Our Vision

Design Principles is a service-oriented, client-inclusive organization with a goal of providing products and services of the highest quality.  We strive to build positive professional relationships with clients and endeavor to attain a clear understanding of our client’s needs and expectations.

We offer intelligent design, comprehensive management, and informative consultation services to the construction community. Our team draws from over 25 years of commercial and residential construction experience to advance an approach and process that is focused on finding solutions efficiently.

With that, we create innovative designs with intent to balance the client’s program and budgetary requirements with social and environmental responsibility.

Our name is our philosophy. Understanding the design problem and applying the appropriate principles to create the right solution is fundamental. Offering our service honorably with professional excellence is imperative.

Our Clients

Client Testimonials

I have been very impressed with Design Principles’ services.  The company is very client oriented.  You work with the client to ensure their complete satisfaction with your design solutions.  Design Principles has always been professional and responsive.

You have had the patience of Job as we worked to complete the design phase of the Pittman Place project.  Your talents and skills are exceptional and outstanding.  Design Principles’ work has been above and beyond the norm exceeding our expectations.  ICDC has seen affordable homes look less than acceptable.  You have been able to design affordable homes with a custom look.

Diane Ragsdale ICDC, Manager, ICDC - Innercity Community Development Corporation

I have known Jeffery Bennett for over 15 years. Over those 15 years Jeffery has continually taken the ownership mentality exceeding budget expectations and quality of workmanship on each and every project. He moves very quickly identifying areas needing immediate improvement and develops policies, process and procedures to accomplish his given tasks. Jeffery is a highly success driven individual that has exceed any and all goals he has been charged. Jeffery has been known to work late nights and weekends to deliver projects on time and on budget. He is not afraid of hard work and expects his team to work equally as hard. He is always in good spirits, and works closely with his team to solve any and all issues that keep them from being successful. He leads by example and awards those around him that perform.  Jeffery continues to show the necessary grit and determination that will allow him to be successful in any endeavor he chooses to pursue.

Brian W. Blosser - VP Development & Construction, The Krystal Company®

Totally goes above and beyond. He was great. He really helped navigate between my desires and my husband’s desires and came up with a plan that satisfied us both while he gave us other ideas that we hadn’t thought of. We wanted our bathroom and laundry room a certain way and we weren’t agreeing. He said “What about this way?'” and it worked for both of us. He’s just a good guy, good person.

Emily Fjare - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

I was adding a half bath to the existing condo. Jeff went out of his way to help us with home owners to approve the project. From Day 1 of the project to the end of the project, he was there personally overseeing the whole project. I would highly recommend the Design Principles. Very rare to find a trust worthy and hardworking person like Jeffery Bennett these days.

Chaya Javvaji - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

Jeff Bennett with Design Principles, lead us through an extensive and complicated renovation with professionalism and great care. We would highly recommend Jeff. He always considered our request and gave us great solutions to our problems. He was familiar with the codes and was patient with us through multiple edits and versions of our plan. Additionally, he always took as much time as was needed to work with us and never seemed rushed or in a hurry to get to his next appointment even if it was obvious he was going to be late. From the beginning, Jeff understood our vision for the project and the style we were looking to achieve with our house. We have gotten so many compliments from all of our family and friends. Now we get to live in our dream home and it is thanks to Jeff that this is possible.

Shuva Chakraborty - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

I wholeheartedly recommend Design Principles for your next project because they are talented, diligent, patient, conscientious, and customer oriented.  Design Principles provided our family excellent design services and we would gladly use them again.  In the stress of building design and construction, you can count on Design Principles.

Trey Graham Senior Pastor, First Melissa, Graham Residence

Jeff did an amazing job for us! He found the perfect design that met all our wants while staying within code (which wasn’t easy). He is a very adept listener that seeks to understand your desires and always let you lead the way, but has the expertise and experience to fill in the details when necessary. He was always a phone call away, and easily rolled with the multiple changes that we had. Jeff has the special talent to take your vision and create the drawings to match!

