Columbia Heights, 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 Columbia Heights 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 Heights, MN interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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SKD Architects, Inc. is a Minnesota based company, established in 1977 by Steve Kleineman, AIA, CID. We are a... Read More
At SALA we believe that our client collaborations transcend the idea of style. We strive to create thoughtful,... 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
President of Ron Brenner Architects in Stillwater Minnesota, brings over 25 years experience designing single... Read More
To see more photos of our homes please visit our website at: www.homesbytradition.com Welcome to a new... Read More
Partners 4, Design is a residential design and build firm, a single source for kitchen and bath improvement. The... Read More
Joy Martin is a licensed Minnesota Architect with 13 years of experience working in a variety of architecture... Read More
At David Charlez, we are a vibrant design-oriented firm that is committed to creating distinctive built... Read More
U+B Architecture & Design is an award-winning architecture and interiors firm based in Minneapolis. Our strategic... Read More
ALTUS Architecture + Design is a firm that focuses on creating places for living that reflect the identity of the... Read More
TEA2 Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture firm that specializes in the creation of... Read More
DLD renovates and improves homes that are too small, poorly laid out, or simply outdated. We work with what you... Read More
Taking a fresh approach to home design, Jim Kuiken has become a vital conduit between builder and clients in... Read More
As HART'S DESIGN I have been providing residential design services in the greater Minnesota area for over 25... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
SKD Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"I want to start by saying that not only would I use SKD architects again, I would ONLY use them. I tore down and replaced the home I'd lived in for twenty years. Steve Kleineman and I began with a discussion where I described my thoughts for my new home. He came up with a drawing which was close. One meeting later he had designed exactly what I wanted. Steve included the level of detail I desired, and, designed several pieces of furniture for specific spots, each on it's own, a masterpiece. My home is custom, inside and out. You will not see this home anywhere else. He designs for the person. Additionally, there is nothing trendy about his designs. I doubt that fifty years from now anybody will be able to say that this home is "typical" of homes built in the early 2000s. Outside, Steve carried out details from the inside making his plan cohesive and beautiful. He was careful in his design not to hurt existing old trees and was not only respectful of my existing lot, he made the very most of it. I had no idea for the entire first twenty years that I lived in my home that my lot could have the beauty it does today. When building began, Steve worked closely with the builder to insure that my vision was carried out meticulously. It felt as though he was working on his own home, that's how involved and accessible he was. Because of it, my home is perfect. He listened closely to my needs and was easy to get along with. When I made changes, he kept the up-charges to a minimum, in some cases actually reducing the price. Construction on my 5,000 square foot home took less than one year from the day they tore down the old house (not as emotional as I'd have thought to see it go) until moving in to my new warm lovely home; slightly under 11 months to be exact. I have seen larger homes, but never any done with any better attention to detail. It is perfect. Feel free to call if you need additional information about this build, but know that I felt it was as easy and enjoyable as it could possibly have been. The only thing I enjoy more is living here."
- Debra Malinsky
SALA Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, 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
Alexander Design Group, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, 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 Columbia Heights, 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
Ron Brenner Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"Ron Brenner's portfolio displayed a wide variety of great architecture from residential to commercial. He has the education and experience that I seek. He's a great source on costs in a project. I haven't hired anyone yet for our remodel."
- gracefix
Homes by Tradition
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"Outstanding Design and Construction. I have worked with Homes by Tradition and highly recommend them. I really like their design and their customer service. I worked directly with LaVern Rod in Plymouth, she was great at communicating and following through."
- Craig Kamman, Edina Realty
Partners 4, Design
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"Partners4Design was able to "see" our space in a way no other designer I worked with. Their design is beautiful and functional - we are very pleased with the work. Rick, the general contractor, is a delight. I definitely recommend their work from start to finish!"
- judymortrude
Joy Martin Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"I hired Joy for a major remodeling project for my Edina home. Joy was not only attentive, a great listener, responsive and extremely professional but, also fun to work with! One of the things I really appreciated is she was very attuned to my style and taste and helped me tremendously with the various selections that needed to be made. I would highly recommend Joy. I have worked with several industry recognized architects throughout the years and she was by far the best! Kristine Merta"
- kmerta
David Charlez Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, 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
U+B Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Columbia Heights, MN
"Wonderful. Finally found an Architect that would LISTEN! By the time we found U+B Architecture & Design we'd already spent over $10k with a local well known firm. What a waste. U+B is more affordable and listens, really listens to what you want. These guys (and gals) get design. They are the most understated and elegant designers and architects in the Twin Cities. Can't say enough good things. Hoping to showcase their great work with my South Minneapolis home. Don't hesitate to call them. You won't regret it. Pics to follow."
- UrbanHouseWife
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How do I find the best Columbia Heights 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 Columbia Heights 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 Heights, 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 Columbia Heights, 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 Columbia Heights 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 Columbia Heights, MN on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Columbia Heights 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 & building designers in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Plymouth, West Coon Rapids and Woodbury.

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