Custom Homes Blog

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

The Architectural Toolbox

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July 10, 2020
A well-designed home means all the pieces were put together just right. You can’t put your finger on what makes it great, because it isn’t just one…Tags:#naturalmodern#customhomedesignmississauga#renovation#artsandcrafts#seattle#architecturaldesign

BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards 2020

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July 9, 2020
BILD GTA recently announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Renovation &…Tags:#custom home#bungalow#moderndesignmississauga#modernbathroom#award-winning

Natural Modern: The Definition

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July 8, 2020
Natural Modern. We use this term to describe a modern home that exemplifies the ideals of comfort and family living. The Natural Modern aesthetic combines…Tags:#prairestyle#FrankLloydWright#naturalmodern#moderndesign#customhomedesign

Design Showcase: Custom Homes in Toronto

December 19, 2017
Out of all of the areas where we’ve designed homes over the years, the six boroughs of Toronto offer some of the more challenging properties. But with…Tags:#york#scarborough#custom home design#architectural design#custom home#etobicoke#toronto#lot size#bloor west#north york#east york

Coming to America: Our U.S. Home Designs

November 13, 2017
When we say we work anywhere in the world, we mean it. On top of countless projects across Canada, our boundless geographical reach has afforded us several…Tags:#custom home design#architectural design#custom home#long island#california#texas#austin#new york#usa#united states#boulder#san jose#castle rock#ann arbor#colorado

The Power of Custom: Purchasing Floor Plans vs. Custom Home Design

October 10, 2017
Every now and again, we’re asked if the floor plans of our existing homes are for sale. At David Small Designs, all of our home designs are completely…Tags:#custom home design#property#setbacks#zoning#floor plans#organic architecture

What is Universal Design?

September 12, 2017
With an aging North American population, we’ve noticed an upward trend of clients looking to design homes that will accommodate their needs as they grow…Tags:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place

Recently Completed: The Craftsman Reno

August 20, 2015
This before picture is all too familiar. When driving through suburban neighbourhoods across the GTA you are guaranteed to see a version of this 1970s…Tags:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place

Modern Oasis - OHBA Awards of Distinction 2015 Finalist

August 18, 2015
We are thrilled to share that our Modern Oasis design is a finalist for Most Outstanding Custom Home over 5000 sq.ft. at this year's Ontario…Tags:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place

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:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place

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:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place

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:#custom home design#universal design#elevator#flush entry#bungalow#bungaloft#access ramp#beach-entry pool#aging in place