Our 7 Step Process

Our clients come from all walks of life but each one values quality, attention to detail, and extraordinary service. They share a common desire for a beautiful, custom-built home that truly reflects their lifestyle and passions.

As you start down the path to building or renovating your home, you may fear that the final outcome may not turn out as planned. You worry about costs spiraling out of control and missed move-in dates. Or that shoddy workmanship may lead to expensive problems cropping up a year or two down the road.

We’re here to eliminate those fears. Like all of our past clients, you can rely on Decca Design Inc. to safeguard your time, money, comfort, and pride of ownership.

The secret to the success of every project hinges on taking the time to get to know you and your family so we fully understand your needs and your vision.

Your commitment to being involved in the design process helps guarantee your home becomes your oasis, completely tailored to your unique tastes and preferences.

We evolve the individual components of a house into the realization of a home. A comfortable, luxurious environment that you’ll be proud to call your own. A timeless home where you can both entertain and raise your family.

Custom Design and Renovation Projects Are Challenging

The most common frustrations with design and building experiences are usually:

  • Lack of Accountability
    • Work not completed on time
    • Cost overruns
    • Unresponsive or poor customer service
    • Broken agreements/promises
  • Lackluster Results
    • Generic or common design
    • Limited selection of products and finishes
    • No design flexibility
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
    • Too many decisions
    • Too much time required
    • Too many suppliers and contractors to manage

By the time you realize you’ve placed your project in the wrong hands, it’s often too late.

Your Solution is an Attentive, Detailed, Full-Service Team

After years in the design and construction industry, witnessing these frustrations first-hand, we knew there had to be a better way. That’s how Decca’s Exacting Project Control System was born.

Our Exacting Project Control System alleviates all of these concerns, minimizing your time and frustration while protecting your budget and enhancing your results.

When you work with us, you can expect to receive:

Step-by-Step Guidance

  • We act as a “tour guide” for your home, walking you through each phase of the design, build and finish.
  • Together, we work through each design decision in the same order that your home will be built or renovated.
  • We share the accumulated knowledge from our extensive project experience to guide you on the best approach and solutions to exceed your expectations.
    • Our meetings are focused and efficient, with samples of most items available in our office ready for your hands-on review.
    • Select from only the highest quality materials that fit within your budget.
    • Your finished designs are conveyed using detailed 3D modeling and visualization.
    • We can continue as Project Manager to execute your plan with qualified contractors. (Who better to manage your project than the people who developed your plan from the beginning?)
    • Armed with the detailed specifications for your project, you can receive reliable, firm tenders or quotes.
    • Our Exacting Project Control System helps eliminate cost overruns, scheduling issues, and product delivery delays.
    • We stay involved every step of the way to make sure you’re thrilled with the final results.

You’ve waited for the right time to build/renovate your home. Now choose just the right team to make your building experience positive, invigorating, and satisfying.

Discover exactly what to expect when you work with Decca Design. Here’s an overview of the typical experience from our first phone call to the day you move into your new home.

Step 1

1. Initial Consultation and Expectations

welcome You call us and we briefly talk about your needs and expectations. If we both agree to proceed to the next step, we schedule a time to sit down and talk about your project in detail.

There’s no charge for this introductory meeting. We want to learn about you and what’s behind your decision to start the design process.

You’ll share what you need from your space (or what is currently not working). Together, we explore how your dream space looks, feels, smells, sounds. We want to understand how your space impacts every aspect of your life.

And of course, we talk about your expectations, timeline and budget.

If we’re on the same page regarding budget and outcomes, we prepare a formal proposal outlining the phases for the project. Once you agree to the proposal, we’re off and running!

Step 2

2. Site Survey

Our first project meeting is usually at your space (assuming you already have a location selected for your new custom home or home renovation).

This is when we discover firsthand how you live so we can design a space uniquely suited to you.

  • Don’t have time to clean frequently? We’ll use smudge-resistant fixtures and avoid glossy or dark flooring.
  • Have four kids in hockey? We’ll design a laundry/mud room with built-ins for gear storage and space for a glove drying rack.

No detail is too trivial, from the Vitamix blender on your counter to your over-sized garbage can.

We pay attention to those things you don’t even notice anymore. By asking lots of questions and looking for connections, we zero in on the features and custom touches that make your home not just functional but remarkable.

Step 3

3. Envisioning the Concept


The first step in this process is learning what you like — and don’t like. Using magazine photos, Pinterest boards, or Houzz digital ideabooks, you share photos of what you like and we help identify the common elements in each photo to get a sense of your overall style preferences.
We also set the ground work for our initial concepts by identifying the site conditions and/or limitations, applicable regulations, and site measurements.


