Costa Mesa, 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Licensed Architect & Realtor in both California & Utah, offering full-service architectural design. With over 30... Read More
  • Click to Call(714) 386-1346
  • 5 miles from Costa Mesa, 2 projects in Costa Mesa
Award-Winning Building Design Studio Serving Orange County
Recognized for designs in a wide range of architectural styles, our teams of service-oriented experts collaborate...
Eric Aust Architect brings 22 years of architectural experience in all aspects of design. Specializing in custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 637-5220
  • 1 mile from Costa Mesa, 1 project in Costa Mesa
Central Orange County's Professional Architecture Firm Since 2006
Design is our passion, we subscribe to challenging traditional ways of working and creating new and innovative...
Principals, Juintow Lin and Michael Fox met at MIT almost 20 years ago in architecture school. After graduation... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6174
  • 23 miles from Costa Mesa, 2 projects in Costa Mesa
Orange County's Leading Innovative Architects
We’re here to assist you from concept thru completion with your current projects. We offer high-quality drafting...
Are you looking to do a remodel, or addition? Or maybe planning on building a new house? We can help, here at... Read More
Orange County's Leading Luxury Architect
Established in 1993, EBTA is a Southern California-based architectural firm specializing in high-end custom...
Established in 2009, amk STUDIO is a full service architecture and planning firm that was formed with the goal... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8643
  • 6 miles from Costa Mesa, 2 projects in Costa Mesa
Newport Beach's Experienced Architecture Firm | Best of Houzz '14 -'18
William Guidero Design provides custom full-service home design and planning with 30+ years of design experience....
Vulkan Designs, Inc. is a dynamic design and development firm with expressive vision. We are a full-service... Read More
Orange County's Custom Architecture & Design Firm | 2X Best of Houzz
Southern California based, Stratos Form is a definitive, responsive architecture & design team creating...
Orange County’s Leader in Drafting & Design Services | Best of Houzz
Here at David Michael Designs, we offer both 2D and 3D designs for any size residential project. With the power...
Benjamin has made it his duty and priority as an architect to provide a broad range of services and value at... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 680-8616
  • 15 miles from Costa Mesa, 1 project in Costa Mesa
Orange County Full Service Design Firm | Best of Houzz
My approach to design is based on the concept of "romantic modernism" where I reference & incorporate elements of...
Beach Cities Premier Architect 2X Best of Houzz Winner
With over thirty years of local and national architectural experience, we provide skillful design and management...
Richart Design is a full-service design company, bringing over 30 years of experience to each of our projects. We... Read More
Orange County's Collaborative Architect & Expert in Innovative Designs
Orange County Architect Mark Teale designs custom homes and renovations in and around Newport Beach and Corona...
Orange County's Experienced Architecture Firm
Our mission is to provide superior service to our clients resulting in architecture that is sustainable, in...
William Guidero Design provides custom full-service home design and planning with 30+ years of design experience.... Read More
Renovate or Relocate - Visualize the Possibilities in Orange County
Licensed architect with over 25 years experience creating custom homes, additions, kitchen remodels, and outdoor...
Orange County's Experienced Building Designer Best of Houzz 2018
Mark works with his clients to develop unique home designs that meet the requirements of a building site, as well...
Here at JF Carlson Architects Inc. our goal is to provide our clients with a high level of Architectural design... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 645-3051
  • 1 mile from Costa Mesa, 1 project in Costa Mesa
Orange County Premier Architecture Firm | Best of Houzz!
Novum Architecture is a licensed architecture firm offering expertise in modern and traditional style, single &...
Brandon Architects, Inc. is a boutique full-service architectural design firm specializing in high-end custom... Read More
Orange County's Most Dedicated + Reputable Architectural Design Studio
From design concepts and space planning to engineering, combined with remarkable construction administration, our...
Peters Architecture is a collaborative design firm providing uniquely crafted solutions to our clients one at a... Read More
Beautiful Award Winning Architectural Designs in Orange County
d’Arcy and Associates Architecture, Inc. is a full service, recognized Southern California based, architectural...
Specializing in modernist, unique residential projects earning prestigious design awards for their innovation and... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 371-9793
  • 4 miles from Costa Mesa, 1 project in Costa Mesa
Orange County's Contemporary & Eco-Friendly Architectural Design Firm
Edward M. Osuch, of Neo and Associates, has been specialized in the art of architecture since 1997. He...
