About Us
Are you thinking about renovating your residence? Maybe you need more room and would like to expand your living space, or perhaps it's timeto build a new home? I can help. My name is Maris Raiska and I am AlternatePlans.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. After dabbling as an artist, I realized that it wasn’t something that many people make a living at, so I enrolled in an Architectural Design Program at Camosun College. Not long after graduation I found myself employment at a well-established design firm here in Victoria. I began my time there in a draughting position, but relatively quickly I was going out to building sites, and eventually I was meeting with clients and involved in the design process. I even did a short stint in the Planning Department at Victoria City Hall in 1999, but after 15 years it became apparent to me that it was time to move on and, in 2003, Alternate Plans was born.
I am a one man show, and what this means to you, is that I only take on a small number of projects at a time, that enables me to give my clients my undivided attention. You can be confident that your project will never be passed on to a junior designer. I strive to have your job started and finished as quickly as possible.
After the initial meeting, I will research the feasibility of your project and verify information as required with the relevant municipal departments. From preliminary design to building permit stage, and during construction, you can rest assured that your finished drawings will comply with all municipal bylaws and regulations, as well as adhere to the new 2012 B.C. Building Code. And most importantly, I will continue to work closely with you to ensure that what you have envisioned becomes a reality.
I take pride in the detail of the drawings that I provide to my clients, I guarantee my price and I guarantee my work.
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Relationship: ClientProject Date: Nov 2014

Our contractor John had recommended Alternate Plans to come up with a design and blueprints for a complete reno of our house. Maris of Alternate Plans, met with us and listened to our ideas and came ...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jun 2014

Working with Maris to design our home was by far the easiest part of our renovation project. He listened to our wants, needs, and ideas, and brought them together into a cohesive vision. Even though w...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jan 2015

I have worked with Maris on numerous jobs, both large and small. He is always considerate and willing to fit my jobs into his schedule. He has offered useful advice regarding other professionals and...Read More

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