Our design process is our advantage. With the experience of over 1,200 projects, an intimate understanding of the permit process and municipal approvals, and a wealth of consulting partners, David Small Designs will ensure that your project – from initialization to completion – will be handled with confidence and efficiency. We promise a full service experience.




When you embark on a project as substantial as a home addition, renovation or custom design, you need to feel confident that your designer can create a home that captures the essence of you and your family. Prior to signing a contract or paying a fee, the first step in our design process is an introduction meeting. This is your chance to decide if David is the right designer for you.


We will conduct preliminary research of your property and review the regulatory guidelines associated with building on your lot. If you have not purchased your property yet, David will work with you to determine the most appropriate lot size and layout for your project.


This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn about the custom home design process.



David Small Designs - Design Consultation


Once you have selected David Small Designs for your project, we will clearly outline the project timing, fees and requirements so that you have a firm understanding of what lies ahead.


We will then collaborate with you to gather all the information required to initiate the design:


  • We carefully evaluate your property – considering vegetation, topography, orientation, views, and neighbouring structures.
  • We will closely examine all regulatory guidelines – and walk you through any restrictions or obstacles.
  • If your project is a renovation or addition, we’ll take measurements and photos and create “as-built” drawings.


Next, we’ll have a program requirements meeting where you’ll share your wish list, your favourite designs or features, and the practical needs for your new home. It is here that our extensive experience helps us to fully ascertain what makes a home your dream home.


Elevations of a custom home



David will then create a design concept – unique to your property and your needs. You will review this with David and discuss the merits of involving other design consultants and builders to review the initial design and to solicit feedback. David will direct this highly collaborative and consultative process – enabling you to feel confident that we’re putting your needs above all else.


The feedback will be incorporated and your questions and concerns addressed until a final version of the design is to your satisfaction.





Elevation - Design Development



Upon final approval of the design, the next stage is to create the technical drawings and construction documents. This will determine the final pricing of the project and ensure the proposal complies with applicable building codes and by-laws. We will diligently follow through on all required municipal approvals.





Construction - Custom Home


We work closely with our clients and their builder to ensure the project is executed in accordance with the applicable municipal guidelines. We are with you every step of the way to help simplify the process and ensure the final product stays true to the approved design.