Christopher Leerssen, President and Owner of Abode, has been immersed in construction and design for all of his life. Some of his very earliest (and fondest) memories are of building tree houses, lemonade stands, and various projects with his dad. Art classes and music training confirmed a right-brained way of thinking and a penchant for all things aesthetic. Internships under award-winning architects and years working under gifted builders around the southeast solidified his desire to pursue degrees in architecture from Georgia Tech. After years of honing his own design vision, Christopher established Abode and began designing homes for his Reynoldstown neighbors.
An adaptation of the word abide, Abode is an archaic word to most of our ears, but one this hurried world would do well to heed. It is our desire that our clients and homeowners feel a real sense of abiding as they live in and feel connected to their homes, streets and neighborhoods. We strive to design and build livable, lovable, durable homes that will truly stand the test of time.
Architecture, when in perfect balance, should keep in harmony both stylistic and practical needs; for instance beautiful facades must also be excellent at keeping the rain and summer sun out. We hope the sustainable and practical nature of our homes have a beauty and style of their own. Our company is not beholden to a certain style or look; our desire is to create modern interpretations and elaborations of the environments and contexts that surround. We find inspiration wherever it lies—often emulating the folk and vernacular designs found in older parts of our cities and countryside, embodying the perfect balance of simplicity and beauty.