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. 

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…

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 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.…

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…

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…

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…

Lifestyle-friendly Modern—a Primer

April 27, 2021
David Small Designs has gained notoriety for a design approach called Natural…

Unpacking the Custom Home Experience

April 20, 2021
There are many components to personal identity. From our professions to our family structures—and dozens of characteristics in between—we define who…

Site Integration

July 22, 2020
We pride ourselves on site integration, on designing homes that connect with the land. The way the home is properly positioned on the property. The way…Tags:mississauga#customhome#modern#naturalstone

Traditional Design

July 14, 2020
Traditional Design. Its familiar, elegant, and timeless. We typically use “traditional” to describe any style of architecture that lacks modern details.…Tags:#toronto#customhomedesign#oakville#traditionaldesign#customhome#georgian

The Architectural Toolbox

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