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New Home Design

Garry Bentham is an artist and designer who can transform your vacant building lot into a home and garden that is as unique as you are.

Your master plan might include a legal suite, a separate cottage/studio or a detached garage with workshop. Garry sees these as opportunities to be creative, without compromising the integrity of your project. He has designed everything from little cottages to 6000 square feet waterfront estates.

Garry’s survey experience allows him to take his own preliminary grades in order that the design of the home will work with all elevations on the lot. This ensures he is maximizing the space allotted while staying within budget.

Garry has worked in all aspects of the construction industry including construction estimating; he knows what the costs of all trades should be and will design within your budget.

Re-sale value is important; Garry has over 30 years of experience selling real estate, thus ensuring that your design will meet the needs of future buyers.

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Custom Renovations

Your home worked well in the past, however now you are ready for change. Village design & drafting can assist you with residential additions and renovations to your existing home. Garry is brilliant at creating modern and fully functional floor plans and exterior aesthetics, as well as ingenious additions to your existing home that will perfectly integrate with your current lifestyle.

Do you have an old shed on your property? Garry can turn it into a functional office space that will double as a guest house at a moment’s notice.

Garry works with you to design a new look that will meet the demands of today’s contemporary living while ensuring added value should you decide to sell in the future.

Garry can prepare a floor plan of your existing building as a basis for bringing your ideas to fruition. He is an expert at maximizing small spaces, extending larger spaces and changing existing spaces altogether.

Whether you want to convert a garage, update your kitchen or add on a whole new room, Garry will make that happen. His meticulous drawings are prepared with enough detail to meet BC Building Code regulations and obtain a building permit. Do it right the first time. Do it with Village design & drafting!

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Landscape Design

You love to entertain outdoors but your backyard looks more like something out of "Home Mechanics" than "House Beautiful". Perhaps your new home looks great...but now you are ready for that gorgeous garden. Before Garry Bentham develops your landscape design, he meets with you and gets to know you and your needs. Do you have children? Do you love to cook outdoors, or prefer a quiet meditation space, or a vegetable garden? 

Once Garry gets to know you, he will prepare a design proposal taking into consideration everything from privacy requirements to maintenance levels and, of course, the all important budget. When you have determined your budget, he will design your project to stay within those confines. You will have every opportunity to ‘fine tune’ the design before Garry produces the finished drawing. 

Village design & drafting services vary depending upon the needs of our clients. For the DIY (do it yourselfer), a custom design is all they need, while some may require a little more assistance. Garry's clients appreciate his flexibility. He can obtain prices from valued contractors and prepare a preliminary construction estimate for you; Garry is also available for onsite consulting during construction.

Garry offers a one hour free consultation to all of his clients in order to determine their landscape needs and budgets. Give Garry a call today to learn how he can work with you to create your dream space.

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Commercial Design

Due to his broad-based design experience, Garry philosophizes that exterior design should reflect the function of the business within.

Building design on commercially zoned land requires careful research of both zoning and certificate of title. Combined, they provide the basis for maximum land use and other site influences.

For the past five years, Garry has participated as a judge for the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards.

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