Zimba Design

Zimba Design is an award-winning building design firm skilled in residential and commercial projects. As a boutique firm, we work closely with selected general contractors to ensure our client’s vision becomes a reality.

Why do people choose Zimba Design? Simply put, we bridge the gap between construction design and the building permit process. This creates a smooth transition for a stress-free project from concept to completion / reality. Clients recommend us because we speak the language of construction and ease your mind with our always available level of service.

Getting from A to B should be an enjoyable process. That’s why our clients recommend us time and time again. Sounding good? Connect with us to talk about your exciting upcoming construction design.

We design homes for the now and renovations for real living. Tell us your story and Zimba Design will transform your dream into reality.

Our services include:
• Design of new custom homes (from the ground up and the outside in)
• Additions and renovations to existing homes
• Laneway, coach house and infill housing
• Commercial tenant improvements
• Feasibility studies
• Building permit consulting

Zimba Design was created and is led by Pam Chilton. She has received the Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology from the ASTTBC and was the first female building inspector (BOABC Level 3) on the North Shore, serving the District of West Vancouver for 10 years. Prior to that, Pam was a Plan Checker for the City of Burnaby. She holds a Diploma of Building Technology (architectural major) and Management Certificate in Interior Design (Honors) both from BCIT. Pam serves as a Director with the ASTTBC BD Executive, and is Vice Chair for the City of North Vancouver Board of Variance. Formerly, she has served as a Director for the Building Designers’ Institute of BC (BDIBC), on the Advisory Design Panel for the City of North Vancouver, and on the Professional Development Committee of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Pam is also a member of The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, The ASTTBC Building Designers, The Architectural Institute of BC, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Lower Lonsdale BIA. Past memberships include the Building Officials’ Association of BC, Interior Designer’s Institute of BC, The Building Designers Institute of BC, Canadian Construction Women and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.


Services Provided

• Design of new custom homes (from the ground up and the outside in)
• Additions and renovations to existing homes
• Laneway, coach house and infill housing
• Commercial tenant improvements
• Feasibility studies
• Zoning Bylaw and Building Code Consulting

Areas Served

Vancouver, North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver), Sea to Sky (Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and beyond), Burnaby

  • “I first met Pam when she was a Building Official at West Vancouver District. She always maintained a high level of professionalism, fair inspection protocol, & consistent code interpretation. Her values & integrity were untarnished."

    Neville YorkManager, Building Inspections, District of North Vancouver
  • “I have had the opportunity to collaborate on a few projects with Pam from Zimba Design. She is a fantastic designer and is very knowledgeable about the design and construction process.”

    Shannon EllisPrincipal Designer, Universal Design Solutions
  • From the initial consultation through to the final building inspection Pam was all about the details, making sure that everything that was important to us was incorporated into the project.

    Paula MacFarlane, North Vancouver
  • Pam was interested in creating my ideal vision, not just redesigning my space with a new look. She really listened to what I wanted and how I was going to use it. Pam worked with the contractor to make sure they stayed true to the plan.

    V. Pollard, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Zimba Design created a cohesive store design and has removed the barrier of frustration normally existing with the design and building permit process. We are happy clients.

    Ian WidgeryOwner and Creative Brand Director, Welcome Parlour Ice Cream Inc.
  • Pam's attention to detail in creating imagery for our addition was awesome. Everything from her communication with us to the building permit application process went super smoothly.

    Shane MeierOwner, goodlad: coffee, clothing, cuts
  • We like Pam and are very happy with her work. We are very comforted by her warm personality and her drive. Pam has come up with some great visions and ideas for our old house.

    Neil McBride

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