Mill Valley, 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 Mill Valley 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 Mill Valley, 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
  • Click to Call(415) 702-1027
  • 3 miles from Mill Valley, 14 projects in Mill Valley
Sonoma Architect - 3x Best of Houzz!
The Architects office is an architecture firm that specializes in creating solutions that improve the way people...
  • Click to Call(510) 556-8860
  • 15 projects in the Mill Valley area
Established in 1984, Richardson Architects is a woman-owned architectural firm providing design and management of... 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...
Gregory Dedona founded his architectural practice in Mill Valley, CA in 1989 after receiving his California... Read More
Highly Unique & Functional Design Solutions in Marin County
At Studio 300A Architecture, we believe buildings are a highly responsive occurrence that is a unique &...
The firm of Mahoney Architects & Interiors is an award-winning group of talented architects and interiors... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7623
  • 25 miles from Mill Valley, 4 projects in Mill Valley
Marin County High End Residential Architect- Best of Houzz
Patriarch combines a lengthy background & expertise in architecture, construction & interior design to create...
  • Click to Call(415) 702-1027
  • 23 projects in the Mill Valley area
JMJ Studios is a full service architecture firm that brings innovative, modern design solutions to any design... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 370-5344
  • 16 miles from Mill Valley, 4 projects in Mill Valley
Greater San Francisco's Collaborative Design Build Firm
A leading innovator in complete design-build remodeling and new construction, Building Solutions combines top...
  • Click to Call(415) 915-3474
  • 13 projects in the Mill Valley area
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  • Click to Call(415) 847-4707
  • 5 miles from Mill Valley, 5 projects in Mill Valley
San Francisco Architect Firm: Best of Houzz Service and Design
Established in 1994, we have successfully completed over 850 architectural projects, ranging from high-end...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7362
  • 57 projects in the Mill Valley area
Marin County Architects 2X Best of Houzz Winner!
Verdigris is a team of architects focused on bringing order and form to our clients' physical requirements. We...
  • Click to Call(415) 575-4900
  • 10 projects in the Mill Valley area
Our residential studio at QA is comprised of talented and energetic architects and designers who are well versed... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 706-6767
  • 11 miles from Mill Valley, 5 projects in Mill Valley
A Distinctive Bay Area Architecture Firm Best of Houzz 2015
Our firm is committed to working very closely with clients to deliver a project that goes beyond simply meeting...
Marin County's Skilled Architect & Designer Best of Houzz 2016
Architectural Design & Restoration has been offering the best residential and commercial architecture in Sonoma...
  • Click to Call(707) 781-8388
  • 14 projects in the Mill Valley area
We are a boutique architecture and design firm headed by architects David Yama and Karen Mar. We love to design... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 550-3003
  • 12 miles from Mill Valley, 3 projects in Mill Valley
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...
Napa and Marin County's Preferred Architectural Design Firm
Our success has been based upon innovative solutions that come from thoughtfully responding to our client, the...
  • Click to Call(415) 269-5236
  • 13 projects in the Mill Valley area
For every location, the design of each home originates from the vision of the client and the spirit of the... Read More
Marin County's Award-Winning Architect | 2x Best of Houzz
I specialize in the design of residential remodels and new homes. I work in many styles, but I have a special...
  • Click to Call(415) 691-2407
  • 17 projects in the Mill Valley area
Marin County Architect - Best of Houzz
Residential architectural practice specializing in custom homes, additions, remodels, and kitchens & baths....
  • Click to Call(415) 383-7107
  • 17 projects in the Mill Valley area
Urrutia Design has been working in the design and development business for over 20 years, focusing mainly on... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 753-5079
  • 5 miles from Mill Valley, 1 project in Mill Valley
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...
  • Click to Call(415) 348-8910
  • 19 projects in the Mill Valley area
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2017, 2016, 2015,... Read More
Full-Service Bay Area Architectural Firm Best of Houzz Design 2017
Established in 1993, Quezada Architecture is an award winning, full service architecture, interiors, and planning...
OUR STUDIO: THE ARCHITECTURE OF WELL BEING. An ethic of thoughtful design, sustainability and collaboration. ... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 915-5596
  • 5 miles from Mill Valley, 2 projects in Mill Valley
Marin & Bay Area Premier Architect
At THREE SIXTY ONE, we collaborate w/ clients to create warm, modern & sustainable architecture. With a...
Tamley Architectural Design is a full service architectural firm specializing in custom residential design. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 833-6816
  • 9 miles from Mill Valley, 2 projects in Mill Valley
Marin County's Established Architects
We are a full-service practice and provide single-source support for new construction, remodeling, construction...
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
  • 4 miles from Mill Valley, 1 project in Mill Valley
San Francisco Architect & Designer Best of Houzz!
