Benton Harbor, MI Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Benton Harbor 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 Benton Harbor, MI interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Allegretti Architects is an architectural and planning firm founded on the principals of service, sustainability... Read More
Berrien, MI Established Custom Architectural Design Firm
Keystone Designs is dedicated to the principals of providing quality custom services for each project. We strive...
Furkis Architectural Consulting is a full service Architecture Firm located in Berrien Center, Michigan. At... Read More
Berrien County's Leading Architectural Firm Best of Houzz 2017
HELMAN SECHRIST uses a collaborative method of designing to ensure our client's wishes are fulfilled. We work...
AB2 Architecture is a small practice located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, located along I-94 in southwest Michigan,... Read More
Southwest Michigan Modern Architect Winner of Best of Houzz 2016
Our approach to the design & management of each project is tailored to the client. Individual projects begin with...
Jeff Helman works closely with the entire team at HELMAN SECHRIST Archtiecture to promote healthy growth and... Read More
Berrien County Full-Service Architectural, Planning & Interior Design
Visbeen Architects has been in the business of bringing architectural dreams to life - from unique,...
Lucid specializes in developing unique solutions that are specifically designed to meet clients needs. We have... Read More
Berrien County's Boutique Architecture Firm
Bamesberger Architecture is a full service boutique firm serving a diverse range of clients. We believe that good...
BEST OF HOUZZ AWARD WINNER: 2018 & 2017 Valentina Rangelova-Velkova has over 30 years of experience and over... Read More
A Craft Based Design Studio Located in Berrien Springs, Michigan
We are dedicated to the craft of architecture & interior design. We believe design should be thoughtful;...
Hibler Design Studio is dedicated to the craft of architecture and interior design. We believe design should be... Read More
Michigan Lake Front Architecture - 3x Best of Houzz
Allegretti Architects is an architectural and planning firm founded on the principals of service, sustainability...
Cottage Home is a Design/Build firm of well-appointed beach homes and cottages. A Cottage Home is your custom... Read More
Schultz Architecture is a BBB A+ accredited, award winning residential architectural design firm. We work with... Read More
Bamesberger Architecture is a full service boutique firm serving a diverse range of clients. We believe that... Read More
AeH Designs, LLC, is a boutique design firm specializing in careful, creative designs for residential clients.... Read More
Heidi Hornaday, Architect, PC was founded in 1994 and is located in southwest Michigan. We specialize in... Read More
Interface Architecture is a full-service architectural firm serving many residential, church, and commercial... Read More
InForm Architecture provides professional design services to residential clients through a collaborative &... Read More
BIO: Duncan Stroik’s architectural practice grows out of a commitment to the principles of classical... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
Allegretti Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"We interviewed 3 architects and chose John Allegretti based on his previous work and enthusiasm for our specific project. We wanted to go from a 1-1/2 story, 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath to something more. Our lot size is 33 x 132 ft. which isn't much to work with. Our location on lake Michigan's Silver Beach is extremely desirable but our home was not allowing us to take full advantage of available views. John created a full second story complete with a master suite (bedroom, bath and living area) and walk out second floor deck. This deck offers privacy and another beach view perspective. We now have expansive views throughout our home. (John used glass railings throughout.) We ended up with a more spacious home than we had envisioned. John also presented our project to the local planning commission (we needed variances), and remained engaged throughout the project which was a big help to us. We would work with John Allegretti and his associates again."
- kim massa
Furkis Architectural Consulting
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"Jim came up with a concept to fix a problem we had at our house. It had been cobbled together over the years and added onto numerous times. There were 4 ridge lines that were all different heights and latitudes. They were also all different pitches. His idea eliminated two of them and added a very nice look to the old house. We also gained a nice covered porch area. Jim also provided us with a number of different elevation views of the house with various treatment and siding options. It helped make the two story area of our house go from the look of it being added on to, as an afterthought, to being part of the plan, from the beginning."
