Z Square Design & Build Difference

Four Pitfalls 1st Time Home Owner Need to Avoid

 

1. No More Over Budget

With a fully inhouse team of architects, interior designers, engineers, builders, and material suppliers, we quote on cost, not estimate. Clarify construction cost from day one.

Our clients can achieve their goals with our financially intuitive quotes right from project launch. An endless climb in cost during construction is often explained by unrealistically low builder pricing that with missing elements and non matching-quality material for attractive pricing. Estimates require upgrades and quality checks during construction can drive up project cost by up to 10%~30% higher than your initial fixed contract, and extend move-in schedule significantly. With full inhouse team, We prioritize a detailed costing and schedule that ensures your first quote is almost always your final quote. Our greatest pride is our ability to minimize contingency on every building project.

2. No More Coordination Add-up

Efficiency - We do everything in-house.

Due to a highly disconnected professional market, architects, engineers, builders, and material suppliers work alone and this disrupts communication and problem-solving. To overcome these and inherent cost implications, we have created a product-driven work environment with inhouse architects, engineers, interior designers, builders, and material suppliers. We guarantee top-of-class design & build service at competitive pricing. A dedicated architect project manager leads your weekly in-person and cloud-based coordination during construction to keep everything to budget and schedule.

 

3. No More Unknown Construction Schedule

Real-Time: Our Cloud-based App updates owner 24/7

In home construction, sub-trades often have overlapped job schedules and a small incidence could considerably delay your home. Waiting on one trade could create a chain delay effect. Hence, we manage all the trades through a cloud-based scheduling tool that updates schedules in real-time to enhance booking efficiency, material delivery and trade coordination.  The project schedule also comes as an accessible online calendar on our client portal.

4. No More Cookie-Cutter House

Bespoke: International Award-Winning Architects for Custom-Designed Homes.

in ZSG, our architects have teamed up leading national companies with experience and expertise on well known national and international projects. With professional degree in architecture and on-going years of practices in insitituional, commercial, residential and development, we bring unmatched industry expertise to your dream home. We are committed to the belief that no two homes should be alike or mass produced.
Schedule an appointment to see our custom home building process.

Service Offerings

Tailored to Your Needs

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Free Custom Home Consultation

Feasibility Study, Zoning Research, GFA, planning guideline, Design Quotation, Construction Quotation, Schedule Estimate

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Committee of Adjustment & Approval

Extra buildable area to maximize home value

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Architectural Permit & Approval

Architectural Permit, Construction Document, Interior Design Document

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Engineer Permit & Approval

Structural Permit, Structural Construction Documents, HVAC Permit

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Construction

HCRA Registered Builders, 5 million liability insurance, cloud-based platform for realtime monitoring of your home construction progress.

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Material Selection

Over 2000 factory direct supplied building material, select material before construction to secure the cost & contingency. You get what you see. 
Visit our 50,000 SF design centre.

Book a Free Consultation
 

Facts & Figures

217

Home Built

210,000 SF

Commercial Retail Space Built

<5%

Average Contigency

25,000 SF

Design Center

We are so delighted to be writing this testimonial for Z Square Group. They designed and built our home in 2017 and we couldn’t be happier. Our family loves our 3,000 square foot luxury home, which was built on a foundation of quality. We currently live here with 3 kids and they all love the space, the pool, the gym, and the everything else.

Customer from Home Stars

 

Process of building a new house

We break down our process into 20 steps:

Find a land

Hire a Surveyor to produce a construction survey

To confirm conceptual design (layout, function, etc.), confirm if you need additional floor space.

Architect to retain structural engineer and mechanical engineer.

Architect to submit building permit to the municipal authority. 

Builder to prepare construction cost, based on building permit package and material selection list, go through warranty with client.

Building permit issued

Builder to update construction schedule based on construction progress, client to pay construction fee based on the progress 

Client to check overall deficiency before occupancy

Contractor to coordinate city inspector for final inspection, contractor to explain future warranty policy 

Due-diligence to confirm building area based on land

Hire an architect to have a start-up meeting to explain (layout, function, number of bedrooms, budget etc.)

The architect to apply for the Committee of Adjustment if additional floor space is needed.

Produce Architectural building permit, structural permit, mechanical permit drawings

While waiting for municipal review, architect or interior designer to prepare material selection list for both exterior and interior.

Builder and client to adjust material selection to meet budget & expectations. 

Construction start


Architect & engineer to provide additional drawings required either by builder or city inspector

Builder to fix all deficiency 

Occupancy & Warranty start

 
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Garden Suites (Toronto)

On January 12, 2022, the Toronto Zoning By-law Amendment permits the development of Garden Suites in residential Neighbourhoods.  We offer design, permit & construction on stop solution for Garden Suites for our clients in Toronto.

The Garden + Suites project is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative. A Garden Suite is a detached housing unit, usually located in the rear yard, and is separate, or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit.

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Z Square Group is a leading design-build firm in Toronto, we are already working on Garden Suite projects in Toronto. We think it is an excellent opportunity for Torontonians to expand their living space, create a fully functional home for the next generation, and an investment home for rental. 

Contact us to see if your existing home is eligible to build a Garden Suite, and cost estimate.

 
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Frequent Asked Questions

We understand our clients spend their life-time savings on the new home, and the process can be stressful. We are here to answer your questions. Check the link below for the FAQ session. If your question is still not answered, send us an email or book a free consultation. 

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Portfolio

Selected Custom Home & other projects

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Warranty

Our clients are spending life savings for their new home, and nothing is more important than ensuring a high-quality home that will last.  All homes built by Z Square are enrolled with Tarion in the Ontario New Home Warranties and Protection Plan. The 1-2-7 years warranty is as follows:

1 Year Warranty: on surface & finishes 
2 Year Warranty: on HVAC, insulation, water barrier and building envelope
7 Year Warranty: on housing structure


Contact us for warranty details. 

 

Book a Free Consultation with us

Book a Free consultation IN-PERSON with one of our founding partners to review land opportunities, zoning feasibilities, project schedule & cost.
Our Office is located at 1100 Gordon Baker Rd, North York.

No commitment requird.