Elk Rapids, MI Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Elk Rapids 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 Elk Rapids, MI interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Edgewater Design Group partners with clients to build their vision of what home means. Our team provides... Read More
Greater Grand Traverse Area Custom Home Builder Best of Houzz 2018
We specialize in timeless and creative design, coupled with extremely high-efficiency/high performance systems in...
Ken Richmond, Architect is a full-service architectural firm established in 1999 by Kenneth C. Richmond, AIA. Our... Read More
Northern Michigan's Leading Residential Architect
N. J. White Associates – Providing the highest quality architectural design and planning services for...
Welcome to J.R.N. Design Associates, llc where custom home design and your desired construction budget are a... Read More
Michigan Architect and Designer -Best of Houzz 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017
We believe that all architecture deserves to be timeless and beautiful. A project is developed from the idea that...
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Antrim's Client Focused Architecture Firm
Matthew Gore has been a trusted name in architecture for over 3 decades. Matt's top priority is to understand the...
Whiteford Associates offers an uncommon blend of architectural capabilities and construction experience. For... Read More
Antrim County's Full-Service Architectural, Planning & Interior Design
Visbeen Architects has been in the business of bringing architectural dreams to life - from unique,...
Shoreline Architecture & Design, a full service architectural design firm, does more than design a building - we... Read More
Antrim's Full Service Architectural Designer Best of Houzz
Scott D. Koch Architect L.L.C., offers comprehensive design services, and construction management affiliations to...
Designing lake houses and Northern Michigan cottages for 25 years : from turn-of-the-century architecture to... Read More
Michigan's Trusted Budget Friendly Architect 4X Best of Houzz Winner
Welcome to JRN Design Associates, llc where Custom Home design and your desired construction budget are a...
Kitchens and baths are two spaces people are most passionate about. Just two reasons why BAC Design Group’s team... Read More
Northern Michigan Award Winning Full Service Architecture Firm
We are a reputable and award winning architectural design firm in Northern Michigan and have participated in the...
Architect providing full Residential Design Services, Small Commercial Design Services and Healthcare Planning. Read More
Antrim's Innovative Architecture Firm
At Edgewater, it is our job to listen first. With exceptional quality, design and construction partners, your...
Small firm specializing in custom unique residential and commercial design Read More
Northern Michigan’s Full Service Architectural Design Firm
As architects, we don’t simply design buildings. We envision better solutions for the environments that surround...
The building of your new home may very well be the most complex, interesting, and expensive project you'll ever... Read More
We are surrounded by built environments. Ever learning, Lankford Design Group are students of human living and... Read More
Elaine Keiser brings excellence in all phases of design, from conception to completion, while making the process... Read More
Please Visit my houzz website at cpshannontc.houzz.com and colleen p. shannon.com. I am proud to be a part of a... Read More
With nearly two decades of experience in the home remodeling and custom home building industry and a Better... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
Edgewater Design Group
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"The Quiet Moose has worked on several projects with Edgewater Design Group and their team over the course of several years. This firm continually proves to be an incredibly talented and professional group to work with. The drawings and designs that are created by this firm are everything that an interior designer would want from an architect. When we have the opportunity to work with Edgewater Design Group we know that the interior design was thoughtfully considered as part of the whole project with a mindfulness to the aesthetic and functionality of each piece and for each individual client. We look forward to collaborating with Edgewater Design Group bin the future and highly recommend them!"
- The Quiet Moose
Ken Richmond, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"We hired Ken Richmond to design a home for us about 14 years ago. There is not a day that goes by that we do not enjoy the artistry and innovation that he brought to the project. He was extremely attentive to what we wanted and amazingly creative in delivering beyond anything we asked. Earlier this year, we called upon Ken again as we tried to solve a difficult roofing challenge for a winter home in Florida. He came up with a novel and artful solution that both my husband and I just loved. We came to realize that any building project will never be better than the design, no matter how expertly crafted. Ken excels at artistic design. We give him our highest recommendation."
- tierraverde
JRN Design Associates llc
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"We hired Jeff Rice last year to work with us on designing our retirement home. He took our thoughts about what we wanted to have in our custom home and designed it better than we had imagined. He walked us through every part of the design process and what he came up with surpassed our dreams. Anytime we called with a question he would answer or meet with us. Jeff is very easy to talk to and excellent at designing and staying within your budget. Our house is in the building stage right now and we have gotten great comments on our design. We have given Jeff's name to a few people who were interested in working with him. Thanks Jeff, for our wonderful retirement home and we will continue to pass along JRN Design."
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b DESIGN studio, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"Great experience working with Brittany. Helped us with every detail of our remodel from built ins, fireplace design, furniture, lighting....the list goes on and on. She gave our historic house the perfect modern twist while staying true to the time period! Love, love, love her!"
- Kristin B
Whiteford Associates, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"Our project was an almost total tear down of our family cottage and design and construction of an updated home. This entailed salvaging certain materials and items in the cottage that had sentimental value to us and maintaining and incorporating the salvaged items into our design. The process started with a written document from us on what we wanted to see when we walked through our new home and ended with the realization of our dream. The quality of work was excellent from all the sub-contractors, the schedule was maintained and, while we went over budget, we got exactly what we wanted with few surprises. The entire process was smooth and skills of all those involved was excellent. We have recommended Whiteford Associates to several others, some who used your services as a result."
- jskelly716
Shoreline Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"Steve Werner a partner at Shoreline designed our lake home in SC. I will never forget sitting with him before we began the project. I told him everything I wanted and everything I didn't want. I gave him inspiration photos and we talked about how we wanted the house to be used. He took detailed notes and asked the best questions. About 2 weeks later he set up an online meeting to show us what he had designed. I started to cry and he thought I was upset but I was crying because it was exactly the house I had in my mind. It had everything I had ever dreamed of and it was stunning. He was involved in every aspect of the build including some of the unique interior design features. He is professional and personable. He is a great listener and amazing problem solver. He is creative and detailed. I felt like he was able to see my vision and put it on paper and then follow through making sure it was done to his standard. We love our house. I would use him again and highly recommend him to anyone wanting something very special."
- suefarina
Buday + Kruzel Architects PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"Buday Kruzel Architects, PLLC is a high quality architectural firm that provides very complete and accurate building plans for new construction or remodels/additions. As a structural engineer it is a privilege to work with them."
- bjz6817
Marty Rhein, CKD, CBD - BAC Design Group
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"I have the utmost respect for Marty and his work. It is always a pleasure to work with him on any project. He listens carefully, is respectful and is an excellent communicator. This always results in a better finished product for the client."
- kühl doors
Mark Bischak, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"I met Mark in the most prescriptive, out-of-context setting: the school fundraiser! You can tell a lot by how someone deals with all the craziness and I was struck by how nice Mark and his wife were. I am not at all surprised by how lovely his work is. As a fellow professional, I can see his work is top notch. His personality is too. If I were building a home in the Frankfurt area, I would give him a call."
- Colleen P. Shannon Design and Illustration
Michael Fitzhugh Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Elk Rapids, MI
"Michael designed a complete remodel of our 1886 house in downtown Traverse City. His ideas were innovative & his designs fit our style perfectly."
- tckatie
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How do I find the best Elk Rapids 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 Michigan 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 Elk Rapids 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 Elk Rapids, MI 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 Elk Rapids, MI 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 Elk Rapids 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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