Habitat for Humanity Peterborough
We rely on Northern Designs’ knowledge and experience to meet our need for small, efficient homes which maximize the use of space. Our designs must meet industry standards and provide opportunities to realize energy savings for our families. Despite the challenges presented the Northern Designs team maintains high standards.
Dennis is punctual, professional and a pleasure to deal with. He stays in touch and oversees the project all the way through, letting us know that he is available for questions should any issues arise.
Thanks to you and your staff for your patience, hard work and great service and support of Habitat for Humanity’s work in the Peterborough area.
Margaret & Gerry Schnurr
This testimonial is long overdue! Our first summer at the cottage has been fantastic and we comment often to each other on how much we love the design. Our friends and family members have visited and told us how great the layout is.
Working with you Dennis has been such a pleasure! You were able to see our vision, right from our first meeting and through every subsequent meeting. You took the design to meet every one of our requests (“another window please”) and expectations. People stand in our living room and stare in awe at our wonderful kitchen; remember…no upper cabinets? We love it!!!
Other important details that we love include:
- not having a post so that the main floor is all open
- fir beams on the main floor
- placement of the basement stairs and pocket doors
- the openness of the stairs going up to the second floor
- 9 foot ceilings on the main floor
- slanted ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom.
Mark & Leona Tilden
Dennis was referred to us and one of the first things that impressed us was his fee structure. It was a simple formula and allowed us to have as many meetings and make as many changes as we wanted up to the point of finalizing the design. Scheduling meetings was important to us because weekends were the only time we were available to review the design. Dennis was always accommodating.
Although we had a pretty good idea of the floor plan and layout we wanted, we stressed that we didn’t just want him to replicate that. He brought his knowledge and made several recommendations to build on preliminary ideas. Conversely we had a few very different ideas on how some parts of the design should look and we had good debate on those items. The end result was a collaborate effort that had us feeling that we certainly had pride of authorship on the look, and confidence in the overall integrity from an engineering prospective due to his expertise.
Twenty months after our initial meeting with Dennis, we have a home that we will enjoy for years to come.
Janel & Luke McLean