Letter of Reference

96A Crichton Street, All Green Projects, Design Projects, Testimonial


VERT designed John and Lorie’s home in our second year of operation.  (We have worked on over 50 projects since then.)  It is very rewarding to know that they still love their home as much now as when they first saw the plans on paper.  Although it has been several years since I worked on the original project, it was very nice to receive the following letter of reference from them:

April 29, 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is our pleasure to reflect on the fantastic experience we had designing our custom home with Vert Design, and to enthusiastically recommend its principal, Chris Straka.

In 2007, we bought a narrow infill lot in an established Ottawa neighbourhood. We had never designed a home before, and were nervous and excited. From our first meeting onward, we knew we had selected the perfect design firm for us.

Under Chris Straka’s expert guidance, we thought carefully about our green building priorities, how we live, and our general design aesthetic. He presented creative ways to maximize the available space, and its flow and functionality. Chris listened to us attentively, prompted our thinking, recommended products and materials that would best meet our needs, collaborated closely with us throughout the process, and kept us on budget and on schedule. We found him to be a knowledgeable, resourceful, creative and one-of-a-kind design talent.

We also benefitted from Chris’s exemplary diplomacy and negotiation skills. Our new property is in a heritage district, which brings with it additional design considerations and requirements. Chris negotiated skillfully on our behalf with the City of Ottawa to find solutions that respected the heritage requirements and also enabled us to make the most of the lot size and location. Our new house is a testament to the success of these negotiations; it fits beautifully into the neighbourhood and completes the streetscape.

More than all of this, Chris inspired us. He introduced us to who we are, projected in a physical space. Our house is us, and we enjoy the fruits of Chris’s excellent design every day.

Although we built our house five years ago, Chris has helped us on numerous occasions since then, most recently with the design and permitting process for a bachelor apartment in our basement. Thanks to his help and expertise, we will soon benefit from a well-designed income property that fits perfectly in our home.

We recommend Chris and Vert Design without hesitation. Should you require more information, we would be happy to provide it. Please contact us at 613-748-3560.


John Thurston and Lorie Boucher
96A Crichton Street


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