318 Portland Maine Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Portland Maine 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 
Whitten Architects (207) 774-0111
Portland, ME, 04101
Since 1986, Whitten Architects has been designing thoughtfully considered homes in New England. With a focus exclusively on residential design, we are experts in a variety of... Read More
amydutton Home (207) 337-2020
Specializing in architectural design for additions and renovations, interior design, landscape design and selling unique artisan products for the home in the gallery.
Fryeburg, ME, 04037
John Cole Architect specializes in the design of vacation and retirement homes, primarily in New England. These homes all start with the owners' attachment to a place and the... Read More
Caleb Johnson Architects & Builders (CJA&B) designs and builds homes that are beautifully attuned to the southern Maine landscape and impeccably crafted of natural materials.
Biddeford, ME, 04005
Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders (CJAB) designs and builds homes [and small commercial spaces] that are beautifully attuned to the southern Maine landscape, impeccably crafted... Read More
Mottram Architecture is a full service architecture firm specializing in energy efficient design & construction. Our goal is to make your vision a reality, while helping you save money and resources.
Portland, ME, 04101
Our mission is to bring beautiful, sustainable, attainable buildings to the world. We are an award-winning design studio and a leader in sustainable design in the Northeast. ... Read More
Our mission is to bring beautiful, sustainable, attainable buildings to the world. We are an award-winning design studio and a leader in sustainable design in the Northeast.
Bath, ME, 04530
A full service architectural design firm, David Matero Architecture has diverse experience in custom design residential (and commercial) projects. LEED AP certified and... Read More
KBA’s design approach, whether it may be new construction or renovation, is to create timeless architecture that is inspired by the classic New England architecture of the past.
Portland, ME, 04103
Whipple | Callender Architects has been designing houses in Maine and beyond for over 30 years. Our firm of four Maine Registered Architects, three of whom are LEED accredited,... Read More
David Matero Architecture strives to create sensible and practical architecture that is a reflection of the client. We believe that good design is good value.
Bath, ME, 04530
This energetic and creative firm has designed and guided the construction of estates, homes and gardens in the rural New England landscapes since 1984. We are holistic thinkers... Read More
We create designs that respond uniquely to their sites, function well, reflect the current times, & avoid short-lived fashion & trends. We value the effect that great buildings have on others.
Falmouth, ME, 04105
KBA’s design approach, whether it may be new construction or renovation, Is to create timeless architecture that is inspired by the classic New England architecture of the past by... Read More
One of the most experienced architects and project managers in Maine, Victor has completed 96 new homes, additions, and renovations. Houses that are designed to fit your lifestyle, land, and budget.
By Design (207) 749-4321
Yarmouth, ME, 04096
By Design is an architectural firm specializing in energy efficient new homes, house renovations, and additions. This includes kitchens, screened porches, garages, and family... Read More
By Design (207) 749-4321
By Design is an architectural firm specializing in energy efficient new homes, house renovations, and additions. This includes kitchens, screened porches, garages, and family rooms.
Rockport, ME, 04856
Priestley & Associates Architecture is a full service practice based in Rockport, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. With emphasis on exceptional design, we create unique and... Read More
Meredith, NH, 03254
We are a small design firm in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, founded in 1984 with LEED AP certified designers. Our craftsmanship in design, unique use of local materials, and... Read More
Auburn, ME, 04210
Mottram Architecture specializes in energy efficient design and construction. We offer planning, programming and consulting services, as well as schematic design, design... Read More
Augusta, ME, 04330
Full Serve commercial and residential interior design consulting. Solving design problem clients often don't even realize they have to create space that enhance quality of every... Read More
Biddeford, ME, 04005
Located in Biddeford, Maine, Salmon Falls Architecture was founded 33 years ago by Roger Rossignol and Paul Gosselin. Focusing on waterfront homes throughout New England; and... Read More
GO LOGIC (207) 338-1566
Belfast, ME, 04915
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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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