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What Our Clients Have to Say 

MacDougall Design Group has been meeting owners’ requirements for many years. We provide you with services centered on your unique needs and view each project with a new lens. See what our clients are saying about us below.

Was Able to Conceptualize All My Needs

"I loved my 1600 sq. ft. condo BUT, wouldn't it be wonderful to have a 'walk-in closet' beautifully organized with drawers for sweaters, lingerie, etc. and space to hang slacks, shirts, dresses, jackets, etc? Would it not be great to have a well-designed and well-organized home office without sacrificing the guest room? Claire understood my yearnings and was able to conceptualize all my needs and modernize my condo, updating the look to neat, sleek and totally functional. The den was renovated, as well, with an additional elegantly finished storage wall. Claire was very easy to work with and provided us with both functional and striking solutions that we were looking for to update our home."

 

- Barbara M.

Very Pleased

"Claire was also the designer of choice for our custom-built duplex in Richmond Park. I was familiar with the attractive triple she had designed in South Calgary, as well as a very attractive South Calgary home. Our site was a challenging irregular-shaped lot surrounded by 3 streets. She designed two beautiful and amazing homes-each over 2200 sq. feet with4 huge bedrooms, elegantly designed bathrooms and ensuites. The floor plan had a wonderful airy feeling where everything flowed together. Each home had its own double drive-under heated garage. They both went on the market in winter, at a time when the market was depressed, and each sold for over $1M. We were very pleased with the outcome."

 

- Barbara M.

Would Highly Recommend

"We were thinking of doing some major renovations and hired Claire to draw up the existing house plans as a starting point and several design options for pricing. Although at the time we did not go ahead with the options that were presented, having the drawings and design input helped define/refine our needs list as well as assisted the contractor in pricing the resulting project. We really enjoyed working with Claire. We found her to be very helpful and professional and would highly recommend her residential design services to anyone looking to improve their living space."

 

- Cathy R.

Eye for Detail

"Though I've worked only briefly with her, Claire's insights and eye for detail and design have been exceptional. She has helped to transform my preliminary home ideas into a design that I hadn't even conceived of and that I absolutely love. I am so excited to see it built and finally live in it! Claire is so approachable and easy to work with-I would ask her to design a home for me in a second and would recommend her to anyone looking for style, functionality, artistry and a pleasant design experience."

 

- Katarine H.

Appreciate the Competence

"I’m a General Contractor working in the City of Calgary. I have used the services that Claire provides from the design stage through to a complete set of working blueprints. In the eight years that I have worked with Claire, the projects included pergolas, basement developments, garages, commercial work and new home construction. In all aspects, I appreciate the competence and professionalism that Claire provided on every project. Highest recommendation."

 

- Gary Q./Quinn Developments

In Good Hands

"My experience with Claire has been brief. I was the Project Manager for the building of a contemporary-looking three-plex project, which Claire +partners sold to Park Haven Designs. Claire had designed the building from conception through to the construction drawings. As well as having delivered complete, well-thought-out drawings, she was also able to navigate the processes of dealing with the city for Development + Building Permits. Construction went smoothly and without incident. If you choose to work with Claire, I would say that you should expect to be heard and to have your ideas translated into a functional piece of art. You’re in good hands."

 

- Rudy S./Park Haven Designs

Added Years of Life to Our Home

"Almost 10 years have passed since we decided to undertake what turned out to be a major facelift to our ‘senior’ home. Not one day has gone by since project completion that we haven’t asked ourselves how we could have lived without the two additions we now enjoy. Our first project with Claire involved adding a space we refer to as the Garden Room to the back of our home. The roofline lets in so much sunlight, something we (and our cat) enjoy during the winter months particularly. Our second project involved adding an entryway/foyer onto the front of the house, which added space and warmth to an otherwise underutilized area and an aesthetically pleasing element to our cul-de-sac. Claire took on all building and design challenges and worked seamlessly with everyone involved in both projects, breathing renewed beauty and light into our 1912 house. The spaces Claire helped us envision have added years of life to our home and years of home to our life!"

 

- Cathy & Hadley L.

Personal Approach to Working

"Dealing with our basement after flooding was a nightmare. Being an older house built in 1929, many things could not be changed. We were working around our desire for some different use of this space and the limitations of what could not be changed. Claire’s calm and insightful manner of working with us as clients allowed us to focus on what were our priorities and how to achieve them in a practical and cost-effective manner. Her ability to listen and her creativity were a breath of fresh air. We have been enjoying our ‘new’ old basement for some time now and are grateful to Claire for her professional but very personal approach to working with us."

 

- Barb & Mike M.

Skillful Design

"Our 30-year old master bathroom was badly in need of updating and refurbishment. When we shared our vision, Claire immediately understood our needs. With her skillful design successfully conveyed to our contractor, we now have a wonderful space. The overall design was in her hands as well as important technical aspects-all were done with both skill and flair. Some of our friends have said, 'Zen-inspired', 'Balinese spa' and 'oasis of calm.' We are thrilled with the result and know this room will retain its good looks and modern feel for years and years. We imagine that Claire will help many others in realizing their dreams!"

 

- Jon & Carolyn S.

Easy to Work With

"Claire helped us find the perfect new solution for our deck renovation when our old deck had reached its 'end of life'. She was very easy to work with and listened carefully to our wish list. She carefully designed a deck to support a hot tub, and also allowed an area near the back door off the kitchen for our gas barbeque. There was a separate seating area near the hot tub, and a much larger seating area, where sliding doors from our family room open out onto the deck. She attained the required building permit, liaised well with the builder and structural engineer, and communicated with us was always thorough. We have derived so much enjoyment and additional living room on our outside oasis."

 

- Bev & Tim P.

Responsive and Very Creative

"We used Claire MacDougall as our architectural designer in 2019 to design a custom home in BC. As we discussed our ideas with her, we found her to be responsive and very creative with various floor plan layouts and house location options and offering professional advice-all in a timely and efficient manner. Her knowledge was evident at our first meeting. We found Claire to be a good listener, flexible and thorough in working with us to achieve our desired house plans. We would definitely recommend using Claire, to anyone wanting a good client-designer relationship and a desirable house plan outcome!"

 

- Craig & Terrill G.

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