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Leaf Design Associates specializes in residential architecture, with an emphasis on additions and renovations to older New England houses, mostly in and around the Boston metro area, and also in South County Rhode Island. As a husband and wife team, we combine creative solutions and practical ideas, with an emphasis on understanding how families really use their homes. We design every project uniquely to complement the style of the existing house, and balance the needs of our clients; their wishes, tastes, and budgets.
Since the mid-1990’s, we have designed hundreds of attractive additions and new homes. Our work is spread throughout the Boston metro area suburbs and South Country, Rhode Island.


We have worked with Leaf Design Associates on five (5) different projects over a nearly 15 year period. Projects include family room, kitchen and master bedroom expansions. Richard delivers a keen focus on details and blends new construction with existing architectural style. We are just finishing a garage expansion project and have received several unsolicited compliments from neighbors. We highly recommend Leaf Design Associates.Read More

We have worked with Richard and Carolyn on three projects now, a smallish bathroom remodel, a new kitchen addition and mudroom, and a new two car garage. They have been exceptional partners on each and we couldn't be happier with the end results. Not only are Richard and Carolyn very good at what they do but they are genuinely very nice people, are super responsive, and just fun to work with.Read More

Richard and Carolyn are a pleasure to work with. They did a great job helping us work with the various design elements of cost, style, aesthetic, and "what was possible" with our given project. The end result met all of our most important criteria. The modest additions and changes seamlessly fit into the home as if they were part of the original design, and the overall comfort and style of the space is great to live in. Great job, highly recommend!Read More

My husband and I have worked with Leaf Design Associates on three different house projects. It is always a pleasure to work with Richard and Carolyn. We have always valued their knowledge and expertise and always look forward to hearing their ideas on ways to better our home. Without a doubt, we confidently recommend Leaf Designs to anyone looking for a Residential Architect. You will not be disappointed.Read More

Richard and Carolyn listened closely to our wants and needs, respected our financial constraints, and presented us with a design that transformed our antique Tudor into the home of our dreams. The flow works perfectly for entertaining our large extended family, as well as for the daily bustle of our busy family of five. Moreover, the Leafs' design preserved the most important original features, and the changes (thoughtfully placed arches, staircase removals) only enhanced its beauty. Another bonus: Carolyn's serious kitchen design expertise. The Leafs are a bit like a best-kept secret in and around Boston. Highly recommended.Read More

Leaf Design assisted us in a multi-year design phase for a major interior and exterior renovation of our 1929 english colonial home. Richard was great to work with through the entire process. He has an eye for older homes and does a fabulous job integrating additions and modifications with the original period features of the home. Beyond his creative / architectural expertise, Richard is extremely organized and is able to deftly navigate the local planning process without issue. He's willing to be as involved as you want him to be in your project from start to finish, and will always make himself available in relatively short order. Truly a pleasure to work with, I would not hesitate to engage Richard again for future work.Read More

We had a great experience working with Leaf Design. The process of multiple meetings and design options helped us realize the perfect design for our kitchen (with a small lounge area) and half bath renovation. Richard was always prompt in our requests for a meeting. In addition, he was thoughtful and honest in response to our ideas or concerns. We appreciated the time and research he dedicated to understanding and correcting an existing structural issue in the entry. With the right contractor the project moved along quickly, because of the very thorough specifications for the project. We are extremely happy with the end result. We look forward to working with Leaf Design again!Read More

Leaf Design listened to what we wanted to change at our house, what we liked and did not liked and presented us with 4 different options which all met our needs. One option exceeded our expectations -- it met all our needs and more than we had imagined! Their design maximized our existing square footage, improved the flow and function and provided many unique touches such as archways and unique window accents. We were very pleased with their work, we would hire them again. We have referred them to our friends.Read More

We worked with Leaf Design Associates at the suggestion of our builder. The entire experience was a pleasure. We were very clear about what we wanted and Richard was able to translate our wish list into two different sets of drawings and a third suggesting things we had not thought of and a re-design of our kitchen. In the end, we mixed and matched to come up with a final set of plans, including a new kitchen and are thrilled that we did. This was a redesign/addition to a historic home. Richard worked upfront with our builder and excavator to make sure the design worked within the restrictions set by the Historical Commission. The plans were approved by the Commission on first pass and they noted how pleased they were that the addition looked like it belonged on the original house. Overall, an excellent experience and we highly recommend Leaf Design Associates.Read More


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