“I would like to think future generations would admire our work with the same fondness people have for the architectural treasures that have been endowed to us. This thought is always foremost in my mind.”
From 1984 to 2000, Doug Friesen was the owner of one of this area’s premier design/build firms, Duxborough Designs. In 2000, Doug began concentrating his efforts solely on design work. This offers homeowners a unique opportunity to work with a design professional with over many years experience as a builder. Doug combines his creative design talents with practical knowledge of every aspect of construction. The result is an unprecedented level of integration between design and actual project construction.
“In the course of my 34 years in residential construction, I have designed and built hundreds of projects, from bathrooms and kitchens to extensive whole house renovations and new custom houses. This makes me uniquely suited for what I do: these years of experience have given me invaluable knowledge about how buildings go together and what works best. I place a big priority on transcending the traditional barrier that exists between design and construction. All of the many diverse influences that come into play during the design and construction process must somehow be integrated to achieve an exceptional result. This is what will ultimately determine the success of your project.”
“Some of my larger projects have been custom houses and whole-house renovations in the $800,000 to $1,000,000 range and higher. Working with these high-end projects obviously has its rewards and is some of the most exciting work I do. However, the most rewarding work by far involves working on average houses that are a little too ordinary. This type of project brings great satisfaction in transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. Another type of project I enjoy is working with houses that already have character, such as antiques, but have major logistical problems. Opening up kitchens and living areas, linking living areas to elegant outdoor spaces and decks, creating Master suites — these are the focus of the majority of renovation projects.”
“Most houses, regardless of when they were built, have yet to be brought into the modern age. Yet this must be done while retaining the charm that has made New England famous. I would like to think future generations would admire our work with the same fondness people have for the architectural treasures that have been endowed to us. This thought is always foremost in my mind.”