Buffalo, MN Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Buffalo 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 Buffalo, MN interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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At David Heide Design Studio, we believe in honoring the past while planning for the future. We think of houses... Read More
Repeat BEST OF HOUZZ winner with over 30 years experience designing custom homes, we work across the country on... Read More
A.Sadowski Designs is a full service design firm specializing in spatial reconstruction, additions, remodels and... Read More
At David Charlez, we are a vibrant design-oriented firm that is committed to creating distinctive built... Read More
"Your Home Is Our Passion." The desire to create beautifully crafted homes that reflect each of our customers... Read More
Twin Cities Award Winning Architectural Firm - Best of Houzz 2018 Winner Principal Architect & Owner, James... Read More
Rehkamp Larson Architects is dedicated to creating great places to live. We work together with homeowners and... Read More
At SALA we believe that our client collaborations transcend the idea of style. We strive to create thoughtful,... Read More
Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd. is a full service residential design studio focusing on thoughtful and unique... Read More
Partners 4, Design is a residential design and build firm, a single source for kitchen and bath improvement. The... Read More
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Taking a fresh approach to home design, Jim Kuiken has become a vital conduit between builder and clients in... Read More
U+B Architecture & Design is an award-winning architecture and interiors firm based in Minneapolis. Our strategic... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
Murphy & Co. Design
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"I had an extraordinary experience working with Jeff Murphy and Company. Their attention to detail, their communication skills, and their creativity made the whole project a delight. I couldn't be happier with the plan that Jeff created. It was wonderful to work with an architect who truly listened to me and heard what I was asking for. I feel that my home truly is a reflection of me and all the things that are important to me!"
- Susan Brunn
David Heide Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"David and his team provide an outstanding level of expertise and service. We hired them to help us figure out how to slowly renovate our 100 year old home, and they helped us identify what was important to us, develop a mission statement for how we approach renovations, and then they collaborated with a team of contractors and vendors to put together a comprehensive book describing our home, its current condition, what needs repairs, and how much those repairs would cost. They also included several options for the areas that we are interested in remodeling down the road. We have also used them to pick out and install window treatments that respect the heritage of the house. They are certainly not the cheapest option out there, but they cannot be beat in terms of excellence and expertise!"
- allimarie
Sharratt Design & Company
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"We've had the honor of working with Sharratt Design & Co. recently on a few phenomenal renovation and new construction projects. From a design perspective, they are proficient in any style you can think of. From cottage, to Colorado lodge, to Mediterranean, to contemporary, they can do it all. Most importantly, they are fun to work with in a collaborative team setting, and always have their clients' best interests in mind. They have a wonderful staff, and everyone from Mike Sharratt himself, to the people who answer the phones, are warm, inviting, and accessible throughout the project. We look forward to many more projects with Sharratt Design & Co, and we highly recommend you speak to them if you're looking to remodel an existing home, or build new. John R. Kraemer"
- John Kraemer & Sons
A. Sadowski Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"Alethea is amazing! She was an integral part of the team when we remodeled our entire basement, renovated our kitchen and added a large porch in the front of our home. She was the key person to help select all of the interior selections and after the work was completed, assisted in the interior furnishings as well. We did a second project with her as well. We added a laundry room that is the envy of my neighborhood. She designed and drew up all of the plans and worked well with all of the subs. Many friends have seen her work in my home and have hired her as well- both to help in structural changes as well as interior work. They all have been happy. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is true to her word, very organized and keeps you informed throughout the project. These are rare qualities. I am happy to talk with anyone who has any questions. Thanks!"
- debbiesteen
David Charlez Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"Dave Charlez Designs was amazing to work with on our custom home build. The home turned out just as we had imagined it and the process was easy and fun. What set David Charlez Designs apart from other architects was the reasonable price and 3D imagery of the interior and exterior of the home. Very professional, very talented, and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an architect in the Twin Cities."
- Beata Spuhler
Alexander Design Group, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"Kathy Alexander designed our new home. She did a fantastic job! She really listened to our concerns and needs and designed a home that fits us perfectly. She was the best part of our build experience."
- J R
James McNeal Architecture and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"It's rare to find an architect that immediately grasps your clients' vision, especially when they don't know what they want (or need)...often times, it's a process that takes many meetings. Jim was able to work with my clients and create a completely new, unique and wonderfully artful design that transformed an average home into a showcase that will both functional and beautiful. His attention to detail will be evident in every aspect of the home design."
- orke45
Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"Jean Rehkamp Larson is talented, patient, articulate, creative, brilliant, practical, systematic and delightful. We live in a 1908 Farmhouse in Minnesota, which we purchased 14 years ago. We made very few improvements during those years. Our 3 kids were in school and then starting college and life was too busy. I knew we eventually would get to updating and remodeling our home so I kept looking for possible architects. Jean wrote the book "Farmhouse Book". I immediately realized that she understood the elements that I wanted to preserve and maintain, yet update to make more livable and comfortable for our expanding family, as kids come home with partners and maybe eventually grandchildren. This project is 2+ years in the works mainly because of unforeseen surprises behind the walls i.e. lead pipes, extension cords in the wall used for electricity, porch walls that were structurally unsound and could not pass inspection as well as the increased expenses because of those surprises that required refinancing and prioritizing. As well as decision making difficulties between 2 very stubborn people. :) We are coming into our final push to finish the kitchen, cabinets and trim work. We have remodeled the upstairs bathroom, we have moved the kitchen back to its original location from its 1970s tacky remodel to incorporate a bathroom on the main floor, Put in a main floor handicap accessible bathroom, wrap around porch, new entryway, sunroom off the kitchen, geothermal heating and cooling."
- nataleejo
SALA Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"We have had the pleasure of collaborating with SALA Architects on multiple projects. Each time they have brought something fresh to the table and are constantly thinking outside the box. They also have an innate attention to detail and are great at communicating. Overall, they have been a pleasure to work with."
- Partners 4, Design
Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Buffalo, MN
"We have had the pleasure of building & remodeling several of Charlie's designs over the past 10 years. He has shown great versatility in the fact that he understands and excels at every style from contemporary, to historic, all the way to very traditional. His plans are detailed, accurate, and easy to work with. Our clients enjoy working with Charlie, and so do we. We give Charlie & Co. our highest recommendation, and encourage you to give him a call if you're interested in remodeling or building your dream home. - John Kraemer"
- John Kraemer & Sons
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How do I find the best Buffalo 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 Minnesota 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo, MN 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 Buffalo, MN 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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo, MN on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Buffalo architects. You may also look through photos of Minnesota projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects in Nowthen, Ramsey, Elk River, Saint Michael and Otsego.
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