Larkspur, 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 Larkspur 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 Larkspur, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Eric Layton of Patriarch Architecture specializes in contemporary residential design for a range of home styles.... Read More
Marin's Eco-Minded Architectural Design Firm | Best of Houzz 2015-2018
The focus of our designs is the creation of artful homes that are energy-efficient & environmentally sensitive....
Best of Houzz 2016 Wilkinson Architectural Group is a small Marin County design firm specializing in custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 491-9752
  • 3 miles from Larkspur, 4 projects in Larkspur
Marin County Taliesin-trained Residential Architect
Distinctive residences infused with the classic ideas and forms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture....
HDA is a well renowned, dynamic firm with an unusually diverse range of experiences. Our success has been based... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 269-5236
  • 1 mile from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin County's Expert in Functional Interior Architecture
Cindy Goefft believes that great design is as much a process of discovery as it is one of creation. She...
Polsky Perlstein Architects is a Marin County- based architectural office. In partnership with our clients, we've... Read More
Marin County's Architect 5X Best of Houzz Award Winner
DNM Architect is a San Francisco Bay Area residential architect that listens to you! We specialize in energy...
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2017, 2016, 2015,... Read More
Marin County's Architecture Firm Specializing in Residential Spaces
Designing a building is a true collaboration between the architect and the client. We start with what you need:...
Gregory Dedona founded his architectural practice in Mill Valley, CA in 1989 after receiving his California... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 383-7107
  • 3 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin County's Top Architect Providing A Holistic Approach To Design
RPS Design is a full service Architectural Design firm working to enhance the built environment in Marin County...
Marin County Architect & Design-Build Firm Best of Houzz 2014-2016
We have over 25 years of experience working on a wide range of project types and have the ability to provide our...
John Lum Architecture is a 16-person firm located in a converted laundry machine factory in the Mission District... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7362
  • 15 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin County's Leading Architect Specializing In Modern Design
Kurt Worthington is the principal at Worthington Architecture and Design where we pride ourselves in modern, site...
Marin County Full Service Design Studio, 2x Best of Houzz Winner!
MW design is a full service Residential, Retail and Corporate design studio that works closely with clients to...
As a Marin based Architecture firm we have worked throughout California to create unique and thoughtful designs.... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 380-7914
  • 3 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin County Architect - Best of Houzz
Residential architectural practice specializing in custom homes, additions, remodels, and kitchens & baths....
Marin County's Established Architects
We are a full-service practice and provide single-source support for new construction, remodeling, construction...
LNAI is an award-winning office focused on crafting space, light, material and form tailored specifically for you... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 678-4965
  • 13 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Greater Marin County's Innovative Architecture Firm
Our speciality is residential design with an emphasis on creating uniquely crafted architecture tailored to each...
San Francisco Based Featured Design Firm
Design What You Love. Ogle Design specializes in creating impactful and personal spaces through inspired design.
Paramount to our point of view on design and building are well thought out space plans that are then, "built from... Read More
Marin County's Innovative Architect & Building Design Firm
We work together from the beginning; it’s a partnership in every way. Commitment to this process and achieving...
Thompson Studio Architects is a partnership led by Doug and David Thompson. The partners work closely with our... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 944-0543
  • 3 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Award-Winning Mill Valley Architecture Firm
Established in 1984, Richardson Architects is a woman-owned architectural firm providing design and management of...
Now accepting new clients for January 2019! Goefft Design specializes in interior architecture and... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 853-3772
  • 4 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin County's Architect for Families | 5x Best of Houzz Winner
Tamley Architectural Design is a full service architectural firm specializing in custom residential design for...
Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is an eleven-person, service-oriented practice specializing in... Read More
Marin County's Leading Architecture Firm
We believe that architecture can be poetic without surrendering its rationale, and that honesty has its value and...
Robert Stiles Architecture is a San Francisco-Bay Area Architecture firm with a focus on distinctive residential... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7637
  • 19 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
SF Bay Area Architect | Best of Houzz '17
Drawn from the uniqueness of each project and client, ODS Architecture (formally Ohashi Design Studio) creates...
Founded in 2009, the Bay Area office specializes in the design of signature residential and commercial properties... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7730
  • 6 miles from Larkspur, 1 project in Larkspur
Marin's Award Winning Architect | 3x Best of Houzz Winner
Residential Design architect with 30+ years experience creating traditional and contemporary homes. I work with...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
PatriArch Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"My husband and I were in search of the perfect house that had to satisfy both our needs. The only thing we seemed to agree on was that the location had to be in Marin County. After almost 7 long years of renting, we finally found the perfect location on a street we were both in love with but unfortunately the house was far from what either one of us liked as it was way too small for our family of four and the one bathroom was the size of a phone booth! We then searched for an architect that would be able to give us both what we wanted and could see our vision and blend it together. After interviewing several different architects and feeling like they didn’t “get us” we moved on and were fortunate enough to have met Eric who was a referral from our real estate agent. He listened and really understood the look and feel each one of us wanted. When we saw the plans he designed for us, we were beyond delighted! He took our 1400 square foot home and turned it into a 3500 sqft. dream home that has everything we both had always wanted in the most creative and family friendly way. He put a lot of thought and care into our house and we couldn’t be happier with his brilliance, creativity, work ethic, honesty, and dedication."