Burdge & Associates Architects, Inc. (BAA) is an international architectural, planning and consulting firm based... Read More
Orange County's Innovative Architectural Design Firm - Best of Houzz
Our philosophy starts & finishes with a commitment to design, quality & client service. Our designs encompass a...
MYD studio is a Southern California based small architecture firm that values an integrated, client-focused... Read More
Orange County Custom Architecture
Serving Orange County since 1999. Ultimately our goal is to create high quality buildings, appropriate to their...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
Cheryl DeMarco, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"Cheryl is a constant in her field! Her level of creativity, her attention to detail and her listening skills lends to her understanding of your vision to bring together a pleasing design in the end. Cheryl offers her clients good advice and is on top of every detail to make sure that the project runs smoothly and in a timely manner."
- Pace Cabinetry
Eric Aust Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"We hired Eric Aust to design a full remodel of a 50's farmhouse in Newport Beach.. Right away he grasped the concept of what we wanted, which was an update rather than a new look. He nailed it completely and also got his perfect plans thorough the city over the counter. This saved us so much time, money and stress. He also was great to work with as a design partner. We really just figured he could read our minds because we got the home we dreamed of."
- Raili Clasen
FoxLin Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"My husband and I worked with FoxLin Architects on our custom ground up home in Carlsbad (north of San Diego), California and we would very highly recommend them. The home is now complete and it is remarkable down to the last detail. We felt like our values were always considered and we had countless conversations about even the smallest of details from paint colors to the cabinetry handles. At times we questioned the proposals and in the end we could see and now can understand their vision. Juintow and Michael are both very talented, innovated and experienced architects, designers, and project managers who can easily show many iterations on the computer as well as obtain countless physical samples of tiles, stain samples etc. This level of personal dedication and attention to detail is what constantly put us at ease on the design of our new home. 
 The bottom line is that we count on them for envisioning designs and that is also what set them apart from others. It is also worth mention that they were always grounded enough to understand our budget and make not only beautiful, but also realistic proposals. Again, we are highly recommending FoxLin Architects to anyone who wants a bit more than norm."
- yenshali
David Michael Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"I have worked with David Michael Designs on numerous occasions for the past 4 years and find them to be, frankly, the best in their field at what they do. Always professional and knowledgeable, never failed to do an excellent job. Andy."
- Tardif Drafting & Design
amk STUDIO
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"We thought we had our remodel figured out ourselves. We decided to bring in amk Studio just to be safe. We are so glad we did. They were able to (nicely) make us see why our initial vision wouldn't work well but also came up with MUCH better ideas than we'd ever thought of. We were thrilled and so so glad we had made that call."
- Tin Parade. Party. Gift. Home
Vulkan Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"Trifon is innovative and easy to work with. We've recommended him to others and would definitely use him again on another project."
- Lyndsey Torp
benjamin john stevens, architect
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"I worked with Ben, photographing two of his projects. I'm happy to share with everybody his exciting ways of designing homes, through my cameras. I'm better with images but if I have to use words to describe his activity it would be: Attention to detail and quality of work to meet his customers expectations. Communication was excellent. It's so good to see professionals like Ben around!"
- homlit
Richart Design
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"I have worked with Jason for several years and have found that he is super easy to work with. He is also very knowledgeable, experienced and talented! Richart Design is my first choice when I need an Architect on a project. I have worked with him on both residential and commercial projects. A+"
- Susan Thiel Design
William Guidero Planning and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"As a Landscape Designer, we have worked with Bill Guidero on many projects. We have always found Bill's work to be innovative, yet in line with the aesthetics and budgets of his Clients. Bill is also extremely accessible and this is extremely important when working with an Architect. I very highly recommend Bill for any Residential Architecture Project!"
- Garden Studio
JF Carlson Architects Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Costa Mesa, CA
"Jim did a great job walking us through the design process and then executed as promised. We had preliminary sketches to review within a week and had preliminary CAD drawings shortly after. Jim also took care of the drawing reviews and permitting process with the city. When he was done all we had to do was select a contractor and we were on our way. We highly recommend using Jim. He is Honest, hard working and in addition to getting us through the permit process, he helped with construction support to address unanticipated issues that came up in the middle of construction. Excellent Architect!"
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How do I find the best Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa, 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 Costa Mesa, 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 Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa, CA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Costa Mesa architects. You may also look through photos of California 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 Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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