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Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Get to know designer Isabella Enxuto in our fun Q&A.

The shape of the Pika House responds to the tall, slim pine trees that surround it, while also paying homage to the nearby cabins. At five stories tall, it makes the most of the vertical space while keeping a tight footprint.

Q: What school did you graduate from?

A: I graduated from Wake Technical Community College in May 2019.

Q: How did you get started with residential design?

A: I started studying Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University. I quickly realized that I wanted to focus more on design. I started working at Tyndall Engineering and Design in May of 2016 and enrolled in the Architectural Technologies program at Wake Tech for the fall semester. I gradually worked from doing redlines to designing additions and custom homes. Prentice Tyndall, the owner of Tyndall Engineering and Design has always been supportive of my interest in design from the moment I started working with the firm. He still thinks I would make a great engineer.

Q: How long have you been with DRB Design?

A: I have been with DRB Design since it merged with our parent company (Tyndall Engineering) last year. Since the merge, I have learned a lot from working with the DRB team.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at DRB Design?

A: My favorite thing about working at DRB Design is the open environment. We each have our own individual workspaces, but everyone’s doors are always open. Since my coworkers and I all had Reid as a teacher in high school, no one is scared to ask questions or seek input.

Q: Have you noticed any trends in some of the work that you have done in the past year

when it comes to home design?

A: For new construction, the modern farmhouse style has become extremely popular along with open floor plans. Many clients are also choosing to forgo a tub in their master bathroom in favor of a larger shower.

Q: What is one design element that you want to have in your “forever home”?

A: I would love to have a clawfoot tub in my forever home. I love the classic style of the tub and it works well with any home design.

Q: March is “Women’s History Month”, as a woman designer what is something you wish

you would have known before entering this industry? What advice or words of

encouragement can you give to other women interested in design?

Before I enrolled at NCSU I wish I had known that it is entirely possible to make a successful

and accomplished career as a designer. I have always wanted to be a home designer, but I had a few family members convince me that I would not be able to make a living wage in this field. It is a common stereotype that creative fields do not make as much money, but the housing industry isn’t going anywhere. If I could offer and advice to women, who are interested in home design, it would be to follow your interest even if that means not attending a traditional four-year institution. My time at Wake Tech was an invaluable experience.

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

If you are planning to build a custom home, you may have wondered whether to choose a stock plan or have a home designed just for you. Most people start with a general idea of what they want in their new home. Next, they may look at a multitude of existing plans that meet their basic requirements, but it can quickly become overwhelming as you flip through plan after plan only to find that none are exactly what you are looking for.

So, should you go ahead and contact a designer to develop a custom plan just for you? We think so. Here’s why:

  1. Every individual or family has a unique lifestyle. Instead of spending hours getting frustrated when you cannot find a plan that works for you, why not share your needs with a designer who can develop a plan that delivers exactly what you need?

  2. If you find a stock plan that is almost what you want, but must be modified to work for you, any cost savings from purchasing a stock plan can quickly disappear.

  3. The land you will build on may dictate the plans for your home. For example, building a home on a lot with an unusual shape, rocky terrain, or beautiful scenery may make a custom plan the more logical choice.

  4. The designer you work with will take into account current building codes and can address specific requests you might have.

  5. Your home will be one-of-a-kind. If you’re tired of production homes that all look the same, or if – with the current tight housing market – you’ve been unable to find a home to buy and have decided to build, why not have a showpiece?

If you would like to learn more about having a custom home, remodel, addition, or workshop designed just for you, please shoot us an email at We’ll be happy to share how we take your ideas and turn them into plans that say, “Welcome Home.”

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