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Meet Caroline Leyburn of Caroline Leyburn Designs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caroline Leyburn.

Caroline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, I enjoyed making tree houses. But, the fun was in the making, not so much playing in the finished tree houses. In my teens, I often drew floor plans of ways our home could be remodeled, only to have my father say he didn’t want to invest too much, since, invariably we’d move every year and a half to two years.

I studied Architecture at Georgia Tech, getting my Bachelors and Masters there. Then I worked at several architectural firms, the residential ones being my favorites. In 1999, myself and a couple others left one company to form HLP Architects. And, since 2007, I’ve worked under variations of “Leyburn Designs”.

In 2014, I started working as a woman and have since fully transitioned. Fortunately, everyone was very kind to me at every stage of the process.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Other than things like the housing bust and the challenges every business faces, restarting my business as a woman was somewhat challenging. But, overall, the road has been pretty smooth, actually.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Caroline Leyburn Designs – what should we know?
As a residential Architect, I design homes and home remodels. My primary goal is to tailor the home as closely as possible to the people who will live in it, creating an environment that supports them rather than one they need to constantly fight to live the way they want to live. I try to make the home a reflection of its occupants. And, if that means an unusual home, that’s just fine with me!

We are a very service-oriented company. Our level of individual attention sets us apart.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The characteristic that has meant the most toward my success is an open-minded kind of creativity. I’m not afraid to think outside the box. In fact, out-of-the-ordinary designs are my favorites. But, since my designs are all about the person or persons who will be living in the house: If ordinary is appropriate, I give them ordinary.

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Alan McGee, Lorikay Photography, Mary Powell Photography

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