Estate Architects for Unique Luxury Properties
Christopher David Design is a multidisciplinary studio of residential architects, interior designers and landscape designers, specialising in creating and reimagining luxurious country houses.
Working on extraordinary estates throughout the Home Counties and the South East, the team at Christopher David Design seamlessly blends old and new, interior and exterior, aesthetics and practicality to escort inspiring properties into their next chapter.
As architects, we find great inspiration in the craft’s oldest masters and original artisan practices, as well as the rich architectural history so abundant in our region. By applying thoughtful planning practices and intuitive design expertise, we support clients in envisioning a new life for their country house – whether it’s rejuvenating a beloved family home with generations of personal history, or offering a fresh perspective on a newly acquired heritage estate.
Over the years we’ve cultivated relationships with a carefully curated group of accomplished tradespersons and artisans. Their exquisite workmanship balances extensive experience with traditional building techniques and materials, alongside deep knowledge of modern innovations and sustainability practices. This allows us to elevate country house properties to the most luxurious standards of modern living, whilst respecting architectural history and environmental context.
Offering a turnkey service, we oversee every aspect of a project from ideation and approvals to contractors and decorative detail. Our wealth of expertise and experience across the disciplines of architecture, interior design, landscape design, and project management ensures the architectural vision is fulfilled as intended and enhances the client design journey.
Specialist Architects for an Extraordinary Country Home
With meticulous planning and exacting standards as estate architects, we meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the most discerning clients. Our comprehensive, sympathetic approach to designing estate properties encompasses both respect for architectural history and the surrounding environment, as well as opportunities to rethink and refine.
With careful consideration, we create strong architectural relationships between the old and new, interiors and surroundings. Aiming for both restoration and rejuvenation, we ultimately achieve a richly layered, eminently inviting result.
It’s imperative for architects of a country house to encompass the entirety of the estate and its history in the design vision. We intensively collaborate with structural engineers, conservation officers, artisans and other experts in our network. Then we apply deep, careful design thinking to completely reconfigure these storied spaces into elegant, nuanced and characterful contemporary refuges.
Exploring a variety of design solutions allows us to both respect and leverage a prime location — whether perched on a riverside, nestled in a woodland, or on the cusp of a cosy village and a vista of farmland and pasture. In many country houses, the view from the windows is among its most beloved attributes.
Enforcing a strong connection from the home to its surroundings can be achieved through elements such as large modern glazed openings and vaulted ceilings. Extensions can be bold or subtle, blending in beautifully or making a striking statement. Even an aspect as elemental as an entranceway can enhance the home’s character and charm, creating a memorable arrival point for family and guests.
To unite past and present, we incorporate reclaimed and traditional materials such as timber, glass, brick and stone alongside modern innovations and techniques. Choosing the right blend achieves a balanced and beautiful relationship between old and new, existing and enhancement.
We actively seek ways to create meaningful “moments” in the design to highlight this cohesive contrast. The result is a transformation that both celebrates and elevates the architectural heritage and environmental context of the estate.
An Inspired Creative Process
The homes we create are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also feel luxuriously comfortable and welcoming to live in. Each environment perfectly caters to the client’s vision and aspirations.
Our clients are expertly guided through the process of making decisions at the optimum point for their individual timeline, so that the design journey feels smooth and enjoyable, and the results are impeccable
Naturally, our process begins by exploring a client’s preferences and practical needs, inspirations and aspirations – how they live, and how they want to feel in their home. What home means to each client is highly personal; lifestyle is a form of individual, creative expression. The deep level of understanding we aim for in these first conversations helps intuitively establish a creative vision – which will carry the project through from initial ideas and concept sketches, to design and planning, to implementation and completion.
Whilst we fully embrace the potential of technology to enhance the design process, we believe that the architecture of a home is first and foremost an art form. We always begin designing with traditional visualisation – first sketching concepts by hand, in keeping with the tactile, artistic origins of our craft.
We share these bespoke concept sketches and initial layouts with clients from their earliest stages, establishing a strong foundation of rapport from the very beginning. We continue to collaborate as the design develops, deepening trust and understanding over time.
We take great care and pride in our craft, from the first line drawn, to the final, finishing touches – offering our clients a full range of architectural services from design and planning to interiors and landscape design.
Along the way, we collaborate with a trusted network of artisans, tradespeople and craftspeople to deliver a richly layered, harmonious home. We’ve built an abundant network of relationships with contractors, consultants and collaborators from innovative lighting designers to artisan cabinet makers – allowing for the creation of a home that’s cohesive and beautiful in every detail.
We believe in being hands-on through all stages of the process from concept to completion, until a client is settled and comfortable in their new home – and even beyond. We liaise directly with builders, trades and other consultants, expecting the unexpected and ensuring that the creative vision is interpreted as intended. Our meticulous, experienced, expert project management means that clients truly enjoy the design journey, with exceptional results.