Our Process

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First Steps  

Get in touch over the phone or by email, and we’ll be happy to hear all about your project. In first calls, we usually discuss timeline, location, challenges, scope, and rough budget.  If it looks like a good fit for everyone, we will then meet in person, usually on-site. We take measurements, discuss possibilities, explore potential challenges, and walk you through our Design Service Agreement (DSA).

Free High-Low Estimate  

Following the on-site meeting, we can usually provide a high-low estimate of what your project will cost.  Final costs depend largely on choice of finishes, but the free estimate provides a good ballpark range.

Design Service Agreement  (DSA)

The DSA is a service provided by The Little Building Company at the start of projects to make you a permit-ready design and prepare a ready-for-construction estimate. With a BCIN Qualified Designer on our team we can prepare stamped drawings in house. We’ll begin the DSA with an initial concept drawing based on your ideas. We will work with you to create the ideal design for you and your budget, bring in any necessary subcontractors to get quotes, and seek to identify any issues that could arise. By the end, you will receive permit-ready drawings of your project and a fixed-price quote based on all of the design options chosen. We can even put together 3D renderings to help you visualize the proposed project.

Building Contract 

Once you are happy with the plans and the projected budget, we complete a formal contract to begin construction.  Included in the contract would be a set of plans, schedule of work to be performed, and a legal document setting out expectations, billing, warranty, and related items.


This is where the magic happens.  During the construction process, we will keep you up to date with the schedule and the budget, and work with you on all the finishing details. We pride ourselves on keeping a tidy site and on progressing our jobs rapidly.  We will work with you throughout the process on any changes you may want to make as the project unfolds.

Because how the work gets done is just as important as the work itself.

“We hired Sean & Dave to build us a screen porch addition to our family cottage, as well as replace an old shed with a shed/sleep bunkie combination. Sean was really helpful with the design of the shed in maximizing the space we had without having to lose any trees in the surrounding forest.

The LBC team that was onsite for most of May and June were a pleasure to have around. The new porch is a gorgeous addition to our family’s cottage and the extra sleep space allowed us to invite other families up to the lake which was always difficult in the past.

The guys were extremely courteous, respectful and the quality of the work was most impressive. All of our neighbours commented on the work that was done and appreciated the considerations taken on our small lake. We’re already lining up more work for next summer.”
— Amanda - Bancroft, ON