First Step Design is a full service home design firm that is registered with Ministry of Housing in Ontario (BCIN). Our business is a professionally recognized design firm specializing in home design construction. We are located in the Town of Newmarket and work on projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
With over 17 years of experience in the residential building and architectural design industry and a variety of breathtaking projects built across the Greater Toronto Area—serving Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, Vaughan, Markham, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, and Pickering. We deliver high-quality service and client satisfaction from the first draft to the completed project.
Contact us for your complimentary design consultation. We would love to hear about your vision for your future project. Together we can take the first step to making your visions become reality.
Cindy McPhee has been working in residential design since graduating with Honours from the Architectural Technology Programme at George Brown College in 2000. After graduating with an Award of Excellence she learned that her passion lay in home design.
By devoting herself to excellent attention to detail and creative designs at Hunt Design Associates, she was promoted to Design Studio Manager. In this position she developed designs for well-known home builders, such as Paradise Homes, Rosehaven Homes, Arista Homes and Heathwood Homes.
Cindy then worked with Wayne Swadron, Architect, in Toronto. As a central figure in the development and design of luxurious residential projects, Cindy’s outstanding ability to translate creative personal visions into pragmatic architectural designs provided the team and their clients with unparalleled finished results.
In spring 2015 Cindy started First Step Design. She brings with her all of the indispensable knowledge and skills gained from the experience of the past 17 years. Cindy is committed to excellence and is enthusiastic about working with you on your custom home design.
Michelle manages the business processes at First Step Design. She provides exceptional and professional administrative support. She is always willing to take on additional responsibilities for the company. Michelle has worked in the financial services industry and draws on over 15 years of experience. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a degree in Bachelor of Arts and from Seneca College with Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management. Cindy and Michelle are twin sisters. In their spare time, they love spending time with their families, especially traveling to sunny destinations.
Combine the creative skills of an architect with the technical capabilities of a draftsperson and the detail-orientation of a project manager, and you’ve got an Architectural Technologist. As specialists in the science of building, Architectural Technologists execute the safe design and management of construction projects. Besides providing technical drawing for architects and civil engineers, Architectural Technologists are trained to be just as comfortable with working with 2D- and 3D-design and drafting software as they are in getting their hands dirty—assisting clients with material specifications and finish selections or attending zoning hearings on their clients’ behalf. Architectural Technologists are also authorized to sign and seal blueprints and architectural specifications to build, expand, rebuild, renovate or modify various types of buildings. Accredited professionals (like First Step Design’s Cindy McPhee) work in a variety of positions across the industry, including as designers, project managers, chief building officials, municipal plans examiners, building inspectors, specification writers, and general contractors.
Working with Cindy had made the daunting process of complex renovations pain-free and seamless. She’s walked us each stage of the construction process allowing us to have a comprehensive understanding of what to expect at each turn, especially with the municipal permits and legal requirements. Cindy was certainly value-added to our home construction project, and we’re thrilled that we retained her right from the start.
I couldn't have done this project without Cindy. I can't wait to work with her again.
I would highly recommend First Step Design if you are planning a project that requires any form of permitting with the City of Toronto. Cindy truly has the experience and knowledge to see a project through from the initial discovery meeting through to the permit approvals and beyond.
From beginning to end Cindy helped us with the vision, function and completion of our new house on Georgian Bay. The quality of her work is outstanding. I would definitely consult with her again and refer her to others.
I would have no hesitation in recommending her to my real estate clients and friends who are looking for an extremely intelligent, highly responsive, and incredibly personable, trustworthy professional. It was an absolute delight working with her and I look forward to keeping in contact for years to come!