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To build your dream home means to embark on an incredible journey of turning your vision into a reality. From the Sea to Sky, Vancouver to Whistler, we’ve worked with clients to create a new luxury custom home build or multi-home project. As a top Vancouver new home builder, we take pride in excelling at what we do and making certain that you are happy. Considering adding value to your Vancouver residence with a laneway home or coach house? We’ve got you covered here too. Since our team understands the local restrictions and guidelines associated with this type of construction, the process is worry-free.

Indoor Outdoor Living Space

5000 ft2

Custom Home by the Ocean

6000 ft2

St Marys Regal Renovation

6000 ft2

When you look for a partner for your custom home, we understand you want to do your due diligence. Upward only works with qualified sub trades that we’ve worked with in the past and who also have a track record for excellence. All of our carpenters are reliable in-house members of our team. Our incredible people and attentive project management is why we are known for exceeding expectations as well as being on time and on budget. Throughout the entire process you can expect complete transparency, collaboration, regular meetings, and absolutely no surprises. Our priority has, and always will be you. We would be happy to show you around any of our current projects and answer any questions you may have!

Dream

Conceptualize the project and receive a high-level estimate

You may not yet fully know what is possible with your budget. We like to connect with you and conceptualize the project and chat about how to make the most out of it. This first step allows us to not only get acquainted, but understand your needs, wants, desires and quality expectations.

We’ll walk you through past projects to get an idea of the type of finishings that might be selected and to show first-hand the type of quality work the Upward team delivers. A review of the site and potential thoughts on code issues, land use, or allowable permit work would also be shared during this initial meeting. We’ll touch on some high-level budget expectations as well as our collaborative process to achieve your vision.

Define

Development of the overall design results in an estimate and permits filed

Working with an Architect and/or Designer we plan out your vision for the project. Once the visual perspective is determined and permits are filed, the structural engineers are brought in as required. Now that the team is aligned, constraints are understood, and you’re starting to make some decisions, we are able to put together the target estimate for a more accurate budget. We guide you through this step-by-step before proceeding so that we can achieve success and your desired outcome.

Select

Specify and design the interior by selecting finishings and fixtures, receive construction estimate

Now the fun part! We work with you to select how the interior space will reflect your vision as they design the look of their interior space. As fixtures and finishings are chosen, the construction estimate is updated with the final selections. But don’t worry, we give complete visibility into how fixtures, finishings and design decisions impact the budget. We want to make this as enjoyable of a process as possible!

Build

Construction begins with a final tracking estimate and schedule. Project completion and move-in day

Now that all important decisions have been made, the construction phase begins and the schedule for the project is set. While subcontractors and the Upward team perform the work, the Project Manager works with the Site Manager to ensure the project stays on-time and on-budget. You’ll have weekly scheduled meetings with the Project Manager so that you are always up to date and informed. You can also utilize the Tracking Budget for a transparent view into the day to day running of the project. Our standard for the highest quality means everything to us, so rest assured that you are in the best hands and we can handle anything that may come our way.

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what our clients have to say

Michael and his team were contracted to construct a duplex development project for us.  From start to finish I was impressed with the experience, integrity and professionalism of the entire Upward team.  They delivered on time and on budget.  Communication was clear, consise, consistent and open.  Any hicups along the way were dealt with quickly and solutions were always well thought out.
Onsite supervision was managed by Geoff, a fully licenced and experienced carpenter who not only managed the project and sub trades full time but also did double duty as a working manager 100% of the time with meticulous attention to detail.
The site was always neat, tidy, organized and safe.
Once complete, both units sold within days and well above market price.  
I would highly recommend Michael and the entire Upward team for your next project.  I guarantee you won't be disappointed.When we initially met in the summer of 2011 and you had provided us a quote on our project (pre-plans drafted), there was a notable variance in price with your budget versus the builder we ended up selecting; however, as the project commenced we quickly learned that his projections were grossly underestimated in order to win our business. Ultimately, the entire cost of the project is significantly higher than anticipated, thus your budget was very much in line with the “true” costs. If we had known this from the start, in a heartbeat we would have selected your company as we would have been 100% confident in the quality of construction and enjoyed the outstanding customer service we would have received.
We would highly recommend Upward Construction and Renovation to any prospective clients and please do not hesitate to have them call us if they wish to receive a better understanding of our experience. Good luck with your business and thanks again for all your help!

modern minimalism

We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Michael Upward, Matthew Inkster, Jason Peterson and the entire Upward Construction team for working with us to realize our dream of creating our new ‘age in place’ home.  

We had a building lot and a vision – where to go from there?
Having engaged Upward Construction several years ago to help us with a major 8 month renovation of our previous home, we knew they would be up to the task of assisting us with the construction of our new home.
The team was actively engaged with us through every step, from the initial design meetings, preliminary discussions with the District of West Vancouver through decommissioning and demolition of the old home to site preparation and ultimately the actual build itself. Our interests were aligned throughout the process and, as such, we reached our goal efficiently.

Anyone who has built a home knows there are thousands of decisions to be made and that there will be issues and surprises throughout. In our case, we were able to minimize the surprises with planning and by dealing with any issues that arose by meeting them head-on and immediately.

We were fortunate to be building 5 doors from our home at the time and, therefore, able to meet on site at the beginning or end of the day, if necessary. Jason, our site superintendent, maintained excellent and regular communication with us throughout the build. If there was any detail that required further input or Jason thought there was something that may not suit us, he was in touch and we met. I know we had many 5 minute meetings that saved hours of potential changes in the long run.
To build a great home you need to start with a great foundation and to us that foundation starts with a great team.

Thanks again to the Upwards and the whole construction team for a job well done!

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