As a company we are passionate about our work and are always trying to push our own design boundaries while...
Verdigris is a nimble team of architects focused on bringing order and form to our clients' physical requirements... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 575-4900
  • 5 miles from Mill Valley, 2 projects in Mill Valley
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...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
PatriArch Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, 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
Richardson Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"Heidi Richardson is a fantastic, collaborative architect. We hired Richardson Architects in 1996 for the remodel/great room addition of our single-story house in Palo Alto built in the 1950s. Her design skills are obvious, but beyond that I want to highlight her professionalism, honesty, and reliability - promises were kept, things delivered on time, budgets were followed. Her office in Mill Valley (then Sausalito) was a bit far from us, but communication with her was excellent, we had an initial meeting at the site before purchase, then a meeting at our prior home in Mountain View, then several in-person meetings at her office, and almost daily communication during construction via faxes, emails, and phone calls. She is extremely quick and effective with her time, and was key to the success of the project. My wife and I shared many ideas which she edited and integrated into the design, and it was a joy to work together with her. More recently (2012), Heidi helped us with a much smaller bathroom remodel and with concept-phase ideas for a backyard cottage. I would not hesitate to work with her again."
- Michael
Gregory Dedona Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, 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."
- lodger933
Mahoney Architects & Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"We have enjoyed working with Colleen and her excellent design team. They are creative, bring cutting edge knowledge for green building design and know how to get a project through design review and permitting processes. Years of designing homes has equipped them with a comprehensive understanding for construction costs and what it takes to get a house to built. Fabulous expertise!"
- katestickley
JMJ Studios
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"Julie and her team are great to work with! They take time to understand how you live and design with intent. Always open to others’ ideas and incorporating them with no fuss as well."
- Nicole Hom
Heydt Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"Leigha Heydt was our second architect hired for our project. The first didn't work out due to lack of understanding each others goals and budget. Leigha was a breath of fresh air in every way. She took out the intimidation factor in our first remodel experience. We immediately loved her straight forward honest approach and her knowledge of building a home (she has contractor experience). She was quick at assesing our needs and got straight to work on our plans. The plans were extremely professional with meticulous details that made every process after (finding contractors, engineers, etc and getting town approval) a breeze. Leigha understood us and always steered us in a realistic direction to keep to our goal. She has a very keen eye for use of space and pleasing design... that is timeless and functional. I can not say enough about Leigha, she is very talented, a great architect. Our entire house was dated with a small, closed in kitchen and no master bedroom. Our house is absolutely fantastic now with an open big kitchen, amazing master suite and a beautiful flow throughout. We chose a more modern style that is very family friendly. Leigha was right there with every resource - websites, places to find every last detail needed in our home. Again, I can't say enough- she's an amazing architect and communicator, she's thorough, always on time, wealth of resources and the calm in what could be an overwhelming experience. She's the best!"
- Monica
Quezada Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"Fred and Cecilia have impeccable taste, style and workmanship. In addition to our project, we've seen four other projects they've completed-- each one is suited to the land, budget and needs of the client. I'm blown away by their attention to every detail. Models are meticulously created to ensure everyone is on the same page. They don't just throw solar panels on top of the roof, they're integrated into the design of the siding so that the panels are out of regular view. Corners and edges are perfectly thought out. Interior and exterior lighting enhances the design. Whether the project is large or small, they regularly stop by to see the project and make sure it's progressing as they envisioned. We've recommended them to two friends, both of whom have unbelievable properties, now. If you're looking to build an extraordinary property, original and world-class, look no further."
- bstiewe
yamamar design
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"We are currently working on our third project with Yamamar because of their design sensibilities, attention to detail and project execution acumen. We started many years ago with a small project remodeling our first home. The second was a kitchen remodel and now we're working on a major remodel of our house, an Eichler. Through it all we've grown to think of Yamamar like incredible partners, almost like a part of the family."
- tlow
Sutton Suzuki Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"I am a RE developer/interior designer who has worked with Sutton Suzuki for many years on various projects. I am confident to say that they are one of the biggest design talents in the Bay Area, and I have worked with many others. Their attention to detail and creativity is superior.Always professional and always concerned with the clients needs and requirements. With this firm you get much more for your budget!!"
- Martha Braun
Urrutia Design
Architects and Building Designers in Mill Valley, CA
"We worked with Urrutia Design on a complete home renovation. Jason and Martha listened to our ideas and translated them into their design aesthetic. Their cohesive design runs throughout the entire house and they incorporated our family's specific needs resulting in a more usable, beautiful space. We are thrilled with our new home!"
- Chris Norris
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How do I find the best Mill Valley 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 Mill Valley 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 Mill Valley, 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 Mill Valley, 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 Mill Valley 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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