Burlington Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your 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 Burlington interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Joan Heaton Architects provides comprehensive residential design services with a personalized approach. We take... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 453-7120
  • Bristol, VT, 05443, 18 projects in Burlington Metro
Our approach celebrates collaboration and creation. The term Studio in the firm name refers to an... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 613-0176
  • Stowe, VT, 05672, 9 projects in Burlington Metro
We have built our architectural practice on superior service to our clients. Many of our projects are the... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 794-3270
  • Burlington, VT, 05401, 11 projects in Burlington Metro
Jennifer Lane Architecture and Design is a full service architectural firm providing thoughtful, quality design... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 589-4017
  • Waterbury, VT, 05676, 8 projects in Burlington Metro
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design is Vermont's award-winning architecture and interior design firm.... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 658-2775
  • Burlington, VT, 05401, 11 projects in Burlington Metro
Vermont Vernacular Designs has some special qualities we hope you'll consider as you choose a designer/builder... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 793-8061
  • Morrisville, VT, 05661, 10 projects in Burlington Metro
Smith & Vansant Architects PC is a small residential firm working in the Upper Valley region of Vermont & New... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 649-5515
  • White River, VT, 05001, 10 projects in Burlington Metro
Michael Bird, a custom home architect with over 30 years’ experience in the field, can design each element of... Read More
  • Click to Call(518) 314-0355
  • Saranac Lake, NY, 12983, 7 projects in Burlington Metro
We are a full-service Vermont-based design firm. We offer a collaborative design studio that effectively and... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 453-5438
  • Bristol, VT, 05443, 11 projects in Burlington Metro
Nancy Leary Design specializes in quality residential design for new construction, additions, renovation and... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 558-1444
  • Brandon, VT, 05733, 7 projects in Burlington Metro
For almost 35 years as a registered architect, builder and cabinetmaker I have worked on a large variety of... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 253-9948
  • Stowe, VT, 7 projects in Burlington Metro
Heirloom architecture for quality homes your children will pass on to their children. Andrew Chary Architect... Read More
  • Click to Call(518) 523-5727
  • Lake Placid, NY, 12946, 7 projects in Burlington Metro
154 Design is a design studio that specializes in residential homes. We create design for new, renovation and... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 391-9154
  • Hinesburg, VT, 05461, 6 projects in Burlington Metro
Cultivation Design Build is an interdisciplinary design studio where art, architecture, and construction are... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 489-6780
  • VT, 05445, 4 projects in Burlington Metro
Christian C. Carey, Architect, P.C. is a professional architectural design and historic preservation practice. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(802) 253-4394
  • Stowe, VT, 05672, 4 projects in Burlington Metro
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
Joan Heaton Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"We found Joan via an internet search in 2007 that led to her web site. We were immediately struck by her design aesthetic and scheduled a meeting. Joan was thoughtful, thorough and a wonderful listener so we hired her to design a new home for our family on Lake Champlain. The experience was fantastic from beginning to end, and that is especially impressive as most of the work we did with Joan was done remotely. Joan took the time to ask us how we envisioning using all the spaces in our home, and this lead to a wonderful floor plan and most "livable" home while still keeping a modern and clean look. She was always accessible, answered our questions big and small, and explained her ideas thoroughly. We truly cannot recommend Joan Heaton with more enthusiasm!"
- westport09
Volansky Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Our company has had the pleasure of partnering with Andrew Volansky on multiple construction projects, residential and commercial, and most recently with the Volansky Studio, on a lakeside traditional Scottish style cottage. Andrew’s attention to detail and open-minded approach to design, guided the project, along with his ability to problem solve and communicate effectively. Upon completion, the home’s fine architectural details and finishes, combine modern convenience with cozy 17th Century charm. We hope to continue collaborating with the Volansky Studio on future projects and highly recommend their professional services to home owners."
- Donald P. Blake Jr., Inc.
G V V Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Doug Viehmann designed our Adirondack style house on Lake Champlain a number of years ago. Doug was very pleasant to deal with. He was soothing during the high stress times of construction and was very practical with his ideas. Change always occurs with a custom design and Doug responded quickly to our ideas. We felt that we worked very well together with Doug. We have kept in communication over the years since our project was completed about the house and other architectural issues and Doug has always been there to provide his insight and opinion. We would highly recommend him for residential design."
- embuturla
Jennifer Lane Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Jen Lane provided both creative and practical advice for our remodeling project --(addition/garage). Jen was respectful of our ideas, and tailored her designs to meet our requirements. I was impressed with Jen's ability to meet deadlines and stay on budget. Jen was also a good source of information on local contractors. I have already recommended Jen's work, and will continue to do so."
