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

Bill Small and David Small.

A Tribute

February 20, 2015
This week we celebrated the life of Bill Small, David’s father and mentor who passed on February 12th, 2015. Bill personified the phrase "live life to…Tags:bildchbabill small
David small designs in race for humanity.

Race for Humanity 2014

July 16, 2014
We had so much fun last year we had to do it again! On July 9th, Team DSD (aka Custom Homies) laced up our running shoes and hit the streets of Toronto…Tags:#torontohabitat for humanityrace for humanitycharity
Custom home with white brackets, green garage door and grid windows.

What is Arts & Crafts?

July 3, 2014
And no, we're not talking about the weekend activity you do with your kids. Rather, we're referring to the architectural design style. Used interchangeably…Tags:craftsmanarts and craftsfrank lloyd wrightmississauga gabled roof
Traditional kitchen with breakfast bar, white countertop and tile backsplash.

A Home With Soul

February 22, 2014
In a meeting the other day, David described the process of designing a custom home as "creating a home with soul". We receive calls every week from…Tags:#architectural design#custom homehome designnatural modern
Natural modern house with wood siding, black frame windows and angled walls.

David's House on Freshome

January 28, 2014
A "modern home that attracts and even converts traditionalists" is how Freshome, an international design blog, introduced David's…Tags:#custom homemississauganatural modernfreshomefloating roofnatural stone
Mississauga house with metal roof, cupola and corner windows.

What is Transitional Design?

December 5, 2013
Transitional design is the middle ground between traditional and modern. It's a balance of the sleek, stream-lined design associated with contemporary…Tags:#architectural designmississaugatransitional designoakvillegabled roof
Traditional home with red brick, natural stone and copper detailing.

Bungalow Renovation

November 21, 2013
We receive calls regularly from homeowners inquiring about renovating their bungalow. These inquiries can be broken down into three categories: 1) homeowners…Tags:#bungalowmississaugahome renovationmodern renovationking city
Modern house with steel beams, wood soffit and black frame windows.

Mississauga Urban Design Awards 2013

October 2, 2013
  You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. – Walt…Tags:#custom home designmississauganatural moderndesign awards
David Small and team at OHBA award ceremony.

OHBA Awards of Distinction 2013

September 27, 2013
This past Tuesday evening, we were honoured to receive three Ontario Home Builders' Association Awards for David's House. David's natural modern…Tags:#custom homeohba awardsnatural modern
Contemporary home with corner windows, copper siding and wood soffit.

Natural Modern Defined

June 10, 2013
'Natural modern' is a term we've coined to describe the unique architectural design of David's House. To some, 'natural modern' is an oxymoron;…Tags:#custom homefloating roofmodern designnatural materials
Dining room with square dining table, brown chairs and metal chandelier.

David's House in Toronto Home Magazine

May 1, 2013
"Modern With Soul" is Toronto Home Magazine's aptly titled feature on David's natural modern home. In their Spring 2013 issue, Toronto Home highlights…Tags:natural modernmodern designtoronto home
Misissauga house with natural stone, red brick and grey trim.

What's a Bungaloft

April 16, 2013
A bungaloft is pretty much what it sounds like, a bungalow with a loft. Since its introduction 10+ years ago, there have been variations/configurations…Tags:#bungalofthome renovationcustom design