About Us


Serving Ontario for over 39 years

Rijus (re-jus) Home Design Inc is a second generation family owned licensed residential design firm. The business was created in 1983 by Richard Schilstra in Dunnville, serving the local areas of Haldimand & Niagara with custom house plans, addition plans & garage plans. Today, we are a growing design firm owned by Jason Schilstra (Richard’s son) and serve the entire province of Ontario with hundred’s of custom house plans being completed each year.

At Rijus Home Design we employ a team of dedicated, talented and educated house designers who provide a personal creative experience for each client and make the process easy and fun. Our goal is to provide you permit approved, accurate, detailed house drawings for the custom home you want!

40 years later and thousands of permit approved house designs under our belt, we know we have the experience to assist you in creating your dream home or addition.

So, why choose us for your custom home design?

  • 5,000 + (and growing) residential home designs (new homes, garages & additions)
  • 2,000 + agricultural & storage buildings designs (garages, pole barns, boathouses)
  • We understand the entire build process as we have built numerous personal homes.
  • Our BCIN licensed house plans are good for anywhere in Ontario
  • We don’t dabble in commercial design – focus solely on residential design therefore we stay up to date with latest design trends, styles and products.
  • We are not a one person show with a computer working from their basement doing designs on the side, we live and breathe design and construction.
  • Developed, designed, site serviced the creation of a retirement condominium project & numerous mid-sized sub-divisions for investment purposes.
  • Training in; Interior house design, Building sciences, Energy efficiency, Structural design, Building Materials, Building services & Ontario Building Code
  • We have commercial office to serve our clients with collaboration with design team
  • We serve home-builders and home-owners.  We have added many great, loyal new builder clients in the past 15 years, but we are also privileged that most of our builder clients from the early 80’s who are still in business today, continue to choose Rijus for their architectural needs.
  • We are a one-stop shop! We can provide your HVAC design, structural engineering if needed for permit.

We also have stock house plans!

While custom house plans & house design is the main bulk of our business, we also have thousands of past house plans available for purchase. The point of stock house plans is to save time and save money.  Need a set of house plans ready for Ontario permit fast, this is for you.

We can even modify the stock house plans to better suit your needs.  Check out our stock house plans and let us know what you want modified.