4,794 Alto, CA Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Alto, CA home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
San Francisco, 94110
13 miles from Alto
Rossington Architecture is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm dedicated to excellence in design and design management. Founded in 1999, the firm's work focuses on... Read More
Gast Architects (415) 885-2946
San Francisco, 94103
11 miles from Alto
Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is an eleven-person, service-oriented practice specializing in custom residential homes and renovations, including the sensitive... Read More
Amy A. Alper (707) 939-9701
Sonoma, CA, 95476
27 miles from Alto
Amy A. Alper, Architect is celebrating the 8th Anniversary of her practice, focusing on custom homes, additions, remodels and custom office interiors. Her current projects... Read More
robert kelly (510) 836-0719
piedmont, CA, 94610
17 miles from Alto
My foray into architecture started in high school when I decided to expand my family's Santa Barbara home into its large unfinished attic. My parents and neighbors were a little... Read More
FGY Architects (650) 473-0400
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
38 miles from Alto
We are a full-service architectural firm for those looking for a higher level of attention and environmental stewardship. Each project is a unique creation made especially for... Read More
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
38 miles from Alto
Established in 1994, Ana Williamson Architect is an award-winning firm focused on design driven projects primarily in the residential market. At AWA each project is client and... Read More
san francisco, CA, 94107
13 miles from Alto
Operating out of a converted warehouse in the Dogpatch/Potrero district of San Francisco, Nick Noyes Architecture has found a prominent place in the architectural community of the... Read More
Berkeley, CA, 94710
13 miles from Alto
Robert Nebolon Architects (RNA) is an internationally-recognized award-winning architectural design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area with projects also located in Los... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94133
10 miles from Alto
Your home isn’t architectural theory. It’s an intimate space that reflects and revives you. Anne Fougeron FAIA creates humane, modern homes filled with light, comfort, and unique... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94110
13 miles from Alto
As an Award Winning San Francisco Architect with work in San Francisco and the San Francisco Metro Area, my Focus is on Single Family Residences. I am a Licensed Architect... Read More
DNM Architect (415) 348-8910
Sausalito, CA, 94965
4 miles from Alto
DNM Architect is a San Francisco architecture firm offering a full range of services from planning and programming through design, documentation and construction administration to... Read More
Berkeley, CA, 94710
13 miles from Alto
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Koch Architects, Inc. partners with residential and commercial clients to realize urban, metropolitan and rural projects that enhance and... Read More
Palo Alto, CA, 94306
41 miles from Alto
For the third year in a row, Tali Hardonag has been awarded 'Best of Houzz' for remodeling and customer satisfaction. Tali Hardonag Architect is a solo residential practice... Read More
CCS ARCHITECTURE (415) 864-2800
San Francisco, CA, 94103
11 miles from Alto
CCS Architecture, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, is dedicated to excellence in architecture and interior design. Since its inception in 1990, CCS has designed a... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94103
11 miles from Alto
Andre Rothblatt Architecture strives to provide elegant yet uncomplicated design solutions for their clients projects. Located in the San Francisco Design Center, his work has... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire California subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


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