Education. Experience. Collective Inspiration.

John Croom

John Croom received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from East Carolina University. After spending several years in the Raleigh market perfecting his drafting talents, he was recruited to work in Wilmington with a renowned classical residential designer. In 2004, John embarked on a new venture when he founded Cornerstone Residential Designs, Inc. His affinity for classical architecture is evident in his attention to details and proportions. These elements of his designs and his affable personality have made his name a popular one in the Cape Fear area.

Troy Kenny

Troy is a master of details: from interior trim, colors and cabinetry to decorative tiles and even swimming pools. She closely follows homebuilding and interior trends while keeping her design elements timeless. 

With a bachelor’s degree and a concentration in interior design from Meredith College, she was able to pursue her passions in real estate sales, custom home design and residential construction. In 1996, Troy and her husband, Jim, founded Hagood Homes in Wilmington, N.C. They expanded the company in 2017 to include Hagood Homes of the Low Country after moving to Hilton Head Island. Both she and her husband feel blessed that more than 1,000 families are enjoying the Hagood Home lifestyle

Collective Inspiration

After successfully collaborating on several homes, John and Troy decided to combine their home design inspirations, talents and skills to better serve their clients. The result is a thriving design team and business that creates home plans that are reflective of the charm and lifestyle of the Wilmington area. Design House works on both residential and commercial projects, from renovations to new construction, and its many repeat clients are happy to refer others to Troy and John.

The Design House Philosophy

We listen, share, create and refine our house plans, and sometimes refine them again and again. Our desire is to help your bring your ideas to reality by delivering house plans that make your home even more enjoyable than you envisioned. Our home plans allow you to design your own custom home, one that has a distinct personality and timeless appeal.

We invite those interested in the art of living well to consider Design House for their new homes, commercial spaces or major remodeling projects.

The Design House Advantage

  1. Creating house plans for Wilmington-area residents is not just a job of us. It is an opportunity we are passionate about. We love what we do!
  2. Our home plans incorporate abundant natural light that is filtered through windows, doors and open spaces.
  3. Our house plans include interior design and furniture placement to show function and flow.
  4. The goal for each house plan we create is to reflect Wilmington’s history and architecture. Our home designs all have strong curb appeal.
  5. We create floor plans that provide greater livability, utility and function with less wasted space.
  6. Our house plans incorporate innovative features such as furniture-style cabinets, large work and leisure islands, bunk rooms, guest suites with private lounge areas, barn-rail doors and other design features that are both functional and timeless.
  7. Flex areas are an important lifestyle choice, and our home plans typically include space that can be adapted for media rooms, craft areas, play spaces or home offices.
  8. Well-planned outdoor living rooms for entertaining and enjoying Wilmington’s natural beauty are integral to our home designs.