- mattpeat
AB2 Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"We have hired many architects over the years, and have found AB2 Architecture to be one of the best. Arnie Bunkley is an experience professional. Good creative thought, balanced with a practical knowledge, helped our mutual clients realize exceptional results. he became one of of the team, a group of artisans with a common goal, "provide the client with an outstanding experience and house." We also enjoyed our interactions with him, every situation was pleasant and respectful. I highly recommend AB2 Architecture and plan to hire him again. Brian Bosgraaf, President CottageHome"
- Brian Bosgraaf
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"Nothing but praise for Helman Sechrist Architecture: we are in a home we couldn’t even dream of (better than a ‘dream home’) - designed by Helman Sechrist! We had a design challenge - leaving behind two homes that we loved, and combining into 1 new home that would accommodate my family (husband and 3 kids) and my mom, ensuring space for everyone and universal accessibility. We looked at a few homes in our area, then we spent months looking at plans, and realized that nothing pre-drawn was going to work for our family. From my first conversation with Jeff Helman, I was confident that he understood our unique situation - he agreed that we would need to start from scratch. I realize now that this is how they design all their homes - designing spaces around the needs and wants of their clients, spaces that function perfectly and are beautiful! The journey was amazing - their process ensures they are aware of all the functions you want to accomplish in your home - before any plans are drawn. We met extensively with Jeff and Brad (Sechrist), they were alway patient and a pleasure to work with even when we were not at our best - ( imagine how hard a project is to coordinate between two people - then add a mom / mother-in-law to that mix). The staff at Helman Sechrist was there for us throughout the project - They helped us with the bidding process, helped us pick the right builder, made sure that the house was on the lot where it should be, and even talked us through the inevitable rough spots. I cannot express how much we love our new space, how perfectly it is working for us. The spaces that we are living in are just the right size, very spacious - but still cozy; never cavernous or cold. If you want a house that fits your family and your needs - not a house that you have to fit into - Helman Sechrist is well worth the investment."
- momx3bjc
Lucid Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"Our experience with Lucid Architecture has been 100% spectacular from start to finish. Eric possesses every ideal quality a client would seek in an architect: honesty, intellect, ingenuity, and humor. He excels in the ability to take what is conceptual and transform it to actual. If there were 6 stars to allocate, we would do so for Lucid."
- Quantum Windows & Doors
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"ADIDA, Inc., is a pure joy to work with! We have worked with Valentina on several projects. She always brings fresh ideas that meet or exceed our expectations and that of our Clients. She takes the time to listen and incorporate the client's must-haves with what will work in their space and really goes the extra mile to make sure their needs are met. Valentina also makes herself available when it works for our Clients schedules, which makes scheduling meetings easy and convenient. She really cares about how you will live in your home and you can see that in her details. We are eager to work with her again!"
- Hawks Hollow Builders
Hibler Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"Jesse Hibler is an excellent architect, talented and responsive to concerns. We built a home with his guidance over the last eighteen monthsa And we are extremely satisfied. His design captured the feel we were looking for, and we Feel he came up with a plan that suited our needs, both in style and function. Jesse has a fun personality and we really enjoyed the design phase of our project."
- Marti Swanson
Cottage Home, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"We contracted Cottage Home to build our new lake home in 2009. This was the first time we had gone through a new construction project. After several meetings with the builder, providing our own ideas on what we hoped for in our home, he then added his design thoughts. The resulting plan was everything we could have imagined. We agreed on a set price, standards, and completion date. The project went as promised, with no deviation from our original agreement on price or standards, and it was completed exactly on time. Compared to other negative experiences we have heard about from friends about other builders, we felt extremely fortunate to have contracted Cottage Home for our project. They have an incredibly stable group of regular subcontractors, who were most professional, highly skilled and competent in their specialties. Icing on the cake, is the fact that this builder "stays with you" long after the project. For any subsequent needs, or repairs, they are immediately available to support our requests. The whole process continues to be one professional story, even after the successful completion of our retirement home on Lake Michigan."
- houner
Schultz Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"What we appreciated about working with Jon Schultz is his ability to really listen to our ideas and dreams, and then architecturally interpret them. We hired Jon to help us design a home that would be comfortable and easy to "age" in, one that would allow us to be environmentally conscious in our building and in the operations of the house, and a home that aesthetically worked on the property we would call home. We are very satisfied with the end result, and have Jon Schultz to thank for our dream becoming a reality."
- Janet Brode
Bamesberger Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Benton Harbor, MI
"Hired to select and evaluate potential sites on our property adjacent to a wetland. After site selection designed a rustic modernist cabin that was environmentally conscious and leveraged the views and available light. Was a great process from the beginning. Truly an amazing, thoughtful and considerate, Fred is an amazing architect and craftsman. We hioghly recommend him."
- ggangi
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How do I find the best Benton Harbor 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 Michigan 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 Benton Harbor 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 Benton Harbor, MI 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 Benton Harbor, MI 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 Benton Harbor 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?

Find a home architect in Benton Harbor, MI on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Benton Harbor architects. You may also look through photos of Michigan projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Niles, Fair Plain, Benton Heights, Paw Paw Lake and Hartford.

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