Kevin Gibbs - University Park, TX, Residential Client

I hired Design Principles, Inc. to design my new home. After initially meeting with Jeff and explaining how I wanted my house to look, Jeff immediately was able to envision my dream home. Jeff is a talented architect and his ideas are amazing. During the design process, Jeff was always available and returned my calls or texts in a timely manner whenever I had a question. Also, Jeff was a great resource for other services that I needed for this project. The Giotechnical, Structural, and Civil Engineers that he referred did an excellent job and were very reasonable with their prices. I’m very proud of my final architectural design. Overall, Design Principles, Inc. is reputable company and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a new house design or remodeling project. Erroll D. Hampton Sr.

Erroll Hampton - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Jeff for several years now. Jeff has exemplified many strong traits during our working relationship. However, his professionalism during stressful/challenging situations is one characteristic that has been most impressive. Jeff has the ability to quickly consider the perspective of all parties involved to provide both a logical and diplomatic solution to any problem. I believe with this skill and Jeff’s desire to constantly improve in every area makes him one of the best relationship managers in the industry.

David Watford - National Sales Manager, LSI Industries Inc.

Jeff (Design Principles) was an asset to ensuring that the project (a wine cellar) turned out the way that I envisioned it.  He helped me translate my ideas and goals into instructions for the company that was doing the implementation.  At points when others suggested alternatives, Jeff helped me understand the choices, longer term implications to functionality and in some cases, negotiate new alternatives.  One specific example, the company managing the implementation was hesitant to lay out the tiles on the floor in the manner that achieved the look I wanted.  Jeff developed a CAD layout that showed options for achieving the look I was after with different tile choices/size as well as how the measurements for layout should work.  The floor turned out terrific, but would have been a major struggle if Jeff had not been able to direct the activities.

I had a vision of what I wanted the results to look like, but no idea how to start the work or what the likely budget and work effort might be. Jeff worked with me to define the technical requirements and coordinate bids to complete the work.  In areas where there were budget challenges, Jeff provided options and alternatives so that we could better achieve the project goals without blowing the budget.

Suzette Massie - Frisco, TX, Massie Residence – Wine Cellar Addition

It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Bennett throughout the process of designing our home. He listened to our ideas, provided his insights, and together we completed a design that is perfect for us. Mr. Bennett continued to review any changes we considered and supported us until the design was complete. Since the design was approved, Mr. Bennett has been in contact with us to contact us to check on the progress of the building. He has stopped by to see his blueprint come to life. We were certainly fortunate to find him and work through our house design venture.

Patricia Harper - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

Jeff Bennett is a person that I have known professionally and personally for several decades and his character and work ethic are of the highest caliber. He was literally given the keys to my house when he worked at my home based office (Treat Architects, Inc.) for many years early in our careers. I never had any reason for concern when letting him work there while our family was away for a few days. He was considered part of the family and earned our trust over and over. He had a thirst to learn all that he could about architecture and construction which resulted in far better construction documents produced almost single handedly by him. He also has a great sense of design and an understanding of how projects are put together from beginning to end. Jeff managed the team of consultants and deadlines and worked efficiently until the job was done.

Jeff was also one of my first hires or recommendations at 2 subsequent positions at larger companies.

I can highly recommend Jeff for any position of responsibility and would be more than happy to discuss his skills in more depth with anyone.

Bob Treat - Project Director , Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc.

Dear Jeff; Design Principles

We have worked together on several design projects in the past few years, and I can state without hesitation that all of your work was top notch and professional. You believe in a timely product that is creative and fairly priced. Please count on me to bring you additional business in the near future and use me as a reference for any person who might want to discuss it further.

Jim H. Moore JHM Properties, President, JHM Properties

When my wife and I decided to remodel our home, we wanted to find someone who understood our vision and needs and yet could bring new, congruent ideas to the table. We found such a person in Jeff Bennett of Design Principles. We appreciated his attention, assistance, thoroughness, flexibility, and professionalism throughout the design and construction phases of our remodel. He gave us the unmistakable feeling that our project was as important to him as it was to us. Thank you, Jeff, for a job well done.

Michael Hope - Dallas, TX

I would like to write a quick note of acknowledgment for Jeff Bennett. I have worked with Jeff for the better part of a year and through that time have not worked with a more adept Client Development Representative.
Jeff’s experience in project delivery has made my job easier in working with a knowledgeable individual who understands the municipal schedule and what it takes to develop a project. Jeff endorses open communication and is always in contact to understand schedule and what is going on with his projects.
It is a pleasure working with Jeff. He is firm when necessary, however never unprofessional, and is a true team player with his consultants and great advocate for his owner and responsibilities.

