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Design Works Architecture


About Us

Design Works offers site specific residential design with expertise in lake front properties. The owner, Chuck Smith, often uses timber framing to add detail and wood to interior and exterior spaces. Our work helps our clients realize their dreams for a new building. We develop a story for that building which upon completion, brings delight to the senses and a lasting and rich imprint. To quote an unknown architect, 'To build one's house is to build a dream, an environment made to one's measure, and to express one's deep personality, a part of us that is normally invisible.' Our efforts help our clients write joyful stories while doing our part to manage the numerous risks and identify the unknowns found in the building process. We attempt to follow the three Vitruvian principles of Architecture; firmness, commodity and delight. Firmness: meaning good structure, building better than code, focused construction support and reasonable maintenance. Commodity: meaning usability and flow, manageable construction costs, good indoor air quality, energy efficiency and universal design. And Delight: meaning recognition of site constraints and opportunities, curb appeal, integrated interior detailing and rich color story.

Services Provided

3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Building Design, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Remodeling, House Plans, Log Home Construction, New Home Construction, Custom Homes

Areas Served

Brighton, Canandaigua, East Rochester, Fairport, Farmington, Fishers, Henrietta, Honeoye Falls, Irondequoit, Macedon, Mendon, Ontario, Penfield, Pittsford, Rochester, Shortsville, Victor, Walworth, Webster, Penn Yan


NCARB member 2007 AIA Rochester design award

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Contact Design Works Architecture
6 North Main Street, Suite 104
Fairport, NY 14450
Typical Job Cost $200,000 - 2 million
Construction cost not including land and site work
License Number NY 16513 NC MD VA