Ellicott City, MD Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Ellicott City 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 Ellicott City, 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
  • Click to Call(410) 419-5548
  • 8 miles from Ellicott City, 5 projects in Ellicott City
Howard County's Most Trustworthy Architect: Best of Houzz 2015-2018!
People are not generic so why should their houses be? We treat each client, each site and every project as a...
  • Click to Call(301) 888-5226
  • 19 projects in the Ellicott City area
Since 2001, Karen Pitsley, AIA has been creating beautiful and functional spaces for homeowners in Maryland and... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 918-5870
  • 11 miles from Ellicott City, 3 projects in Ellicott City
Howard County's Elite Architectural Firm
We're small firm with experience with many project types. Whether a small residential addition or a new corporate...
  • Click to Call(410) 346-3809
  • 2 projects in the Ellicott City area
Ronald Johnston and Associates, Architects is an architectural firm specializing in residential architecture for... Read More
  • Click to Call(410) 442-3667
  • 8 miles from Ellicott City, 2 projects in Ellicott City
Baltimore/Washington Thoughtful Historic & Sustainable Design Firm
brennan+company architects is a 30-year-old, 4 person open-studio, collaborative firm. We specialize in beautiful...
Architectural design firm specializing in residential and small scale commercial projects Read More
  • Click to Call(703) 652-7560
  • 38 miles from Ellicott City, 1 project in Ellicott City
Howard County Architect & Designer - Best of Houzz!
Our Mission... "To build and professional community that provides clients value through expertise, education and...
  • Click to Call(301) 918-5870
  • 12 projects in the Ellicott City area
Moser Architects, PLLC is a full service residential architecture firm offering custom home design and... Read More
Howard County Architect Best of Houzz for Design & Service!
Published in Annapolis Home and Chesapeake Home magazines, we are the "think-out-of-the-box" firm, with fresh...
  • Click to Call(443) 345-4090
  • 4 projects in the Ellicott City area
BEST OF HOUZZ 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Purple Cherry Architects is a high-end residential architecture firm... Read More
DRD studio is a certified small business Residential Design Studio based in Maryland. It was founded by David... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 523-3034
  • 28 miles from Ellicott City, 1 project in Ellicott City
We lead the way in creating fabulous interiors for residences, hospitality and commercial spaces. Our designs... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 888-6352
  • 28 miles from Ellicott City, 1 project in Ellicott City
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the... Read More
KUBE architecture is an award winning modern architecture studio that challenges the norms of daily life and... Read More
Inspired by a shared interest in sustainable design and artfully crafted buildings, we established our practice... Read More
Washington, DC residential architect Donald Lococo, creates well considered and thoughtful homes. Informed by... Read More
Since 1994, Washington, DC and Miami Beach based FORMA Design, Inc., has produced memorable, creative and... Read More
Koncept Design + Build was formed by a family rooted in architecture, engineering and construction. Our passion... Read More
Place architecture:design is an award-winning, custom residential, boutique architecture firm. Our expertise lies... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, MD
Molinelli Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City, 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
Ronald Johnston and Associates, Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, 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
John Linam Jr, Architect, PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, MD
"John Linam transformed our house from a cold, out of date, lifeless shell to a warm, elegant, tranquil, modern, and welcoming home. He worked with our ideas and parameters and delivered results beyond our imagination and expectations. Countless people have marveled at and complimented the work John did in our home. It is without a single hesitation that recommend John Linam to you. His taste, imagination, intelligence, and skill are prodigious...plus, he's a genuine nice guy who works hard to make sure you're happy."
- barryrinehart
Moser Architects PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City, 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
DRD Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, MD
"David was a pleasure to work with, he was organized, always on time, and very helpful. We were truly novices in the game of renovation and he explained all of it to us and walked us through the process."
- Amanda Sweet
Mclean & Tircuit Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, MD
"Decoria transformed my simple one bedroom apartment into an oasis that I absolutely love. From the selection of paint color to the coordinating custom window treatments and bedding, I feel like I'm living in a model home. The kitchen layout was expanded to meet my needs and my closets were designed to meet all of my storage requirements. What I appreciated most about Decoria was their prompt and professional service. They were on time and reliable with no hidden charges or surprises. I will definitely use them again."
- dcdesigndiva
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City 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 Ellicott City 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 Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City, 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 Ellicott City 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 Ellicott City, MD on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Ellicott City architects. You may also look through photos of Maryland 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 Baltimore, Columbia, Silver Spring, Leisure World and Wheaton.
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