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We get a lot of inquiries about how to build a successful design business from fellow designers in the industry, design students, and interns working with SGDI to experience and discover what path they want their career in design to take. There is one transcendent factor that plays into any design service professional’s ability to…

Whether you are beginning your home project right now, or dreaming for the future, you will need to collect your ideas and inspirations in a way that you will be able to communicate them to your designer when you begin the process.   The absolute first step is to get clear on your vision for your…

Expanding upon the high/low spotlight from our last issue, this article delves into the importance of knowing your budget so that we can design your dream home without presenting concepts that are unreachable to you.   When we ask what your project budget is, we mean the overall complete dollar amount you intend to spend on…

When the weather is beautiful, we want to stay outside all day long, we want to feel that beachy breeze every chance we get, because it never lasts nearly long enough. So, why not optimize that ‘long-days, hot nights’ vibe and keep it going, even after the summer days start to fade away…   To get the feeling of summer indoors you will…

Part 2 of a 2-part blog series on the things that you need to consider for the future of your home.  Thoughts of ‘future proofing’ a home are often one-dimensional, leaning towards technology alone, wiring your home for lights and sound, increased security, or preparatory work for the addition of a suite or a pool….

Various ideas of built in home organization solutions

permanent solutions that you can incorporate into your home to keep things in their place all year long…  Everyone knows the dreaded chore that is ‘Spring Cleaning” … it seems that over the colder months we allow things to somewhat pile-up and then come spring, when the sunshine pours in, we suddenly notice that abundance of clean…

Architectural rendering of first step code 5 home built in Burnaby bc

Part 1 of a 2-part blog series on the things that you need to consider for the future of your home.  Thoughts of ‘future proofing’ a home are often one-dimensional, leaning towards technology alone, wiring your home for lights and sound, increased security, or preparatory work for the addition of a suite or a pool. What often gets overlooked or not thought through are the items that…

chandelier hung under a skylight in a dining room turret

Lighten Up!

First of all, lighting is very important, we cannot stress enough how a space could be impeccably designed, but if you cannot see it… what’s the point, right? Although it might not be the first thing that you think of, and when done correctly, it also won’t be the first thing that you see when you walk into a room,…

House that is built exactly as it was envisioned and designed by SGDI

If you wanted a red car… would you walk onto a car lot and make the statement of nothing more than “I want a red car” and have confidence that you will leave happy with whatever the salesman chooses for you? Unlikely… So, how do you expect that a similar type of vague descriptor is going to be successful for your builder to be…

There are reasons why professionally designed spaces look so good, and we are going to share with you a few simple tricks that you can apply on your own to help your space appear to have had a little designer help 😉   There are some choices that designers make, almost without even thinking of them, that probably wouldn’t even cross your mind! No judgement, it…

What People Are Saying

Lawrence Green

"I was impressed not only by Sarah's design ability, but also with her level of construction knowledge. I have heard that a lot of designers are good at making things pretty, but are not that great at understanding how things are actually built- Sarah is fantastic at both. I recommend them to anyone and everyone I know without hesitation."

Diane and Vince Grdina

"We had the pleasure of working with Sarah on the construction of our new home. We had a lot of fun working with them and found them always thoughtful, mindful, and professional. We would highly recommend their firm and would use them again without hesitation."

Pete Rackow

"We were immediately impressed with Sarah's ability to assess our needs and understand the type of home my wife and I wanted for us and our 3 boys. Her attention to detail is flawless and every inch of our fully renovated home is thoroughly thought through. I felt like they cared about our home as much as we the homeowners did."