Are you ready to bring your family’s vision to life with an
interior designer you can trust?
At Gilbert + Burke, our expert team will customize your interior design
to perfectly fit your family’s goals and helps build your family’s legacy.
For over 20 years, we have created stunning designs throughout
Ontario, helping each one of our clients experience a truly
exceptional lifestyle space for their family.
Amazing Interior Design Doesn’t Need To Be Complicated
We know that interior design often looks overwhelming. That’s why our process is set up to be as stress-free as possible.
Tell us your vision for your design.
Our design team creates digital renderings showing what your space would look like.
We provide a variety of textures and colours to make sure you get the design elements you want.
Final revisions are made and the designs are finalized!
What Makes Gilbert + Burke Different?
We believe everyone building a custom luxury cottage or home deserves a builder whose process and experience delivers the exact design your family wants and helps build your family’s legacy.
That’s why we make sure every client experiences…
- Exceptional communication
- Transparency in every step
- 20+ years of custom building expertise
And all backed with the Gilbert + Burke brand and reputation
We contracted the services of Gilbert & Burke Design and Build to renovate our existing cottage and then add on a major addition. The quality of the work was exceptional. Close attention was paid to details and they were proactive in identifying design options that saved time and money. G + B has a very creative, well seasoned and experienced team and provided all round great customer service. They were always responsive to our questions and very proactive in solving all construction issues. We are extremely pleased with the end result.
We have been working with Gilbert + Burke over the last 3 years on the design and construction of our new home on Lake Simcoe. I think one of the most remarkable things is that as the project draws to a close, we will be sorry to say goodbye to the Team. We have very much enjoyed working with this team, even when the inevitable bumps in the road happened. We have never doubted that they had our best interest at heart, and knew they were working to give us the very best home they could within the budget. We love our new home and we have lots of good memories of working through the project. Thank you Gilbert + Burke for making our family dream a reality.
Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working alongside Gilbert + Burke on various projects. Gilbert + Burke's team is truly professional from the bid stage, down to the final completion. Questions are answered promptly, coordination between trades is spot on , communication through out the project is excellent, and the staff is always very friendly and happy to help however they may be needed.
The Gilbert + Burke is a team of truly talented individuals committed to the project for close to a full year. We encountered crumbling lathe and plaster, a bat colony in the attic and a tow-foot-high crawl space under the house. With each setback, Gilbert + Burke dug in their heels and found often ingenious solutions that spoke to their decades of experience and depth of character. The challenges were many but we really felt that Gilbert + Burke were as truly invested in our project as we were.
Gilbert and Burke completed our cottage on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville in 2019. Their team lead by Brian Gilbert was outstanding. From permits to finishing touches, we were guided throughout the process. Our site super intendant took every detail of the cottage personally and was as proud of the results as we were. Their design team took great care to ensure that the cottage match our personalities and goals. Nothing was ever “cookie cutter”. Everything was designed to our thoughts and dreams. The team was flexible and communicated very effectively throughout the build. We do not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to build, renovate or fix.
Having worked with Gilbert + Burke in the past, we knew that there was nobody else that we trusted in completing our dream. On this project, we tasked them with a tight deadline for completion and even with some setbacks in permits, they were able to deliver. Everybody that was associated with this project was so professional and committed to the end goal. The final result was more than a kitchen or a place to retire, but a warm and inviting place for friends and family to gather for many years to come.
Gilbert + Burke have a professional approach through the entire project process from the first client meeting, to the preparation of a project budget, to establishing a build time-frame, and most importantly their commitment to organization and client communication, made all aspects of the build and enjoyable and rewarding experience. From the start through construction completion, delivery and deficiency resolution, Gilbert + Burke have proven that they are the ones who deliver your dream on time and on budget.
We really appreciated the prompt, friendly service. Brian Gilbert is an excellent representative and his integrity to get the job done at the cost and time projected is of great value. It was a pleasure doing business with Gilbert + Burke and I would highly recommend them to others.
I have built three houses in the past and have worked with many contractors and sub contractors and this was the first time ever that I had one show up on time, do quality work, and within estimate. 3 out of 3, in my opinion.
Wonderful to work with. It was a pleasure to have them in our home and we are very pleased with the results. Looking forward to working with Gilbert + Burke in the future
My family and I are very pleased with the completed project on my house! It looks great! Just what it needed!
What a great team at Gilbert + Burke! They took our vision and transformed it into reality. We love our new space.
The entire Gilbert + Burke team was a pleasure to work with. They were experienced, competent, and exceptionally organized.
Working with Gilbert + Burke was a pleasure. Their workmanship and thoughtfulness throughout the project was amazing.
Complete Interior Design Services In Ontario
When it comes to building your ideal home, you probably have a picture in mind of everything you want to include and how you’d like the final layout and decor to look.
