I considered myself fortunate to find a coveted suite in an architecturally
significant older building. But the suite was showing its age – and then some.
Advice from friends: “You must hire a designer. Someone who knows the ins-
and-outs of renovation, knows who's out there, understands the building, can
communicate with the trades, and guide you through the process.” My second
great stroke of luck was connecting with Chris Oliver. He understood my vision – often when I only partially understood it myself. He has realized that vision, to
my delight. My trust and respect he earned early. He now has my everlasting
My husband and I hired Chris to help us complete the redecorating of our
family room. I had been handling the project myself but became overwhelmed
by all the decisions required. Chris addressed all of my concerns with
professional advice and creative ideas that complimented the existing furniture.
He supplied scaled floor plans and elevations, furniture photos, and fabric
swatches. Chris was unfailingly pleasant, courteous, and responsive to my
e-mails and phone calls. We are very pleased with the results and would
recommend Chris very highly.
Chris has the two great qualities of having thorough knowledge of the design
world and being really easy to work with. He can navigate both clients and
collaboration with other professionals and is one of the go-to people that we
Partner, Williamson Chong Architects
I avoided re-furnishing the main floor of my home because I was concerned the
costs would be prohibitive. With a very modest budget, Chris helped me trans-
form my living and dining rooms into spaces I now love. My friends are amazed
at what we accomplished with very limited resources. Now I’m looking forward
to tackling the rest of the house!
For me, Chris has been an invaluable resource. He is a consumate pro-
fessional with an architect’s eye and a designer’s attention to detail. He is
great to work with and patient with his client. As a landcape architect with
my own creative ideas Chris helped me navigate a myriad of unfamiliar
design decisions. With Chris’ guidance I achieved my goal, a contemporary, functional, and lovely Guest Bathroom. I could not have achieved the same
result without him. Thank you Chris.
I have engaged Chris several times for his unique design insights and project
management expertise. He has shown exemplary vision in modernizing the
office while also making our small space more efficient. Recently Chris was
instrumental in coordinating the repainting of a mural on the side of my build-
ing. This has dramatically increased the presence of my business in the com-munity. I highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs a design specialist.
Barrister & Solicitor, Dashwood & Dashwood
Chris has been an extraordinary resource. It’s lovely to find someone with great
taste who could create an overall plan to guide our work together. He’s been
incredibly patient as I introduced pieces and did renovations over a period of
years. And I’m confident we’ll do more together in the future.
Toronto-based author and entrepreneur
We’re always happy to work with Chris. His no nonsense approach to project management – from quotation to construction – makes the whole process work.
President, G. Pederson & Associates Inc.
I have worked with Chris on the House & Landscape Committee of our co-op condominium complex for the past four years. Chris is the committee's design expert. The buildings are known for their simple, elegant, award-winning design which must be respected at all times. Chris is collegial, cooperative, efficient, has an incisive eye for clean design and an excellent sense of colour. Chris'
expert eye can survey a 9'x12' room, note poorly utilized storage space,
and identify and recommend in an instant what cabinetry and furniture would
work best for space, efficiency, and design within the client's budget. He is a pleasure to work with.
Chair, House & Landscape Committee, Avoca Apartments Ltd.
After 17 years in our previous location moving presented challenges and
opportunities. The special needs of an auction house dealing in prestige items
and a high net worth clientele required a unique skill set. Chris was exceptional
at solving our design challenges. His vision for our corporate image was tho-
roughly considered and well rendered bringing about a modern and stylish environment that represents us perfectly.
Vice President, Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers
I’ve watched Chris transform the most unlikely properties (whether apartment,
townhouse, or condo) into open, inviting, and livable gems. He tackles awk-
ward space with spatial smarts and a keen eye. No matter the challenge, he
sees possibility, and his client ends up with a vibrant, contemporary, and
Senior Specialist, Content Writer, SickKids Foundation
Transformative without being revolutionary: that’s what we were hoping for in
our kitchen and master bath upgrade. We’re so glad we took Chris’s advice:
his gentle prodding persuaded us to think beyond what existed. We had been overwhelmed by the decision-making. In presenting layout and finish options,
he gave us focus, and helped us realize our vision. Thank you, Chris.
Director, Health Promotion & Public Education, Ontario Lung Association