Carmel, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Carmel 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 Carmel, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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I am an architect, designer, and urban planner in Carmel, California. As a student at the University of Notre... Read More
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Dan and his talented team design extraordinary custom environments, meticulously detailed and executed. "We...
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
Adam Jeselnick Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
"Working with Adam on the remodel of our house was a very satisfying experience. Adam has a strong sense of design and he carefully listens to understand the clients’ perspective. He was able to balance design and functional considerations within our budget and achieve an overall aesthetic that compliments the entire house. Adam was available for questions and very supportive throughout the project. We would definitely choose to work with him again. Arthur and Loretta Traum"
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Saroyan Masterbuilder
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"Working with Saroyan Builders has always been a pleasure. Their attention to detail is that of a true professional. They add amazing creativity to every project. I am proud of the work we have done together. Sincerely, Tammy Dunson Precision Cabinets and Trim"
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Sterling-Huddleson Architecture
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"Sterling-Huddleson Architecture is a wonderful company to work with. They are timely and prompt with their drawings and have great design ideas. When challenges arise they are there as a team to come up with a solution. I wish all companies were as professional and easy to work with."
- Scott Birdsall Custom Homes
Theresa Buccola Stained Glass & Design
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"My wife and I wandered into Theresa's shop during a 20th anniversary "returneymoon" to Carmel. We were instantly charmed by her art and by her. Theresa's shop is filled with life, and she tells a great story about each piece. We bought one of her lovely glass pieces, and it hangs prominently in our house in New Orleans. It's beautiful by itself, but also reminds us of a terrifc afternoon in Carmel."
- joeduke1
Craycroft Design
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"Craycroft Design designed our new home, selected our contractor and managed the construction project. It was a very good experience and we would do it again. Our house is exactly what we wanted."
- reimansl
Golden Visions Design
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"Larry Golden worked with us to redesign a space from a 4 car garage to a one car garage, laundry room, family room, bathroom, and bedroom. His design reflected our needs as well as the design constraints of the site and Santa Cruz planning board."
- Liz Glowa
Wynkoop Design Company
Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
"Eric is such a delight to work with! From start to finish everything went smoothly and I felt like he really understood my vision and needs. I plan to use him for any future home remodeling projects."
- emccann1976
Justin Pauly Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
"We hired Justin for the remodel of our 1929 Spanish home in Los Altos. Justin was so remarkably easy to work with - fantastic listener, passionate about his design but very cognizant of our budget. The finished product is wonderfully consistent with the original, but dramatically more spacious and full of light. We feel like he was able to respect the heritage of our home while modernizing it to be far more comfortable and inviting for both our large family and our entertaining. We had such a good experience working with Justin that we've also worked with him (since the remodel) on a small addition...and have consulted him on another project as well. We cannot recommend him highly enough."
- davidlosaltos
Thomas Bateman Hood Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
"Thomas Hood is an incredible architect who delivers great design using impeccable service. He is a true professional who listens to his clients' needs and hopes for a new space. Tom worked with the man who built our house and designed our house which we eventually bought. When we needed to add a bedroom/bathroom in a very tight space and working with very particular city requirements we knew the original builder (Richard Hochschild) and architect, Thomas Hood would be the right team-- I know refer to them as the dream team because they work so well together and navigated a very tricky space and worked so well with the Town of Larkspur. The whole process has been efficient and enjoyable."
- Cynthia Pillsbury
Derek Van Alstine Residential Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Carmel, CA
"Derek and his team designed and built our house three years ago and we couldn't be happier. At first it all seems so overwhelming, razing a house and building a new one but Derek made it all fun. I can't praise his team enough and would definitely use them again. Particularly Steve our carpenter and Eric who managed it all."
- Susan Mingione
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How do I find the best Carmel 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 Carmel 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel, 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 Carmel 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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