Sullivan was a designer from the time he was a young boy.
He would spend hours drawing cars, motorcycles, boats,
and houses just for fun. His
talents regularly caught the eyes of his teachers in school.
On many occasions he was asked to draw and paint artwork
for the schools he attended.
His early interest in drawing, designing, and engineering
laid the groundwork to become one of the largest Professional
Building Designers in the world.
addition to art, Tom studied music and mechanical drawing in
high school. Tom
originally majored in Commercial Art at the University of
Memphis before he realized his real love was the creative world
of architectural design. His
many years of art, drafting, and mechanical engineering,
combined with his new love for architectural technology, caught
the eye of a talented Building Designer, Ted Brown.
Tom studied under Ted for nine and a half years before
becoming a Certified Professional Member of the American
Institute of Building Design (AIBD), himself.
1980 Tom started his own Building Design business, which turned
out to be one of the worst times for the building design
business ever. With
no help from 18% interest rates, his total income for the year
was $8000. However,
with a $364 per month house note, paid-up car notes, $1 t/v
dinners, and 68-degree thermostat settings, somehow he survived
that first lean year.
1982, Tom's home design talents caught the eye of the Memphis
Area Home Builders Association and he was selected to design of
the original “Good Reasons Home" built in Germantown TN.
He was selected again in 1983 to design a second
"Good Reasons Home" in Walnut Grove Lake subdivision,
which was the first TVA approved Passive Solar home in West
Tennessee. In 1984
Tom was commissioned to design the new Memphis Area Home
Builders Association’s office complex containing the Delta and
Magnolia Ballrooms. Since
then, with the help of around 25 dedicated employees, his firm,
Sullivan Home Plans, has designed tens of thousands of home
plans and thousands of office buildings, condominiums,
apartments and accessory buildings.
Tom’s firm has won more Vesta Home Design awards in his
30 year domination, winning more Vesta Home Show awards than all
other home designers combined, and sometimes taking first,
second, and third all in the same show.
Other notable residential commissions were the
prestigious "Quantum Home" in historic Midtown Memphis
and his company’s most recent Vesta winners designed by
Tom’s head designer, Jimmy Ballard are featured on the home
page of this website. With additional design talents from
Professional Building Designers, Scott
Wortham, through the years Sullivan Home Plans
has gained the design trust of the majority of the top home
builders in the Memphis and surrounding areas, with many years
surpassing 2500 design projects per year.
demand for Sullivan Home Plan designs in Tennessee, Mississippi
and Arkansas has resulted opening offices in Memphis, Oakland,
and Olive Branch.
Sullivan Home Plans is now in their fourth building
located across from the Agri-Center backing up to highly
traveled Germantown Parkway.
His future plans include offering space in his new
building for an interior and a landscape designer in hopes of
providing a one-stop design service.
With the help and expertise of
Tom’s Internet Sales Manager, Suzie
Cotter and her Oakland
design team, we are showcasing what has become “The World’s
Largest Inventory of Original Home Designs”.
With Sullivan Home Plans’ local success along with
its now, worldwide success selling award-winning designs on the
Internet..... the sky is the limit!