In 1989, Robert W. Bridges, Jr. started designing and drawing house plans on a computer in his dining room when CAD was just in it’s infancy.  Born and raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina, he’d always had a knack for drawing and an eye for detail. This led him through a couple semesters of college before graduating from Wake Technical Community College with a degree in Architecture. After a short tenure with a local engineering firm, he then founded South Designs. With a passion for design and a commitment to provide the best service possible, it is still as important today as it was almost 30 years ago to meet and exceed every client’s expectation.


“This is what separates us from the rest. It’s simply what we do!”





What we do......

We are a full service residential design firm….

South Designs is an award winning residential design firm specializing in custom home design and stock plans. We work with builders, developers and individual homeowners to design plans that meet their specific needs. Our professional staff at South Designs are current with local and national building codes, informed on the latest design trends, and up-to-date on new and innovative ideas for housing. We put all of this to work for you to deliver a product that is unrivaled!


 Let us put over 50 years of combined experience to work for you today!

Our services include.......

Residential Design:

Whether you are a first time home owner or looking to design a 15,000 sq. ft. estate home, we can help! We are well-versed in all price range homes and can offer a variety of ideas and suggestions to customize your design to fit your specific needs, regardless of size. We also offer a range of design services for many local and national builders — from a specific design for a one-lot specific need to multiple plans with multiple elevations for a larger development, we can accommodate your needs!

Stock Plans:

Don’t know where to start?  No problem…

Feel free to browse through our growing stock plan portfolio and start the design of your dreams! All of our stock plans can be purchased directly on our site and can be downloaded or shipped if needed. If you find something that is close to meeting your needs, we can modify all plans and make any changes you would like to get you exactly what you’re looking for. Check out our home plans now!

Additions and Renovations:

Looking to add on or renovate your existing home??  We can help with that too!

From adding that man-cave  you’ve always wanted to the craft room for her, we are more than happy to take the existing conditions of your home and offer multiple ideas and suggestions to enhance your home to the fullest! Give us a call today for rate structure and fees associated with turning the dreams of your existing home into reality!


Multi-Family Design:

You have a site that is strictly conducive for multi-family living or townhomes……

We can help! We have designed over a hundred multi-family projects over the years that fit all price ranges and budgets while still meeting strict design criteria to enhance the surrounding environment. We have a portfolio of townhome plans for sale as well so call today for more information or have us email you some multi-family stock plans!

Community Planning:

Throughout the years, we have been assisting builders and developers with community and site planning. Before the first bit of asphalt is laid we will discuss your community needs and any design criteria you would like to adhere to. Once we have developed a direction or theme, we can begin to design product that will help achieve your goals! From twelve to more than two hundred lots, we can put into motion a plan that will allow you to choose from multiple designs with multiple elevations that will ultimately result in a community worthy of admiration! We can cater this service to meet any and all existing specific needs.



“We have worked with South Designs, Inc. for many years and they have always met, and exceeded our expectations.  They have always been an asset on any of our projects.  I would not hesitate to recommend them!”

D. Tingen

Tingen Construction, Inc.




“We’ve worked with South Designs for more than 15 years!  Their attention to detail and meeting deadlines far exceeds expectations.  They do everything from working drawings to coordinating with engineers.  They have worked on projects from price sensitive ranch homes to luxury estates and are always mindful of costs.  They understand the construction process!  Easy to work with, think creatively and communicate effectively.  I’d highly recommend!”

J. Cochran

Eastwood Homes


“I’ve worked with Rob and South Designs for 20 years and have always found them to be a reliable source for our plan needs.  Their creativity in design and knowledge of home construction has not only helped us win numerous local parade of home awards and statewide recognition, but truly made them an asset to our company and a pleasure to work with.  

W. Smith

L and L of Raleigh