House Plan Reviews

From house additions and major renovations to new home builds, discover what customers are saying about Tom McConnell’s custom design services.

Custom home I built on the Saint Johns River“I worked with Tom McConnell on the design for a custom home that I built on the Saint Johns River. The site had numerous issues such as wetlands which made it difficult to situate the home on the site. Tom worked out all the problems and came up with a design and footprint which fit my site perfectly. I have worked with many designers and architects in the past but Tom is one of the best. He is extremely knowledgeable, uses the latest software, and is very easy to work with. I highly recommend him.”

“Working with Tom of McConnell Custom Design was a great experience for us. His attention to detail helped us plan a major renovation of our home and he was very timely in turning around plan updates.”

Christopher Park

“Tom and his team did a great job on our custom house plans. He met with us.. listened to what we wanted in our custom home and then executed our dream with precision. He worked with our builder to foresee every potential issue. We were building in a wet area with unique building requirements and Tom was up to the challenge. He also delivered plans when he said he would. Highly recommend him.”

Kevin & Christy Geddings – St. Augustine

Absolute pleasure to work with“McConnell custom designs is an absolute pleasure to work with. Tom was able to see our vision and put it to paper he nailed it.”

Billy Torode

“Tom McConnell, Although I am from the area of Jacksonville, I am new to the area of St Augustine and recently purchased a home for myself and family. I had no idea of what it takes or who to discuss with the first steps of getting “Plans” drawn up for an addition to my house. I was referred to Tom from the previous owner for his attention to detail, his remarkable ability to extract the information he needs to provide the expertise in formulating the eventual blueprint for the builders to follow, and his willingness to explain the process and go over options prior to delivering the final plans. Thank you”

“Tom designed our lanai enclosure so we could use it 12 months of the year with heating and cooling. We discussed options as to wood frame versus concrete block, windows, doorways, etc. He was very informative as to the design of the addition and gave us pros and cons to various ways to finish the room. He was always very courteous, professional and efficient. He kept communication open during the process. We are highly satisfied with the work that he completed for us and we recommend his services.”

Cindie and David Farah

“Working with Tom was a pleasure. He was able to balance our architectural vision and the project realities beautifully. Tom had a profound grasp of our priorities and operated responsively and professionally to all matters. The blend of his personal style and an understanding of ours led to a beautiful, practical, and unique home.”

Jason S. Mullins, Sr. – Broker/Contractor/Owner – Southern Group, LLC

Commercial office space“Tom did a great job helping get our vision into plans. Those plans provided a framework for the custom development of our commercial office space which we couldn’t be more happy with.”

Jay Owen –

Guiding us to a final design“We worked with Tom on a build out of a room on the back of the house. He was great to work with. His knowledge of the rules and considerations coupled with his understanding of what we wanted made our project so much easier. He was a pleasure to work with and provided a very Timely turn around. I would definitely use Tom for any future project.”


“It has been a pleasure to work with Tom and the team at McConnell Custom Design, he helped us in the initial design – working through our revision and guiding us to a final design.  He made the process easier by being responsive and timely.”

Chuck Sapp – St Augustine, FL

“Working with McConnell custom design was a pleasant experience. Tom made things easy to understand. We have recommended him to friends and would use him again.”

Russell & Tammy Kelly

“Working with Tom in designing our custom home was a real pleasure. He was very knowledgeable, always had great suggestions and ideas, and helped us make decisions when we were overwhelmed with the tedious details in the floorplan. Tom is very patient and understanding and always responded quickly to our phone calls or emails with answers to any questions we had. We would highly recommend Tom to anyone who is looking to design a custom home!”

Travis & Leisa George

There was never a correction required to any of Tom's planned dimensions.  The house was built without a hitch. It was a perfect plan.“I never worked with Tom “in person”, instead, we worked together over the phone line, from 270 miles away.  I presented Tom with emailed house “sketches”, and asked if he could put together the formal Elevation plans.  Within a couple of weeks, the plans were completed, and ready for the local approval process.  Tom also formatted the plans to the required PDF files for the Structural Engineering firm. The house was built and completed in March 2018.  There was never a correction required to any of Tom’s planned dimensions.  The house was built without a hitch. It was a perfect plan.  We are very happy living in our new custom designed house. THANKS, Tom, for all your competence, hard work, and assistance.”

Dennis Oley – Seagrove, St. Augustine Beach, FL