Complete Architectural Services For Your Home

Providing design and planning of new homes, additions, antique home restoration and preservation.

Personalized Homes

My new home designs have been done for clients from New England to the tip of Texas to the desert S.W. and to the mountain west of the U.S. The variety of environments, styles, and sizes of homes has been as wide as the country. You can see many of these homes on my Portfolio pages. Any one may not be your style, but I can work in one that you favor, or produce an Original design for you.

With this wide background of experience driving my designs, you can be assured of the quality and comprehensiveness of my complete service. My designs are created specifically for you, the individual home owner and for your family and in collaboration with you, so that your new home is well suited to your style of living, your plans for the future, and to your particular home site. My willingness and ability to respond to my client’s wishes, as well as my experience in a wide range of architectural styles, climatic conditions, regional and historic influences, give me the ability to satisfy the different programs presented by my clients.

We understand what makes an antique home wonderful

When it comes to restoring or updating an antique home, it is important to hire professionals who have an understanding of what makes an antique home wonderful. It is necessary first to really see the details that create the antique ambiance of an old house, its handcrafted details, and irreplaceable patina which are all of great value. If your antique home is properly handled, its value will be preserved and enhanced, both in monetary terms and in its value to its occupants. Do you want to update your kitchen? remove an unfortunate addition? reconstruct a salvaged antique home? restore a standing antique home? If so, you have come to the right place. My name is Leigh Douglas Johnson and I have the experience and sensitivity to see and preserve the valuable details of antique homes.

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My Experience

I became involved with the early homes of our country in 1975 when I moved to Massachusetts. In addition to years of hands-on restoration work, I studied under two prominent preservation architects, Robert Neiley in Boston, and Robert Mack in Minneapolis.

In 1985, I founded 18th Century Design. The variety of projects involving antique and historic homes has given me a solid foundation and expertise, which is seen in my work when I design additions and new homes.

In 1998, I changed the name of my firm to Fine Home Design. Some of the new home designs I have created are influenced by antique styles and some are more contemporary.

My Intention

In my designing and planning, I employ the practicality I gained in my experience as a restoration and building contractor and a fine craftsman. Because of this I can assure the quality and comprehensiveness of my service. My designs are created specifically for you and for your family. I work in collaboration with you so that your new home is well suited to your lifestyle.

If you have an antique home or want a new home in your preferred style, I will be sensitive to it. For a new home, I create an original design that embodies and expresses your personal taste.

Flexibility

My work has included a wide variety of architectural styles, climatic conditions, regional influences and historic influences.  Because of this experience, I have the ability to satisfy the different programs presented by my clients.  Together with my engineers and consultants, I produce documented plans for the project. I also will be engaged with oversight responsibilities during the construction of your home, if needed.

My Experience

I became involved with the early homes of our country in 1975 when I moved to Massachusetts. In addition to years of hands-on restoration work, I studied under two prominent preservation architects, Robert Neiley in Boston, and Robert Mack in Minneapolis.

In 1985, I founded 18th Century Design. The variety of projects involving antique and historic homes has given me a solid foundation and expertise, which is seen in my work when I design additions and new homes.

In 1998, I changed the name of my firm to Fine Home Design. Some of the new home designs I have created are influenced by antique styles and some are more contemporary.

My Intention

In my work, I create designs with practicality. I gained experience as a restoration and building contractor, a fine craftsman and a fine artist with which I can assure the quality and comprehensiveness of my complete service. My designs are created specifically for you and for your family. I work in collaboration with you so that your new home is well suited to your lifestyle.

If you have an antique home or want a new home in your preferred style, I will be sensitive to it. For a new home, I create an original design that embodies and expresses your personal taste.

Flexibility

My approach towards the architectural styles, climatic conditions, regional and historic influences, give me the ability to satisfy the different programs presented by my clients. Together with my engineers and consultants, I produce documented plans for the project. I also will be engaged with oversight responsibilities during the construction of your home, if needed.

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Testimonials

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Yvette Desmarais

Leigh worked with me when I moved from an antique colonial cape to a large center chimney Federal, circa 1780. He drew up a design to finish out some required work on the cape for stairs and cabinets. When I bought the Federal house he did a thorough walk through and then prepared plans for making the house more livable without destroying the historic detail, the beauty and authentic character of the house. Leigh is able to design for many styles of home in a way that brings out the best of the existing building while providing for the needs of a modern home owner. His work is done professionally and timely. I would not hestiate to work with him again.

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Mike Abbott

When Leigh recieved a commission to design and draw plans for construction of a new timber framed barn to complete the connected farm building group for an early 18th Century home in New Hampshire, he asked me to put together a team to build the barn with traditional joinery. The construction went smoothly with the detailed joinery drawn very accurately in his plans. We also did some very sensitive remodeling in the house, creating a new master suite in what had been a large attic space. The customer was more than satisfied with the design and our construction. I hired Leigh to design and plan several other restoration and remodeling projects involving antique homes.

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Mike Abbott

Years after our time in New England, I hired Leigh to design a 5,000 sq foot Custom home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The house was to be set on a one acre site with a 2,500 sq foot guest house and a pool. His design included the exterior patio areas, the siting of the house, the approach and drives. Everything went well during the design process which can be a difficult process. He responded in a timely manner throughout the process. My main comment about Leigh was his willingness to get the floor plan just right. He was also easy to work with and offered a wealth of insight into the building process. The client was very pleased with Fine Home Design's service, design, and attention to detail. He provided an excellent design and complete set of working drawings ready to go to the city for permitting.

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Doug Erickson

Leigh did a major redesign of my 1923 house in Minneapolis. He did a great job of expanding a tiny old bathroom and making a nice walk in closet out of part of an unused porch. He expanded the bathroom by utilizing the space of two adjacent useless closets. The finish of the new areas was done to match the details of the existing house. With his professional plans we had no problem in the permitting process with the city. He supervised the construction work including hiring the subcontractors. I am quite pleased with the results of this project and would recommend Leigh to other people who wish to improve their homes and thereby improve their lives.

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Maia Danielson

Dear Leigh, The plans look absolutely beautiful. Great job. I can't wait to see it built !

Mike Abbott

I contracted to restore an early 18th Century home in Newburyport, MA and immediately asked Leigh to consult with me on the project and to provide the design and construction plans which became part of my contract with the owner, helped me to price the work, and allowed us to gain the necessary building permit from the city. This smaller, Gambrel roofed house had suffered neglect over its lifetime and had some unfortunate alterations. The owner wanted a complete and accurate historic restoration of the home and yet wanted the basic modern conveniences such as kitchen and bathrooms integrated within the historic detail of the house. Leigh provided an excellent design and accurate plans which satisfied the owner very well. Leigh also helped me with some of the woodworking on this project. I would certainly recommend Leigh for any such project. I also hired him again for other projects in the following years.