Lakeside Design & Build Inc. is a firm dedicated to the design and build of your custom home or cottage. We are trained professionals that love what we do and understand the environment in which we work. Please read below to get to know us better.

We look forward to meeting you in person – at your home, on site or at your lake.

Principal and Builder

James C. Pitropov is a registered Architect in Ontario and Alberta. James graduated from the University of Toronto School of Architecture as their top student in 1995. James won the Gold Medal in Architecture and was nominated for school’s Governor General Silver Medal. James was also voted by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada as a student most likely to be an
architect of distinction”.

James interned as an architect for over 5 years, four of those years in Alberta where he learned the design of timberframe homes and cottages and fell in love with this contemporary approach to traditional but modern design. James returned to Ontario in 2001, and bought the firm of retiring Architect, Stewart Smith, a talented and experienced Architect that was the past President of the Ontario Association of Architects. Smith Architect Inc. is a residential and light commercial architecture firm based in Huntsville, Muskoka. James is Principal Architect of the firm and focusses on residential custom cottage design and light commercial work including resorts, municipal and religious buildings.

James is an avid fly fisherman, birder and cottager. Having had a family cottage in Bala Muskoka for over 20 years as well as a current cottage in Huntsville for the past 10 years, James is uniquely qualified to design and build custom homes and cottages that are built to the site and your unique environment.  James is also a trained and competent builder and a licensed Nudura insulated concrete form installer. James is presently the chief builder of the Scarborough Bluffs addition. He is not afraid to get involved with the site management and construction of his projects to ensure that the projects are built on time and on budget.

James lives in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto but makes weekly trips to his projects in Ontario’s North. James meets his clients on their site, at their home or at their cottage. In Toronto, James is often seen walking his black flat coat retriever Molly along the shores of Lake Ontario and through Toronto’s many ravines.

Photo James Pitropov Architect

James Pitropov - fishing

Master Carpenter

Bill Nunn works extensively with Lakeside Design & Build Inc. Bill has over 40 years of construction experience and is presently the Master Carpenter on the Morrison and Pine Lake custom cottage builds. Bill has built many residential projects in the Muskoka area including custom homes, cottages and boathouses. Bill lives in Huntsville, Ontario with his wife and beloved golden retriever, Tucker.


The Crew

Lakeside Design & Build Inc. employs an experienced, trained and insured crew of carpenters and builders. The Crew is currently building both the Morrison Lake and the Pine Lake custom cottage projects. Lakeside Design & Build also has a roster of surveyors, roofers, concrete installers as well as window and door, siding and railing manufacturers. Lakeside has worked with many local builders, manufacturers and installers and will provide you with referrals and competitive bids on all your construction specifications.

Lakeside Crew at Pine Lake Cottage

Lakeside design and build crew

Chief Site Inspectors

Molly (James’ dog) and Tucker (Bill’s dog) are collectively known as the chief site inspectors, client greeters and lake water testers on all our builds. Molly often accompanies James to his weekly site meetings and is much loved member of the Lakeside team.

Molly - chief site inspector

Bill Nunns Dog Tucker