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ADI History

"Happiness depends less on what happens to us and more on how we view the past, enjoy the moment, and create the future."

Our History

Founded in 1983, Archival Designs has been designing signature house plans for over 35 years. Archival Designs' homes combine the enduring elegance of the grand homes of Europe with the modern conveniences, amenities and openness preferred for today's lifestyles. This artful combination of classic design, luxury and function is the hallmark of Archival Designs and the legacy of David Loftus, the founder and driving talent behind our distinctive home plans.

JoAnne Loftus, Owner

JoAnne is a Licensed Insured Residential & Light Commercial Builder in the State of Georgia. Archival Designs is a proud member of the following organizations:

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA)

The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG)

The National Association of Home Builders

The National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC)

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce


NAHB Women's Council

David Marc Loftus 1961-2005 

Award-winning designer David Marc Loftus earned a reputation for excellence among a growing group of discerning clientele who admired David's ability to capture the essence of classical architecture using modern building materials and methods. Luxury home builders and clients seeking the ideal combination of classicism and convenience used Archival Designs to create some of America's most impressive estate homes.

David Loftus insisted that good taste was not exclusive to only large and opulent homes. He would often remind builders and clients, "Classical styling makes some of our 2,000 to 3,000 square foot homes more elegant and livable than many larger houses. The key to true classical style is in achieving proportional harmony."

"If you've ever seen Leonardo da Vinci's famous study of human proportions you understand the essence of classicism", David would go on to say. If a room is rectangular, its length should be one and one half its width. The height should be equal to the width. This proportion reflects the symmetry da Vinci illustrated and when it's carried over correctly it provides a sense of well being and serenity." David Loftus quickly garnered a reputation in the home design industry as the designer with the best innate sense for classical architecture's proportional harmonies, with their resultant feeling of elegance, well-being and serenity evident immediately upon crossing the threshold of an Archival Designs' home.

Although David passed away years ago, he left behind not only a wealth of home plans, but also the trained designers he gathered around him. In the classic tradition of talented young people being apprenticed to a recognized Master, David Loftus identified and nurtured a number of exceptional designers to carry on his work. This group of specially trained designers can help make your dream home a reality. David Loftus' legacy is also carried on by his wife, JoAnne Loftus, who co-founded the business with David in 1983 and is now the President of Archival Designs. JoAnne brought her own building experience to the Archival Design team, as well as contributing the all-important female perspective on home design. The Loftus and Archival Designs names have become synonymous with pure, classic homes of warmth, charm and grace.

Archival Designs Awards and Recognition

In 1994's highly competitive building market, JoAnne Loftus was recognized as "Builder of the Year" by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. JoAnne has also accumulated numerous other national and regional awards for her distinctive, practical yet stylish home designs. Over the course of his brief, but prolific career, David Loftus -- and Archival Designs -- garnered numerous national awards, many for luxury home designs. Please see our Awards page for details.

Read more about our awards here.

National and International Reputation

Archival Designs' homes have been built in all 50 states and nearly a dozen different countries including:

  • England
  • Russia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Qatar
  • Finland
  • Spain
  • Romania

Eleven luxury homes by Archival Designs are being built in Moscow, Russia, and Archival Designs' homes are the talk of England. Our first custom design in Cambridge Shire has received attention and acclaim in various UK media. For the best in award-winning home plans and luxury home plans, please browse the Archival Designs' home plans gallery.