It was an absolute pleasure to work with Deborah. She is not only brilliant in her artful design concepts, but also exceptionally competent and professional in understanding all the details and fundamentals that go into a build. She is very easy to work with and cares about the person as well as the job. One cannot go wrong in hiring and working with her.

Tom Csanadi

A room with a piano and a table in it

So I was talking to a few contractors and they all said the same thing, “There are loads of people who make pretty designs but they are a PIA to work with and they skip things that will come back to haunt you down the road.” I took their advice, used Deborah, and learned why they recommended her. From day one till completion, Deborah worked in a timely manner, put up with my nonsense like a champ, and she even found ways to save me countless dollars along the way. I am told that she left no stone unturned and my contractor loves working with her. Over the top satisfied.

Matt Wright


Deborah designed a beautiful ADU for us. She designed it to compliment our existing home and in the process improved the overall look of our home. She was communicative with us during the entire permit process and she made several visits during the construction process to make sure plans were clear and questions were answered. Her fees were fair and clear and no surprises. I wish I could say the same about our contractor.  I highly recommend Deborah. Her work is top Quality!

Clarita T.

I highly recommend Deborah to anyone who asks for a recommendation for an architect. We have worked with Deborah for remodels and also to design and build our dream home. Deborah is not only a talented architect, but she is extremely hard working, personable, knowledgeable and can confidently get the job done. We always feel like we are in good hands with Deborah.

Jennifer Land

Working with Ideal Design Systems was an excellent experience. Deborah Shewaga integrated creativity into a sound structure. She truly listened, she challenged ideas when appropriate and was completely professional and organized. Her design resulted in a home that reflects our lifestyle where form follows function. I am exceedingly impressed by her work. Deborah is wonderful to work with and has a great sense of humor to boot.

Marvel Harrison

Deborah is fantastic to work with. She delivered promptly, always on time and with a fair price. Her work is gorgeous!

Betty Designs

Ideal Design helped my wife and I design our dream home. She listened to what we wanted during the design stage and made suggestions along the way. Deborah worked with our General Contractor throughout the construction process to make sure that no details were missed. As we began the decorating stage, she even helped to guide us through that as well. After hearing horror stories from friends about their own experiences, we were apprehensive, but we can truly say that things actually went smoother than we expected. We actually enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend her.

Philip Shapiro

San Diego Architects -Styr Remodel
A small gray house with white trim and a porch.

This was our first experience hiring an architect after designing and building two other houses ourselves. Working with Deborah was truly a great experience who also shared her design ideas with our contractor to keep everything on our ‘wish list’ in perspective.

We are in the process of a complete remodel of a small beach cottage and she was able to translate my ideas and suggestions into a well thought out open floor plan and design. She is professional, prompt in her response time to my endless questions and her working ability with the staff at the city building planning department got our plans through the city in record time. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

The Mitchells