Alameda, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Alameda 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 Alameda, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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East Bay's Premier Architect
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
Angela Klein, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"Angie designed a second floor and kitchen remodel. She was extremely professional, a pleasure to work with, creative, talented and worked well with contractor. She designed an absolutely beautiful remodel for us. Highly recommend her without reservations."
- kzeltzer
Norman Sanchez Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"Norman is a knowledgeable architect, willing to listen and able convert our dreams and aspirations to a project. And, he is ever watchful, ensuring that the general, sub- and specialty contractors correctly interpret our plans. We remodeled our attic to expand a bedroom, create an office space, add a walk-through closet, and create a master bedroom suite with new master bath. Norman helped us design the space, prepared the schematic and construction documents, obtained the permits, and helped us source and hire the general contractor. The project was completed on-time, on-budget and with a very high level of craftsmanship - and, with no change orders!! Thanks Norman & Sara"
- roxborough10647
Burton Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"David Burton was our architect for a major kitchen/bath/laundry remodel in our 1903 home in Alameda, California. He assisted us in selecting a contractor, planning the space, selection the materials and appliances, and obtaining good prices for much of our goods and services needed to complete the project. David was attentive, kind, and thoughtful in providing us with a finished product that is both functional and lovely. While we have the best in modern conveniences and the project was done in as "green" a manner as we could achieve, the kitchen is in keeping with the architecture of our Colonial Revival home. We are just about one year from completion (which was done on time and on budget - a rarity in old home remodeling!) and I have yet to find a feature or location of an appliance that I wish we would have done differently. While David and I occasionally had a difference of esthetic, he was always willing to work with me until we had found a compromise that suited. I think his guidance and good will went a long way in our accomplishing what I, and our friends and family, consider a damn fine new kitchen/bath/laundry."
- katequick
Architect Andrew Morrall
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"We transformed our kitchen and put a major 3 story addition with a roof deck at the back of our Victorian House in the Haight. Andy was the Architect and was able to take a very challenging existing kitchen with a narrow floor plan, with many jogs and angles and create a very cohesive design. The inherent narrowness and angles of the space were turned around and actually made design features of the space. With very little wall changes, Andy was able to redesign the Kitchen Cabinets and reconfigure the sink and appliances to create an entirely new look. The lighting, soffits and cabinet details were all well thought out and blend seamlessly with the existing house. The major 3 story addition also proved challenging. Andy's thorough knowledge of the San Francisco Planning Code allowed us to attain a rear yard variance. The addition was very well detailed, extensive waterproofing details were included for the exterior flashing and for the roof deck. We were able to achieve all our goals, and then some with Andy as our Architect. We highly recommend him. "
- hazuka
Levitch Associates, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"Maurice Levitch of Levitch Associates was a pleasure and delight to work with. We appreciated his thoughtful guidance, attention to detail, superb craftsmanship, and his sense of humor. Maurice was supported by a great team of courteous, hardworking professionals, both in the office, and on site. He completed a total transformation of the facade of our house, for which we have received numerous compliments. We highly recommend him to any of those seeking a trustworthy, skilled and professional architect, and will certainly choose him for any future work on our house."
- jswong
3 Lights Design
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"I love working with 3 Lights Design! Everyone there is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and super friendly. TANGERINEdesign is a Residential Design firm focusing on space planning and room layouts for remodels and additions for all kinds of homeowners. Since I'm a 1-woman show, working with over 90 homeowners a year, I don't have the time to deal with Permit process, and 3 Lights Design gives me the ability to serve my clients from Design to Construction. My clients appreciate the attention to detail in order to streamline the process, while keeping a budget in mind."
- TANGERINEdesign, Jill C. Finn Assoc. AIA
Guy Lubroth, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"We engaged Architect Guy Lubroth to help us remodel our apartment in San Francisco. He was very professional and thorough in his review of what could be done architecturally. Guy was also very helpful in presenting several alternatives to us. Our remodel is now complete and it is as perfect as we could have wanted. Thanks to Guy's help the HOA approvals went thru easily and the entire experience was good. We can highly recommend Guy Lubroth to anyone considering building or remodeling. Sincerely, Noel Pinto"
- noerpinto
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"Eugene Sakai stood out far above the pack of the 5 Architectural firms that we investigated to do our total house construction. He was simply the best to deal with, very professional, on time, and took a personal interest in the project, and within budget. We moved in 2 years ago and still love him and the contractor, C.W. Wright in San Carlos. We are pleased to show the house through Eugene Sakai at any time."
- wfeejr
Gast Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"We have collaborated with Gast Architects on numerous high end residential remodels and have always been struck by their level of integrity and profesionalism. Our experience with their team on our projects has always been very positive which had resulted in seamless design/build aesthetics."
- The Garden Route Company
Drafting Cafe Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Alameda, CA
"We're not beginners. My wife and I love a good remodel and have a good sense of what we like. On our most recent project, a living room addition, we just couldn't put it together. We couldn't find that one piece that would make the project pop. Then we found Ethan at Drafting Cafe. He pulled together our ideas and added the missing pieces. We loved his vision from the first draft and had fun (yes, fun) working together to finalize the drawings. Folks that find construction stressful will appreciate Ethan's laid-back, but always professional attitude refreshing. We look forward to working with Ethan and his Drafting Cafe team in the future!"
- we4murrays
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How do I find the best Alameda 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 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 Alameda 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 Alameda, CA 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 Alameda, CA 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 Alameda 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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