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The Blueprint

Welcome to our news archive. Learn the latest on recent projects, what we’re working on and discover ideas for your custom home design. 

How landscapes can help define a custom home

October 12, 2022
There are few things more Canadian than the iconic images that capture our country’s rugged beauty from coast to coast. The Rockies, the prairies, the…
Front elevation with gables, shingled roof and beige frame windows.

It takes a custom home designer to reimagine a residence

October 7, 2022
There’s something special about the unmistakable coherence of a well-designed custom home. From symmetry and massing to cladding and other architectural…

David Small Designs wins BILD Award for ‘Contemporary Living’

October 6, 2022
The most important honour for an architectural design firm specializing in custom homes is to watch our clients fall in love with a new space for the first…

Interior design as a tool to achieve our lifestyle goals

April 12, 2022
There are times when you walk into a space and understand that it’s different. You may not be able to explain exactly why. But it’s clear that the…
Front elevation with open front door, concrete steps and stone planter.

The Last House: An architectural design journey

January 24, 2022
If you had the opportunity to design and build the custom home of your dreams, what would it look like? How would it function—and how would it enable…

The award-winning Narrow Lot: A study in limited-space custom home design

October 1, 2021
As cities become denser and urban dwellers embrace the necessities of compact living, custom home designers will be encouraged to do more with less. Infill…

The Dusk Home plays to the rhythms of family life

October 1, 2021
As disciplines go, music and architecture share a great deal in common. Both require flow and harmony. They’re at their best when their creative energy…

The allure of lakeside cottage living

September 13, 2021
Canadian summers may be short-lived, but the draw of lakeside cottage living is one that makes it far easier to endure our seemingly endless, frigid winters.…
Architectural rendering with monoslope and large windows.

The majesty of Mountain Modern design

July 15, 2021
In developing the Natural Modern design ethos early in our firm’s history, we focused on the seamless integration of custom home architecture with the…

The intrigue and opportunity of the corner lot

July 1, 2021
Every corner is an opportunity. In geometry it’s the point where two straight lines meet, creating an entirely new dynamic. Those lines can then diverge…
Construction for Mississauga home.

The process of determining construction pricing

June 24, 2021
Building a custom family home is about designing a space where you and your loved ones can grow together, build and share memories and live life to the…
Mississauga custom home with natural stone, backyard pool and shingled roof.

Enhancing your custom home with harmonious outdoor living spaces

June 18, 2021
If the architectural design of a custom home is a reflection of the owner’s personal tastes and aspirations, then the home’s outdoor living spaces…