About Esther Dormer
Esther Dormer has designed and built diverse projects, from huge country compounds to apartments and houses in the city to vacation homes. She has worked on both interiors and exteriors, including landscaping and outdoor entertainment spaces. She is known for her romantic yet modern take on style, and has created luxe living in small spaces as well. Her work has been documented in the press globally.
The merging of the decorative with the utilitarian
The New York Times
Hilltop Home with City Views
This was once an unlivable one-bedroom in Pittsburgh but after completely reconfiguring the layout, it became a well-designed small space. I even added a back deck to take advantage of the outdoor space and stunning city views.
I gave this 100-year-old home a much needed makeover. Starting out as a narrow building with its only bathroom in the basement, I transformed it into a 70s-inspired rental property.
West Virginia Lakehouse
I kept family and friends in mind when I was working on this Cheat Lake property by including a bedroom of bunk beds. I added an internal garage door to the kitchen for a seamless indoor-outdoor feel.
My vision was to transform this farmhouse into a luxurious rural escape.
This Pittsburgh home was old but structurally sound. I changed the first floor into an open concept and added a white resin picnic bench for a fun focal point. It is a 1500 square feet home but boasts three outdoor spaces.
Luxurious Modern Home with Rustic Finishes
My goal for this 600 square foot space was to create a feeling of warmth and luxury. I was able to repair the existing hardwood floors but added lots of fun lighting to modernize the home.
From the brainstorming stage to installation, we can work together every step of the way.
Repurpose any space
Recycle any space into a functional and enjoyable one. With experience completely reconfiguring floor plans, I can help you make the most of your space.
Whether from the ground up or a single room, renovations can transform even the worst of spaces into your dream home.
Recommendation of finishes, curation of artwork, décor, furniture, and more.
I have the eye and resources to help you finish off your home to reflect your individual personality and taste.
Building a Healthy Home
I studied with an expert on building healthy homes for now and into the future. These are some aspects of a well-designed home that can make you feel healthier and happier that are also kinder to the environment.
Choose healthy flooring options with non-toxic glues.
Proper ventilation, including screen doors and limiting air conditioning when possible.
Reduce EMF exposure from cell phones to computers.
Choose healthy beds and mattresses for an optimal sleep environment.
Add plants to create high quality indoor air.
Best heating options (radiant floor heating) or steam.
Properly filter the water you drink and use to bathe.
Clean air options to enhance indoor air quality.
Create an indoor garden for good herbs at your fingertips.
Use non-toxic pest control.
Use non-toxic paints.
Smart shopping: how to choose furniture and how to allow for off-gassing safely.
Choose to position a house to maximize the sunlight enhances mood.
Eliminate unhealthy cookware.
Good oven choices to enhance food and reduce exposure to microwaves and ovens.
Take a look at these pre-renovation images that prove no home is too difficult to make beautiful.
Small-space living can be expansive and luxurious when Esther Dormer is your designer. Known for taking limited spaces and making them seem much larger and function perfectly, with open kitchens, plenty of storage, and lots of big windows that bring the outdoors inside plus luxe touches, Esther is an expert and easy to work with. We love our new home. It’s sophisticated and elegant but not formal or stuffy. It fits the way we live perfectly.