About Us

Inverness brings over 30 years of international construction and design experience to our clients.

Peter_LockePeter Locke, President of Inverness Design Build Group Ltd. began his career in Toronto, Ontario. Upon graduating in Construction Management, Peter went on to work as a construction superintendent on both high-rise and low-rise construction projects.

In 1982 he ventured out on his own to become a leading design build general contractor in Toronto. Through 1995, Peter C. Locke and Associates built more than 250 projects with an aggregate value in excess of $20 million.

In 1996 Peter and his family moved to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands where he started a hurricane reconstruction company. Peter was also a principle in a hotel project that he and partners had acquired in 1987. In 1998, Peter became president of Inverness Hotel Corporation, DBA Chenay Bay Beach Resort. He re-positioned, renovated and expanded the property and it became a leading boutique resort with room rates approaching $1,000 per night.

In 2007, Peter sold the property but entered into a joint venture agreement with the new owners, as the managing partner, to develop The Residences at Banyan Hill. Banyan Hill was an exclusive community of 29 homes, with models designed by The Scott Partnership of Orlando and Toronto’s own Gluckstein Design.

In July of 2012, Peter returned to Canada to be closer to family and friends, and launched Inverness Design Build Group Ltd. with his wife and children. It focuses on residential design build, just as Peter C. Locke and Associates did more than 30 years ago.


Who We Are?

We are a family owned and operated design/build company specializing in residential additions, renovations and custom homes. When you partner with Inverness Design Build Group Ltd., you receive impeccable attention to detail and premium service to turn your dreams into reality. Our commitment to you is based on our core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and service to our community. Having been involved in residential design/build for more than 30 years in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean we have amassed a wealth of experience. Let our experience work for you.

Locke Our Family

  • After graduating in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 1948, my father, Edmund Locke, began working for Defence Construction Canada. While there he was Project Engineer on some of DEW line Radar Stations across Canada.
  • In 1952, he began his career at CMHC and our family lived in Ottawa from 1963-1968 where my father was Chief Engineer for CMHC. In 1969, after a year of French Immersion in Quebec City, our family moved to Toronto where my father, partnering with the Imperial Group out of Winnipeg (Don Gales), became a real estate developer. His company was York Imperial Developments and they built high-rise condominiums as well as town housing in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • In 1978, he became the President of The Ontario New Home Warranty Program (now Tarion) until he retired in the late 1980’s. I went into this business because I always loved to be around his job sites, loved to build things as a kid and of course, due to the tremendously positive influences of my father. He loved the building business and so do I - it is a great business!
  • I was so very fortunate to have my father as my mentor, confidant and best friend; he was also a great Dad. His good sense and advice have both helped me immensely throughout my construction career.

Our Philosophy

  • Use our best skills and experience to the full benefit of our clients.
  • Ensure our company provides the best possible service to our clients.
  • Address all client concerns and/or problems as quickly as possible.
  • Excel in both design and construction practice.
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism when dealing with our staff, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
  • When appropriate, enthusiastically comply with all regulatory bodies having jurisdiction.
  • When appropriate, act as an advocate for our clients and challenge regulatory bodies having jurisdiction (such as Committee of Adjustment hearings).
  • Maintain frequent, open and friendly lines of communications with all of our clients.
  • Treat all of our clients as we would treat our best friends and families.
  • Manage all of our projects with a clear focus on client comfort, controlling costs and efficiency.
  • Maintain pristine and safe job sites.
  • Suggest cost-effective and practical energy-efficient construction and design practice.
  • Encourage feedback from our clients and suppliers in order to serve them better.
  • Give back to the community we serve through the support of causes and organizations that reflect our core values and those of the communities we serve.