Commercial & Multi-family Construction

Case Study
Nest Design & Drafting Studio

Commercial & Multi-family Construction 

Case Study
Nest Design & Drafting Studio

CASE STUDY: How Nest Design and Drafting Studio Creates Beautiful, Functional Spaces with ACS

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Design expertise to make projects shine

Nest Design and Drafting Studio began in Calgary and has grown to lead commercial, residential, and new home projects, primarily in Canmore and the Bow Valley.

Finding just the right project partner

Nest Design and Drafting Studio trusts ACS as a project partner on design build projects throughout the Bow Valley. Their collaboration ensures clients have access to the best combination of skills and experience to bring their projects to successful completion.

Powerful collaboration opens up possibilities

Working with ACS has allowed Nest Design and Drafting Studio to leverage a team approach that means client projects run smoothly and on time, offering high-quality work that is still cost-effective in the long run.

AT A GLANCE

  • Leading design projects and collaborating with industry partners since 2010
  • 30+ projects completed in partnership with Ashton Construction Services (ACS)
  • 90% of projects focused in the Bow Valley

“Having ACS involved right from the start ensures what the client has expressed as their budget and timelines and vision is being carried forward.”

 

Jessie Ashton, Founder and Senior Architectural Technologist, Nest Design and Drafting Studio

Small firm, big accomplishments

Nest Design and Drafting Studio is owned and managed by founder Jessie Ashton, who started the company with a passion for design and a commitment to creating spaces that function well.

As Nest Design and Drafting Studio has grown, Jessie has collaborated with many hardworking industry partners and contractors in the Bow Valley. This approach ensures every project has the talent and expertise necessary for a beautifully designed and functional space.

Needing to scale without sacrificing quality

Nest Design and Drafting Studio needed to find a construction partner who could bring Jessie’s designs to life for clients through as smooth a process as possible. The firm needed clear, consistent communication and a team approach to achieve the end goal.

“Sometimes, when you work with contractors, they’ll have their own ideas about projects,” says Jessie. “Unfortunately, this can cause projects to go sideways, not just for us, but for our clients.”

Nest Design and Drafting Studio wanted an experienced, dependable contractor to manage project schedules properly and implement designs consistently. This commitment to planning means that together, both firms can deliver what all parties agreed to at the beginning of a project. All team members must work together to make that happen, so the contractor needs to be trustworthy and the partnership solid.

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Project partnership requires enormous trust

To ensure no critical project details would be missed, Nest Design and Drafting Studio wanted to work with a mid-sized construction firm with reliable systems and an experienced team.

“Understanding a potential partner’s approach to communication, processes, and paperwork is critical,” says Jessie. “If a team doesn’t have that organizational structure, things can get lost.”

Any construction partner would also need strong relationships with sub-trades so that every aspect of projects could be executed to the same level of quality. In a tightly-knit community of industry partners such as the Bow Valley, these connections are extremely important and significantly benefit clients.

“You want to work with a team you feel good about,” says Jessie. “You’re going to work very closely with them.”

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Partnering with the best

Ashton Construction Services (ACS) offers Nest Drafting and Design Studio the confidence that all projects will be built with as much care and attention as Nest Design and Drafting Studio pours into its designs.

The companies have a shared connection and history. A few years after Nest Design and Drafting Studio was founded, Jessie’s husband Steve Ashton started ACS (of which Jessie is part owner). They began to look for projects to partner on that would allow both companies to devote their expertise to the highest standard of finished work. Knowing the heart that is put into the work with every project ACS takes on, Jessie knew they’d uncovered significant potential for the future for both firms.

“We partnered with ACS on a recent project that had a lot of lead-up,” says Jessie. “Much time and energy went into the design to ensure we got it right. Once we knew ACS would handle the construction, we breathed a sigh of relief because we knew we would be well supported.”

Nest Design and Drafting Studio has managed enough projects to know things don’t always go according to plan. What matters is how partners respond when issues arise. Jessie knows the team at ACS will proactively reach out to discuss concerns and potential solutions so projects can smoothly shift course when needed.

“Having a contractor and construction team like ACS that we can recommend with enthusiasm, knowing our clients will be taken care of, is huge.” says Jessie.

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Beautiful spaces brought to life through thoughtful collaboration

The longstanding partnership between ACS and Nest Design and Drafting Studio has brought many beautiful spaces into the community by expanding the potential of both firms. Knowing a team of experienced professionals will be weighing in on projects and committing to their completion is reassuring for Nest Design & Drafting Studio.

“With ACS, we know our client is well cared for. We trust ACS will come to us with any concerns or issues that may arise,” says Jessie. “They’re a professional team bringing a depth of experience to every project.”

Working with ACS and Nest Design and Drafting Studio allows clients to achieve higher-quality results while also saving money with cost-effective and efficient processes developed from both companies’ expertise.

“Knowing the budget has been accurate and honest from the start is incredibly important,” says Jessie. “When clients are working with a particular budget in mind, they need that assurance.”

“A team approach is vital so our client understands how we’ve moved through the project and any adjustments,” says Jessie. “When the right team works together toward an ideal result, our client can relax through the process.”

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Building future growth

Nest Design and Drafting Studio has worked on memorable projects in Calgary and the Bow Valley over the past 13 years and looks forward to continued growth for the company. Nest Design and Drafting Studio will continue to focus on projects where Jessie knows her skills and expertise are an excellent match to consistently provide the best services to clients.

“We will always work closely with ACS,” says Jessie. “It makes our lives and clients’ lives easier to work with a team like theirs to help us take a project to its highest potential, keeping budget and timelines in the forefront.”

About Jessie Ashton

Jessie Ashton is an architectural technologist and the founder of Nest Design and Drafting Studio. She started Nest Studio in 2010, working with commercial and residential clients throughout southern Alberta who want to create stunning, functional workspaces they’ll enjoy for years to come.

“What’s unique about our approach is that we focus on the client’s goals and needs,” says Jessie. “At Nest Studio, the client’s vision comes first. We’re simply how they get to their end goal.”

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