If you are overwhelmed by the complexity of design options out there, or maybe you don’t have the time or desire to make the decisions, our designers will greatly simplify the design process. They will provide a lot of choices to choose from that meet your desired goals.
With us, it all starts from the very first contact.
We immediately start digging in to see if we’re a good fit for each other, and there are lots of questions to be answered. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned, so we’ll work through the initial design questionnaire.
After we get to know each other a bit and your design vision, it’s time to focus in on some details:
- We visit your home if necessary
- Continue clarifying your goals and visions
- Do some measurements
- Put together a Professional Budget Identification based on our communications with you and your desires
If the budget is agreed on, the site works and the plan is good to go, we’ve made it to the next step. We’ll send you a design questionnaire and design guide that identifies and names design options with high-level budget parameters to help you get a good look at the possibilities for your project.
Next, we’ll create a preliminary concept drawing for a fee that will be credited to your later project should you move forward. This helps both parties have a better understanding of the project, and it helps us all to see if our visions mesh.
And now is when the magic really starts to happen. We’ll enter into a new project development agreement, credit your fee for the preliminary concept design and get to work. In this phase, we start to get into the nitty-gritty:
- Continued budget development
- We’ll pursue any needed permit applications, site surveys, construction contracts and construction drawings
- We’ll discuss concept designs for everything from cabinetry and interior finishes to lighting fixtures and plumbing needs
If you’re comfortable shopping for your interior selections on your own, we can help to price out, source and coordinate your selections and materials. However, you’ll also have the option to work in tandem with our talented team of designers to make your visions come to life.
We also offer mix and matching between working on your own and with our designers to get the best of both worlds. Here’s what our designers bring to the table:
- Visual representation of the project, inside and out, in the form of 2D and 3D perspective drawings
- Accompaniment on supplier/showroom visits or they will go on your behalf
- Creation of sample board mock-ups for realistic touch and feel of the final material
- Selection and coordination of colour, material and fixture selection
- Cabinetry and millwork design
- Knowledge, expertise and fresh ideas to help you make stunning, reflective design choices within your budget and time frame
Then, with a full scope of work, a final price and permits in hand, we get to building and making your visions come to life.
Interior Design FAQ’s
Gilbert + Burke offers a wide range of services with our design hours. Interior design includes but is not limited to floor plans, 3D modelling, selection assistance/procurement, consultation on layout, sizing and placement and more! Want to know how we can help? Click here to start a discussion!
Yes, interior design is regulated by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario.
If you are a person who has a hard time visualizing something without seeing it a designer could be very helpful for you. If you also find you are not interested in the aspect of design but know you want a comfortable space with certain requirements then a designer would also be the right choice. It is all to do with your comfort level and how much you want to be involved with the project and what level of support you require through the process. There are of course things that a regular person does not have access to that a designer can help facilitate like digital models to help show the space with ideas and concepts. Or we can run with an initial concept or idea and do all the leg work for you. A great designer should be able to meet you wherever you are in your process and help guide you along the way, whether that be a little bit or a lot.
- An Interior Designer designs the overall layout and flow of a room, and Interior Decorator goes into the finite details (furniture, lamps, finishes, etc.)
- Yes! An interior designer is a regulated profession in Ontario and requires the individual to know about specific codes and regulations. Designers are typically trained in space planning, adjacencies, anthropometrics, ergonomics and the overall flow of the spaces. A decorator on the other hand is still a great resource to have but typically cannot go as in depth into your project as a designer. Both can be utilized for the visual aspects of a project such as furniture, materials and fixtures.
It starts with an initial consultation with the interior designer and we discuss your goals, vision and lifestyle so we can get a better understanding of you and the project. After this meeting there is usually a take away for the clients, we need to know what your style is and usually ask for some visuals so our ideas of what you want are aligned. We then take your inspiration images and work with them to implement whatever part of the service you are looking for whether it be, space planning, material selections, or you’re looking for overall visuals for the entire space. Then we meet again and discuss and repeat until we are at a place you’re comfortable with.
Yes! We have worked with many clients in the past after the design is completed to make it come true. We will even help you if you have the design done by another firm.
- You should be able to tell us how you envision using the space after the renovation/build is done, who is going to be occupying the space most frequently and less often. Will there be animals or small children using the space, how often? Are there any accessibility needs that we need to accomodate for: mobility, vision etc? What is your lifestyle, are you a snowbird or someone who works from home and envisions retiring at their lake front property? What are your long term goals with the property, is this your forever home? Is this where you plan on retiring? Lots of questions are asked and you shouldn’t feel shy to share what your plans are for your property as the more we know the better we can help make the space for you and your family!