Founded in 1999 by Jonathan Starr, SDG Design + Development has become a leading design and planning firm in Southern California successfully marrying the casual lifestyle of iconic beach communities with innovative and cutting-edge design.
We pride ourselves on offering clients personal attention and service, with an approach that is both professional and friendly. We offer a trusted alternative for clients seeking the highest standard in design services in the context of everyday living.
Jon Starr is a native of the California coast, and recalls at a young age marveling at the power of design to capture the personality of an entire community. Today, Jon leads a team of experienced designers who have developed a robust portfolio of residences and commercial properties spanning the Southern California coast.
Jon went to college at University of Colorado and received his Masters in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.
Jon has spent most of his life in the beach areas of Southern California, from Laguna to Hermosa to Palos Verdes Estates, where he currently lives with his wife and two children.
Hailing from Germany and having lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia and USA allowed Stefan a unique perspective on contemporary architecture and design.
Stefan enjoys developing innovative design solutions for the challenging sites in Southern California’s South Bay.
He studied Architecture at University Erfurt (Germany), and Valencia (Spain), and has an Engineering Degree in Architecture.
Amy Holms met Jon in grad school, and has been working for him since 2000. A Southern California native, she went to college in Massachusetts, received her Masters in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, and has lived abroad in both Sweden and France.
She was originally inspired by the work of the early California Modernists, but loves to keep abreast of current work. Her moodboards earned her an early interview on Pinterest, where she currently has a following of over 2 million.
In 2015, when her twin girls graduated from high school and went off to college, she moved to a rural area in Washington State, where she works remotely and lives on the beach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with her husband, a dog, 2 cats, and 11 chickens. She still loves creating beautiful homes as she has for over 25 years, but loves the rural lifestyle, where she is involved in competitive rowing with a local club.
Mary is the newest member of the Starr Design Group team. A south bay native, Mary draws inspiration from the Southern California lifestyle and finds joy in the explorative nature of design. She strives to create architecture that both honors and celebrates history, nature, and culture.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies. She spent her fourth year at the Peter Behrens School of Arts - Hochschule Düsseldorf.
When designing and building your home, leave the work to us.
Once design has been put to paper, our job has just begun. We serve as your eyes, ears, and many times, your voice at every stage of construction. We remain onsite to ensure consistent communication among contractors and to avoid costly mistakes. We sweat the small stuff while keeping an eye on the big picture. The result is a quality residence that offers you lasting value.
Some may call this approach “value-added”—we call it just good business sense. Our approach means we’re:
Trusted – Our client relationships are based on trust and friendship. We respect your ideas and your needs. And we leverage our experience to ensure we meet, and exceed, your expectations.
Accessible – We keep our egos in check, because we know your home is only about one thing — you. We dream big, but only on your behalf.
Resourceful – Blueprints are only the beginning of building a home. We care about the details, and no challenge is ever too small or too large for our team of creative thinkers.
Committed – We are involved in every aspect of the design and construction of your home. We make an effort to work collaboratively with designers and builders to ensure your vision is carried out. Correctly.