Los Altos, 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 Los Altos 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 Los Altos, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, 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
M. Designs Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"We did two projects with Malika and love the results. She planned two remodel/ additions for us plus helped with some interior design choices. Our house is modern but she also did my brothers house which is ranch style."
- jbaher
360 design studio
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"Bahi and Mariela are truly a unique find and I thank my lucky stars everyday that we discovered them for our home remodel. We added about 1000 sq ft to our 1500 sq ft home, and took down all but the foundation and studs of the initial footprint. Not only did Bahi and Mariela fully integrate the new construction into a seamless floor plan, but every piece of it is so incredibly unique and stunning. They completely designed a new roof that creatively resolves the 8 foot plates from the initial walls to the 9 foot plates of the new construction, and you would never know it as all you see is a gorgeous elevation that is absolutely stunning. I am absolutely in love with the outside of the house. And then the inside...WOW! Our new common space is an open concept with beautiful architectural accents and high ceilings. We wanted open concept, but we also wanted each space to be defined in some way so they designed the most beautiful details in the ceilings above the spaces including vaulted, tray, and crown molding accented elements. The end result is that when people walk in, they often tell us it's one of the best homes they have ever seen. Several have told us it is their dream home and would love to build the same design somewhere. We owe that to Bahi and Mariela for working so diligently to add just the right touches that would make our home beautiful. I feel like I am living in a gem that nobody else could have dreamed up but them. And not only is our house extraordinary, but Bahi and Mariela were the nicest people to work with the whole project. I am so glad we hired them and now have a beautiful home to call ours for years to come. Thank you 360 design studio!!!!"
- mshapiro
Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"I am currently working with Mark on a remodel. I found him on Houzz as I liked some of his projects and was not disappointed. Mark listens extremely well, understands what I want and than makes it better. He has a great sense of space, light and general flow. I also like his pragmatic approach - he knows where things make a difference and an investment is needed, and where one can get away with potential cheaper approaches.. He is also just a really nice and inspiring person to work with.."
- dmielke
Studio3 Design, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"I was introduced to Bess through a previous Designer I worked with who was retiring her business. She felt Bess would be a good fit for me and my job, and I knew from our first meeting she was right. Bess and her Studio 3 team came on the job when we completed the basic house conceptual plan. Her input and ideas only further enhanced the function of the floor plan. As well, her knowledge, expertise and practical approach has been so valuable especially as this is my first major house remodel. I have quickly found how easy it is to keep expanding the plan as well as the budget! She does a great job keeping me on track and realistic, which my husband appreciates! Bess has guided us through our Phase 1 of the crazy permit process for an in law quarters and is now assisting with our phase 2, the rest of the house., all the while setting expectations of how to work with the city. She is also great when working with your personal choice of contractors, although she provides her own top notch referrals. Her team is friendly and responsive. We still have a ways to go, but she is willing to work with you on what services you need in regards to your budget, which I appreciate. I've been in Real Estate for 13 years, and one thing I've learned is when you find great vendors, partner with them, keep using them and refer them! I've referred Studio 3 to two people / clients with different styles and both have been thrilled to work with her. I would highly recommend you give Studio 3 and Bess a call for your next large or smaller project!"
- Maureen
Bekom Design
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"I would like to highly recommend Bekom Design to anyone looking for a professional, creative design, that turned an old and dark room to beautiful hi tech space. We worked with a very small budget but still Revital Meron was able to find the materials, and create the atmosphere we thought was unreachable and not achievable with our budget. The responsiveness of the team was excellent. Revital was able to understand the design we were looking to create and kept the costs much lower than we expected. We wanted a work space for start ups, and at the same time wanted to keep the large amount of books available for readers in our community. And it happened, we now have an amazing workspace that is open to our community of hi tech professionals, as well as families that come to take books from the library. Thank you so much. We love it! Ronit"
- Rinit
square three design studios
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"They produce good designs that tend to be on the more modern end of the spectrum. Carl, the founder has a good aesthetic as does Tom. They are not ideal if you have a tight budget as they put design ahead of cost."
- timdyson
Acadia-Architecture Davide Giannella
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"We worked with Davide Giannella, who is an Italian and the principal, on a house expansion of over 800SF. The house was a ranch home. Davide designed an elevated roof with clerestory windows for the new family room, added two bedrooms and one bathroom, and re-designed the front and back yards so that we have a flagstone terrace with concrete benches and outdoor kitchen. I found him a good listener, with creative solutions, and effortlessly blends the client's requirement and taste with what is modern and classy. I also found that he is a master of light. He strategically positions skylights and clerestory windows so that our interior is bathed in light. He gives great style recommendations about interior, furniture placement, color and lighting. We can ask him about almost everything. He has a wholistic vision and the skills and taste to bring it to life. His plans are one of the most detailed many of our contractors have seen. We consider ourselves lucky to work with him and the money well spent."
