Elmhurst, IL Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst, IL interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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West Studio is dynamic award winning architectural firm that was established in 1986. Led by Stephen Jaskowiak,... Read More
Trusted Chicago Architect | Over 30 Years Experience
Jim has provided a full range of Architectural Services in the Chicago Area for over 30 years. Jim has completed...
An award winning Architectural firm in the Western suburbs, started by Bill Schwarz and Brad Lewis to continue... Read More
Chicago Based Quality Modern Architecture Firm - Best of Houzz 2018
Senga Architects is a full-service Architectural Design firm based in Chicago. We are easy to talk to, fun to...
Your Home Our Signature - MBArch 25 + years experience in designing your home. Unmatched Expert Architect... Read More
Chicago's Sustainable Architecture + Design Studio
Taking cues from the construction industry and environmentally minded design, we strive to craft efficient spaces...
Giving existing homes great new curb appeal and bringing new life into homes that have historical significance.... Read More
Chicago's Leading Architect & Design Firm Best of Winner!
We are a small Architectural firm that provides design and construction drawing services for new residential and...
12/12 Architects & Planners LLC began with one small project 15 years ago. Since then, our client base has grown,... Read More
Chicago Architect and Designer Best of Houzz 2013-2017
Along with custom home designs, JB Architecture Group also specializes in architectural and construction services...
Carr Warner, Architects are a small full service Architectural Design firm interested in exploring all types of... Read More
Chicagoland's Custom Architecture Firm
Craftstone Architects, Inc. is a residential and commercial architectural firm that has been helping their...
Eifler & Associates Architects is an architectural firm that concentrates on achieving a balance of both new... Read More
Best of Houzz Winning Premier Illinois Custom Residential Architect
For 15 years, 12/12 Architects has helped clients with historic and new homes in DuPage county and the Lake...
Named Remodeler of the Year by National Association of Home Builders 2016! Michael Menn has been providing... Read More
Chicago's Expert Architectural Design Firm
kbh architects focuses on providing exceptional residential design to our clients. Whether an elaborately...
Lenore Weiss Studios was founded on the belief that architecture must be inspirational, eminently functional, and... Read More
Chicago's Leading Interior Architect and Interior Designer
From melding modern art and landscape for a spectacular desert oasis, to restoring Chicago’s Shubert Theater in...
Established in 1980, Studio21 Architects has specialized in designing custom homes for over thirty years. During... Read More
Chicago's Trusted Architectural Design Services
Scott A. Shalvis AIA is a professionally licensed architect with 25 years of experience in both construction &...
dSPACE Studio is an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. The... Read More
Chicago Based, Award-Winning Architecture Studio
Architecture is a collaborative art, and I actively involve clients and builders in the design process.
Elizabeth Taich Design is a full-service interior architecture and design firm that specializes in sophisticated... Read More
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I am an architect who primarily works on historic homes doing restoration work or period sensitive remodeling. I...
We are passionate about working as your partner to create thoughtful, nourishing spaces for the things that... Read More
With decades of combined experience, the team at Lark Architecture is skilled in residential and commercial... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
WEST STUDIO Architects & Construction Services
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"Steve Jaskowiak and the West Studio Architects team provided us complete design and construction of our new prairie style home. Steve's insight into the features we wanted was amazing. His supervision of the skilled construction team was exceptional; he cared that the build was done correctly. He created a beautiful home that is totally easy to live in. Highly professional team and quality work from start to finish."
- Teresa M
Schwarz Lewis Design Group, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"My company, AMLI Residential, has worked with the Schwarz Lewis team on many projects over the years. The projects range from 200 to 500+ luxury residential apartment units and included mid-rise and high-rise multifamily urban and suburban communities. Each project was unique and appropriately designed for our end user-the apartment resident. Both Brad and Bill worked very closely with us to design spaces with outstanding exterior architecture and extremely livable interior layouts and features. Brad is an exceptional design architect with the depth and expertise to create homes that people truly love. Bill is the best architect that we have ever worked with when it comes to floor plan design and project execution. Both are client friendly and invested in their client being happy with the end result- a beautiful home."
- stephencharlesross
Michael Buss Architects, Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"From our very first meeting we felt confident in our choice of Michael Buss Architects. They asked the right questions and really listened to our needs. Their great ideas and attention to details helped make our house special. The whole process turned out to be fun, exciting and effortless. Thanks to them we now have a beautiful home! "
- vganz
Betsy's In-House
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"Beautiful designs and color palettes. Nice flow and transitions from room to room. High quality work and fixtures. Move in ready. Stunning"
- dodea22
12/12 Architects & Planners
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"12/12 Architects is highly recommended. Cinda Lester is wonderful to work with. She takes the time to work with you and understand what your needs and wants are. She has great ideas and is extremely patient and accommodating. You can count on 12/12 to get back to you in a timely fashion and meet your deadlines. I loved working with her."
- Sandra Mitchell
Carr Warner, Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"We have used this firm 3 times for house remodels and a garage construction. Both house remodels were gut rehabs and the garage included an outdoor room. We have enjoyed working with them and are very pleased with the results. I find them very knowledgeable, budget minded and professional. They stayed involved throughout the construction phase which has been a great help to us. Since our gut rehabs involved older homes, we always ran into some unexpected glitch. Whenever we did, they were there to help us with a creative solution. An example of this is when we opened the back of our house for an addition and found extra wall space, we ended up with a beautiful paneled arched opening with built in shelving on the sides. Another example is fitting a kitchen into our desired space with everything that we wanted and retaining some of the old house charm."
- cristti62
Eifler & Associates Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"Eifler & Associates has been involved in two major restoration projects on historic properties for me. They are thoughtful, creative and bring a wealth of experience to the project. Unlike some firms they welcome input from the client, contractors and others on the project. They react quickly to issues as they arise in the field and make sound decisions based on the facts. I would highly recommend them!!"
- timskiy
Michael Menn Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"Michael Menn designed and constructed with the help of his experienced pool of subcontractors the kitchen of my dreams in an older home that I love for both its tradition and its memories. It is a pleasure for me to come down in the morning to a space so much in keeping with the style of our home and offering me at the same time all that is in modo contemporary for the our time. Michael Menn is a gentleman who honors his word amd his contractural agreements. He was always available to me and responded promptly to any and all concerns or questions that I may have had. Michael is in addition someone with whom one could easily make a lasting friendship. I would not hesitiate for a minute to recommend him to others nor to contact him for any future projects that I had in mind."
- momulan
Lenore Weiss Studios, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"My home is a beautiful haven, and it's because of Lenore Weiss. She designed and supervised the work on the remodels of two bathrooms, kitchen, family room, living room, dining room, and screen porch. From appliances, to layout, to color, to furniture, to area rugs, to tile, every step of the process was carried out under Lenore's gentle scrutiny, keen design sense, and attention to detail. The jobs were always on schedule, the disruptions minimal, and the final products works of beauty. She is aware of the lifestyle and taste of her clients, and she works to create surroundings that will make them feel at home. I recommend her with confidence and with gratitude."
- nancygrossman
Studio21 Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Elmhurst, IL
"They do great work and are very creative. We have worked with the firm for well over 18 years now. We are currently working with the firm again too."
- Scott Sevon
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How do I find the best Elmhurst 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 Illinois 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 Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst, IL 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 Elmhurst, IL 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 Elmhurst 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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