1,306 Orange County Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Orange County 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 
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Brandon Architects, Inc. is a boutique full-service architectural design firm specializing in custom residential, multi-family, commercial, and hospitality building types. Our... Read More
Principle, Robert Sinclair believes that the business of architecture is all about the process in creating a home for his clients.
San Clemente, CA, 92672
James Glover Residential & Interior Design works with clients to realize their dreams and enhance their surroundings by designing environments and living spaces that create a... Read More
At La Roche Architecture our goals are constant: the creation of projects that are a source of pride to our clients needs and desires.
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
Sinclair Associates Architects with offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach provides full scope architectural services from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas. Principle, Robert... Read More
Zach Cole Design (855) 223-9644
The design process begins by carefully listening to our clients. Together we create the ultimate design, which is a true reflection of their aspirations and needs.
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
Eric Aust Architect brings 19 years of architectural experience in all aspects of design. Whether your project is a one room addition, a custom residence or a ground up... Read More
ZenArchitect.com (949) 235-4847
For 30 years, the commitment of Zen Architects has been to provide comprehensive, all-inclusive design services in a cost-effective, personal and responsible manner. Try our “ZEN-simple approach.”
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
__________________ BEST OF HOUZZ 2014 "Best of Design" & "Best of Customer Satifaction" __________________ BEST OF HOUZZ 2012 "Best of Design" Grace Blū Designs, Inc.,... Read More
Primarily single-family residential work, evenly split between addition/remodels and new construction.
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
Brittney Fischbeck is the owner of abodwell, the foremost interior design firm for minimalist design in Orange County, CA. Serving clients that want exceptional surroundings in... Read More
Sun West Custom Homes is committed to building custom homes of superior architecture, unequaled quality of construction and craftsmanship, with comprehensive interior design packages.
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
Anders Lasater Architects is an award winning architectural studio specializing in custom homes and other boutique projects. Our work reaches across coastal Orange County into... Read More
puertasdesign (949) 653-5807
puertasdesign, in conjunction with Austin Construction offers a uniquely satisfying design/build experience.
Horst Architects (949) 494-9569
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
"By fusing logic with imagination, truth with discovery, we bring transcendent environments to real-world situations." Horst Architects produces contemporary designs that... Read More
Steven Phillips Architect (949) 768-7244
Whether your vision of the perfect home is a tropical oasis, an Italian villa, or an exotic Mediterranean retreat, Phillips has the design experience and creativity to make your vision a reality.
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
William Guidero Design provides custom full-service home design and planning with 30+ years of architectural experience. The design process is structured first and foremost around... Read More
S+D considers itself not just an architectural firm, but a high tech creative company. Take a look at our award winning projects for inspiration, and give us a call to learn how we can assist you.
Aria Design Inc (949) 376-5996
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
The firm has defined itself through a series of high profile residential and commercial projects along the Southern California coastline, documented in many publications at... Read More
Dwellings Design Group (949) 646-2661
Dwellings Design Group provides planning and design services, along with selection and sourcing of finish materials for residential construction.
Santa Ana, CA, 92677
Residential design firm with emphasis on Custom Residential projects in the South Orange County area. Read More
We offer a complete residential design service. Our services range from building design to interior design. We are licensed contractors and have the ability to build select projects.
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
LeMaster Architects is a full service architecture firm located in Orange County, California. We specialize in residential and commercial projects of all scales including... Read More
Sennikoff Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural practice licensed in the state of California specializing in Residential Architecture...Custom Homes, Remodels and Residential Developments.
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
Creating Beautiful, luxury residences while nurturing a close relationship with each client is the abiding philosophy and hallmark of the award-winning practice South Coast... Read More
Architecture, Interior Design, Sustainable, LEED Certified, Historic Remodeling and Renovations, Custom Residential Design, Residential Remodels, Commercial & Retail Design.
San Clemente, CA, 92674
Architecture, Interior Design, Sustainable, LEED Certified, Historic Remodeling and Renovations, Custom Residential Design, Residential Remodels, Senior's Housing, Affordable... Read More
The firm’s continued recognition comes from dedication to innovative and creative design solutions that work, inspire and fulfill the needs of each client.
Irvine, CA, 92604
Our goal is clean functional design with an emphasis on space, proportion and natural light with a timelessness that transcends fashion through honesty and integrity. Read More
geoffsumichdesign (949) 496-8991
My approach to architecture is based on the concept of "romantic modernism" where I reference & incorporate elements of the past while celebrating the simplicity and minimalism of modern architecture
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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 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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