- brownstonevt
TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"We have very much enjoyed working with Truexcullins! They have been very diligent of the details in their ordering, which is always great to work with because we know everyone is on the same page."
- Texas Lightsmith
Vermont Vernacular Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Ray Boutin provided all the design work and most of the supervision on a significant home improvement project on our new house in Hyde Park, Vt. As the chief designer for Vermont Vernacular, the firm that did the work, Ray was our key contact and an outstanding collaborator for us. He was exceptionally creative, imaginative and thoughtful, and a great pleasure to work with. And he paid careful attention to all details. We were so pleased with Ray's work and the job that Vermont Vernacular did for us that we are hiring Ray and his firm to do a major addition to the house this spring. All the workmen that VV and Ray brought onto the job were skillful and very good to work with. We have just moved to Vermont, and we were a little nervous about taking on a construction project when we don't know the territory. But, with Ray and VV, it was an outstanding experience. --Maxwell King"
- maxwellking
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Smith & Vansant is a phenomenal architectural firm. In fact, working with them renovated not only my house, but my life! After 15 years or so of living with the property more or less as I found it, my tiny 1850 Cape needed long-overdue renovations -- including improvements to all major systems, solutions to a big water problem in the basement, a new kitchen, a new roof, adding working and living space, and a home office, along with extensive site work and landscaping. From a design perspective, they are simply brilliant. They have a fantastic aesthetic sense; know how to integrate old and new in a way that is pure genius; and are skilled problem-solvers. I wanted the house to be more liveable and comfortable, while still honoring the antique details that had drawn me to the property in the first place. Pi Smith and Stephen Branchflower in particular not only listened to me all along the way, but heard me. They gave me exactly what I had hoped for. From a practical perspective, I needed to live in the house while this was going on, and they were sensitive to my need to carry on amidst the upheaval. They worked closely with the contractor, Lud Leskovar, to assure that I was comfortable and inconvenienced a little as humanly possible while the work was being done all around me. Smith & Vansant, Lud Leskovar and I worked closely as a team. The kept me informed as to costs all along the way and helped me make decisions that took into account my both budget and my dreams. They were endlessly patient and always kind. Everyone in this close-knit firm is a pleasure to work with, operates with the highest integrity, and knows what they are doing. I can't recommend Smith & Vansant highly enough. For photos of this project, see "Houzz Tour: Beautiful, Hardworking Cape Renovation" on this site."
- jbaii
Adirondack Design
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Michael Bird is a very talented and knowledgeable Architect specializing in Adirondack style homes. He designed our home and garage, obtained all permits, hired top contractors and supervised the entire construction and landscape project. The finished product is amazing. His attention to detail is impeccable. He and his staff are a pleasure to work with. They kept us up to date with progress reports and photos and met all deadlines. We are so very happy with the way our home turned out and would highly recommend Michael Bird and Adirondack Design. We will be working with Michael in the Spring of 2014 on a boathouse."
- cucolom
Mitra Designs Studio Collaborative
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"We were extremely satisfied with Mitra's services. What an eye Mitra has! She took a look at our living room/dining room and soon presented us with a plan that was extremely creative and functional. She turned our rather drab living room/dining room into the showcase of our home. The walls of the first floor are lined with crown molding and the colors she picked are absolutely amazing. My wife and I recommend Mitra without reservation."
- HU-800655
Nancy Leary Design
Architects and Building Designers in Burlington
"Nancy Leary did a beautiful redesign on my 1850's VT farmhouse. She seamlessly incorporated all my needs, in a fashion that was respectful of the original character of the house, but which also managed to incorporate all the conveniences of the 21st century. The project included: restoration of original front porch, design and installation of a new, modern kitchen, total LR redesign including: creation of stove fireplace and appropriate flanking built-in bookcases, design and installation of new windows and exterior door in LR, relocation of front door, and realignment of beams under original pine plank flooring to eliminate serious buckling and slant. Besides doing a basic basement rehab, a including a new concrete floor, new windows and insulation, upstairs Nancy also did a new insulation of many exterior walls, and in the master bedroom, the installation of new gas fireplace and incorporation of old mantel . Her attentiveness, humor and care throughout the project made her a pleasure to work with. I recommend her highly."
- vttransplant55
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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 landscaper. 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. Different architecture firms in Burlington provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual 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. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

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. Residential architects in Burlington 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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