Prior to joining our design team in the summer of 2017 Dave brought with him over a decade of home design and project management experience. While focusing primarily on residential remodels and additions, Dave has also done custom home design, builder-community projects, and commercial tenant improvement plans.
He received his professional certification from the American Institute of Building Designers [AIBD] in 2007, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington State chapter of the AIBD. Dave also completed certification coursework to earn his designation as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Prior to that he dabbled in retail, real estate operations, and human resources management.
Hailing from the rural quiet of northern Michigan, Dave’s roots also run deep here in Bellingham. In 1999, he arrived here and married into a family of lifelong residents. He and Deanna are proud to be raising their two daughters – a fifth generation in Whatcom County.
Building strong families is a core value for Dave. In 2009, he and his extended family designed and built a custom multi-generational home just outside of Bellingham, incorporating CAPS best practices to ensure maximum utilization for years to come. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for his daughters’ homeschool co-op.
“My most rewarding design projects have been the ones that foster bonds between families. As my parents’ generation retires, I’ve seen a shift from leaving the nest to families reconnecting. Adaptive re-use – Accessory Dwelling Units, for example – not only help to solve in-fill challenges, but also create an environment for the family unit to establish itself. From child-care to elder-care, building community starts inside our own front door.”
In what spare time he has, you’ll see him spinning multiple plates on the home front, implementing his native landscape plan (or weeding, as the case may be), rescuing a neighbor’s storage shed destined for the landfill and converting it into a rock-star playhouse for his girls, or getting lost in the back-forty with Izzy, the family dog. In the winter, find him in the basement shop, upcycling another abandoned furniture piece for the family’s heirloom collection. If there’s time for travel, you’ll see Dave and Deanna on the other side of the mountains, finding respite from the rain or researching the newest cidery.