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

Diane Plesset established D. P. Design in April, 1984, motivated by the strong belief that every homeowner deserves to be treated as a special person with unique needs. She says, “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 Diane’s professional goals:

Listen. Inform. Create. Satisfy.

Diane’s philosophy: Be loving, compassionate and understanding with everyone. Communicate honestly. 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 Diane  to get more information about how she 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. This was long before the internet was developed! I chose the order of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. It was a head start to the Architectural History class I took years later!


Diane graduated magna cum laude with multiple degrees in interior design, bathroom design, kitchen design, and lighting design.  She was in the first class to graduate with these degrees after the department of bathroom and kitchen design was established. The teachers and students honored her with the Henry Adams Award as the student with the brightest future in design at a graduation ceremony.

Native Oregonian Returns To Build Dream House

Diane says, “One of my instructors and mentors in design school motivated and inspired my interest in Frank Lloyd Wright, but it was the Gordon House  in Charbonneau that brought me back to Oregon from the Bay Area. It’s a dream come true to have designed and built our Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, award-winning home, ‘Evergreen’  in Oregon City.”

Music is Diane’s Foundation

About music, Diane says, “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.”

Like what you’ve read about Diane Plesset and D. P. Design? Call 503-632-8801 today, to talk with her about your remodeling and building goals!

Diane Plesset and D. P. Design’s Local Service Area

Map With D. P. Design Primary Service Area

Oregon City To:

  •  Molalla, Aurora, Hubbard, and Canby (South)
  • Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard,  Beaverton, Hillsboro (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!