Alex Ramon - Director Phoenix Office, Integrated Design Studio 4

I have been in the construction business for over 30 years.  I found Design Principles to be one of the most effective at translating the thoughts and ideas of the client into the product on the ground.  They are comprehensive in their approach to the project, considerate of the requirements of all shareholders, and always willing to participate as a team member.  I look forward to working with them again.

Joe Beaudette President, Beaudette Construction Services

We contacted Jeffrey L. Bennett (DPI) to design an addition to our home. Jeffrey met with our family several times in consultation before he began the drafting process. He took great care and time to fully understand our desires and needs for this project and after interviewing several other prospects, we hired Mr. Bennett. After a very quick turnaround, Jeffrey met with us again to discuss desired changes and to gauge our responses. He very quickly incorporated our desired changes over several meetings. We are mid-build on this project but could not be more pleased with Mr. Bennett’s design. To demonstrate his character, Mr. Bennett has visited our site frequently to see progress, advise the builder and to see if we’re happy.

Brandon Emmanual - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

Jeffrey was great to work with! We are adding an almost 400 square foot addition and he delivered a great product! Now we can’t wait to get our addition completed!

Kelle Hall - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

I was chairperson of a renovation committee for a property located in a very exclusive area. We decided Design Principles was our absolute best based on their portfolio and presentation. We were looking for a company that offered a high level of unusual design and construction management skills. Our Board of Directors were so pleased at the end results. We had a Design Showcase and invited the Community . The Board decided to show their appreciation by presenting Design Principles with an Award. We had a Vision that became reality by choosing a company with the right Professionalism and Expertise

Jarvis Jones - Belvedere Tiburon, CA

His work made my life much easier when remodeling my cabin. Worked with me until I was happy with the product. Just make sure you read the contract. I thought I was paying the quoted price for the whole job but was charged hourly for changes I wanted made. Also, he took longer to get to my changes then I thought was reasonable. That aside, he got the job done and did it well. I ve had no problems working off of the plans he drew up for me.

Samuel Radar - Broken Bow, OK, Residential Client

From the first day Mr Bennett sat with me, I felt very at ease telling him my needs. I am 72 yrs of age and from Boston, MA and can t wait to complete the project. God Bless

Cheryl LeMar - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

We worked with Jeffrey. He did an amazing job. He spent the time with us discussing all the details of the project. Explained everything in layman terms. I would hire their service again anytime. Thanks again!

Javier La Fontaine - Dallas, TX, Residential Client

I have worked with Mr. Bennett from time to time over the past ten years. We were first introduced during his tenure with an Architectural Firm of which was performing Architectural and ADA services for one of our clients. He possesses the ultimate “can do” attitude while taking on all tasks with a positive energy and a smile. His upbeat personality and engaging personal style enabled him to interact effectively with our client as well as our contractors. I had the opportunity a few years back to secure Mr. Bennett’s ADA/Texas Accessibility Standards review and inspections services for one of our major clients. His services for our client continue to this day. I am very confident that he has the intelligence, work ethic and communications skills to add value wherever he works.

Marty Sharp - Sr. Project Manager, CBRE Group, Inc.

Design Principles has provided TAS reviews for our projects in the Dallas market for the past several years.  I have found their work to be professional, well organized and completed in a timely manner.  Based on work they provided for the jobs in Dallas, I now use Design Principles exclusively for all of our TAS reviews on projects throughout the state of Texas.

Jack Marshall, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Director of Architecture, PKA Architects, Inc.

Our Photographers

Audrey Callahan

“Owning a camera does not make you a photographer. A photographer must be able to create a new perspective when there would otherwise be nothing. Audrey has been working for years in order to create a new approach to the way a person will see the most mundane aspects of life.

Combining a self motivated nature with a fascination of form, light, texture and angles, her portfolio has expanded to include the beauty of landscapes, portraits, still life, and architecture.  Never one to turn down a challenge, Audrey continues to experiment in order to evolve her style in order to please the client as well as the artist inside all of us.”

Ms. Callahan is Design Principles’ primary photographer and is a major contributor to the image galleries provided on this site.  We greatly appreciate her creativity and vision.

Audrey L. Callahan – Photographer
(214) 605-9979

Our Renderer

Modeling – Rendering – Animation