials selection, create a convenient, one-stop destination for all your home building needs.

Working with CADvantage Design means working with professional designers with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. A minimum of three employees collaborate to design, draw and review every project, creating a diverse perspective and eliminating tunnel vision. Every employee stays up to date with National and local building codes, we’re a member of the Baeumler Approved Network, and a Pro Member of Houzz.

For most of us, our home is the single biggest investment we’ll ever make. A smart investment starts with an exceptional design. When you work with us, you’re aligned with a trusted team with several decades of experience in the residential construction industry. We’ll guide you through the design process, ensuring costly mistakes are avoided, so that you come out of the experience with a functional, beautiful home.

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