- fitcat03
Design Discoveries
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"Chris is an outstanding architect and designer. He has done a number of projects for me over 10 years, ranging from a complete rebuild of all rooms on one side of the house (including a fully new kitchen), to individual room designs (game room and study), to an amazing arbor in the back yard. Chris is an excellent professional; he listens extremely well and makes sure he understands and internalizes your needs and concerns and aesthetics, every step of the way. On top of that, he layers creative ideas, a depth of architectural and design experience, really great judgment, and attention to details. I find Chris extremely easy to work with (otherwise I wouldn't continue to hire him), and I appreciate his work as I live with the results every single day. He also works very well collaboratively with the other professionals I have hired (landscaper, contractor, etc.), several of which I have gotten through his referral. I recommend Chris without reservation for all architecture and design services."
- ltung783
Elevation Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Los Altos, CA
"I stumbled across Elevation Architects very much by accident. My husband and I had purchased a large derelict lot and wanted to build a new home. I had just finished a major home renovation (doubling the size of the house, doing all the bathrooms and kitchen as well as adding a basement) so I figured I knew what I was doing. But it quickly became apparent that even doing a very large remodel was nowhere near as complex as building a new house from the ground up. Originally we were working with a local design/build firm but it wasn't working out. I knew the layout that I wanted but I didn't know how to make it look special. I knew I didn't want a cookie-cutter house. Driving the kids to soccer practice one day, my husband saw a house that he liked. It was decidedly modern which we hadn't really talked about but something about the house resonated with him. He mentioned it to me off-handedly. So I made it a point to drive by myself on the way to pick up the kids. I immediately knew which house my husband had been speaking of. I saw that the homeowners were there so I knocked and asked them who designed their home. They gave me Jonathan Pearlman's name and his number. Turned out that not only did Jonathan design that home but he also was living in another home he had done and that house was literally around the corner from the lot I had purchased. Kismet! When my husband and I met Jonathan and Alan, they knew exactly which lot was ours and had even discussed what they would build if they got the project. This was long before we ever bought the property so I knew this was meant to be. I described my goal as building a "modern Mediterranean" home. Living in Northern California, I wanted a home that integrated outdoor and indoor living like so many Mediterranean homes do. But I didn't want to do a "Taco Bell" style house - all pink stucco and terra cotta. There are a lot of really ugly Mediterranean homes out here. I also loved Spanish colonial architecture with the white stucco and dark woods, but wanted to do something different while paying homage to the colors and organic feel of that style. So we agreed to stick with clean modern lines and a modern aesthetic while applying a Mediterranean vocabulary of color and texture. It didn't take long to come up with a plan we all loved. We had a few hiccups with the city and on that Jonathan took the lead in resolving our issues. Even when we had to do a major revision of the plan to reorient the house, Jonathan accommodated many of the changes at a minimal cost to us which I really appreciated. We had a terrific working relationship from the very get-go. Jonathan and Alan also did a lot of legwork in keeping the project moving and in keeping our contractor moving forward. My husband worked with Jonathan on the mechanical and structural issues and I worked closely with Alan and Jonathan on interior design, materials selections and finishes. Alan is a meticulous planner and detail-keeper. He tracked numerous items for me and helped me narrow choices from the infinite to the reasonable. Early on I had an agreement with Jonathan and Alan that I would send them my ideas and they had to promise to let me know if anything I pointed to was too tacky or funky. And when that happened, they came to my rescue -- preventing me from over-blinging my kitchen and every light fixture. I also lucked out in that Jonathan was designing his own house that shared some similar design elements. I was more than happy to steal his ideas. At the end of the day I got exactly the house I wanted. I loved working with Jonathan and Alan. They listen well and deliver sound advice in a timely way. Their work is gorgeous but they are both sensitive to cost and timelines. They don't deliver the same house over and over as many architects do. I really felt like they gave me something special and unique that met not only my needs by the needs of my rambunctious family. I'd work with them again in an instant."
- Anne Toth
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How do I find the best Los Altos 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 Los Altos 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 Los Altos, 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 Los Altos, 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 Los Altos 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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