Menlo Park, 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 Menlo Park 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 Menlo Park, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2019, 2017, 2016,... Read More
  • Click to Call(408) 998-0983
  • 17 miles from Menlo Park, 25 projects in Menlo Park
South Peninsula Residential Design Studio Specializing in Luxury Home
KNR Design Studio focuses on residential architecture, including new homes, whole-house renovations, rebuilds,...
Robin McCarthy is a California licensed architect who specializes in residential architecture. My company, Arch... Read More
  • Click to Call(408) 859-8723
  • 20 miles from Menlo Park, 11 projects in Menlo Park
The Bay Area's Residential Design Firm Specializing in Luxury Homes
Glush Design is a residential design firm that specializes in luxury homes. Contact us about your next project...
Projects ranging from Silicon Valley to Wine Country, from urban San Francisco to open country in Saratoga, bay... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 595-1300
  • 27 miles from Menlo Park, 3 projects in Menlo Park
Palo Alto Architect, Best of Houzz Design Award Winner
Understanding and appreciating subtleties of color, proportion, and texture comes from decades of combining...
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 ; BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2016, 2013, Mark... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 391-0186
  • 27 miles from Menlo Park, 2 projects in Menlo Park
Bay Area's Design Driven Architecture Studio BEST OF HOUZZ
Winder Gibson Architects was founded in 1987 in San Francisco. We aim to satisfy and surprise our clients with...
Established in 1994, Ana Williamson Architect is an award-winning firm focused on design driven projects... Read More
The South Peninsula's Reputable Architecture Firm | 3x Best of Houzz
Our goal for the past 25 years has been to create close working relationships with each client. We approach each...
Young and Borlik Architects is a full service architecture firm specializing in custom residential projects. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 297-7899
  • 6 miles from Menlo Park, 5 projects in Menlo Park
Award Winning San Francisco Architect and Designer
DM+A’s innovative and talented team of architects and designers create modern, clean and noteworthy design...
South Bay's Full Service Design Firm 3X Best of Houzz Winner!
We specialize in residential design and have completed hundreds of projects throughout the region. Founded in...
A boutique, full service architectural practice that focuses on custom residential architecture, offering not... Read More
San Francisco Architectural Firm Best of Houzz 2014-2018
A firm for those looking for a higher level of attention and environmental stewardship. Each project is a unique...
The Peninsula's Architect Providing Creative Design Solutions
Over the years my focus has evolved to include greater promotion of environmental sustainability through design...
Architect Lorin Hill and associates emphasize pragmatic and creative design solutions to variety of design... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 944-1764
  • 27 miles from Menlo Park, 3 projects in Menlo Park
Bay Area's Premier Architecture Firm for Distinct Customized Spaces
We create clean and sophisticated buildings that feel inevitable; they are the design solutions that seamlessly...
Bay Area's High-End Architect + Building Designer
High-end residential architecture firm striving to connect homeowners with spaces that perfectly fit their...
Square three design studios is a collaboration of creative, motivated design professionals continually pursuing... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 513-2669
  • 1 mile from Menlo Park, 2 projects in Menlo Park
Bay Area Architecture & Interior Design I Best of Houzz
Drawn from the uniqueness of each project and client, ODS Architecture (formally Ohashi Design Studio) creates...
The Bay Area's Experienced Residential Design + Build Firm
We consider it our responsibility to understand what you really want, give you enough information to make...
Established in 1988, Tali Hardonag Architect focuses on transforming your dreams from the first scribbled vision... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 678-5941
  • 4 miles from Menlo Park, 2 projects in Menlo Park
Bay Area's Experienced Architectural Design Services 4X Best of Houzz!
We specialize in the design & construction of custom homes, where an extremely high attention to detail is...
Mattingly Thaler Architecture is an architectural, planning and interior design firm with a broad range of... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7662
  • 26 miles from Menlo Park, 5 projects in Menlo Park
Saratoga Architect
Rockwood Design Associates is a full service Architectural and Interior Design firm. We offer services for New...
Winner: Best of Houzz 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 Jennifer Lee, Assoc. AIA, has a Bachelors degree in Architecture... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 713-1622
  • 1 mile from Menlo Park, 2 projects in Menlo Park
Bay Area's Professional Architectural Design & Build-3x Best of Houzz!
Marcus Dalton Design is a design firm that focuses on providing a quality experience for our customer. We don't...
BEKOM DESIGN is a boutique Design firm, specializing in Custom Home Design. Our projects range from large... Read More
  • Click to Call(408) 669-4794
  • 13 miles from Menlo Park, 3 projects in Menlo Park
Union City's Trusted Source For Residential Architecture
Whether you are looking to remodel just one room or add a whole new addition, we have the team and the resources...
