“We interviewed several general contractors for our project, and Don was an easy choice for us. He was confident, knowledgeable, and proud of the work he shared with us during our initial meeting, and he expressed genuine enthusiasm for the ideas we shared with him for our home. Once the project got underway, it was clear that our home was a consistent priority to Don. He worked well with the rest of the members of our team, always open to listening and considering the ideas of others, while respectfully asserting his own opinions when important to do so. In addition to being such a pleasure to work with, the quality of Don’s work was exceptional. He attended to every detail, and was satisfied with nothing less than perfection. We could not be happier with our home — it is even more beautiful than we imagined it could be!”

– Katie and Rich



Reclaimed Timbers American Clay


“When we were looking for a builder an architect in town told us that Don was the most honest man he knew- and that he would build us a home that was not only solid, but it would also be on time and under budget.  All true statements.

Don sees the house through the owners’ eyes- how we were going to use it and how some modifications would make it better for us.  We think all of Don’s houses have a unique look to them. They are not cookie cutter. His creativity in using repurposed materials to their best sets them apart. There seems to be a “Smith” standard that he holds himself accountable to. This made building long distance such a breeze.  

That standard of excellence was also evident in his crew. I think this is an often underestimated piece of the building process. We were so impressed with every crew member and subcontractor. They seemed to hold Don in the same high regard that we do.

Finally, and probably most importantly, working with Don is a lot of fun. His good humor permeates the entire project. We never felt stressed or worried about anything. We know that he did, but his ability to put the building process in perspective was something that made this such a stress free and completely joyous process.”

– Wendy and Jon



“Don and his crew at SmithWorks are creative experts in building unique, beautiful homes for their customers. As a Boston-based designer, I was skeptical of the thought of working with a new builder far from my home base, but the large renovation/addition project we worked on for my Colorado customer was the most fulfilling, fun project I’ve ever done!”

-Holly, Interior Designer


C.C.'s claystraw house



“It was fascinating to witness the orchestration of all the moving parts needed to create my sanctuary of a home. SmithWorks’ dedication, knowledge, patience and kindness made building a pleasure. The natural temperature control afforded by my clay/straw walls is awesome. Never too hot or too cold”

-C. Ervin, Homeowner



“The entire crew at SmithWorks are true artists and craftsmen. Their attention to detail, their vision and ability to integrate old with new and their ability to work so well with designers, subcontractors and the customer put them in a class above. We continue to be amazed by our good fortune to live in a house built by so many caring, talented people.”

-Jeff & Dana Delaney, Homeowners


Delaney Front



Daigel Interior




“Don Smith did a superb job of preserving the integrity of our much-treasured original log home while expanding and improving its entire scope. He and his team were so very accessible to our designer, vendors and subcontractors and handled complex challenges with professionalism and skill. We have the utmost respect for Smithworks and would use them again in the future.”

– John & Karen Daigle, Homeowner



Don, Elizabeth and the entire SmithWorks Natural Homes team’s values and integrity towards the natural environment are very much aligned with the goals we had, and we could not be happier with our new home.  They were easy, fun and inspiring to work with, and even their subs seemed genuinely excited about working on our project.  The process was incredibly collaborative and they made it easy for us to participate in the process even as we travelled abroad.  Their attention to detail, and obvious love for their craft was impressive and an absolute pleasure to be around. We highly recommend SmithWorks Natural Homes!