Columbia, MD Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Columbia 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 Columbia, MD interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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I am licensed residential architect and remodeling expert. I offer homeowners a clear, concise, step by step... Read More
Howard County's Most Trustworthy Architect: Best of Houzz 2015-2018!
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Since 2001, Karen Pitsley, AIA has been creating beautiful and functional spaces for homeowners in Maryland and... Read More
Baltimore/Washington Thoughtful Historic & Sustainable Design Firm
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Place architecture:design is an award-winning, custom residential, boutique architecture firm. Our expertise lies... Read More
Howard County's Elite Architectural Firm
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EN ARCHITECTS BELIEVES IN SIMPLICITY AS A CONSISTENT PHILOSOPHICAL MEANS TO PROBLEM SOLVING, BUILDING UPON... Read More
Moser Architects, PLLC is a full service residential architecture firm offering custom home design and... Read More
BEST OF HOUZZ 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Purple Cherry Architects is a high-end residential architecture firm... Read More
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
Molinelli Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"My wife and I bought a home that was in serious need of remodeling. She had met Jim Molinelli at seminar and was impressed by his professional manner and knowledge of home design remodeling. So we contacted Jim to help us redeisgn the entire inside of our home. After our first meeting, we knew he was going to deliver. Our home had vaulted ceilings in the family room and master bedroom. As he exited our home, he said that he would open up the entire living area and remove the drop ceilings in the front entrance, living room, dinning room, and kitchen. We told him to move forward with that in his design. We were presented with floor plan changes and CAD images of what our home will look like once completed. Today we have finally finished our home and we are more than pleased. We have a few parties since our home was completed and our friends and guests are very impressed with the end result. Its looks like it could be feature in a magazine. Jim made himself available throughout the remodel process, met with our general contractor, and provided detailed design that was easy enough for our contractors (both for demolition and rebuilding) to follow. We are quite pleased with his work and professionalism and would use him again if we had a need. To bad he does not do landscape design as would would have loved to see what he would have designed for the exterior. Resident in Woodbine MD"
- kenjiprice2010
Transforming Architecture LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"Karen at Transforming Architecture was reccoemnded by my real estate agent as she had done work on his home. At our first meeting she gave us an idea of the scope of the projects she has accomplished and the fee structure. She really listened to our ideas and concerns for our kitchen renovation. Karen presented 3 visions for our renovation, one with exactly what we asked for and then two other options. The third design presented involved moving our kitchen and creating an open floor plan. This was beyond anything we could have imagined o our own and made the best use of the space and our renovation dollars. We are currently under construction but Karen is readily available to answer questions and make edits to the design. It is a pleasure to work with her and I can't wait to see her vision come to fruition."
- Colleen Day
place architecture:design
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"We used Place for an addition to our home. Laurie spent a lot of time listening to what our needs were and then came up with 3 designs incorporating those ideas. What we got exceeded our imaginations. Not only does the addition look like it was always there, we got everything we wanted within our budget."
- schlossy
Ronald Johnston and Associates, Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"Ron Johnston worked with us over a 8 month design period and provided a fully custom solution that exceed our expectations. It was a very iterative process that required substantial study concepts, coordination with structural engineers and interior designers. We were also fortunate that Ron was well connected with builders and developers, which allowed us to fully execute on the plans. As a long standing commercial developer and builder myself, I was extremely satisfied with Ron's design and coordination skills."
- velamati
Mark Mobley Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"Mark was able to come in and get his redesigned plans through one of the most difficult Architectural Site Review Boards in all of California when our original architect was not able to finish the job. This custom home met all of my needs. Mark was able to translate my verbal descriptions of my design ideas into a cost effective, buildable product. His understanding of how to best utilize this tricky job site made a great difference from other architects that were engaged in the project. This project could never had been done without his guidance and expertise."
- charlieschmidt
Analogue (formerly EN Architects)
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"We had the opportunity to work with Eli this past year on remodeling our bathroom. He helped turn our one bathroom into two by cutting into our walk-in closet and also a bit into the master bedroom. The master bathroom is laid out so you enter through the walk-in closet. Being in the city where space is tight, he was able to make two elegant contemporary bathrooms feel spacious in a small area. The looks are absolutely stunning and he has already started plans on our kitchen. His plans were easy to read with a full listing of all the fixtures we needed to order to complete the job. He makes himself available if you need to follow-up with him while the project is in progress if changes need to be made."
- Justin Ronca
Moser Architects PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"I recommended Moser Architects, PLLC to everyone looking to build or renovate in the DMV area. Sarah took our quaint Cape Cod home in North Arlington and made it into a beautiful home for a growing family. We told Sarah how we wanted to keep the charm and curb appeal that fit the neighborhood, and she surpassed our expectations. Our home could not be more functional thanks to Sarah's expertise, and we are always receiving compliments. Our open floor plan with large amounts of natural light could not be more perfect. If we ever take the plunge to purchase another home in NOVA in need of renovations, Sarah will receive the first phone call."
- elleopatout
Purple Cherry Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"I would highly reccomend Cathy Cherry. I had the pleasure of working with her on a house that she designed for Baldwin Homes for the Maryland Green Show Home. The area that I designed and furnished was the Kitchen, Eat-in Area and Great Room. I love how she designed the areas to be an open floor plan. I find that homeowners in this area of Maryland like open floor plans because it is a more interactive but, casual way of life. When I heard that Cathy was designing the home and wanted it to be a "tidal" home I knew that her style would fit hand in glove with my "Chesapeake Cozy" style. The architectural detail on the home was top notch. In my area, I particularly loved the strong columns. I repeated the detail in my custom built-ins flanking the fireplace. It was easy to plan the interior design around Cathy's classic taste! Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID"
- Gina Fitzsimmons ASID NKBA
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"We have used Claude C. Lapp for architectural plans for updates and additions to our 1931 "Cotswold" cottage three times. He has also done work for other family members and friends. He is very intuitive and maintains the proper period or style of the house while making it functional and aesthetically pleasing. He is very gifted and we wouldn't hesitate to refer him to anyone interested in making their existing home more functional or enjoyable or for drawing plans for a new build."
- Lynn Pendleton
KUBE architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia, MD
"Kube Architecture designed a new rear to my 19th Century row house. You can look it up on Houzz where it was featured. We loved working with Rich and Janet and their staff. They are full of good ideas, and we got the fun, edgy, and functional space we always wanted, still respecting the bones of the old house and its quirks. Kube is responsive, creative, clever, thoughtful, and always understanding of client needs, not just design imperatives. Moreover, they are so great to work with, they really listen and care about how you live in your space. They use the best modern materials, and like to experiment. They are especially known for their handling of light and color. Modern isn't so serious or cold when Kube designs it! I can't wait to hire them again."
- marciasilcox
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How do I find the best Columbia 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 Maryland 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, MD 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 Columbia, MD 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 Columbia 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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