Bluffton, SC Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Bluffton 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 Bluffton, SC interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Court Atkins Group: Creativity, experience, excellence, timeless design. Partners William Court and James Atkins... Read More
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Charleston Architecture and Design Best of Houzz 2013 - 2016
We specialize in Custom Residential Home Design. Our projects are very specific to the needs, desires, and...
Robert (Bob) Johnson established the firm of Johnson & Associates, Architects (JAA) in 1987. JAA is noted and... Read More
South Carolina Full Service Architectural Firm Best of Houzz 2014-2016
Established in 1982, Camens Architectural Group specializes in luxury custom home design & construction...
Design/Build firm building in the Hilton Head, SC area, building waterfront and golf course oriented homes of the... Read More
Beaufort County's Premier Architecture Group Best of Houzz 2015-2016
Architecture firm specializing in custom residential home and renovation design, with projects in Colorado and...
Established in 1987, Cowart Group is a full service architectural firm with numerous American Institute of... Read More
  • Click to Call(912) 401-0538
  • 25 miles from Bluffton, 8 projects in Bluffton
Beaufort's Leading Architect & Design Firm Best of Houzz 2013-2018
Cole Design Studio is an award winning residential design firm. In business since 1991, we have custom designs...
Since opening our doors almost 20 years ago Allison Ramsey Architects has been instrumental in providing designs... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 986-0559
  • 15 miles from Bluffton, 4 projects in Bluffton
Beaufort's Highly Skilled Residential Architect
With over 40 years of experience as an architect, James Robinson, owner of JYR Architect PC, is renowned for...
Cole Design Studio is a full service residential design firm specializing in custom located in Beaufort, SC. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 790-6046
  • 15 miles from Bluffton, 6 projects in Bluffton
Beaufort County's Expert Residential Design Firm
STONE by STONE Design was established in 2000 by a husband and wife team. Rich and Julie Stone specialize in...
For more than 30 years, the team at Frederick + Frederick has been helping families create one-of-a-kind homes... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 522-8422
  • 18 miles from Bluffton, 5 projects in Bluffton
Beaufort County Architect--30+ years of experience! Best of Houzz 2017
We listen & identify. We prioritize based on your unique preferences. We design solutions that represent your...
Group 3 was founded in 1986 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, by Rick Clanton and Mike Ruegamer. Whether... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 689-9060
  • 12 miles from Bluffton, 5 projects in Bluffton
Beaufort County's Leading Design-Focused Architect & Building Designer
In 2015 Nicholas founded Renard Architecture. His work experience ranges from working with large international...
At Low Tide Designs, we pride ourselves on meeting budget constraints and schedule deadlines, while striving to... Read More
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Court Atkins Group is an established firm specializing in architecture, planning, and interior design.
An architecture firm specializing in southern style homes, we embody a comfortable and inviting sense of living... Read More
Beaufort County's Award Winning Architecture Design Firm
The firm has a commitment to architecture tailored to the needs of the client, as well as unique design for...
As a professional designer it is my job to find and refresh the areas that are worth enriching. I take obstacles... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 575-1429
  • 3 miles from Bluffton, 2 projects in Bluffton
Northeast Architecture Firm Specializing in Residential & Resort Homes
A small firm best known for the design of architecture and interiors for town, country, campus, hospitality,...
John Pittman is both an award winning architect and a builder of high quality custom homes in the South Carolina... Read More
  • Click to Call(843) 815-8155
  • 10 miles from Bluffton, 3 projects in Bluffton
South Carolina's Architecture Firm Skillful & Finely Crafted Homes
BRZ's mission is to bring to our clients the talent and experience needed to create finely crafted homes...
Residential Design Firm specializing in custom house & renovation design. It is my goal with each design to make... Read More
Swallowtail Architecture specializes in custom residential home design for new homes and whole house, major... Read More
Kenneth Miller Architecture is a dedicated and quality conscience planning and architectural company that... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
Court Atkins Group
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"I have worked with the team at Court Atkins on many projects. They are the leading firm in the Hilton Head & Bluffton, SC area. William Court & James Atkins have assembled a superb team of architects and interior designers."
