New Year, New Social Media Presence

Happy New Year to all of our spectacular clients, builders, trades, and supporters! We hope 2018 has kicked off to a great start for you; we are certainly excited for the many wonderful opportunities that are going to unfold.

This year, one of our goals is to connect more regularly with all of you who follow us on social media and what better way to do this than to join the world of Houzz? For all of you who have hired us to bring your residential projects to life, or for those of you who would like to see the residential projects we are able to conceptualize and deliver, we’d love to have you check out our Houzz profile.


Granted, we only have a handful of projects showcased so far but this profile is one that we’d like to grow extensively this year; if you’re following us, you’ll be able to see new projects as they are uploaded, as well as our “Ideabooks,” which are collections of design inspiration and precedent images.

Have any suggestions or feedback for us? Would you like to chat about a residential renovation or new build that you are getting ready to undertake? Contact us here.


Happy Holidays!

We just wanted to pass on best wishes for the holiday season to you all.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to placeworks if you need any assistance in addressing your design and project needs, or even in trying to define those. Whether your project is residential or commercial, we can help you start things moving by having an initial discussion and answering questions you may have – and let you get to know us and our capabilities at the same time.

Here are a few quick images that we took of a great residential project in Marda Loop just completed in time for the holiday break. They’ll have to do until we get our photographer in to work their magic and truly capture the results of a great collaboration with our wonderful clients.

Enjoy, and of course, Happy New Year from us all!

How Office Design is Evolving Today

20795727094_10ef20402e_bSociety is changing, technology is developing, and the nature of business is evolving; in order to stay current and relevant, many employers are investing in office re-design to ensure that their company is creating an environment that results in happy, productive, and loyal employees.

Results of a recent study from Herman Miller highlight the main shifts in workplace design; we want to share them with you with our take on corporate design, below.

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Questions to Ask an Architect or Designer


Whether you are renovating or building new, taking on an architectural/design project can be daunting due to the grand effects it will have on your life both during and after the process. You are going to need to be able to trust, rely on, and get along with your architect or designer so it is important to pick the one most suited to you, your project type, and your budget.

If you’re unsure of what kind of questions you should be asking in order to make your decision of who to hire, then here are a few to get you started. Continue reading

Yeehaw! A New Home for Smithbilt Hats, Just In Time for Stampede.

Smithbilt for blog post - with grass41 months.

30 pages of architectural drawings.

6 permits and permit revisions.

3 designated uses.

1 project.

Voila! You have the recipe for the completely unique, challenging, and equally rewarding mixed use project of ours that we are excited to get to share with you. Continue reading

We know a great idea when we see it. Or smell it.

Thanks to our most recent PK (Product Knowledge) Session with Richelieu and PJ White products, we have been introduced to an innovative Austrian company called Organoid Technologies. Organoid was founded in 2012 and is comprised of 10 staff members who believe in naturalness and authenticity who have created a unique laminate product that allows raw materials to be experienced through texture, aesthetic, and yes, even through scent!

With 500 raw materials at their disposal, the Organoid team can create thousands of unique combinations that are dried, ground, screened, and then pressed as a mixture to create laminate surfaces that are sustainable, highly textured, and introduce an element of organics and nature into a space. Due to the lack of chemicals or over-processing of the materials, their scents and natural textures are kept intact. From Jasmine Blossoms to Coffee Beans to Vanilla Husks to Star Anise to Forest Moss and more, these panels truly smell wonderful and look really interesting as well!

To learn more about their products, visit their website.

Sandrin Construction Ltd.


We have added another wonderful, local builder to the Partners page on our website…. Sandrin Construction Ltd. is just wrapping up construction on a residential project that we designed and we must say that their work is spectacular! With a high attention to detail and a desire to make the client happy in a now-functional space, Sandrin Construction executed a fine exterior and interior renovation. At our last site visit, we were blown away by the transformation of the house; instead of outdated and cramped, the new floor plan and finishes create a comfortable space that looks fresh and welcoming. If you’d like to see more of their work, you can find them on our Partners page or you can visit


Welcoming Spring and A New Site!

It’s been a long time coming but we’re excited to promote the launch of our new website; Placeworks is fresh, updated, and now compatible with mobile devices. Please check it out for yourselves and we invite you to circulate the link with anyone who may find it interesting or useful. Just follow this link!

Sorry, everyone!


We apologize in advance for any inconvenience but tomorrow we will be having our phone system switched from one provider to another. Hopefully it’s a fast and flawless process but if you need to get a hold of someone in the office and you can’t get through via phone, please email us at or a personal email if you have one. Thanks again for your patience!

Something Borrowed, Something New

Though merely in framing stage, the Smithbuilt project is attracting attention with its blend of 100+ year old elements and the brand new additions we are creating today, in 2016.  So often we find the old being replaced by the new for monetary reasons, aesthetic reasons, and/or functionality.  At Placeworks, we are enjoying the effort we are putting in to letting the past shine through while we redesign this heritage building. If you share our love for heritage buildings, check out the links below and take a look at some of our favourites in Calgary. In the comment section, let us know which heritage building(s) you admire!