We hired Chris Leader to design our new contemporary LEED Platinum house in Sarasota, Florida. We hired our builder and landscape architect at the same time, and asked Chris to work closely with them throughout design and construction. The design phase took approximately 10 months starting in mid-2012, and the house is currently under construction. Our experience with Chris has been extremely positive. Some of our observations are:

1. He is very client focused. He listens carefully to our input and responds in a timely manner to our phone calls – he makes us feel like we are his most important client. His sense of ownership of the project is obvious, visiting the site very regularly during construction.

2. He is process oriented and follows an effective phase gate process for his projects – he does not shoot from the hip.

3. He is detail oriented. He really pays attention to the little things that can make a big difference.

4. He collaborates well and is extremely pleasant to work with. Chris is mild mannered, but will get his point of view on the table and have it heard. We always knew when Chris felt strongly about a design element. He collaborated effectively during challenging multi-party discussions with us, the builder, the landscape architect, and other parties.

5. He is very good at contemporary architecture. We could not be happier with the unique design that he created with our “wish list” of desirable attributes.

Andy and Karin T. – Client

We engaged Chris Leader to handle the design portion of the remodel of our 1958 ranch home into a modern coastal cottage. Previously, we only had an old small screen porch for an outdoor living area and now we have a fabulous outdoor living area with a pool to compliment the beautiful coastal exterior Chris designed. We enjoyed working with Chris. He was always professional and listened to our requests for our remodeling project. His use of 3D modeling techniques really helped us visualize the architectural design of entire remodeling project. Our project is nearing completion and we and our neighbors are delighted with the outcome! Thank you Chris!

Kim and Dick L. – Client

My house is beautiful. I am in awe every time I drive up and I often see cars slowing down as they drive by. Chris created a stunning and unique design for me. He was easy to work with and he really listened to what I wanted. He was available during construction to help me make decisions and clarify things with the contractors.

Michelle B. – Client

We engaged Chris Leader to design the total renovation of our condo and we certainly made the right choice. The process was easy and stress free due to Chris’ professional manner, knowledge of design and attention to detail.  He listened to what we said, addressed our concerns and gave us a beautifully designed condo where we love spending the winter.

Ray and Terri L. – Client

I have worked with Chris on several projects ranging from 100 year old bungalows to large waterfront, modern homes and even mid-century modern inspired masterpieces. Chris is a great designer with a focus on client needs. His drafting is good and he is a master on Google SketchUp, which really helps his clients and my sub-contractors envision the final product even before we break ground. Chris is a great choice as a designer whether your project is an old Med Revival in need of update or you are looking for a modern waterfront masterpiece.

Josh Wynne – Contractor

Chris Leader is an extremely thoughtful, creative young designer in our community. He is innovative and pushes the envelope of architecture and sustainability standards. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with him since the inception of his company and look forward to a long relationship serving many discerning clients in our community.

Michael Gilkey – Landscape Architect