David Small Designs Architectural Design Firm

February 11, 2018 6:57 am by admin
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Most outstanding custom home 2017 5001 sq ft and over
David Small Designs Architectural Design Firm

Modern design and bungalows have a long history together, dating back to the emergence of mid-century modern homes nearly 70 years ago.

This circa 1950 bungalow possessed “good bones” but lacked the space required by a growing family.

This home highlights the best of bungaloft living: soaring ceilings and an abundance of natural light.

The objective of the homeowners was to create a contemporary Italian retreat.

David’s House combines the simplicity of modern design with the comfort and elegance of a traditional home.

The neighbourhood this home finds itself in is eclectic to say the least.

This stately home is a great example of a design forming a harmonious relationship with its property: in this case, a nearly-5,000 square foot corner lot.

From the stately front facade to the impressive auto court to the multitude of luxury amenities, this home was designed to balance formality with a family-friendly layout.

Although its arts and crafts architectural design predisposition is on display, this home’s soaring interior spaces and unique courtyard floor plan provide its dominant characteristics.

This 1950’s side­split was given an exterior upgrade while leaving all existing living spaces intact.

It would seem that David Small was born to design homes. Raised with a “heritage of housing,” David’s integrity and passion for the business were instilled at an early age by his father and grandfather, both custom home builders. He started David Small Designs in 1996 as a one-man, home-based operation. Today, we’re a collaborative team of over 30 individuals committed to providing exceptional service and passionate about creating beautiful, functional custom family homes.

This was a house constructed with two fronts; the main entry on one side addressing a major street and the garage and “every day” entry on the opposite side off a less travelled road.

Summed up in one word, the theme of this home is “connected.” Both with itself and with the property and neighbourhood around it.

Our clients came to us with a request we receive often, “give our home curb appeal”.

When our client from Colorado approached us with their steep hillside property in Castle Rock, we couldn’t have asked for more fitting circumstances.

Located on a heavily-wooded ravine property in Mineola West, this home takes advantage of its gorgeous surroundings at every opportunity.

Having overcome the sentimentality of growing up in the lot’s original home, the current home owner decided she and her own family would redevelop the property to the full advantage of the things she had grown to love; the views, the trees and the familiarity that only time can offer.

More than 4 walls and a roof; it’s about creating a home with a soul.

This large infill corner lot was developed in a manner that creates both grandeur and privacy.

A mix of traditional massing and modern execution, this family home in Mineola East blends large gables and aged copper roofing with clean lines and a simple colour palette, culminating in a timber-framed porch at the front of the home.

This natural modern home was designed for a family of 6 in Long Island, New York.

Many neighbourhoods across the GTA are moving through a similar development transition in which the smaller, older homes that originally populated and characterized the area are being replaced with larger homes.

This home reflects the best qualities of modern design: openness, simplicity and indoor­-outdoor connection.

This home is a perfect example of transitional design; the balance between traditional and modern design.

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The home’s tudor-esque style was maintained, and complemented by a softer colour palette, resulting in a facade that appears as a refreshment of the original home’s charm, rather than an overhaul.

Efficient, functional design respectful of our client and their property.

The owners’ initial requirements were to create a larger garage and mud room in the front with nanny’s quarters above.

A Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie style inspired design located in the suburbs of Edmonton.

A Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast engaged us to design this Prairie Style inspired home on the property he grew up on.

One of eight homes designed by David Small Designs on this street of 16 wide suburban properties, this 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom family home has emerged as a flagship for redevelopment in the area.

The design of this infill family home was driven by two guiding forces, the rear yard and the original home to be replaced.

A timber-framed front porch and copper-roofed corner are standout features in the facade, but the home really embraces its cottage country surroundings as you approach the rear.

This home is a prime example of traditional detailing mixed with modern simplicity.

The primary program requirements called for a rear yard expansion to accommodate a new two-storey great room, a master bedroom expansion, and both ground level and upper level porch additions.

To bring the best of cottage living to the suburbs; this was the goal of the homeowners when they embarked on their custom home design.

Corner properties allow a great deal of architecture to be on display, so it was crucial that this home not only have strong curb appeal, but also feel like a natural, respectful fit among its neighbours.

This family home finds itself nestled in a steep hillside in southeast Oakville.