M•DESIGNS ARCHITECTS is an award-winning, Los Altos, CA based architectural, planning and interior design firm... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 562-6441
  • 6 miles from Menlo Park, 1 project in Menlo Park
Bay Area's Dedicated Architect and Designer | 2x Best of Houzz Winner!
Mattingly Thaler Architecture is an Architectural, Planning and Interior Design Firm working throughout the San...
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Stoecker and Northway Architects, Inc. has provided architectural services to... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 318-5948
  • 7 miles from Menlo Park, 3 projects in Menlo Park
Palo Alto Architect & Designer
Architect specializing in the design of private residences throughout northern California.
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, 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
Arch Studio, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"Robin is the most client oriented and talented architect that I have worked with in the last 10 years. I appreciate her ability to understand the client's needs and translate that onto a blue print that is very professional. I would recommend her for any job big or small that you are considering. Great job Robin! As a designer and Realtor I can say that Robin delivers an excellent product with attention to detail and timeliness. We will continue to work on jobs together in the future. Photos of before and after to follow....... Love her staff too!"
- JLC Designs
ODS Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"The staff at Ohashi Design Studio helped me design my kitchen/living space. I wanted to open up our galley kitchen to be able to see our incredible view from the kitchen. They came up with a design I never imagined could work so well. Rather than just remove a wall, they moved the kitchen, changed it to a more functional shape and not only opened up the view, but made the living space feel like we were outside. I have been especially impressed with their level of service. They listened to my dreams and goals and turned it into a reality beyond what I'd hoped for. They were available anytime I needed guidance during construction and made sure the project was built down to the finest details. They helped me find a contractor and oversaw the bidding process. They helped pick out all the materials and finishes, even the paint color. I can't say enough about their level of expertise and professionalism. I worked with Dave and Alan."
- ellynjd
Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, 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
Ana Williamson Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"Ana Williamson and her team are responsible for two wonderful homes I have had the good fortune to live in. One, a remodel with a modern take on a Craftsman in sunny California. The second is a beautiful and much admired renovation and addition to an 1846 farmouse in Connecticut. Smart as a whip, sweet as pie. Her cup is always half full. A great architect and fantastic team."
- Robie Spector
Young and Borlik Architects, inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"Steve Borlik of Young and Borlik Architects understands families and lifestyles. While you'll find many styles of design in the portfolio, there is one central theme, the best interests and desires of the client. We're also big fans of Cal Poly grads, as their credo is to learn by doing which ensures a buildable plan."
- Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
Gary J Ahern, AIA - Focal Point Design
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"Gary Ahern thoughtfully designed an amazing house plan for our family. After only 4 months of an almost complete house remodel, we will enjoy our beautiful home for many years to come."
- Residence
Lorin Hill, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"We were terrified to finally remodel. Now we're halfway through the job, and I'm wondering how it could possibly be going so well? The answer: Lorin Hill, Architect, and his team. Ours is not a small job - we've excavated a basement; moved the kitchen, downstairs powder room, laundry room (which went from 1st to 2nd floor); and moved a lot of walls and reconfigured closets to dramatically improve our space. We didn't know where to bookend the project, and could see endless options for how to improve our home. We interviewed multiple architects - familiar names that had signs up on the best streets. It was immediately clear that Lorin was the architect for us - he took in the important character of the home (and setting/land, neighboring homes, and street), he saw how we could shape the project to make the most of our resources and opportunities, and his communication style was unmatched by larger and smaller specialty firms alike. He's insightful, funny, has decades of experience in his craft, and (this is where Lorin really hits it out of the park) his design eye is so excellent that he is saving us from hiring a host of other professionals to make our finished result truly sing. In some ways I'd love to keep Lorin Hill our little secret - I can count on only one hand the service providers that so exceed my expectations that their fees don't seem high enough for what they provide (note the design comment above, and he's smoothed enough husband/wife remodel debates - helping us each see logic - that we'll happily enjoy our home for years to come, marriage intact). If you're lucky enough to find Lorin Hill with a space in his schedule that fits your project, grab it. If we ever win the lottery and have unlimited funds, we'll be back to take up all the rest of Lorin's time."
- P Hyde
square three design studios
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, 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
Tali Hardonag Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Menlo Park, CA
"Tali, with her professional skills and her unusuall ability to LISTEN and take in all the details and requests that we had for our complete renovation of our 60 year old ranch style home, created for us (and for anyone that comes in) a welcoming, comfortable, interesting and rejuvenating home. Throughout the whole project, from the conception stage until the completion we felt that Tali is not only a hired professional but also a parter and a friend. Another aspect of Tali's professionalism and good nature was evident when she had to communicate her vision and her plans with all the other professionals that took part in this project. "
- galoola
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How do I find the best Menlo Park 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 Menlo Park 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 Menlo Park, 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 Menlo Park, 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 Menlo Park 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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