Damn that Ice!

By Eric Mazden Gone is the season of comfortable fall strolls and pumpkin spice lattes, and in is the season of blizzards, icy roads, and of course, ice damming. You may be familiar with this term if you are a home owner living in a colder climate such as Canada or the northern United States,… Read more


What Exactly is a Bungaloft?

Written by Mike Herperger In today’s age of newly invented words such as “double double” and “guesstimate“ I was not too surprised to first hear of the “Bungaloft”.   Like other new words it took me a while to understand what a Bungaloft was and to start using the word myself. To put it simply a… Read more


The Basics of Kitchen Design

By Vanessa Davies When designing your new home, the kitchen can be the most important room on the floor plan.  We use our kitchens from morning until night and sometimes in between. A large percent of an interior finishing budget will go into the kitchen so it is important that the layout is functional and… Read more


Are you a Tiny House person?

Tiny Houses are one of the most popular housing forms today.  Their simplicity and freedom of movement strike a chord in many of us, overwhelmed by cleaning, maintaining and funding a traditional home. But of course, these homes are not for everyone, and do require a disciplined life style of purging belongs and managed expectations…. Read more

What Is “Prairie Style”?

Prairie Style homes grew out of an ‘organic’ approach to architecture, created by Frank Lloyd Wright at the turn of the 20th century.  Organic architecture focuses on creating harmony between the house and its natural surroundings to the extent that they are viewed as one.  Rather than designing a house and then placing it on… Read more


The Definition of Contemporary Homes

Not so traditional…. Unlike traditional architectural styles, the Contemporary style is not tied to historical construction methods and materials and often is more relatable to the way we live today.  Contemporary design has reappeared after a few decades of re-working of heritage styles.  These new fresh designs feature an abundance of glass and natural light,… Read more

Is Bigger Always Better?

Size vs Practicality We live in a world where success is often tied to the size of our house or cottage, and in many cases square footage receives higher priority than quality design and materials.  When we look back to the large ‘mansions’  built a decade or two ago, we recognize the pattern of large… Read more

Welcome to our new website….and blog – “Perspectives on Design”

  Welcome! We look forward to engaging with you on a weekly basis as we bring you some of our “perspectives” on the ever-changing world of home design.  We will provide thoughts and tips on everything from architectural styles to rainwater recovery systems to aging-in-place architecture.  Let us be your filter… The internet is full… Read more