Design Works Architecture

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
Architectural Design, Construction Management, Renovations and Additions
Areas Served
USA except CA
Certifications and Awards
NCARB member 2007 AIA Rochester design award
Professionals Architects & Building Designers
Contact: Charles Smith
Location: 6 North Main Street, Suite 104 Fairport, New York 14450 United States
License Number: NY 16513 NC MD VA
Typical Job Costs: $200000 - 2000000 Construction cost not including land and site work
Contact : (585) 377-9001
Website :


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