Design and planning services for

Efficient, affordable, modern dwellings*.

*including houses, cottages, coach houses, accessory dwellings and additions

I believe the way to a better home isn't more dollars, and more square feet of space you seldom use, but careful design to create spaces that feel comfortable, uplifting and fit with how we live in the modern world, crafted to last and working with rather than against our planet.

My work features simple careful detailing, employing a palette of humble, warm, natural materials, while taking lessons from both modern and traditional buildings.

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Backyard retreats + studios
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Coach houses + ADU's
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Multi-bedroom dwellings
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Sustainability

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Frequently Asked Questions

What building code(s) do the plans conform to?

All plans are designed to comply with both the International Residential Code which is the basis of most building codes throughout the US, and the Canada National Building code, which is the basis of provincial building codes in Canada.

You or your builder will need to check with your local building codes and regulations for any additional requirements specific to your location.

Design Services

From start to finish
Although every project is unique, they usually involve these 5 steps:

Careful Listening

… to your aspirations, budget, tastes, lifestyle and needs

Detailed Analysis

… of technical and code requirements, relevant products and materials, and site constraints

Thoughtful and Imaginative Ideas

… we work closely together to develop unique solutions tailored to you and your site

Accurate Plans

… clear and detailed plans makes it easier to get any necessary building approvals, makes it more efficient to build and helps avoid pitfalls that can arise during construction

Making it Real

… working closely with engineers, contractors and other professionals involved in realizing your project

About

A small company with a simple mission

Except for high-end houses, most homes are not professionally designed, and many people feel they cannot afford the services of an architect. Meanwhile, many house plans found online or in books leave much to be desired. They're often lackluster, outdated, difficult to customize for you and your location, and do little to help you achieve a sustainable and healthy home.

Dwellingworks was founded to help bridge this gap. The mission is simple: to provide an alternative to bring good residential design to more people.

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space... On the one hand it's about shelter, but it's also about pleasure.”
Zaha Hadid
“A not so big house feels more spacious than many of its oversized neighbors because it was space with substance, all of it in use every day.”
Sarah Susanka
“Don't design for everyone. It's impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.”
Leisa Reichelt
“I don't think that architecture is only about shelter... It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
Zaha Hadid
“We shape our buildings; afterwards our buildings shape us.”
Winston Churchill
“A room is not a room without natural light.”
Louis Kahn
“Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.”
Dieter Rams
“God is in the details.”
Mies van der Rohe
“I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.”
Mies van der Rohe
“If the architecture is any good, a person who looks and listens will feel its good effects without noticing.”
Carlo Scarpa
“When most successful, design creates an experience that is both delightful and relevant to the human being.”
Darrel Rhea
“Always design a thing by considering its next larger context — a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”
Eliel Saarinen
“Design is one of the few disciplines that is a science as well as an art … designers must balance both the logic and lyricism of humanity”
Debbie Millman
“Good design is thorough, down to the last detail.”
Dieter Rams
“Good design is long-lasting.”
Dieter Rams
“Good design is environmentally friendly.”
Dieter Rams
“Good design is honest.”
Dieter Rams
“Good design is unobtrusive.”
Dieter Rams
“Good design is as little design as possible.”
Dieter Rams
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty … but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
R. Buckminster Fuller
“A work is perfectly finished when nothing can be added to it and nothing taken away.”
Joseph Joubert
“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty.”
Paola Antonelli
“Good design is intelligence made visible.”
Le Corbusier
“In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer … nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation.”
Steve Jobs
“Designers … honestly believe in iterations and learn to edit down their work. They embrace simplicity and create beauty based on requirements other than their own.”
Laura Busche
Asked whether he designed for pleasure or function, Charles Eames responded “Who ever said pleasure wasn't functional?”
“Design is not just about solving problems, but doing so in the most elegant way possible.”
Alan Fletcher
“To create, one must first question everything.”
Eileen Gray

Contact

Looking for someone to help with your project?

My job is to help you realize your dream of a new space that will support and enrich your life.

I believe good design starts by learning as much as possible about your needs, wishes and values. I believe in never mistaking fashion for design; that good design is never arbitrary. I believe hands-on experience as a maker leads to a better designer. I believe in sweating the details. Last but not least, I believe that as a society we can do a better job of making good design, sustainable practices and more affordable homes available to more people.

Brian Pirie
Ont. Licensed Building Designer BCIN 47052
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+1 844 890 1750
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