We are writing this letter to indicate our great satisfaction with the design work performed by Jamie Drolet for us.
In January of 2020 we began to design a new home in Sooke, British Columbia. We retained Mr. Drolet to design builder-ready plans for us and to also prepare 3-D renderings of the home.
Starting from a very rough scheme that we had put together and our expressed needs, Mr. Drolet drafted complete blueprints, elevations, detailed selection of components, and electrical and plumbing specifications. We found Mr. Drolet very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and an excellent guide to the construction industry on Vancouver Island. As a bonus, he is also a useful resource for ideas on where to travel and camp on the island.
Perhaps most impressive was his ability to improve almost everything he touched. He took the scheme we started with and made multiple adjustments that dramatically improved the layout and use of space, while at the same time improving the ease of construction. He took the list of kitchen cabinets and appliances that we requested along with an open space concept and made it all work symmetrically and elegantly. He provided cost effective solutions to some difficult problems.
The plans were completed within budget and on time. Builders were uniformly impressed with how detailed the plans were and how those plans made their job easier.
We would highly recommend Mr. Drolet to anyone seeking to design a home.
Mike and Beth Cox, Sooke BC.
Jamie of Drolet Design helped us reimagine a tedious lot and gave us an exciting vision. He helped us liaise with engineers, city planners, and contractors. He went above and beyond to come visit our site and make visits to future neighbors. He even showed us a number of his own builds and the way his past clients welcomed him into their homes I knew he was a man of integrity with a talent for design. Would highly recommend this business.
Emily Bugoy, Nanaimo BC.
Many designers could not over come the challenge of designing a house for my steep building lot. Fortunately for my family Jamie had the creativity and fortitude to succeed where other designers failed.
I Highly recommended Jamie!
Jason Bugoy, Nanaimo BC.
I am currently working on two projects (new builds) with Jamie Drolet of Drolet Design. One of our builds is a modern, open concept, custom-rancher. Jamie took our concepts from an ‘as built’ drawing and masterfully created a new architectural design that was exactly what our customers were looking for. The other project is a beautiful spec home that Jamie designed to meet the exact functional details requested by the owners, as well as modifying the build to meet the municipality ‘s guidelines.
Jamie’s best attributes are honesty, innovation, vision and open communication. His drawings are precise, very clear and easy to follow. His ability to communicate with customers is always timely and respectful. Don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you! He misses nothing! If there is a problem, Jamie will fix it. Our clients keep asking us how we found Jamie. It was through word of mouth from other satisfied building contractors. We are excited about working with him now and into the future. We are very proud to have him on our team. We have recommended Jamie to other clients who need design work done. I could say more, but will leave it at this: If Jamie Drolet is involved in your project, consider yourself lucky.
Dunlop Renovations, Duncan BC.
As a general contractor I have worked with Jamie of Drolet Design on multiple projects. His attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for his client whether they be home owners or contractors is second to none. His designs incorporate unique and attractive features while maintaining functionality and purpose. All centred around meeting the needs and wishes of the home owner.
KD Johnson Construction Inc, Victoria BC.
Jamie's keen eye for design and knowledge of local municipal bylaws brings an experience to a project which benefits both the homeowners and the contractor. He really cares about the homeowners vision and suiting there needs. As a contractor he's there every step of the way to get the project off the ground. Quick to accommodate any revisions and helps with permits and local authorities. We are looking forward building more of Jamie's designs and having a lasting business relationship.
KD Johnson Construction Inc, Victoria BC.
This was no small renovation project. Our house was on the market for months, and then reduced in price because the layout was so “choppy” and undesirable. Buyers knew it required a complete overhaul reno, including gutting rooms and removing structural walls. Jamie really listened to our goals and wishes and made a design that was both modern and practical.
He really opened our minds when it came to the kitchen and explained thoroughly how certain features would make it more functional. We hired a professional for a reason, to have seamless blueprints for construction, and that is what we got. We couldn’t be happier with our open-concept kitchen and living room. Jamie also went above and beyond by giving us several recommendations on interior design topics such as flooring, wall colours, and cabinets. Now, instead of saying our house is weird, our friends and family comment how beautiful and big our home feels!
Lilja and Richard Wass, Colwood, BC.
