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Bob Micket

ARA is a strong, professional, architectural group that cares about producing beautiful, high quality work. They were easy to work with, I wish we could have had face to face meetings as this was our first true home build. Every part of their team seemed to work as a family and took great care of us, even when revisions needed to be made. Our home is currently under construction so the grand reveal is yet to come. ARA gets my stamp of approval!

J.B. Grady

We specialize in custom building residential homes in Tidewater as well as the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Since 2005, we have custom built more than 31 homes designed by Bill Harris & Cooter Ramsey of Allison Ramsey Architects. Their knowledge, creativity & attention to detail are outstanding. I’ve even worked with them as land planners to create a “Village within a Village” as seen in Cape Charles with the Cassatt Green Cottages! Twelve small quaint cottages that live large, all nestled together overlooking a beautiful garden park with glimpses of the Chesapeake Bay! Simply dreamy! Allison Ramsey Architects create spaces into happy places to enjoy for a lifetime!

Mary-Dolph Simpson | Simpson Builders, Inc.

Bill Harris of Allison Ramsey Architects is an excellent architect who took our likes, budget and concerns seriously as we worked through the process of developing plans for our new house and garage. We purchased one of the ARA plans and made lots of changes to create our own low country home. The invoice came in as he had estimated. Bill is knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and conscientious. He attended the review board meetings and communicated all information back to us. He had contacts that he put us in touch with when needed, he understood the architectural guidelines for our development and had a good working relationship with the review board, Our builder is happy with the plans and we broke ground last week. We are excited to see the plans come to fruition.

Tina Jobes

When we built our dream home just south of Savannah we searched for house plans everywhere. Like you we found that all the plans we loved were done by Allison Ramsey. Now after living for 7 years on on the salt marsh in the St. Helena house (the AR house pictured in your article) we thank Allison Ramsey in our thoughts every day. The scale of their houses is elegant and timeless yet homey. I highly recommend their designs. You won’t be sorry!!


It’s been almost a year since we worked with Mike Sammut but we wanted to express our gratitude and show off our finished product of the Aiken plan. Mike did a fabulous job of transforming this plan to meet our needs and local flood zone requirements. We love this house and ALL our neighbors comment on how beautiful it is. Big thanks to Mike and big props to your design team.

Mike and Tracey Majesky

Bill Harris has designed over 50 homes for Seaside Homes in East Beach Norfolk. His knowledge of TND design is second to none. Bill brings many years of expertise to each project from small cottages to perfectly designed bay front homes. He is very easy to work with, meets every timeline and is always budget conscience. Bill recently designed a Bayfront Home for our local Home Show. This amazing home featured 120 feet of unobstructed water views. The ” Exotic Seaside Retreat” won almost every award, including People’s Choice.

Kyle Riley | Seaside Homes

Allison-Ramsey has a great portfolio of house plans that can be modified to meet your specific needs. We have also worked with them to create custom home plans for several of our clients. They are attentive to the requests of their customers and produce plans that are functional and traditionally attractive. The professionals at Allison-Ramsey are a pleasure to work with. We recommend you contact them for your architectural needs.

Colleen Brant | Brant Construction, Inc.

Excellent Architect! Bill helped us with the designing of our future house in Port Royal. We found an existing plan on their website that we really liked, but just wanted to make adjustments. Bill helped us every step of the way, offering comments and suggestions that really helped us in decision making. He always made himself available to us and we have felt very comfortable with him through this whole process. I would highly recommend this firm! I even have my parents who live in NC looking at City Walk in Beaufort! Thank you for the time and effort you have put into our future home!

Amy Burton

I purchased home plans from Allison Ramsey Architects after seeing their work in Southern Living Magazine. My husband and I had looked for over 2 years and were thrilled to see they had already designed our dream home. It was such a relief. Looking for a low country home! They are amazing!

Kramer & Co Real Estate Consultants

I used Allison Ramsey architects for my home in Beaufort SC. I built a Charleston Single home. A style I had never heard of despite being in the building business for 40+ years. Well, between Robby Moore, and Bill Harris, our home is perfection! The scale, design and overall thought put into this home makes me so proud to be a part of the building process. I absolutely Love it!


We hired Allison Ramsey to modify and personalize a set of plans they had originally done for a project in another state. I was very pleased with the process from beginning to end. They are very gifted at siting the structure to fit the specific property and helpful in appropriate material selections and other details that made our home exactly what we hoped for. They are professional and easy to work with and have good relationships with the builders and other trades people we chose for our project. I enjoyed working with their team and highly recommend their company.

Kathy Dudley

My wife and I had ARA draw a custom set of house plans based on 3 or 4 of their stock plans. We couldn’t be happier with the results. Bill Harris and his team at ARA took our dreams and put them to paper. They are definitely the consummate professionals in home architecture. Should my wife and I build another home, Allison Ramsey will be our first stop.

David Masdon

We would recommend Allison Ramsey Architect to anyone in a heartbeat! We customized the Capers Creek plan to suit our family of 6 and completed construction March 2018 in the historic district in Summerville, SC. Allison Ramsey was so easy to work with and the finished product is perfect in every way and everything we dreamed!

Stephanie Flatt

This company is the rare architect that both can vision things, but still have their feet firmly on the ground and uses common sense.

John H.

It was a pleasure to work with Allison Ramsey’s team on our latest project. It was the first time our company had worked with them and we could not have been happier. They are easy to work with and created a true creative partnership with us. The final plans were perfect and on budget. We look forward to working them on future projects and would highly recommend them to anyone.

Julia Zeigler

Allison Ramsey is a versatile architecture firm but when it comes to design and place making in the context of the historic, southern vernacular, their work is unmatched. People may “live” within a floor plan but when our clients see an Allison Ramsey exterior, its massing, scale and details, they are sold before they walk through the door.

Dave Spetrino

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