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About Us

Design Freedom, inc. is an award-winning full-service small residential architecture firm promoting sustainable designs to save money, save space, and stay in place. We value quality materials, modern details, and vernacular design. Serving mainly Tampa Bay and Northern Virginia.

Cathy Svercl, RA, is a registered architect in Florida and Virginia with over 15 years of experience. In 6th Grade, her teacher gave her class a project to think about what they would do with their lives, including drawing up the house they wanted to live in. Cathy has been drawing homes ever since, and attended Virginia Tech, graduating with the 5-year professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture, with her single family home design thesis entitled "An Architectural Exploration of Privacy". After several internships with architects in South Carolina and Maryland (metro Washington, DC) working on all types of residential, multi family, and some commercial projects, she founded this company in 2003.


Licensed Architect in Florida AR93491 (Business Lic. #AA26001283)
Licensed Architect in Virginia 0401-013028 (Business Lic. #0407-005832)
FGBC Certifying Agent #1332 (Inactive)
LEED Green Associate (GBCI #10186711)

Memberships and Certifications:

Member of the advisory board of Dunedin High School's Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technology (since 2008)
Member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (since 2013)
Listing in the Home Professionals Directory on the Not So Big House website
Certifying Agent for the Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc. (since 2009), member of the Homes and Renovation Committees
LEED Green Associate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Member of Equity by Design (Tampa Bay) (formerly known as Women in Architecture)

Types of Projects:

New homes, additions, and remodels. Porches and decks. Gut home renovations. Commercial tenant space remodels, other room and house-sized commercial projects.

Areas of Work:

We serve Clearwater, St Petersburg and Tampa, and the greater Tampa Bay area, including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee. We also consider projects in the Sarasota, Orlando, and Ocala regions. We are looking for projects in Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax county.

Previous Memberships and Certifications:

Member of Women in Architecture (Tampa Bay) (Steering Committee 2007-11)
Florida Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise and Tampa Certified Women Business Enterprise and Small Local Business Enterprise
Home Accessibility Assessments Provider with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (Florida Waiver Provider - Suncoast Region - DD & FSL), Home Modification Evaluations Provider with the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)