This home captures the formality of the established neighbourhood it’s situated in, while upholding the casual nature of the family that enjoys the home every day.

It is with the use of traditional materials and an understated colour palette that this two­-storey home blends nicely with its neighbours.

This 3-storey modern home sits on a narrow corner lot in Toronto.

Gracious room sizes and numerous interior architectural design features were all secondary client wishes.

Located on a gorgeous lakefront property, this home design aims to simultaneously take full advantage of the stunning views of the water while maintaining the appearance of a warm family home.

This renovation project was initiated by a local builder as a speculative development.

This home is nestled into the hillside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We have all seen them. Modern homes that display the virtues of simplicity, openness, and visual clarity. They are full of natural light and have all the latest technical advances. But they lack one important characteristic: warmth. This is a common criticism of modern homes – the clean lines and minimalistic décor often translate to a cold, stark environment. David’s mission is to change this.

Clean lines, openness, simplicity – this home highlights the best of modern architecture.

It was longtime dream of the former owner of this established High Park home to see it fully restored.

Affectionately named ‘The Hockey House’ to pay homage to the NHL player that grew up in the original house and used the garage door for shooting practice.

Nestled in the beautifully matured neighbourhood of Southeast Oakville, this traditional custom home is a reflection of the friendly, family-oriented homeowners.

Originally constructed in the 1950’s as part of a large planned subdivision of one, one and a half, and two storey homes by the Shipp Corporation, this home was similar to most others in the neighbourhood; a simple “salt box” building form with an attached single car garage.

As a world traveller with an affinity for European style, the homeowner had an extensive list for their one-­of­-a­-kind luxury home: a two-­storey foyer, a stately spa-­like master ensuite, a massive rear terrace and an indoor 45-­foot pool.

The expansion and development of this home was conducted in two phases.

Inspired by architectural design of the French countryside, this infill house comfortably co­exists with a mature neighbourhood in south Mississauga.

The renovation of this Lorne Park bungalow shows how minor modifications can completely reinvigorate a home.

An elegant, inviting home was the objective of the homeowners.

Located in the heart of Blue Mountain, this modern all-season chalet perfectly encapsulates both the beauty and functionality of natural modern design.

With their growing family in mind, our client wanted their home in Lakeview to grow as well.

This mid-sized family home in the Morrison neighbourhood is a great example of seamless integration with both the property and neighbourhood.

Built in the 1950’s this one and a half storey Applewood Acres house was replicated throughout the neighbourhood at the time of original construction.

The design of Whiteoaks showcases the intersection of formality and comfort.

When David first visited our client’s farm, he was struck by the expansiveness of the gorgeous rural property.

Design connected to the realities of custom home construction. 

A craftsman-style cottage located on the outskirts of Collingwood.

David’s House is an example of a functional, cozy family home with all the aesthetic ideals that belong to contemporary homes. It combines the simplicity of modern design with the comfort and elegance of a traditional home. Through the use of natural materials, familiar massing and a thoughtful design process, it blends seamlessly with its surroundings; being of the land, not simply sitting on top of it. David’s house is the epitome of “natural modern”.

This home is a true reflection of its owners: casual and relaxed.

Steps away from High Park and Bloor West Village, this modern home design carefully balances family living with city living.

On a heavily wooded corner lot in an established Lorne Park neighbourhood sits this classic home.

“To design and construct a modern home that embodies the ideals of comfort, warmth and family living.”

This custom home in Mineola East is a true reflection of the friendly, outgoing nature of its owner.

Covington Estates, a custom home builder, commissioned us to design this home for 123 Balsam Dr in Oakville.

Pineneedle Row, a Mississauga street known for its traditional homes, lush landscape, and multitude of David Small designs, now features this natural modern renovation.

Black framed windows and lack of adornment add a contemporary appeal to a traditional French Chateau home.

On a naturally wooded lot in an exclusive Mississauga neighbourhood, one can find this home at peace with its surroundings.

On a beautiful wooded lot in the Mineola East neighbourhood of Port Credit sits this 4,500 sf modern French Chateau.

Although a master suite addition was the primary goal, the true success of this project lies in the rethinking of the home’s exterior.

Majestically positioned, well back from the street, this house had a charm that steered all program requirements.

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