Our focus is interior planning, design and renovations in the Lower Mainland of BC, but we don’t limit our creativity to just the house next door.
Our skills lead us into all aspects of creative design in a variety of physical and digital mediums. Want to know what those mediums are? Scroll back up to see a few of our most common.
HOW WE WORK
The true essence of our studio is in the approach, evolution of ideas,
planning, execution, and heart that go into every project.
When it comes to our design and creative philosophy we believe that the rules are only guiding principals to finding the perfect solution. In other words we operate ‘outside the box’ but keep it close by for reference.
Our process focuses on crafting custom function layered with style that expresses the aesthetic heart and soul of our clients.
Our approach is keep it simple. Simplifying the creative process and breaking down the overwhelming to-do list into manageable pieces both for ourselves and most importantly for our clients makes for a happier us, and you.
Our clients are unique, ambitious and open to our process of ‘let’s explore the possibilities’. Bringing ideas to the table is always welcome, but not required! They are keen to collaborate and let our our team lead them through the the evolution of their project.
Our creativity is not specific to a pre-defined style. Variety keeps us interested and learning.
We pride ourselves on being aesthetically nimble and staying true to the notion that bigger is not better, and expensive is not the only option.
Sitka projects are successful when ‘wow’ is achieved through creative, custom and enduring solutions that deliver quality, aesthetic and integrated function…
on time and in budget.
MEET THE TEAM
MelissaDesigner | Owner
I have a deep appreciation for a little blood sweat and tears. I am a dedicated DIY’er with formal training to back up my ‘let’s try’ moments.
Some would say I’m obsessed with figuring it out no matter what the format or subject, and they would be right. I admit to my obsession, but it makes me good at problem solving and good at what I do so I’ll wear it with pride.
I love to go on an adventure (literally and figurtively) and find the gems of life that could not have been planned or taught in any classroom.
As a animation artist and designer I obsess over the details, planning and execution to bring the Sitka DIY projects to life.
I craft the detailed solutions that allow our moments of ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ to become realities both in physical and digital creations.
I also love to DIY but, as the shop master, I aim for less ‘blood and tears’ and opt for extra sweat instead.
The Backyard GangSounding Board
Designs are most successful with the input and critical eye of more than one person, so at Sitka, we have ‘The Backyard Gang’.
Backyard Gang = a group of creative professionals in either complementary or completely opposite disciplines from Sitka Studios designers.
With brutal honesty and a lot of kitchen island brainstorming we push the Sitka concepts (and designers) to take it that one step further.
Melissa - Professional Bio
It’s not often that one finds opportunity in life to express themselves and truly ‘be’ themselves in a business environment that mirrors their personal strengths, passions and embraces their weaknesses. Melissa is one of the lucky ones who has.
Melissa brings experience from a diverse range of life and work adventures to her leadership of Sitka Studios. It is this diversity which truly reflects her greatest strength – adaptation – not only in self but in skill and the application of both to the challenges that come with design and business.
As a trained dancer and acrobat Melissa has spent many years perfecting a technical discipline which emphasizes the creativity and aesthetic of line, form, shape, colour, rhythm, accuracy and efficiency. It is this training and artistic expression which she now realizes in every aspect of design and project management with Sitka Studios.
Melissa holds a Diploma in Interior Design and 3 years experience in Design and Architecture. In addition, Melissa is fortunate and to have worked in variety of other business and professional settings including Financial Planning, Business Management and Administration, Digital Real Estate Services, Community Support Services and Entertainment. In each of these roles Melissa has had the opportunity to work with people of many different cultures, backgrounds, and styles and gather skills and experience which are all vital to the diversity of the design business. Melissa is currently working towards completing the NCIDQ examinations to become a Registered Interior Designer as well as continuing her education in sustainable building techniques and accessible design strategies for all ages.
Melissa has also had the opportunity to grow her life and identity capital through her personal and business travels which she now draws upon in each and every aspect of Sitka Studios. She has travelled extensively – from the Atlantic to Pacific in Canada on an 9 month journey for brain injury awareness; to places such as Dubai and Afghanistan performing for crowds from five to thousands.
Dyson's disdain for brainstorming got me thinking, when I get into designing (anything really) where is my creativity coming from? After some reflection I have to say, all of my creative moments are direct response to [...]
Builders might not be jumping on the bandwagon but the market is making it clear. Smaller, more affordable housing, simplified lifestyles and financial freedom are hot topics. Tiny houses (the kind on wheels) might not [...]
It is no secret that we believe in small, affordable housing options. We regularly read articles about housing, real estate, design etc and often we find very interesting points of view in the media. So, [...]