virtual exterior makeover


March 25, 2020 Announcement

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering a 50% discounted rate on our

Virtual Makeover design services.  Limited quantities available.  Click here for more details

The "Before".

This house was formerly known as "THAT green house on the block". 

Our clients wanted a complete transformation of this home's exterior and loved the Modern Farmhouse architectural design style. 


As we do with all exterior renovation designs, the ultimate goal was to deliver a design that made the home look like a brand new beautiful home (not a renovation).


Working within the client's budget, we saved a significant amount of money by utilizing the majority of existing roof lines.  If you look closely, there were only slight changes to the gable ends of each roof line.  


The existing curved dormer was awkward and made the home extremely dated.  However, we embraced the shape and sought repetition of this element by introducing a custom round top window.

Every Last Detail.

A beautiful home is all in the details.


A timeless and elegant black and white color scheme was proposed.  This color scheme works well with Modern Farmhouse style, but with an elevated edge.

To save the client money, all existing windows were maintained and refinished to match the new color scheme.


The dated bay windows were given a modern + fresh look by introducing a herringbone pattern.  An option was presented to finish a small portion of the roof in a standing seam metal roof to complete the Modern Farmhouse design style, which the client opted to implement.


Small touches of wood at the entrance draw your eye to the focal point, and give the overall architecture a warm, welcoming feel.

discover your own makeover

Start with a 15-minute call with our team. 

We'll assess if your home is a good candidate for a make over.

No fee.  No obligation.



Step 1


We want to get to know you!  Don't know what you want? 

No problem.


As we welcome you to the Phase One Design family, we'll guide you through the easy + fun process of creating your wish list, including getting current photos of your exterior.

This includes a 30-minute video call with our team to chat about your project and start brainstorming ideas.

Step 2


Yes, kind of like you see on HGTV.  But better.  Because it's YOUR house.


Your brand new beautiful exterior will be presented by our Design team through a live video conference call.

We'll walk you through all the "behind the scenes" decisions we made to ensure the design reflects your vision and is on budget.  We discuss any feedback and revisions you may have.

Step 3


You'll receive a full package so you can successfully execute your design in real life.

This includes a full spec document with all the information you need to locally source and purchase your materials and product.

Don't know any good contractors?  We do.  We'll share our highly curated + pre-qualified  list of local contractors, so you can be confident in starting your project.

Why Start With The Exterior?

First impressions are everything.
After designing over 600 homes, we know the best designs start from the "outside" in.  
It's the "secret sauce" to perfectly balancing form and function.
Floor plans are somewhat malleable.  Architecture is not.  If you have an element that is out of scale or proportion, the whole design falls apart.
Exterior architecture shapes the entire experience of a home.  It's what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.

have more questions?

we'll help answer all of them. 

Design-related, budget-related, or anything else on your mind.

March 25, 2020 Announcement

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering a 50% discounted rate on our

Virtual Makeover design services.  Limited quantities available. 

Virtual Extreme Makeover

Reduced Rate $2495 

(Regular $5495)


  • Project kick-off meeting with our team (conducted via video call)

  • Dedicated senior Architectural Designer as your main contact throughout your entire project

  • Fully customized exterior architectural design including structural changes (NIC additions involving foundations), color, material, and exterior product.  Complete with design conceptualization sketches

  • Design Reveal meeting with our team (conducted via video call)

  • Full color design concept rendering 

  • Construction drawings with color, material, and product specifications to execute your project

  • Pre-qualified contractor referral list (*available in Greater Vancouver, Calgary, and Okanagan area only)

  • Construction support (optional)

start with a 

15-minute discovery call

No fee. No obligation. 

We'll assess if your home is a good candidate for a makeover.



the Phase One Design difference



 Quality is always our #1 priority.


As one of our clients, you will only work with highly experienced senior designers, who have specialized experience with residential design.


Kathy Yuen, the firm's principal, is involved in every project.  We have complete 600+ home design projects in the past 15 years.

Regardless of new home, renovation, or virtual design, you access our top talent.


  We believe every design can be beautiful and on-budget. 


We understand costs and how design controls the overall construction budget.  We treat your money like our own.  We feel we have a responsibility to stretch your dollars as far as possible, but without sacrificing quality.

Our ability to execute this has been proven through all our projects.  From non-profit low income housing to multi-million dollar luxury homes.  Beauty is never sacrificed.  Nor is budget. 


It's all about creativity to get the best of both worlds.



We are intentionally a boutique firm, but with a large geographic reach.


We accept a limited number of projects so we can focus on the clients we have and deliver exceptional service and design quality.



We service clients internationally and set up to deliver any of our services 100% online.


Our systems are user-friendly, regardless of how savvy (or not) you are at technology.


We promise our technology is so slick, that you won't even miss commuting to design meetings. 


Book an online consultation to try it out 

Prefer to meet in person?  We'd love to do that too.  We have studios in Vancouver & Calgary or can travel to you.

*Effective Mar 16, 2020, all meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice due to the Coronavirus


We are recognized leaders in the residential design industry and known for our beautiful, edgy, yet timeless designs.


Our design work has over 23+ awards + nominations.  We have been featured in numerous publications, garnered a long list of accolades and media appearances, including with HGTV stars such as Bryan Baeumler. 


Our YouTube channel, Custom Homes with Kathy is a leading educational resource for homeowners worldwide



We work side-by-side with you to capture your vision, but lead you through the process to make it the best it can be. 

We believe you should get the design YOU want. 

Not what we think you should have.  Or what might win an award (...unless of course, you tell us that's what you want - we can do that too 😉)

But unlike some other firms, we will never force our ideas upon you.  In the end, it is your home.  Customized exactly to suit you.

discover your own makeover

Start with a 15-minute call with our team. 

We'll assess if your home is a good candidate for a make over.

No fee.  No obligation.

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studio locations


203, 1218 9 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta

T2G 0T1

(403) 457.3645

788, 601 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC

V5Z 4C2

(604) 670.7668

By appointment


By appointment 


project locations

Calgary + MD of Rockyview + MD Foothills +  Greater Vancouver + West Vancouver + North Vancouver + Whistler + Victoria + Salt Spring Island + Bowen Island + Kelowna + Penticton + Okanagan + Koocanusa Lake + Interior BC.  


If your project is in an area you don't see above, please inquire for more info.  We also accept select projects internationally.

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