Helping turn your dream into reality

Design for livable, delightful, affordable, efficient homes.

A Better Way to a Better Home?

Except for high-end houses, the vast majority of homes are not professionally designed, and many people feel they cannot afford the services of an architect. Meanwhile, many home 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 They're often lackluster, outdated, difficult to customize for you and your location, and don't help you achieve a sustainable and healthy home.

Dwellingworks was founded to help bridge this gap, providing an affordable alternative for small homes, coach houses, accessory dwellings, cottages, apartments and additions.

I believe that 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.

“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

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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

I provide custom design and planning services, whether you want to start from scratch or customize an existing Dwellingworks design.

While every homeowner and home is different, at the heart of most projects is:

Careful Listening

to your aspirations, budget, tastes, lifestyle and needs

Detailed Analysis

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

Thoughtful and Imaginative Ideas

we work closely together to develop unique and delightful solutions tailored to you and your home

Accurate Plans

clear and detailed plans make it easier to get any necessary planning permission, more efficient to build and helps to avoid common pitfalls that can arise during construction

Making it Real

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

About Me

I love working with people and helping them realize their dreams for a better home that will support and enrich their lives. My approach involves working closely with each client, iteratively exploring ideas and refining solutions.

While I don't subscribe to any singular style, much of my design features welcoming and uplifting spaces, a humble and warm palette of natural materials, with simple careful detailing, while taking lessons from both modern and traditional buildings.

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 good design combines deductive and inductive thinking to forge the most elegant solution. I believe hands-on experience as a maker leads to a better designer. I believe in sweating the details.

Most of all, 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.