For Maggie Dobkin Cham, design is a way of life.
A Pittsburgh native with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, she returned to her beloved hometown years ago with a family and a talent for reimagining spaces. With a lifetime of experience arranging and rearranging spaces, Maggie Dobkin Cham’s graphic design background inspired madDesigns, a full-service firm that helps people transform their kitchens, baths and other important living spaces. Starting with a client’s dreams, madDesigns reinvents rooms and works with skilled craftspeople to bring them to life.
"Hiring Maggie to design and oversee the remodel of our recently purchased house was the best decision my husband and I could have made. Not only is she a design genius(!), her warm and caring personality made her an absolute dream to work with. Maggie listened to our needs and ideas and designed a space that is way more beautiful and functional that we ever imagined. From the design and drawing phase, throughout the demolition and construction phase, to the finishing touches, Maggie was always there to answer questions and problem solve issues that arose. She communicated directly with the contractor and other trades people, making the process easy and relatively stress-free for us. Maggie is extremely attentive to details and she genuinely cared about getting every last one right, creating a beautiful, custom space that meets all of our family's needs. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Maggie, both professionally and personally - she is truly one of a kind!" – Liz M.
"By the time I started researching designers to help us with remodeling the three full baths in our 1922 home, we had already completed a major kitchen/dining room project. And, unlike my kitchen plan, I had no idea where to begin with the bathrooms other than knowing we wanted them to maintain the look of a 1922 home. The vision that Maggie had was absolutely perfect. Of course, a vision is just that, the execution tends to be more difficult. Not in this case. Maggie took a project that should have been extremely difficult and made it enjoyable. She is a perfectionist, a visionary, and an artist." – Mimi P.
"We are really enjoying our new kitchen… besides looking great, the use of space is really working out well for us!" – Lori C.
"...what an amazing experience we had working with Maggie on our kitchen remodel. From the moment we met her, we knew that this was going to be a smooth and angst-free project because of her. She instantly understood our style and her suggestions along the way were always right on target. One of the best parts of working with Maggie (of which there are too many to point out here) is that she brought samples to our home and made the decision process SO easy that way, plus the contractors that she enjoys working with were always on time, cleaned up every day, and very thorough and knowledgable. The entire experience was pleasant..from start to finish. I would work with Maggie again in a heartbeat and have already recommended her to all of my friends. On a scale of 5 stars, Maggie deserves 50!!" - Dorothy L.
“WOW does it look awesome! You managed to transform my small outdated bathroom into a luxurious spa retreat! Thanks!” -Barbara C.
“We are so impressed by Maggie Cham! We never thought that we'd be able to afford a designer, and only dreamed of having the experience like that on HGTV. Maggie was not only affordable, but was committed to designing our basement remodel to fit our needs while making it gorgeous at the same time! Really, she is more professional and gifted than we expected. In fact, my husband who was skeptical about using a designer, was blown away by Maggie's ideas and design. I don't often recommend someone unless I am 100% thrilled by the person. You can see how she really listens to your needs, asks the right questions, and takes things into account that you should have, but never thought of. You will love Maggie. She loves what she does and it shows!” - Janie V.
“Having completed several projects in our home with Maggie's assistance, I speak with experience when I tell you that she has a wonderful talent for taking your visions for your home and translating them into beautiful, functional spaces. Her designs were an immense help to our contractor and kept the projects moving efficiently; and she understood our tastes and focused our material choices to reflect that. The results have enhanced our enjoyment of our home dramatically.” - Christine B.
“...thank you so much for the drawings. I love them! They are exactly what I was envisioning.” - Sharon R.
madDesigns would like to thank Christina Montemurro Photography.