Who We Are

Norton Design Studio is a woman-owned, boutique, residential architecture firm specializing in custom homes including new construction, renovations, additions, and interior architecture. Norton Design brings bespoke design solutions to your projects with a skillful repertoire and 3D building information modeling (BIM).

Principal Architect, Leslie Norton, set her eyes on this profession in elementary school. With a love of math and art, her 3rd-grade teacher suggested architecture. Immediately convinced Leslie started drawing floor plans on extra-large pads of graph paper. In 6th-grade, her parents remodeled their house. With the opportunity to look over the drawings and watch the transformation with a front-row seat she was hooked. Leslie has two decades’ industry experience, a Bachelor degree in architecture from Miami University (Ohio) and Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Leslie has been recognized with a national design award, several publications, and featured on HGTV, and the PBS hit show This Old House. With over seven years of experience designing luxury kitchens, Leslie is an expert in intricate interior detail and the functionality of the home.

As both a homebody and a full-time working mom of two young children, she intimately understands the importance of a well-functioning, beautiful home. Your life might be busy, but your home doesn’t need to be! 


Custom Residential Architecture, Interior Architecture, Kitchen and Bath Design, Custom Millwork and Cabinetry Design, 3D Rendering, New Home Construction, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Pool House Design, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Attic Conversion, Space Planning, Sustainable Design

Areas Served

Charleston, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island

Norton Design Studio created an addition + renovation design for our home that is absolutely perfect for us. Leslie spent hours talking to us about our vision and our lifestyle, and created something that wildly exceeded our expectations. Her design was both beautiful and practical. Leslie is a brilliant designer with an exceptional understanding of interior spaces. When she showed us our initial design plans, I could not believe how perfect the final product turned out to be. We felt that she took our vision and made it even better.


Press & Recognition


Leslie’s work has been awarded NKBA Honors of the 2018 Design Competition at KBIS 2019 Opening Night


Conquering Fear of Failure with Leslie Norton / The Young Architect Podcast episode 172 youngarchitect.com


Charleston Home + Design, Winter 2023, “All About That Brass” & page 220

Charleston Home + Design, Winter 2023, Kitchen Design seen on page 26 , page 62 & page 194

Charleston Magazine, March 2020, “Modern Elegance in Mount Pleasant”

The Nashville Edit, Spring/Summer 2020, “House of Style”

Charleston Home + Design, Winter 2019, “Tasteful Kitchens of Charleston”

Charleston Home + Design, Spring 2018, “This Old House”

Veranda, October 2016, “Pared to Perfection”

Amelia Handegan: Rooms; October 2016

Charleston Style & Design, Summer 2013, “Statement Piece”

Featured Work

ThisOldHouse.com May 2018 “Charleston Single House: Built to Last”

This Old House, PBS; May 2018 “Singular Single House” Season 39 Episode 26 Video + Show Notes

HGTV Dream Home 2013: Kiawah Island


YAC 2022 HOME Young Architect Conference July 21, 2022

ACE Mentor Program of America / Charleston, SC