July 15, 2015

This is the front of our house when we bought it. 


Not exactly a designers dream….or maybe it is, it was structurally sound, the location was right, the size was right, the rest was a fun challenge to be worked on. Check out those bushes….not even exactly sure how to d...

July 1, 2015


North Country Design & Build Inc. is in today's newspaper! As I've said many times before, planning is important, a key to success. Whatever your project or idea, create a solid plan then implement it. It's important to set goals and plan your business as well. Check...

June 25, 2015


What does BCIN mean, who needs it, why is it important?


BCIN stands for Building Code Identification Number.


Anyone who is offering design advice or who provides drawings to the public, besides an Architect or an Engineer must have a BCIN to legally be a Qualified Des...

June 21, 2015



So I realize this isn't exactly a gardening blog and this isn't exactly a design/decor blog post, but in some ways how you plan your garden does relate to design. From my experiences I have learned that starting with a plan or a design is important (and I would not q...

June 10, 2015

Last week I worked on a fun side project. My family and I went to help my in-laws at their cottage. 



It was time to freshen up the main living area. The cottage has been in the family for years and has been an ongoing project. It is not a very big space, in fact it's...

May 26, 2015

I work mostly from my home office. I also travel to clients houses or property. I love living close to work and my family and the flexibility that it offers.


Initially my office was in the basement… 


This wasn't a bad place, it was quiet, and it was still one of the be...

May 9, 2015


It's in the details, the little bit of extra care, the tiny things that don't always seem to matter…sometimes they bring the biggest impact and pull everything together! Sometimes they are temporary, sometimes they stay forever, and both are okay. Enjoy the details, e...

April 8, 2015

How do designers find interesting pieces, where do they get unique furniture and decor? 


I'll admit, some of my favourite things were headed for the trash. I have found some of my best pieces of furniture at garage sales, thrift stores, antique markets or on the side o...

March 5, 2015

Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever think, "Oh I should've done this or that" when you are finished a project? You come up with your ideas after you see the final product.


This happens to me all the time when I am cooking or making up a recipe. I will be sitting...

February 19, 2015

A New Purpose


I love it when old things / junk / garbage/ the "unusable" becomes something new. It's so much more interesting when there is a story to your home, and when you have original decor.


Here are three projects created with old windows.


This is a very primitiv...

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