Ruhl Builds offers a range of design services to help you put your ideas on paper. All design projects are staffed with a professional engineer to make sure that your project is technically sound.
Ruhl Builds can work with you during the purchase of a new property to assist in developing a renovation or construction strategy that works for you. Often this will include preparation of plan sketches and renderings, mood boards, and budgets.
We recommend getting in touch when you are starting to look at properties so that we can start a dialogue before it's crunch time.
Whole House Strategy Consultation
If you already have a property and are thinking about renovations, we can help you to put together a cohesive renovation strategy. It is often impractical to complete all of the renovations that you have in mind at once. This service is intended to help you make a plan for your house that might span months or years.
The sooner we get involved the more likely we are to save you time and money by maximizing the efficiency of your plan.
Once a renovation plan is in place, Ruhl Builds can develop a set of permit drawings and general notes for your project. We will work with you through the process and typically meet to discuss the plan during development at 30%, 60%, 90%, and issue for construction stages.
We can build a 3-D model of your project to aid in visualizing ideas prior to construction. We typically include this service as part of any design, renovation, or construction project.
Renovations can be as simple as remodeling interiors and exterior finishes or as complex as stripping away finishes to include work on structure, envelope, and mechanicals. Ruhl Builds is ready to tackle your project, whatever the size or complexity.
Remodeling can often be done without a permit. These projects are limited to changing existing finishes and appliances.
This type of projects offers you a way to express your taste and design sense on an existing space where you are content with the base building assembly.
A building permit is required whenever there is erection, installation, extension or material alteration or repair of a building. If you plan on modifying the base building or adding something new it is likely that a permit is required. With help from local municipal officials, we will determine if this is the case and take care of building permits and inspections during the work.
These types of projects offer you a chance to make significant improvements and changes to your property.
Ruhl Builds has specialized expertise in foundation construction and repair. Areas that we specialize in including rubble stone foundation stabilization, leakage and crack repair, underpinning and basement height augmentation.
Construction projects involve building something completely new. Ruhl Builds is ready to construct your addition, ICF basement or building, garage, shed, or concrete structures.
An addition can be a dramatic improvement to an existing building. Whether you are thinking about adding a floor or increasing footprint on an existing level, Ruhl Builds has the expertise to bring your ideas to life. Our understanding of state of the art building technologies makes almost anything possible.
Ruhl Builds is experienced in ICF, advanced framing, and traditional framing building techniques. Let us work with you to find the best way to build your addition.
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
Ruhl Builds is a qualified ICF erector. ICF offers better thermal insulation, sound attenuation, fire resistance, and durability characteristics than most other building materials. Building with ICF is a cost effective way to maximize the lifespan and comfort of your building while minimizing operating cost. Let us help you determine if ICF is right for your project.
These high utility structures are a big value add on any property. In many cases, a garage construction project can offer additional living space in combination with ground level parking or work space. We believe that the modern garage should be made to offer more than expected. We will help you do justice to this special structure.
Sheds and Small Buildings
Structures with total area less than 10 square metres do not require a building permit. These high value, low cost buildings take all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Ruhl Builds is particularly interested in architecturally challenging utility sheds and small houses. We can help you develop big value in small spaces.
Ruhl Builds has specialized expertise in concrete construction. In residential construction, concrete is often confined to foundation walls and basement slabs. Ruhl Builds believes that the unmatched versatility and durability of concrete materials is reason to find greater application for concrete in modern residential construction including patios, suspended decks, balustrades, fences, and architectural elements. Let us help you harness the unique qualities of concrete construction on your next project.