What Are We?

Creative. Organized. Dynamic.
Stylish. Accountable.

Founded in 1995 by Melanie Martin C.I.D., Distinctive Designs is an Ottawa based
firm specializing in residential design projects ranging from one-room,
to outdoor spaces, to renovations, to complete custom new homes.
Melanie, along with her team of experts, strive to create the home
of your dreams tailored to your lifestyle!

Melanie Martin C.I.D.

In order to create such a home, before the design process begins, we take the time to understand your needs, your lifestyle and your personality by asking the right questions, listening and observing. Distinctive Designs' award winning team of professionals draw on their experience, knowledge and creativity to provide you with the best possible solution that suit your unique needs, style and budget. With our team-player attitude, we strive in creating synergy between all parties involved in the design process. We work with an extensive network of experienced trades people and reputable suppliers in order to offer you superior workmanship and quality products.

What's in it for you?

The benefits to you when working with us are that we will create a better environment for you; we will reduce your stress often associated with new construction, renovations, design and decorating; and lastly, we will save you money by eliminating costly mistakes. While we pride ourselves in having a strong work ethic and take our work seriously, we’re a pretty laid back and unpretentious bunch who like to have fun while working, which means you’ll also have fun working with us! So give us a call or send us an email. We would love to meet you and discuss your project. We are passionate about creating Distinctive Designs!

Awards

2009 New York Festivals' Winner of Gold World Medal
Design U: "Sandra's Bedroom" & "James' Basement"
Category: Educational/Instructional TV
Network: HGTV (Home & Garden Television)
Production Company: Mountain Road Productions
Instructor: Melanie Martin, Distinctive Designs

2006 Ottawa Housing & Design Award Finalist
Custom Home 2500-4000 sq. ft.
Interior Design: Distinctive Designs
Custom Home Design: Chuck Mills Residential Design
General Contractor: Patterson Homes

2004 Ottawa Housing & Design Award Finalist
Renovation / Addition (over $250,000)
Custom Kitchen (over 200 sq.ft.)
Custom Bathroom (over 75 sq.ft.)
Interior Design: Distinctive Designs
Custom Renovation Design: Chuck Mills Residential Design
General Contractor: Amsted Construction

2004 Recipient of "Forty Under 40"
Awarded to those who exemplify leadership, entrepreneurship and community building.

1999 Ottawa Housing & Design Award Winner
Best Custom Home 2400-3999 sq. ft. on lots 50’ and over
Interior Design: Distinctive Designs
Builder: Princiotta Custom Homes

1999 Ottawa Housing & Design Award Winner
Best Single Detached Track Home 2000-3000 sq. ft. on lots 35’ and under
Interior Design: Distinctive Designs
Builder: Phoenix Homes