I hired William Dewson Architects to design a summer cottage in Georgian Bay on a 5-acre island. Our first challenge was to figure out the site plan and where to put the cottage given numerous zoning restrictions and other natural factors. Bill and his team were great to work with throughout the whole process of defining the best site and then brainstorming the design that best suited our family aesthetic. Bill's charismatic enthusiasm made our meetings fun and creative, we were all very happy with the end result and thoroughly enjoyed the design experience from start to finish.
William Dewson Architects collaborated with me on a recent resale house and provided creative space planning solutions and a full set of architectural and construction drawings. I have also work with them for my own residence, a modern newly built home on a challenging site. They are very professional and deliver work as promised and on time. It is a pleasure to work with them as they are flexible and easy to work with. I would recommend them highly to anyone, either a homeowner, general contractor or investor looking for an organization who can bring inspired creativity and fully completed plans to the situation.
Full renovation of a semidetached home. Provided architectural plans in order to increase the overall square foot area and overall functionality of our home to meet the needs of our family. WDA is extremely enthusiastic with great energy and passion about their work. Overall, enjoyed the experience.
We hired William Dewson Architects based on a recommendation. Our first meeting was thrilling. We didn't feel a great amount of enthusiasm from others. Bill seemed to inhale our home and immediately exhaled a great concept. We felt he truly understood what we needed and wanted, keeping in mind our overall budget. He sailed us through the Committee of Adjustment hearing. The team has been thorough and patient. Our construction project is about to begin, and we will update our review as it progresses.
Our project, a comprehensive renovation of a Toronto home originally built in 1897, was led by Bill Dewson and supported by Kyle England. Bill was fully engaged through every stage of our project including functional and aesthetic design, permit management, structural engineering, construction drawings, construction manager selection, electrical design and fixture selection, millwork design, and consultation with our construction manager through to completion. Bill is exceptionally creative, and he was able to find a fantastic balance of aesthetic design and practical function for our family of 5. Of course, this required several iterations with meetings, phone calls and email. Throughout Bill listened closely and openly to our feedback and strove to incorporate where practical while keeping the project on track. Bill and Kyle are also very personable and were a joy to work with - I would have no hesitation recommending him to my closest friends.
Bill and his team have worked on several of my projects and have delivered outstanding results. I love the way he combines a high sense of aesthetic with a grounded practical approach. Bill's passion, work ethic and great sense of humor make him a joy to do business with. He is my number one pick when it comes to architects.
Bill and his team at William Dewson Architect are fantastic. I have been lucky to work with them on a number of projects over the past 10 years. As a business they are professional in approach, process driven and attentive to all the details. Bill has a specific talent for coordination of all the moving parts of the project. His willingness to roll up his sleeves and get involved is refreshing and very helpful in pushing project schedules. His technical ability and design talent are wide reaching, making him versatile with new construction and renovations, both in traditional and modern architecture. William Dewson Architects is centrally located in mid-town Toronto making them accessible for meetings and site visit.
We worked with Dewson Architects on the first LEED Platinum residential house in the GTA! They were a pleasure to work with. Attention to detail is second to none. Their architectural/design ideas are always fresh and organically inspired. I'd recommend this firm to anyone looking for a hands-on team full of great ideas. They were honest and upfront at all times throughout the project. They were clear with respect to their overall goals but could also step back and help solve issues that inevitably pop up on a job site. Both Bill and Kyle were always just a phone call away whether we needed direction on a particular LEED detail, an aesthetic gesture or an intricate structural component. Undoubtedly, a pleasure to work with.
After many searches, my wife and I chose Bill Dewson to design our home. Bill was chosen as a result of his portfolio of past works and his meticulous attention to fine details. He and his staff were exceptional in designing our home, obtaining the building permit and inspecting the construction of our home. He and his staff were always readily available to assist us throughout the whole process. We highly recommend Bill and his staff.
We worked alongside William, Kyle and the rest of the team at Dewson Architects as the project managers for the construction of a beautifully designed new home on one of Toronto's great streets. The original home's facade was heritage and the remainder had some novel site conditions. This required special consideration by William Dewson Architects. They did a great job balancing these conditions and the client's desires. They did an equally great job communicating with us and the client as the project's construction took place and on-site realities required decisions to be made quickly and with consensus of the constructor team and client. We would highly recommend them and look forward to working with them again.
Bill, Kyle and the team at William Dewson Architects are a pleasure to work with! We have just finished our first renovation project with them on a century old home in Toronto which was a great success. The project faced some unexpected challenges due to poor renovations done in the past, which required quick thinking and fast turnaround on a revised plan. Bill and his team met the challenge and worked with us to keep the project moving. We are now about to start the construction phase on our next project with them which has required great planning and attention to detail. We have truly left no stone un-turned on this one! We look forward to finishing another beautiful project and working together with the William Dewson Architects team on more projects in the future.
As a supplier working as a flooring consultant, with Kyle from William Dewson Architects, we found that the project we worked on was very organized and therefore eliminated any of the potential pitfalls or delays that can happen from the supplier end. Kyle was clear in articulating his quality and timeline expectations allowing us to provide the best flooring solutions for the project, so that all involved were happy with the outcome. Having worked with William Dewson Architects, we would expect that clients will benefit from their dedication to choosing the right products based on quality, purpose and budget. We have enjoyed our collaborations immensely and always look forward to working with Kyle and the firm.
Working with WDA is a great collaborative effort, we have worked on many projects together and truly love the synchronicity that each firm bring to the table in order to provide our joint clients a distinct and well thought out home.
William Dewson Architects was recommended to me by a GC working on high end residential projects in Toronto. They helped me getting all the permit drawings reviewed and approved to convert an Annex home from a single unit into a two-unit home. They’ve been extremely helpful, helped on building code issues, construction methods, planning in a very professional and timely manner. I am myself an interior designer, owner of Chapi Chapo Design and I would highly recommend William Dewson Architects.
We hired Bill and his team in early 2016 to envision the space for an addition. We had purchased a heritage home in the Lawrence park region and needed a full extension added. Bill did a fabulous job! He designed a really unique addition with a beautiful curved breakfast nook and windows throughout. He is professional and thoughtful in his approach. His team is very accessible and knowledgeable. Any changes were made quickly and without any fuss. We would certainly recommend Bill and his team - they are terrific architects!
I hired Bill Dewson following an exhaustive search to find an architect who could design a cottage for my family that was a little out of the box. We wanted to create a contemporary space that fit seamlessly into the setting and yet still felt like a warm, inviting cottage. After several design iterations, during which Bill responded beautifully to our every suggestion and concern, he came up with a concept that was outstanding. He and Kyle England managed the project from the design phase through to completion. There were the inevitable hiccups along the way which they handled professionally and in a timely manner. Perhaps Bill and Kyle's greatest strength lies in their ability to think out of the box and solve problems both creatively and practically. We had challenging site constraints and engineering issues which they handled well. My desire to incorporate environmentally friendly materials and energy-saving systems throughout was encouraged and knowledgeably executed. In short, they designed and oversaw the construction of an incredible, aesthetically beautiful cottage that our family will love for what I hope is generations to come.
We have worked with William and Kyle since approximately 2012. Working on a multi stage project together we completed a beautiful main cottage, boathouse, sleeping cabin and storage building. We can't say enough about their expertise, professionalism and knowledge of the building process. They were able to put together a definitive package from permitting to finish for on-water structures and island work. This was paired with the beauty and functionality that you would expect from a world class architecture firm, and the contacts and partners to complete the challenging projects. We would definitely choose to work with this firm again.