Our Mission and Guiding Design Principles

Why  MKDB is the Right Choice

Attunement through intuitive listening

From components to relationships

MKDB listens and tunes into the needs of our clients and community to design and build homes and products that foster harmony in our lives, relationships, community, environment and planet. Every setting has a story to tell. MKDB closely studies landscapes and ecosystems as well as observes and interacts with families that inhabit them to become attuned and responsive to the genius of the biome and what it strives to be – what Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, called ʻthe path of least resistanceʼ and what we understand harmony to be.

Ingenuity that aspires towards excellence and creates exponential value

From parts to wholes and from efficiency to abundancy

MKDB designs within a cosmos that is whole and round, engaging local, regional, global, and universal energies. We learn from nature and those who have mastered the relationships between space and form, place and context, use and purpose, materials and processes, human experiences, ideas and meanings, thus liberating our ingenuity and encouraging a cultural shift that supports deeper and kinder ways of being human and experiencing nature and the world.


MKDB believes that truly excellent design can be achieved through human ingenuity and honouring our innate need for harmony. The result is abundancy, which manifests as generosity and grace in homes and products we co-create with our clients and which respond to their need for home that nurtures and inspires harmony.

Friendship that cultivates contentment

From consumption to equilibrium and from parts to wholes

Ecological communities are always in flux, so that they maintain a continual equilibrium with harmonious fluctuations. This dynamic balance provides resiliency in the face of ecosystem change. We strive to co-create resilient and adaptive homes and products that nurture such equilibrium.


As a result we develop meaningful friendships with our clients – who we often call ʻflientsʼ (clients + friends), and do concede that it sounds like a bug:), because the ones that – community, and the planet, honouring all its inhabitants’ sacred need for home. Friendships and symbiotic interdependence are especially important today.


Resilience and value are essential, when there is an overwhelming illusion of independence that is wreaking havoc upon natural environment and most of humanity. There is a Buddhist saying that satisfying our desires is like quenching one’s thirst with salt water. We are interested in what is actually valuable in our wants, what we need to provide to allow us to give more to our world.


We attract clients who are not seduced by consumerism and offer them lasting value and adaptability. We cultivate contentment and build it into our design processes by actually becoming attuned to our communities’ deepest needs. We create responsive, flexible solutions that empower our clients and cultivate a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.

Our Vision and Core Values

MKDB initiates and models a cultural shift that nurtures and celebrates harmony and abundance of nature within its practice, community and the precious planet that benevolently provides home for all.

MKDB embraces a sublime, visionary, and inspired design paradigm in which the path of least resistance is infused with ingenuity. We embrace opportunities to share our precious gifts with this planet, whose natural state is harmony, which we are on a mission to restore through our designs and interactions.

MKDB logo infuses a vision of perfection and honour into our very core. It embodies the excellence that we aspire to in everything we do, on our mission to fulfill our sacred need for home.

MKDB is comprised of homemakers dedicated to co-creating homes and products for homes that manifest and embody a sense of harmony in our lives and relationships, while honouring a holistic ethos with the intention of providing a home for all inhabitants of the planet.




Owner, Designer & Carpenter

My name is Moneca and I am an eco-friendly designer and contractor with over 25 years of experience renovating homes.  I bring an innovative and holistic approach to design, and with our team, we do some of the finest high-end Ottawa home renovations. When we think outside the box, anything is possible.  Our business model is based on caring for you, our planet and ourselves and we see them as mutually harmonious aspirations.


We’re always focused on harmony in our designs, relationships and evolution of work and creations. We honour you and ourselves by creating homes that are truly nourishing and beautiful.  We conduct our business and craft with integrity, respect and compassion. We encourage living a little more lightly by incorporating green building practices, making the small feel spacious and giving back to our community.

Our work at MKDB is based on harmony & honour and we attract clients who share those values. Our clients are visionary just like us and we’re committed to co-creating homes they love and that love them back. I’ve built a process that facilitates the design of not only the floor plan, but the spirit and essence of your home to be a place where your family and friends will gather for generations.


Through our company philosophy, when I seek what is intrinsically true of all our material wants, it’s the desire to have a home, and for this home to be a place of nourishment, fortifying us so we can give more to the world in which we live. Such a place needs to be harmoniously designed and built to last with healthy materials for us and the planet.



The Team


Chantelle Hamilton

Project Management and Designer

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Dana holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from Algonquin College. She brings her passion and holistic approach to designing homes that work harmoniously with our ``flients``. Dana enjoys reading, painting, camping, ice fishing, and being a Mom.

Dana O'Neill

Project Management and Designer

Steve is our loyal and dedicated Lead Carpenter. He is extremely skilled in his craft and truly puts his heart and soul into the details of every project. Steve has over 10 years of carpentry experience. In his free time, Steve loves snowboarding, camping, and continuing his passion for travelling.

Steve Gregoire

Lead Carpenter

Joel came to us from Kitchener, Ontario via University of Ottawa where he completed his Bachelor's of Commerce. Joel spends his spare time mastering his many passions from music, to sports, to cooking - he brings his creativity and strategic mind to the MKDB team. Joel has experience in sales, marketing, communications, and business development roles.

Joel O'Reilly

Marketing and Business Development

Maureen brings the wanderlust to the MKDB team. An Ottawa native that has lived on both Canadian coasts, Maureen loves working with collaborative teams to translate our designs into eco-friendly construction. She loves camping, dragonboating, travelling, snowboarding, yoga, and being a Mom.

Maureen Weber

Lead Carpenter and Build Manager

With a Bachelor of Building Science and a Green Architecture Certificate, Anthony combines his love for the environment with his love of building. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and being a Dad. Anthony uses his architectural skills to improve the quality of people's lives through his work with MKDB.

Anthony Mach

Architectural Technologist

Chris is our outside-counsel Business Coach. He is highly regarded as a Master Entrepreneur with experience in starting and growing over 10 successful businesses in different industries. Some of these include a restaurant, coffee shop, internet businesses, consultancy business, automotive repair shop and music entertainment company. Chris is the Founder and CEO of Master Entrepreneur.

Chris Castillo

Business Coach

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