In French to have “marre” means that you’re fed up. It means it’s time for a change. When Tom Chute started his boutique residential firm in 2000, he named it “Marre Design” because he believed that it was time for a change in how we thought about the design process. It was time that people had a better option – a better experience.
Marre Design Group offers outstanding luxury home design, precisely tailored to our client’s unique tastes and lifestyle, coupled with an unparalleled level of service and attention to detail. All while demanding much less of our client’s precious time and dramatically reducing the need for costly change orders during construction. And maybe even having a little fun along the way! It was time for something more… and our clients love it!
When you’re ready for change, think Marre.
Tom became interested in architecture in high school, always changing answers on aptitude tests until the results suggested that he become an architect. Living two years in France only further reinforced that passion for beautifully designed buildings. Before studying architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, Tom spent five years as a framing contractor, building large custom homes. That experience on the job site has proved invaluable throughout his career, affording him a knowledge base that most graduates simply do not have.
Tom founded Marre Design Group in 2000 and continues to serve as Principal and Director. Always seeking to hone his craft, Tom is constantly pushing to learn from past projects, to have the current work be the best his firm has ever produced. Consequently, every design tends to end up the favorite while it’s on the drawing board… meaning he’s had over 300 “favorites” in the past 20 years! Tom worked in a small architecture firm in Montreal for two years, and over his career has completed residential projects across Canada, the United States and in Bermuda.
Tom keeps the bespoke firm deliberately small, taking on only a limited number of projects each year. That allows him the time desired to ensure that each of his clients receives the highest possible personal care and attention, with the required thoughtfulness and responsiveness throughout his unique design process—and ultimately he’s able to oversee even the finest details on Marre Design’s incredibly comprehensive construction drawings.
Tom was once a competitive snowboarder and now loves to be in the mountains with his family. On the rare occasions that he sneaks out of the office, you can still find him riding in the back of a helicopter off into the backcountry.
Seeing our homes come to life in a meaningful way takes the combined efforts of the entire team. We work with a talented group of engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, consultants, and contractors who each share our vision for the project. That dedicated effort to work in concert ensures our work is successful.