Armed with this info, we go to work on our initial hand-drawn sketches of your home. As these concepts are refined, they evolve into computerized conceptual drawings. Revit 3D drawings are used to visualize the overall space and dimensions.


By the time you’re ready to apply for permits and tender bids, you’ll have all the required information in a full set of drawings, including:

  • site plans
  • floor plans
  • elevations
  • perspectives
  • sections
  • details


Step 4

4. Planning Every Detail


Regular weekly meetings are key to our Exacting Project Control System. Each week we take 60-90 minutes to focus on a specific stage or area of the project. Over the course of eight to 10 weeks, we’ll guide you through up to 1,500 decisions, covering every facet of your interior design.

We strive to do what is best for our clients. We never waste time driving from supplier to supplier — it’s one-stop shopping directly in our office.
You can also rely on our experience and know-how to debate the pros and cons of each decision, plus the cost implications. By working through each decision in order and in stages, we keep you from getting overwhelmed, frustrated or burnt out.

color-consulting-300x200It’s your dream space so let us help you stay excited about your project every step of the way!

The Design Finishing Binder


Every decision is documented, in detail, in your design finishing binder. It includes all of the building and product specifications and interior finishes, right down to appliance installation guides. The design finishing binder is the key to preparing a detailed budget and ensuring the stress-free execution of your project.

Decisions can include:

Exterior Finishes

Plumbing & Appliance Schedules


Door and Trim Schedules

Finishing Schedules

Paint & Flooring

Electrical and Lighting

We can also compile a colour board to help you visualize all of the finish components of your space and how they relate to each other.

Copies of the binder and colour board live on-site during the build so that every trades person can see the final design plan and has all of the information they need to build and install every aspect of your home.

Learn more about our interior design for homes by clicking on this link, Residential Interior Design.

Step 5

5. Execution


Our job doesn’t end once the design and planning are completed. We remain an active participant in the construction phase to ensure accuracy, overcome obstacles as they arise, and assist in modifications or product substitutions, if necessary.

Even at the build stage there can be design challenges – but on-demand access to our accumulated knowledge of your overall vision makes this potential obstacle minor.

If you choose to tender bids for construction, your chosen builder or general contractor is free to call us at any time for clarification on the specifications in our Exacting Project Control System. We can also do regular site visits to assist with your project construction.

If you’d like us to be more actively involved, we can also act as your Project Manager.


Instead of accepting a flat fee bid from a general contractor, we use our Exacting Project Control System to solicit bids and assemble a team of carefully vetted, qualified tradespeople.

We make sure your exact materials and finishes are ordered well in advance so you don’t have to worry about out-of-stock or slow-to-ship product holding up construction.


And we do frequent site visits to make sure everything stays on schedule and on budget, and aligns to our (and your) high standards.


Learn more about how we manage construction for custom homes by clicking on this link, Residential Project Management.


Step 6

6. Interior Furniture and Furnishings


Interior decorating is the finishing touch to the building or renovation process.

We start working on your interior decorating during the construction stage so that your home is ready to move in quickly once construction is complete.

After studying your tastes, preferences and overall style, we present an overall concept for your furniture and furnishings, including sketches, colour renderings and a colour board.
Armed with these reference tools, we help you source all of the furniture, window treatments, artwork, and accessories to bring your space to life.

We have a detailed knowledge of who offer the best options to suit your style, which helps reduce the stress, time, and expense of furnishing your new space.


Just like in the planning phase, we keep our shopping trips focused on one or two specific objectives.

Learn more about how we can complete your home stylizing by clicking on this link, Residential Stylizing.


Step 7

7. Celebrate


Our clients become like family so it’s never really goodbye. After the build is done and you’ve moved in, you’re free to phone us anytime if you have a question or concern.

Your design finishing binder transforms into your maintenance manual, complete with:

  • Finish schedules for everything that went into your space (paint colours, appliance models, etc.)
  • Warranties/receipts for products and contractors
  • Copies of all contracts, correspondence and design decisions
  • Copies of Permits and Approvals
  • Photographs

Working with Decca Design is a life-changing experience. Our every interaction is warm, supportive, and helpful. We enable our clients to create a space that goes beyond their expectations.

  • More perks of working with us:
  • Free parking
  • Comfortable meeting space located outside of downtown, easily accessible from most areas in and out of the city
  • Refreshments