Architectural Design

Architectural Design is about more than blueprints and floorplans.  At Highlands Master Builders, we use the world’s most advanced architectural design software to produce detailed 3D renderings and virtual walkthroughs. Our clients can see exactly what the finished product is going to look like, in high definition.  Subsequently, our clients can make advanced decisions, such as material selections. It also prevents any miscommunication between the design team and the construction team.

In our experience, the complexity of projects has increased dramatically. Innovation is the status quo: project scopes evolve, clients’ needs change, and old solutions become new problems. Many design projects will require thinking that goes beyond the traditional scope of architects and designers.

Our team of talented designers and critical thinkers start off with a detailed needs assessment, discussing how your space will meet your unique lifestyle needs. We want every environment to be conducive to entertaining and spending time with family and friends.  We will then refine that vision until you are completely satisfied with every aspect of the design. Our approach to design involves creativity, attention to detail, and innovation as we seek to translate our clients’ needs and wishes into a comprehensive, seamlessly integrated and improved finished project.


Starting with the big picture and working down to the details of daily life, we work closely with the entire team to discover hidden opportunities and ensure that each project’s aesthetic, functional, economic and social goals are addressed in an equal and balanced outcome. This means ensuring that concerns such as transit, access, and residents’ needs are continually referenced into specific project design decisions, such as, space planning, landscaping, amenities, daylight and comfort.

Beyond matters of taste, we believe that design should both reflect your goals and help you meet them. We are invested in your success and will help make sure that the spaces where you live, work, and play reflect who you are and how you want to live.

Commercial / Industrial

The stories of people’s lives unfold and cross through commercial spaces every day. Working, shopping, dining, or traveling, these places can be both a destination and an escape for visitors.  Our design process focuses on the ways in which people interact and experience each space, considering the overall goals and history of your business to reach full potential.

We offer full-service architectural and interiors consulting in all commercial sectors, including corporate offices, retail, hospitality and transportation projects of all scales, including mixed-use developments. This allows us to balance real-world project needs with a critical and thoughtful approach to determine the best path forward.

For tenants and business operators, our responsive approach will help you achieve your potential in design excellence, brand consistency and the full integration of the critical systems that support your operation.

Architectural Assurance

The Architects Act, not the BC Building Code nor Vancouver’s Building Bylaw, is the primary source for establishing when an architect must be hired. While the building codes are important documents for regulating the design and construction of buildings, they do not establish or limit which buildings require architects or the stage at which such services must be retained.  Under the Act, an architect must be retained any time architectural services are provided on a building requiring an architect.

As soon as planning and design begins on such buildings, an architect is required, including at the (re)zoning and development permit application stage.  Highlands Master Builders has partnerships with several influential architectural firms who provide our clients with these services at exceptionally reasonable rates.

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Highlands Master Builders carries a 5 million dollar general liability policy, and complete coverage by WCB. We also offer additional course of construction insurance to our clients at discounted rates through our partner, Federated Insurance.

Yes. All Highlands Master Builders projects are protected by a 2 year warranty on all labour and materials. In some cases, materials may be warranted by the manufacturer for up to 25 years. We also offer extended warranties and extended service contracts to ensure your project looks great well into the future.

These terms are broken down in the contract based on progress with a completion date included. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.

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Sonja Latifpour Bright Star Counselling

We have done many renovations in the past, but Highlands crew was outstanding. It is rare to find a construction company that has so much knowledge and experience and has the leadership to see a project through from the beginning to the end. They were always onsite, early in the morning. They were pleasant, polite and always cleaned up at the end of the day. We were actually sad when they left, as they were like family friends staying at our house!

If you want a great crew, outstanding workmanship, transparent and easy to understand billing this is THE company! We would hire Andrew and the guys back for another project any time. Thank you again for going the extra mile – we are very grateful.