About Diane Plesset – D. P. Design

Photo of Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ owner of D. P. Design
Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ

I established D. P. Design in April, 1984, motivated by the belief that every homeowner deserves to be treated as a special person with unique needs, not just a number. I’m passionate about helping people, using my talents, training, and experience to make the building or remodeling process as enjoyable as possible. Listening and paying attention to details is the key to helping homeowners achieve their goals. I work with qualified Contractors  and honest Suppliers to achieve the best results by maintaining clear, reliable communication, and ethical business practices, using the latest technology as a tool. Four words define my professional goals:

Listen. Inform. Create. Satisfy.

My philosophy: Be loving, compassionate and understanding with everyone. Respect and admire uniqueness. Share the abundance. Help others. If you desire to remodel your kitchen or bathroom,  want an addition to your home, or want to remodel other areas of your home, Contact me  to get more information about how I can help you achieve your remodeling or building goals.



Personal History:

I’ve always been interested in Architecture, and have vivid memories of going into Downtown Portland with my mother, seeing all of the old buildings graced with columns. But the columns were different! Why? My eighth-grade teacher at Kennedy School  assigned our class to write a term paper about any subject of personal interest (even a family dog named “Spot”), as long as we thoroughly researched it. I chose the order of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

I can’t remember when I became interested in Frank Lloyd Wright, but it was his Gordon House  that brought me back to Oregon from the Bay Area, and inspired me to design our award-winning home, “Evergreen“  in Oregon City.”

I love music, and have played the piano since I was 8 years old. Now the proud owner of a Yamaha Clavinova, I love to create gift cd’s with my husband, Jay. We met in San Francisco, when he was working at a high-end stereo store in the Financial District. After we got married in 1979, we bought the store,  which led to me going to design school.

Creative Interests:

I love to write, especially if it helps others in any way. My first book, “THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling won the Pinnacle Award for Best How-to Book the year it was published, and I’m in the process of revising and expanding it to include information about accessible design and sustainability. I’m also writing a book about the magical process of building our dream home. Art, crafts, sewing, gardening, reading, and entertaining are other hobbies that I love. Guess you can surmise that I love anything and everything that’s creative!”

After reading Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why,” I discovered the “why” that’s motivated and inspired me since childhood:

“See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference.”


D. P. Design’s Primary Service Area

Map With D. P. Design Primary Service Area

Oregon City To:

  •  Molalla, Aurora, Hubbard, and Canby (South)
  • Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard,  Beaverton (West)
  • Gladstone, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Portland, Vancouver, Camas, and Gresham (North)
  •  Damascus, Sandy, Estacada, and Rhododendron (East)

We can also work with you if you live farther away, using “virtual meetings.”  We’ve successfully worked with a client as far away as Germany. Anything is possible!