Bainbridge Island, WA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Bainbridge Island 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 Bainbridge Island, WA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Seattle Architects Coates Design Architects performs work anywhere in the United States. We have a sterling... Read More
Kitsap County's Premier Architectural Firm
Good architecture is always the result of collaboration. What we enjoy and excel in most on the job is working...
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Kitsap County's Residential Design Firm
Each project, each site, each client is unique and we capture those forces to create custom environments unlike...
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Bainbridge Island's Premier Architects & Shoreline Permit Experts
The firm specializes in responsible, engaging, and sustainable residential and community based projects which...
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Kitsap County's Collaborative Architecture Firm
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Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting brings you creativity, design excellence and a deep commitment to service. We... Read More
Kitsap County's Most Trusted Architect + Building Designer Since 1996
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
Coates Design Architects Seattle
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"We've toured the residential and commercial projects created on Bainbridge Island by Coates Design, and have followed their work for years. Our office was in the same building, and we often stopped in to learn more about their projects. We've always been impressed by their great architectural sense of aesthetics, and their ability to create innovative work that blends well into the surroundings of the project location. Very professional, very pleasant and very accomplished."
- daigledesign
BC&J Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"I have worked with BC&J on two projects. They designed a condominium for me in the Marina District on Bainbridge Island. I recently completed a residential remodel, as well. I was extremely satisfied with every aspect of both projects."
- melaniecohn
Tom Kuniholm Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"Tom Kuniholm's design for our home addition is beautiful, functional and melds perfectly with the exisiting structure. We really enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him for his professionalism, design aesthetic and expert knowlege."
- anniehayward
Shuler Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"“Mark was asked to submit a proposal to design a house that I was planning to build in Preston, WA. After interviewing several Architects, Mark's portfolio of previous work was most impressive. He had as many detailed drawings for the meticulous woodwork of the interior of the house (what I was looking for) as he did for the structure / exterior of the house. Since that time, Mark has supported several creative designs to include an in-law apartment and the planning of a home I wish to build in Bend, OR. His responsiveness when I have questions and the ideas he offered have been tremendously helpful and I consider him an ultimate professional in his work. I appreciate his high sense of integrity in all that he does.”"
- sandrasgreen
Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"Chris Gutsche is wonderful to work with. He's creative, patient, flexible and listens superbly to needs and concerns. Chris goes the extra mile, being very involved in the building process from beginning to end. It is clear that he loves what he does and is committed to sustainable building practices. We are pleased with every aspect of working with him!"
- Judy Friesem
Lane Williams Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"Lane Williams took our dated and very tired looking 1960’s one story, pitched roof home with a daylight basement and transformed it into a beautiful modern home with strong horizontal and vertical planes and cantilevered masses. Lane's vision for the house really came together when we decided to spend the money to expand the carport to two cars. We were thinking it might not work, but when he showed us the renderings we both just thought wow – it balanced everything out and got us a look that was spectacular. The finished house got great reactions from the neighbors, and it still thrills us when we overhear the bicyclists as they zip by saying ‘Cool House!’ http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai2before.jpg http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai3.jpg http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai1.jpg"
- mthack
Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"As General Contractors, we have had the privilege of working with Dan Nelson and the great folks at Designs Northwest Architects on many projects, some award winning. We recommend them highly and look forward to working with them on many projects in the future! ~ RGN Construction, LLC, Seattle WA"
- RGN Construction
Litzler Studios
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"I worked with David for several years while he was at Board & Vellum and was always extremely impressed with his professionalism, outstanding design skills, and determination to take care of his clients. He is an excellent detailer, fantastic at coordinating answers to questions during construction, and cares deeply about every project he works on. I can highly recommend him."
- Jeff Pelletier
Johnson Squared Architecture + Planning
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"Devin Johnson and his staff are professional and really understand architecture. They are hands-on to the degree you wish and always ready to assist."
- Kathleen Dassel
grouparchitect
Architects and Building Designers in Bainbridge Island, WA
"We hired Group Architect for our major remodel/2nd story addition of our mid-century modern home and worked with the two owners, Brian and Scott. We were extremely impressed by their knowledge of building codes (our house is in an ECA zone), design and material ideas, communication skills (with ourselves and our contractor) and professional manner. They were very responsive to our ideas, requests and many questions. It was very important to Brian, Scott and ourselves that the completed home maintain some of its original character and style and not look like it was an add on, while adding many modern elements. The project was a huge success. We would highly recommend Group Architect."
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How do I find the best Bainbridge Island 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 Washington 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 Bainbridge Island 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 Bainbridge Island, WA 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 Bainbridge Island, WA 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 Bainbridge Island 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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