Powless At Home
Powless At Home
Residential Design, Drafting & Home Environment Services
What is BIM*
Complete Services
The Process
Building Information Modelling  is a 3D computer aided design system that provides information about parts and materials within various components in the plan-section-elevations-details of the construction drawing set. Complete manufacturer's information including a hyperlinks to their website can be provided for every part of the building.

ARCHICAD BIM Solution - Graphisoft's Archicad was one of the first 3D computer aided design systems on the market. Powless at Home uses ARCHICAD to provide robust and detailed building information in all of our design and construction drawings. We just don't draw the building but we visualize and coordinate the nearly 27,000 pieces making up the average house to ensure conflict free construction.

Our services include:
•Certified Residential (under 600m2) building design and drafting.
•Certified Heat, Ventilation and Air Conditioning design and drafting.
•Certified Private Sewage System design and drafting.
•Building modeling and rendering.
•Brochures and Presentation drawings.
•Building Permit application services.
•Inspection and consulting.
•Grading and Site Plans.
•Ancillary services related to design and drafting

Follow this simple process:
Go to the Contact Page and phone, text or email us with your particular request.

We'll get back in touch to arrange a day and time to meet to discuss your project.

We'll provide you with a description of our complete process and a copy of our fee schedule.
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Building Dreams Together!


"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."

John Ruskin

I try to create homes, not houses.

Louis Kahn
Let us Build

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

John Ruskin

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.

Stephen Gardiner
Serve People

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.

John Portman
Food for the Mind

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Benjamin Franklin
Magazine Houses

It's great to design a beautiful, modern, sleek home like you'd see in a magazine. But if it doesn't suit your lifestyle, it's really wasted.

Candice Olson

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs
How it works.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Henry Petroski

Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.

Bjarke Ingels
How it works:
We prepare floor plan designs in consultation with owner and prepare coloured rendered perspective for visual interpretation and client review.
Owner Supplied Designs:
We prepare presentation black-line floor plans and renderings for client review and discussion from owner-supplied designs.
Construction / Permit Drawings:
We prepare detailed dimensioned floor plans, section and elevation drawings from pre-determined designs suitable for building permit submission and contracts.
Renovations and
We prepare as-built drawings from an on-site building survey and prepare construction drawings suitable for building permit and contracts.
Plot Plans:
We prepare a site plan drawing containing building locations, setbacks and basic grade elevations from a client supplied survey and concise lot information.
HVAC Designs:
We prepare heat loss / heat gain calculations, duct and ventilation calculations and duct layout drawings suitable for building permit and contracts.
Sewage System
We prepare sewage system designs for single family houses, additions and or accessory buildings.
Building Permit
We assist the client with the preparation of building permit application forms (Ontario CA only), submission of other required information and working drawings. We will advise of other applicable approvals required for permits and assist client in assembling and completing other applications required for permits.
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About Powless at Home
POWLESS AT HOME is a unique drafting and design service that has evolved from years of experience in municipal and federal Building Inspection and in the advanced building construction industry.

As a municipal Building Inspector performing inspections, plans examination, permit applications inquiries and supervisory duties, the principle designer Gregg Powless encountered far too many applicants who became disenchanted and frustrated in their experiences at “City Hall”. Having spent months preparing and designing their dream home they frequently came up against a plethora of unexpected requests for additional plans and approvals that the municipality would require BEFORE they could submit their applications for permit.

A good part of that could easily be attributed to the inexperience and/or carelessness of the draughtsman who prepared their drawings who often did not concern themselves with “after-sales” service. Much of the frustration experienced by applicants came from their direct inexperience in dealing with (and anticipating) the extensive approval system behind the Building Permit Application and Approval requirements. Some of the disappointment came from not knowing the “City Hall” culture or the people behind it.

A 1981 graduate of Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology as and Architectural Technician Drafting, and a carpenter by trade, Gregg spent approximately 20 years in the capacity of Inspector and as such has untaken a continuing self-education in construction, materials and methods and, design in order to assist the general public in a professional capacity. However, as the Building Code and the municipal bylaws evolved, the regulations and policies became much more restrictive and limiting. (Anyone who has experienced the present day system can attest to the minimal assistance provided by Municipal staff.) For this reason, Gregg opted to abandon the comfort and security of government employment in favour of helping those who sought guidance at the Municipal Office and did not receive it. In 2005 POWLESS AT HOME met the requirements for Ontario Certification as a Designer / Firm for Small Buildings, House HVAC and On-site Sewage System design.
Powless at Home
283 Highway 49 Box 755
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
K0K 1X0
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