Lakeside Design Build is a Muskoka focused architecture and construction firm that is  dedicated to design and build of custom homes, cottages and boathouses. With a second studio in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, Lakeside is uniquely organized to provide platinum level services to property owners who have a strong vision for their property but may be unfamiliar with the legal requirements, design opportunities and actual construction costs and timing required to achieve their dreams. Meeting at your home in the GTA or your Muskoka property, you will benefit from our years of design and construction expertise.



Lakeside Design & Build combines a very personal, studio approach to Architecture with no-nonsense design preparation, cost analysis and on–site construction management. I am an Architect because I want to create a beautiful and radiant living environment for my clients. I am a Builder because I want your project built right, according to your plan and in accordance with your budget and timeline.

My decision to provide the combined services of Architect and Builder was the regret and dissatisfaction I felt when I realized that true design vision and construction care was lacking with many General Contractors. Someone has to truly care about your project and be committed and accountable to you for it’s complete success. When you build on a challenging site with a sparkling lake or steep leafy ravine, there is no room for mistakes or shoddy workmanship.

My Company provides a turnkey service by combining design, on-going cost analysis, materials selection and construction management. Using the best design and project management software with up-to-date product specifications, I offer you a level of service that cannot be matched.

If you are a busy professional family, I will enrich your experience designing and building a cottage, boathouse or residence by committing the time to work with you in the City as well as on the Lake to truly create a fresh Vision for your future lifestyle on the water. I will become your point man during design, construction and beyond so that you are aware of and involved in every aspect of the design and construction process. I will get your project built according to plan, on time and on budget!

You will love the extraordinary service and attention to detail you will receive from Lakeside Design and Build. I look forward to working with you – taking your vision and making it a reality.  


"As the Property Manager for the Deerhurst Resort, I have worked closely with James Pitropov and his staff at Lakeside Design & Build for several years on various Deerhurst projects. The staff at Lakeside Design & Build has provided detailed, personal client-oriented service with creative flair and good construction documentation and costing. Lakeside Design & Build has worked closely with me to develop the following projects: Deerhurst Lodge and Meeting Rooms; ESPN Sports Pavilion; Deerhurst Spa Renovation; and Deerhurst Sports Villas. On these projects, Lakeside Design & Build met with me at my office and provided me with 3D design visualizations, sourced and priced alternatives, made changes as I requested, worked with me and Deerhurst’s consultants, prepared workings drawings and performed General Review during construction. The 3D visualization has helped us engage in an interactive design process that has included Deerhurst staff, the general contractor, our interior designer, the staff at Lakeside Design & Build and James himself. Lakeside Design & Build will be my Architectural Consultant on projects that require attention to design, detail and high quality presentations."

− Brian Staples, P.Eng Property Manager, Deerhurst Resort

"As Chief Building Official at the Town of Huntsville, I am pleased to provide a letter of reference for Lakeside Design & Build. In February 2008, The Town of Huntsville selected the firm of Lakeside Design & Build by a request for proposal to provide a feasibility study for remedial structural repair and building and fire code upgrades for a residence in Huntsville. It was essential for Lakeside Design & Build to perform a thorough investigation as the analysis was used as professional evidence for the purpose of issuing an Emergency Order under section 15 of the Building Code Act. I highly recommend Lakeside Design & Build to provide Architectural Services for Clients in the Muskoka area."

− Michael J. Gooch, C.E.T., CBCO Chief Building Official, Town of Huntsville

"Creative, Innovative, Professional, Stylish and Considerate are some of the words we would use to describe James Pitropov of Lakeside Design & Build. In 2007, James took on the challenge of designing and building the addition of a custom verandah to our home in Scarborough. James promptly produced an extremely beautiful one-of-a-kind design using state of the art materials. James arranged for and oversaw the building of our verandah with enthusiasm and meticulous attention to precision and detail. We are more than thrilled with our new Muskoka Room! James has totally change the way we live in our house and has vastly increased our enjoyment of our home. Our sincere thanks James! "

− Gay and Stan Thompson


James is an award-winning Architect and Builder, certified to practice Architecture in Ontario and Alberta. He has extensive experience with building on challenging sites in Muskoka, Georgian Bay, the Kawarthas and Toronto. When he is not working on your project, James is on the water in Muskoka with family and friends, or being walked by his Flat-Coated retriever Molly in the Beaches of Toronto.

Let me work with your Vision and your site to develop a design that will capture light, air and views in a way you have not likely experienced. Lakeside Design and Build uses beautiful rugged materials like quarry stone and Douglas Fir to enhance your dream cottage design.


  • Educated at the University of Toronto
  • Gold Medal Winner
  • Recipient of many awards
  • More than 15 years experience with design
  • Expert with technical issues and regional building codes

Current Clients:

  • Town of Huntsville
  • Deerhurst Resort
  • Town of Seguin
  • Current projects on Lake Muskoka and Lake of Bays


  • Ontario Association of Architects
  • Alberta Association of Architects
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Muskoka Homebuilders Assosciation


James C. Pitropov, OAA, MRAIC
Principal Architect, Builder
Toronto 647-226-9860
Muskoka Studio 705-788-1654