We do not follow a corporate business model and prefer a more personal approach with our clients. We find that this approach is a valuable asset when developing specific designs that relate to the individual person or their specific family needs when designing homes, cottages or smaller outbuildings. Sprout Studios encourages input from all members of our team as we each provide specific skill sets and although we manage projects independently, our collaborative process means that we are all familiar with each client’s project details.
We pride ourselves on the fact that we love what we do, the area we work in and the people we work with. If you haven’t already – meet the team:
Dave, founder of Sprout Studios, is very fortunate to have combined two of his life’s passions into a viable business: architecture and the environment. As an avid outdoorsman, Dave is forever on the water or in the woods camping, fishing, snowshoeing – or anything else that allows him to enjoy nature. This love of the outdoors has proven to be an advantage in site planning for rural waterfront properties. Academically, Dave excelled in the architecture program at Ryerson University which led him to designer positions at several Toronto-based architectural firms. Dave made the move to Muskoka for better fishing (seriously) and to work as a designer and project manager for one of the region’s most prestigious lakefront home builders. Dave has a huge respect for the skilled trades that go into building a home and as a result of years of learning from these experts in the field, he now has the rare architectural skill of being able to deal with the most technical building aspects of a design in a way that makes their execution on site efficient and understandable to the trades doing the job.
Brooke joined Sprout Studios in 2009 to pursue her passion for residential design and come back to her roots. She was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Muskoka and returned home after working as a designer for architectural and interior design firms in Oakville and Don Mills. Her addition to the team came with local experience which has shown to be invaluable to our clients and to the properties we are privileged to develop. As a meticulously detailed drafter and designer one of Brooke’s assets is her great functional relations skill. She has an uncanny ability to situate internal spaces in relation to one another in a way that seems instinctive while maintaining a harmonious relationship with outdoor spaces. The result of this natural, functional dynamic provides a cohesive design of exterior and interior spaces. Brooke received an Architectural Technology Advanced Diploma from the Sheridan College-Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning with high honours. When she isn’t working she can be found building her own projects or enjoying time with family and friends, hiking alongside her dog Charlee, cooking and traveling.
Early in 2016 we were happy to welcome the newest member of our team Cassandra. Although new to working in the office with us daily, she is not an unfamiliar face. Cassandra has been working for a number of years locally in the interior design industry and happens to have worked on many of our projects alongside our clients already. Her local experience in the industry as well as a lengthy history in customer service make her a fabulous addition. Cassandra will bring interior design services as well as complete 3D modelling and rendering capabilities to the team. She is eager to become increasingly knowledgeable in architectural design as well as project management. She has taken the initiative to continue her education on many occasions following an initial post secondary degree in Arts and Literature at the University of Ottawa and has since graduated from Interior Design as well as Kitchen and Bath Design from Georgian College with honours. She is currently studying Small Buildings part-time through George Brown College. Combined with her desire to learn, passion for design, fantastic client relation skills and local background she has quickly become an all round asset to Sprout Studios. When Cassandra isn’t busy with work or school she looks forward to planning her next trip, being on the water and passing time with family and friends.
Hailey (the canine) ironically heads our human resources department. She is by far the most energetic member of our team and goes out of her way to greet clients and contractors warmly when they visit the office. On site, Hailey has proven to have an amazing ability to locate wildlife (particularly squirrel and chipmunk, though occasionally skunk). She thoroughly inspects shorelines and has no issue getting wet if the need arises for retrieving timber samples from the lake. She is agile and has the ability to navigate through the thickest brush to help locate property boundaries. Hailey is an all-around asset to the office.