280 Santa Barbara Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Santa Barbara 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 
Carpinteria, CA, 93013
NMA Architects is located twelve miles south of Santa Barbara in the seaside community of Carpinteria, California. Andy Neumann, Dave Mendro, and Mary Andrulaitis have... Read More
DesignARC (805) 687-1525
We honor good design. We believe architecture, at its core, is a dialogue. It is a building or space that is telling you something, making you feel a certain way or reacting to a specific human need.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Understanding and appreciating subtleties of color, proportion, and texture comes from decades of combining architectural training with fine art work. Emphasis on light, space,... Read More
Kari Architect (805) 965-0560
KARI ARCHITECT, established in 1991, is an architectural firm dedicated to the highest quality of residential design.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
Since 1985, architects Dennis Thompson and Susette Naylor have worked with individuals and institutions to design and build hundreds of new and remodeled projects. Our mission is... Read More
Cearnal Andrulaitis LLP (805) 963-8077
Our responsibility to the thorough understanding of each challenge we encounter ensures unique design solutions to meet our clients' aesthetic, budgetary and program objectives.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
S+D is led by partners Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson. Russell and Robin are both licensed Architects and always collaborate on project strategy and other key aspects of... 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.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
Interior design Furniture design Art Constructs Read More
At Designs & Decorative Arts, our goal is to provide concise professional design services through individual attention, professional collaboration and a firm understanding of the design process.
Montecito, CA, 93108
Design Philosophy At Designs & Decorative Arts, our goal is to provide concise professional design services through individual attention, professional collaboration and a firm... Read More
Studio 7 Architecture & Allied Arts is a full service residential architectural firm established to provide an active collaborative environment to meet project specific challenges.
CW Design Company (323) 314-4202
Santa Barbara, CA, 93130
Christina Waag is the principal designer and President of CW Design Company, an Interior Design Company with offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA. CW Design Company,... Read More
Full service small interior design firm . . . residential, commercial and hospitality projects have been our primary focus. Most projects from the ground up and very custom. Established in 1987.
Kari Architect (805) 965-0560
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
KARI ARCHITECT, established in 1991, is an architectural firm dedicated to the highest quality of residential design. Clients receive our top priority in response to their... Read More
Understanding and appreciating subtleties of color, proportion, and texture comes from decades of combining architectural training with fine art work.
Carpinteria, CA, 93013
Dylan Chappell Architects has a reputation for providing functional and energy efficient modern design to Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and the California coast. DCA is a... Read More
DesignArt Studios (805) 899-2349
At DesignArt Studios, we have a boutique environment with friendly, talented staff ready to work with you at any level your project may require. Our firm was established in 1980.
Calvin Design (805) 969-0559
Santa Barbara, CA, 93150
Custom residential design Read More
Tom Ochsner (805) 770-7576
From the design, to the planning and permitting, to the construction, we maintain direct control. We take pride in our ability to understand a client's dreams.
Santa Barbara, 93101
Systems For Conscious Living, Architecture & Design firm that integrates Permaculture principles and practices in all projects. * We design interior and exterior spaces that... Read More
The firm of Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects was established with the goal of providing comprehensive architectural design services committed to the needs of the client.
Carpinteria, CA,
Interior Design Read More
Since founding their eponymous firm in 1985, Dennis Thompson and Susette Naylor have worked with individuals and institutions to design and build hundreds of new and remodeled projects.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Women-owned Architecture and Landscape design firm that specializes in residential and commercial projects. Our sustainable, contemporary approach to projects involves finding... Read More
We specialize in residential architecture and interior design projects using environmentally-conscious green building techniques in the Northeast and California.
PamDesigns 3D (805) 310-4535
Santa Maria, CA,
Unique residential renderings by PamDesigns 3D tell the story of a place that you can relate to! An online service that provides beautifully crafted photo-realistic and artistic... Read More
Santa Barbara, CA,
Architecture, Interior design, Planning and Stategy Specializing in warm contemporary style 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 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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