Sable Building & Design

Build it better.

Sable Building & Design Ltd provides thoughtful, intelligent design solutions and professional construction services, as our award-winning projects attest. In all our dealings with clients, employees and subcontractors we are driven by the simple principles of fairness and respect.

Design & Planning

From conception to the final inspection, Sable’s team efficiently guides projects across the administrative, regulatory and technical hurdles.

Custom Construction

Sable’s team approaches every project with open minds. With our in-house expertise and network of architects, designers, technicians and engineers the possibilities are boundless.

Green Technology

Sable believes in environmental stewardship and education. We’re proud of our track record in the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings.

The story is best told in the work

Heritage retreats. Sleek off-grid homesteads. Historic residences. The projects featured below represent our best efforts to capture the vision of our clients and to create an authentic sense of place in all the work we do.

Sable Construction, led by Doug La Prairie and Adam Steffler Minty, successfully managed and completed a major, complex renovation of our heritage, award-winning home in the summer of 2017.They efficiently organized a highly professional, friendly and reliable team of expert tradespeople and personally supervised the work throughout the process. They and their team gave 100% of their attention to a renovation that required great skill and imagination. All the while respecting our views about design, budgets and timing, they dealt quickly and with integrity with every issue that arose. We would hire Sable Construction again in a heartbeat and have recommended them to all our friends. It was a pleasure to share the summer of 2017 with Doug, Adam and their team.


Sable Building and Design Ltd. was the contractor for one of my recent projects, the renovation of #38 Hayward Avenue in the neighbourhood of Georgestown, St. John’s. I was very pleased with their dedication to this project that required nearly the complete reconstruction of an old house in a heritage conservation area in challenging winter conditions. The quality of the work of their employees and subcontractors was excellent, and Sable’s principals, Doug and Adam, were a pleasure to work with. A testament to the quality of their work was the “Built Heritage Award” we received from the City of St. John’s in February 2017.


I highly recommend Sable Building and Design Limited. Not only is their work second to none but their professionalism makes even the biggest jobs painless. Not only did they improve my house, they were a pleasure to have in my home. They were the only builders I ever missed when they finished the job!


Sable is always a pleasure to work with. They are totally comfortable executing a plan in a time and budget friendly manner but they are so much more. You can conjure up new ideas with them and think outside the box to create something that is truly one of a kind.


I hired Sable to transform a two-story house into a state of the art dental clinic. This company is a pleasure to work with. Timelines were adhered to, all the employees were hardworking, pleasant and respectful, and the owners lead by example.


I’ve had the pleasure of working on numerous residential & commercial building & renovation projects with Sable via my well-established design practice. Sable’s service standard, work ethic & ability to translate vision to reality is impeccable, their pricing is fair and their rate of client satisfaction is extremely consistent. As a busy professional within the competitive design & build industry in St. John’s, I recommend Sable to my clients without hesitation.


I hired Sable to overhaul my back garden and could not be happier with the results and the process as a whole. The job involved landscaping and building a new deck plus tear down of the old deck and excavation of an established weed jungle. I have a row house downtown and it was a tricky job to squeeze an excavator in plus time consuming work to bring materials and sod in and out. But the team on the project were total pros. They took pride in their work and were meticulous about cleaning up after themselves at the end of every day. I also found Sable totally transparent in the initial quote and the final bill. I would highly recommend Sable to anyone who wants a good job done and peace of mind about their contractors. And I would call on them again for future projects.


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