- Savannah Surfaces (Savannah Hardscapes)
Johnson & Associates Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"I had the pleasure of working with Johnson & Associates on a residential project. Bob and his staff were very professional while maintaining a friendly informal atmosphere. He has an eye for personal taste which he incorporated into their design. I look forward to working with Johnson & Associates again and highly recommend them every opportunity I get."
- 803builder
ACH Custom Homes
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"Arkiteknic built our home in 2014! The support with our selections was fantastic! Designing and building a custom home can be challenging but the staff at Arkiteknic made it a manageable process. We just LOVE our low country home!"
- gburrer
Cowart Group Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"Gerry designed our home in 2007/08. We added onto the kitchen in 2011 and added bedrooms in 2012 and Gerry did both of these as well. Originally we did not realize we would need the added space so it was our choice to start small. Our home is on beautiful family property and Gerry's designs and construction guidelines always respected the surroundings of our home which is very important to us. He has also helped us tremendously with contractor negotiations and making sure the integrity of our home was not compromised. We love our home and are grateful to Gerry for the work he has done for us."
- julieorne
Allison Ramsey Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"It is a great place to work. ARA provides outstanding service. They pay attention to the details which is evident in their finished houses. Beautiful designs."
- zayda
Cole Design Studio, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"Paul Cole of Cole Design Studio was a referral which we are very pleased to have checked into. We met Paul at his home office along with his welcoming committee, Charlie and Bella, two extremely lovable dogs. We got right down to business discussing the construction of a home on land we purchased some time ago and what our budget would allow. Paul's portfolio of completed designs, plus our own thoughts were put to paper in a very professional and expeditious manner. Paul worked with us, making suggestions when we were unsure of our design and gave us ideas we hadn't thought of. The final plan is one we cannot wait to have built. In the interim, we asked Paul to design a two and a half car garage with an apartment above to be constructed adjacent to the home Paul was designing. The plan was exactly what we had in mind and Paul was able to maximize limited space to create a very comfortable living area. Construction of the garage/apartment is almost completed. If you choose Cole Design Studio you will have the pleasure of working with someone who is extremely knowledgeable, professional and personable. Your Paul Cole designed home will be lovely to look at and extremely well structured. It will be a home you and future generations will enjoy. Betty & Richard Gibbons"
- rbgibb
Frederick + Frederick Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"I highly recommend Jane and Mike Frederick for those of you getting ready to build your dream house. Not only are they professional, enormously creative, and talented, they really listen to their clients and understand their lifestyles and budgets. Phone calls are always immediately returned. We built our house from 6000 miles away, and were completely confident that things would be properly supervised. And these folks are a ton of fun to boot--we are personal friends to this day! Becky and Greg Sprecher, Beaufort, S.C."
- rebecca1715
Group3
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"We love seeing a set of plans from Group 3 come across our desk, their attention to detail and the quality of their designs always make for a project we are proud to be a part of. Not to mention its a pleasure to work with Rick and the rest of his team."
- Stewart Brannen Millwork
Low Tide Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"Sam's ability to design and "think outside the box" of the Lowcountry vernacular made our project both successful and enjoyable. Our relationship during the design phase became a special collaborative experience. With my background in residential interior design, I brought the initial concept that Sam molded into a dream home. He was attentive, professional, patient and particularly focused with us on all the small details that made our finished home a dream come true."
- dixielynn831
Pearce Scott Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bluffton, SC
"We loved Pearce Scott's ability to take into account the natural beauty or the surroundings when designing our home. We highly recommend him."
- Sarah Bowman
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How do I find the best Bluffton 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 South Carolina 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 Bluffton 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 Bluffton, SC 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 Bluffton, SC 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 Bluffton 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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