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What sets our Design and Consultation Services Apart?

Any consultation undertaken with our team directly or indirectly engages with a matrix of local insight and expertise.



Anybody who has ever completed a construction project might know how many trades, suppliers, authorities, and experts are needed to be involved and work in tandem. In a project network like this, it’s essential to minimize any room for miscommunication and maximize efficiencies between all involved parties. Design allows accurate material, time, and cost estimates in a universal industry language, thus completely avoiding the taxing constant back and forth. Design speeds up the process, lessens the cost of materials, ensures safe construction, and is of course essential for any and all permitting. In this manner, design is always a good investment! 



Professional design is an essential first step in any successful project. Designs services allow a client to correspondence and consult with the general contractor, and through them, all the sub-trades, specialists, permitting authorities, and material suppliers relevant to their project. Files produced from this service include job schedule, material take-offs, product proposal, and most importantly, Computer-aided designs, or ‘CADs’.


CADs can help you realize your dream project before a single piece of wood has been cut! This visualization is extremely beneficial for revising and perfecting your dream and can be rendered in a myriad of views. Having finalized CADs at hand ensures that we can match exactly what's in your mind’s eye and lay it out into a step-by-step plan. CADs can be universally interpreted by any contractor, specialist, sub-trade, or permitting authority; essentially ensuring everyone is (literally) on the same page.




At Lopez Contracting Ltd, we are proud to host a state-of-the-art design department, and are able to provide professional design services for any project, be it a new mansion or an intricate mechanism. We offer CAD services for all projects we are involved in, as well as a standalone service, at an affordable in-house rate. We offer four design service packages for the typical renovation project: Preliminary, Standard, Comprehensive, and Extensive.


Our ‘Preliminary’ package entails 20 hours of professional time, including a site visit and measure-up, followed by an ongoing consultation between the client and contractor. Following this, our team drafts layout CADs entailing the client’s vision for review and one revision.


For the more involved project, we offer the ‘Standard’ package, which entails anywhere from 50 to 75 design and consultation hours. This time is further allocated towards elevations, renders, mechanical drawings, and sections & details, as determined by the needs of the projects.


For projects requiring pin-point definitions and accuracy, we offer a ‘Comprehensive’ package, entailing 100 design hours. This is for larger projects requiring exactly defined and estimated product proposals (flooring, tiling, etc.) which are produced meticulously through a network of select suppliers. This package is especially suited for highly custom projects, and/or those requiring substantial permitting from the relevant municipal authority.


For highly intricate projects which require delicate and timely synchronicity between all the interconnected parties, we recommend the ‘Extensive’ package, which is especially suited for bringing all branches of the project to the construction ready phase in the shortest time possible. This service is typical for projects requiring consultation and estimates from specialists, such as Geotech, or subcontractors such as Excavators. This service also includes a highly accurate quote inclusive of all relevant market prices defined and calculated.


What sets our design service apart? As a one-stop workshop, our team is uniquely equipped not only in the diversity of skills we can offer, but also in the especially custom nature of our work. For example, our designers are proficient at drafting highly custom commissions such as family crests, stencil signage, address boards and specialty soffit, and translating this into a toolpath for our in-house CNC router and laser engraver to bring to mold into reality. Likewise, our fabrication, finish and millwork departments often collaborate with our design team to bring all manner of otherwise complicated ideas, such as bespoke furnishings and ornamental installations, to practical and manifest reality.




A substantial advantage of our design service is the vast industry knowledge, experience, and specialist connections our management is outfitted with. With only a brief consultation, you have access to immediate consul as to practicalities, logistics, recommendations, and agenda for next steps. Any idea may be explored and set to budget in a sensible, educated, and forethought-out manner. As a local family owned business, Lopez Design operates within a network of 100% local subtrades, specialists, and suppliers. Any consultation undertaken with our team directly or indirectly engages with a matrix of local insight and expertise. Any designs that we have the privilege to build on would utilize materials supplied by locally owned and ethically sound businesses. 


We’re certain that we’ll be able to match your inspiration with pinpoint accuracy. You can get the ball rolling on that fantasy project today! Whether it's rejuvenating your residential space or enhancing commercial infrastructure, our agile team springs into a seamless operation. Unveil captivating and stylish spaces, such as an indoor bar, or a new solarium. Enjoy outdoor dining bliss with our skillfully designed patios and cozy seating area. Our materials echo Vancouver Island's essence, fostering partnerships with local businesses. Embrace tailored designs that echo your home or brand's ambiance, be it bespoke furniture, innovative signage, or imaginative infrastructure.



Thank you so much for your time, Friend. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood one-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!

Kind regards,

Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
+1 (250) 885-2902


About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.


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Our Triple Crown Philosophy

Some years ago, I innately understood that a building structure should have three important attributes. First, it should be structurally sound. Second, it should be aesthetically pleasing. Third, it should be attainable or affordable. Ever since, I have strived to make everything I do worthy of this triple crown of excellence.

During a ferry ride to Vancouver, I saw my young son had drawn Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man in my notebook. To my surprise, my son’s sketch led me to discover the historic importance of this idea. This world-famous sketch of a man in a circle, his arms outstretched in two different overlapping poses, has become iconic. A Wikipedia search showed me how Da Vinci was inspired by proportions described by Vitruvius in his ancient treatise of De Architectura.

Vitruvius was arguably the greatest architect in history. His work is the only major surviving publication on architecture from classical antiquity. It was written for Emperor Augustus, made famous in the Bible for his census which brought Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem. Eminent Roman architects such as Vitruvius were skilled in engineering, art, and craftsmanship. As an army engineer himself, Vitruvius had overseen all manner of building and construction for wars and settlements across Europe and North Africa.

The most famous maxim of Vitruvius was that architecture should embody three qualities: utilitias, firmitas, and venustas. In English, this means that great handiwork should be useful, sturdy, and with beautiful proportions. (Just imagine what Venus, the goddess of love, might look like.)

I was delighted and not disappointed to find out that my idea was old and not new. It gives me more motivation than ever to offer you the product of a triple crown craftsman: sturdy, useful, and beautiful work at a reasonable price.