- kerachi
Wilkinson Architectural Group
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"Rob is an excellent architect, great guy and has become a dear friend. My husband and I have worked with Rob on two projects, both homes that we built from scratch. He is patient, kind and has great attention to detail. I would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a great design and an easy and skilled architect to work with. Highest recommendations!"
- Katie Fredricksen
Holder Design Associates
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"Kenneth is a tremendously talented Architect. His professionalism, his commitment to superior quality design and his impeccable attention to detail is a true pleasure to experience through the entire course of a project. I've had the great pleasure of working with Kenneth for many years and on a wide range of aesthetically diverse projects and he will always be my first choice when in need of the services that he and his firm provides."
- Aaron Mutscheller
Polsky Perlstein Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"This is the first review I've written on Houzz and well deserved. My husband and I find the homes that Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home catalogs, etc. use to photograph their furniture in and every time we call Polsky, Perlstein Architects we are received with such grace and friendliness. We have now been in many of their homes and not only is every home built with the greatest attention to detail and quality but they are each unique as well. PPA has great range and talent and our experience with them has always been very pleasurable.."
- Conroy Tanzer Photographic
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"Eugene Sakai stood out far above the pack of the 5 Architectural firms that we investigated to do our total house construction. He was simply the best to deal with, very professional, on time, and took a personal interest in the project, and within budget. We moved in 2 years ago and still love him and the contractor, C.W. Wright in San Carlos. We are pleased to show the house through Eugene Sakai at any time."
- wfeejr
Gregory Dedona Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"I'm the fortunate and proud owner of two custom homes designed by Greg Dedona. One is in Mill Valley, Marin County (1999, remodel) and the other is in McCloud, Siskiyou County (2013, tear-down & full new construction). Greg's mastery of design, materials and construction processes created two stunning, unique, buildable and affordable homes. His ability to creatively merge our family's goals, an evolving joint vision for the houses and the highly different administrative processes of these two sharply contrasting counties was something I believe very few (if any?) other architects could achieve. From the most rural contractor resources in Siskiyou to the most experienced and high-end pros in Marin, Greg demonstrated an ability to forge loose and disparate bands of craftsmen into a cohesive team. His leadership was respected by everyone involved - strikingly unusual in the often friction-plagued relationships one sees between contractor and architect. Perhaps most creatively, our McCloud home made great use of owner-procured (i.e., salvaged!) locally sourced, recycled materials - 100 yr old wood floors, replaned structural doug fir for interior trim, refurbished Wedgewood kitchen stoves etc.. In sharp contrast to architects who often scorn such an approach, Greg was invaluable in his advice on how to make these materials work. He helped us source many of them through his amazing array of contacts not just in Marin, but from Tahoe to the Oregon border. Highest possible rating...were there a lifetime achievement award for residential architecture in California, Greg Dedona has already earned it."
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John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"We used John Lum Architecture for the complete remodel of ~1000 sq ft in San Francisco. John and team were fantastic to work with. Very creative yet good at listening to our thoughts and integrating our ideas. They understand how to both design a gorgeous contemporary space while still keeping it comfortable and livable. We depended on them with a lot of design detail recommendations such as fixtures, paint, tiles and they always had great suggestions that made the process much simpler and easy to manage. They are very professional, extremely responsive and timely. There were no surprises during the entire process including on deadlines and budgets. I would strongly recommend them."
- ethanbeard
Dorman Associates, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"Highly recommend! Very hardworking and professional staff are incredible at making remodels easy and manageable. "
- Orrin
LNAI | Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"We are huge fans of LNAI – their work speaks for itself and their office is one of the most creative and knowledgeable that we’ve ever had a chance to work with. Leonard is founding principal and having collaborated with him on multiple projects, we truly admire his tireless dedication to his craft, his work ethic and incredible attention to detail. Working with LNAI has always been a fun process of integrating ideas, blurring boundaries between landscape & architecture, and creating stunningly beautiful homes where interior spaces and gardens flow together as one. The projects from his office are thoughtful, innovative, elegant and truly stand apart. Amazing work."
- EAD Landscape
Paulina Oldenbrook Interior Design
Architects and Building Designers in Larkspur, CA
"Working with Paulina is a pleasure. She makes the daunting task of renovation or decorating a home seamless, easy and beautiful. She listens to what you want and takes over with amazing results. She worked on architectural detail, layout and home furnishings for a major renovation for our home. Our home is beautiful thanks to her and I get rave reviews from all who come through. Paulina is easy to work with and understands how difficult this process can be for her clients."
- Linda Henn
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How do I find the best Larkspur 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 Larkspur 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 Larkspur, 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 Larkspur, 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 Larkspur 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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