Optimizing Your Custom Home With Site-Specific Design

“Location, location, location!” Real estate’s number one rule can also be said for architectural design, whether the project is a renovation, addition, or new-build home or cottage. Assessing and working with the location of your home helps our design team to make important pre-design decisions that heavily guide the subsequent design and permit processes. Our […]

A Rejuvenated 1980s Home Updated With Scandinavian Influences

We are thrilled to have our recent Niagara on the Lake project featured in Contemporist–a community that celebrates contemporary culture, focused on architecture, interiors, design, art and travel. A short excerpt: The unique layout provides a flow that is ideal for cooking and entertaining, with the kitchen at the center, and all adjacent spaces — […]

Weirs Lane – Passive Dream Home

Archello’s mission is to connect creative and technical minds in the global architecture & design industry. Finding likeminded communities on the web is always amazing; so naturally it’s a delight to see our Weirs Lane project included in their gallery. Heavily inspired by Mies van der Rohe, the simple box design is encased in glass, […]

Behind the Build: Joel Tanner

In the bustling world of residential construction, there lies a realm of creativity, innovation, and unwavering passion. “Behind the Build,” an in-depth podcast, delves into the heart of the design industry, unraveling the stories of those who shape our living spaces. In its inaugural episode, host Jonathan embarks on a captivating conversation with Joel Tanner, […]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at 67 Front Road, Port Rowan

Welcome to our studio! Today, we’re thrilled to take you on a journey through the design process of one of our latest projects: 67 Front Road in Port Rowan, Ontario. This stunning property boasts captivating views of Lake Erie, and we’re excited to share how we’ve transformed it into a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity. Our […]

Leading with Purpose for a Greener Future

As CEO of smpl Design Studio, being a passionate lover of our environment for years and years, I made the decision 24 months ago for our firm to join 1% for the Planet. We firmly believe in Yvon Chouinard’s guidance and all that he’s done for society over the last several decades, and we wanted […]

2030 Project in Oakville, Ontario

The 2030 Project caught the attention of the good folks at e-architect – they gather inspiring projects from every part of the globe. You can find the full write-up here, and a short excerpt below. Super insulated walls, Triple Pane energy efficient windows, and a large photovoltaic array on the roof, and 95% recycled material […]

Midcentury Modern inspired Masterpiece in Ancaster, Ontario

Today we’re showcasing the magnificent 1244 Wilson Street in beautiful Ancaster, Ontario. This gem boasts captivating geometric forms and exquisite materials, including vertical Newtech cladding, 24-gauge aluminum fascia, and a breathtaking plywood soffit that extends into the interior ceiling. Development Journey and Design Challenges The journey of this development began over three years ago, navigating […]

Pushing the limits of Design | The Construction Life Podcast

In a recent episode of The Construction Life Podcast, Joel, Passionate CEO and Creative Director of smpl Design Studio, shared insights into the evolution of the firm over a remarkable 14-year journey. From humble beginnings to navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joel delved into how they pushed the limits with marketing strategies and […]

Captivating Modern Commercial Coffee Shop; Downtown Oakville

In the heart of downtown Oakville, a remarkable commercial project stands as a testament to innovative design and collaborative expertise. This endeavor encompasses a main floor renovation alongside a second-floor expansion, showcasing a blend of creativity and functionality. A standout feature of this project is the distinctive ACM Custom Design cladding, boasting vertical slats of […]