I would like to start by saying that I am a very analytical, perfectionistic and meticulous person. I could not have found a better match for my personality. Other people have mentioned it already, but he really did go above and beyond with my project. He was always trying to recommend solutions and resources to keep the renos within my budget. I really felt like I had him in my corner the whole time. He put his heart and soul in my project. Jamie was really patient with my requests always took the time to explain things to me so I would understand the reasoning behind certain design choices. Finally, he takes great pride in his work. It is extremely rare these days to find someone as dedicated as he is. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Marc-André Lalonde, East Sooke BC.
Designing a house is very stressful and very exciting. Being unsure of every detail is extremely difficult; it is so critical to not overlook the details. Jamie was very helpful in ensuring every detail was considered. Not only did Jamie listen intently to the design vision I had, he utilized his creative expertise in enhancing my vision to create unique and functional spaces.
Jamie exudes a passion for design and will work collaboratively with you to create a beautiful home.
Lisa Dalep, Langford BC.
Jamie spent a lot of time talking to us about how we wanted our house to look and function, inside and out. He visited the site often with and without us. Jamie communicated well with the contractor and with us and was quick to respond to questions and comments. He was incredibly user friendly and patient, able on his computer to generate our thoughts and ideas and put them in context, so we could visualize the end result.
He was well versed in the up to date building codes and could keep us in check when required!
We are delighted with our Jamie Drolet design and feel confident that we will have the house we envisioned.
Robert and Leslie Liston, Duncan BC.
My wife Karen and I would like to thank Jamie for all his help in designing our up coming house renovation project. Jamie has been very patient and understanding with both of us during our planning stages, and has given us some very helpful ideas for our up coming project. This is our first house reno and Karen and I are both feeling very comfortable about doing this 1600 square foot project, Jamie has had to make this project not look like a house add on to the existing 1200 square foot house, and we are very happy with the final drawings from him . We received Jamie’s recommendation from a fello draftsman in Ladysmith who was honestly swamped with work and unable to accomadate our project, it is certainingly very gratifying to meet honest and professional tradesman. Thx Jamie
Mark Fiddick, Nanaimo BC.
Jamie did a great job drafting our house plans. He provided useful insight based on his previous experiences to help us save costs by building efficiently.
I appreciated the fact that he stayed on top of the entire project from concept through to completion.
I would recommend Jamie and am so excited for my new house!
Samuel Lockhart, Duncan BC.
I am very pleased working with Jamie. He came up with a design for an addition that fits well and compliments the existing structure. He was very helpful in dealing with the cities planning and building inspectors. He follows through from design to project completion. I have recommended his services to people I know who are planning future projects.
Ray Mackie, Ladysmith BC.
I choose to use Jamie for my home design. Not only did he do a great job in the design, he was very helpful along the way. Jamie a year later still touches base with me and offers his hand with other aspects of my build when he can. I will be using Jamie again in the future.
Ryan Horley, Victoria BC.
I want to say thank you so much
For the good work design my house for the last pass few year
In the future if I want to build an other house I will
Call you for design I like your your design
Keep it up for the good work
Thank you so much
Tommy, Victoria BC.
I couldn't have done my garden suite without Jamie Drolet. His patients and understanding through the design process then the permit revision process with the city was absolutely indispensable. I have recommended him to other and will continue to do so.
Steve Murray, Victoria BC.
We found Drolet Design through the Houzz 'Find professionals' service. We have really enjoyed working with Jamie Drolet on our project, involving an extensive kitchen reno and new deck build. He is easy to talk with, listened to our ideas and totally took them onboard, while making suggestions to improve the design and streamline the project for us. He also has lots of good connections in the building community, which has been invaluable as finding trades can be a challenge at the best of times, never mind during the Covid building boom! We highly recommend Jamie and his design services.
Ceri Sanderson, Victoria BC.
Jamie and I have worked together on multiple renovation projects and every time he has taken an enthusiastic interest in the home and worked with the owners, my team and the municipality to get the design exacted.
He has a passion for what he does and a design company that reflects that in its projects. I will be working with Jamie in the future and look forward to project referrals he has for us as I know they will be detailed and well thought out. Thank you for the hard work Drolet Designs.
Refind Builders, Victoria BC.
We found Drolet design to be very professional, helpful and we were impressed by the speed of service. Jamie went the extra mile by suggesting several cost savings measure on our new home and even provided great references for companies to deal with. In the future, we will absolutely use Drolet design again, and want to say thank you for the good work.
David Audy, Saanich BC.