Sharon Johnston Designs for Living is a friendly architectural practice committed to providing the highest quality design and planning service. Our work is unique and individual producing bespoke designs for new build schemes and extensions. Our expertise in the area of Planning has produced outstanding results in obtaining Planning Permission for our clients.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Member of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Serviced Areas

  • Northern Ireland

Contact Details

  City Portadown
  Postcode BT63 5NH
  Address 67b Plantation Road
  Phone Number 028 3883 2043
  Mobile 07801 251245

  • I would recommend this business

Sharon provided us with an outstanding service from our initial meeting with her to our plans being approved. She was always willing to accommodate our requirements and listen to what we wanted, and then guided us through the various options she believed would suit our needs. She comprehensively answered all our questions and provided us with a superb set of plans. Sharon was delightful to deal with and I will highly recommend her services.

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  • I would recommend this business

We were very impressed with the professional and innovative service we received from Sharon Johnston.
The layout and appearance of our bungalow was exactly what we wanted. Her insight into the flow and appearance of the house elevated the overall design. We would highly recommend Designs for Living.

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We approached Sharon with a limited budget unsure whether we would be able to achieve what we were looking for as our final retirement home. . Our brief was a simple economic but attractive 3 bed bungalow design – clean lines – plenty of light – 1500 sq ft but with the possibility of future first floor extension. She not only met our brief but demonstrated how we could achieve the extra first floor space still within budget. She has achieved for us the most attractive modern 2,100 sq ft property we could have wished for with everything any retired couple would want for ground floor living and leading from a beautiful hall, stair and balcony included two more very spacious visitors' rooms and bathroom. Sharon's fees were very reasonable and she remained available throughout the build giving advice and suggestions that have enhanced even more the excellent work of our builder GM Construction of Banbridge.

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We asked Sharon to design a retirement home for us. She listened very carefully to what we wanted and then also guided us gently to what we needed. The result is a house which is unique, spectacular and yet easy to manage. The rooms are light and bright with nice high ceilings.
Sharon has made clever use of our site, with all the principal rooms having a view of the Mournes
We had absolutely no experience of doing this before and Sharon has made it all so easy and exciting. We would thoroughly recommend her to anyone feeling daunted by the process.

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Designs for Living provided us with an astounding level of customer service and satisfaction. After a brief description of what we needed; Sharon brought our needs to reality with a professional and affordable outcome.
We needed an extension to our home as well as changes to the existing property. Once Sharon had these details and our budget she transformed our home. Dealing with the planners and making things run smoothly, I would have no hesitation in recommending her business.

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  • I would recommend this business

From our initial consultation, we knew Sharon would be the architect to design our 'dream house'. When she presented us our first draft plans, we barely changed a single thing - she'd nailed it! Almost everyone to work on or in the house has complimented on the design, particularly the internal layout and how homely it feels. Cool in the summer and cosy in the winter - we couldn't be happier!

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  • I would recommend this business

After consulting with several Architects ( including Sharon ) my husband & I decided that we wanted Sharon to be the Architect for our new build. She is professional, approachable, open to ideas, proposed concepts we hadn't considered & available for queries. She is currently on the second draft phase of drawings for us after consultation & review of ideas & layouts. The first draft were excellent, we loved the layout but after discussion we decided on a few changes . Review of second draft shortly & then on to planning. Can't recommend " Sharon Johnston Designs for Living " high enough.

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After consulting with a few architects my wife and I contacted Sharon after a recommendation from a friend. We instantly struck up a rapport with Sharon as we discussed our design brief and we both left feeling that she was the right person to design our family home. Sharon’s well thought out design from our brief was nothing like we had considered. It was simple and practical yet with feature elements throughout. We loved her design so much that we changed very little before submitting our plans. Throughout the planning stages Sharon was always informative on progress and prompt to deal with any queries we had.

We have been living in our new home for 9 months now and it has been great. As a family with 2 young children the layout of the house works perfectly for us. From the trades men involved with the build through to our family and friends that have come to visit everyone has had only good things to say about the external look, the internal layout and the features that Sharon has incorporated into the design. When you invest a lot of money into your house for life this is reassuring to hear.

We can’t wait to invite Sharon out so she can see for herself what a great job she has done!

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  • I would recommend this business

After purchasing a site in Belfast we scoured the internet and came across Sharon on Houzz. Sharon skilfully guided us through the whole process, meeting our challenges in a very professional manner. She crystallised our thoughts from our first consultation and listened incredibly well, she also has a great eye for proportions and detail. Sharon thank you from the bottom of our hearts for designing us such a beautiful home. You have been an absolute joy to work with. Laura and Alan

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Customer Testimonials

I am a chartered town planner, providing strategic and detailed planning advice to a wide range of architects, designers and legal professionals. I have worked closely with "Sharon Johnston, Designs for Living" on a number of projects and have observed the highest levels of professionalism and commitment, to secure her clients' dreams and aspirations for their new homes. On this basis I can highly recommend this design practice to deliver the best possible outcomes.


We are currently working with Sharon to finalise plans for our new self-build, We had a very extensive & specific wish list & the plans that Sharon has produced are unbelievable! They have surpassed everything we have asked for and dreamt of! We have already been highly recommending her!

From Our Website

I have been working in the Architectural industry since 1985. I joined the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists in 1992 and became a full member in 1998. During my time in the industry, I have gained invaluable experience while working with various Architects in Northern Ireland, which led me to establish Sharon Johnston Designs for Living in 2007, based in Co Armagh. I specialise in obtaining statutory approvals such as Planning Permission and Building Control Approval within the residential sector, offering my personal service to each client whether they require a bespoke house or simply a remodel of their existing home.