Muir Beach, 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 Muir Beach 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 Muir Beach, 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 Muir Beach, CA
Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, 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
Urrutia Design
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, 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
Feldman Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"We used Feldman Architecture for a recent expansion of our 1950s Eichler in Portola Valley and they FAR exceeded our expectations. We worked most closely with Tai Ikegami and Jonathan.... both have an extraordinary design sense and amazing attention to detail. Tai, our main point person on our project, is perhaps the most meticulous person I've ever met-- he's able to remember details about how I live my life, choices we made on windows, budgeting and much much more off the top of his head. He and Jonathan have a wonderful manner. They were incredibly respectful of me as the client, offering wisdom, expertise and guidance when needed, but also willing to step back and remember that it's going to be my home and defer to my judgement as well. They not only designed a GORGEOUS end product that we are constantly amazed is actually our home and continues to surprise us with gorgeous views and angles, but also helped at every step of the way--helping us get bids from contractors, mediate between conflicting subs, advise us on relations with subs, help us review bills, pick design finishes like bathroom fixtures, tile layout, flooring finishes, etc. I think picking an architect is a very personal choice and that you should interview any architect closely to make sure that they fit your personality and style.... I feel fortunate that we found a team that I could trust completely through the entire process and that produced an amazing home!!"
- ericag
Studio300A Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"We hired Barry because we saw the beautiful work he has done for so many of our neighbors. I am an interior designer and have worked with many architects so this was a leap for me. Barry has been a DELIGHT to work with. He is smart, professional, timely in his response, flexible, and works well with the other professionals on our project. I have found that architects are often either technical architects or design architects. Barry is a creative design architect first, but all his technical skills are excellent as well. He has done extensive drawings, worked seamlessly with all engineers and contractors, gotten our permits, and made us feel that we have a true advocate throughout the process. I would highly recommend him. You will be so happy you did!"
- C Wright Design
DNM Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"Some of the many things I appreciate about David Marlatt, my architect on a large and fairly complex home project: He is imaginative, personable, calm, prompt, works extremely well with contractors and vendors, delivers designs / changes promptly. Not only an excellent sense of design architecturally, but also for interiors, fixtures, etc. Thorough practical knowledge base and expertise in dealing with the multitude of City / regulatory issues. Everything - design, budgets, timing, etc - is thought through carefully, and from many angles. Thoroughly receptive to client preferences, but will also be directive when needed. As his client, I'm am never in doubt that my interests are his highest priority. Plans and designs are created, stored and presented electronically - in 3D renderings as well as floor plans. Easy for those of us who are 3D-challenged to follow. In my view, outstanding in all areas. I can confidently recommend David without reservation."
- ehassall
Raumfabrik architecture + interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"I chose Antje Paz at Raumfabrik Architecture to redesign my Oakland craftsman home after meeting with several Bay Area architectural firms. We clicked immediately. She's extremely detailed and was very open to my ideas and incorporated them in the plans, (especially because I had really tight budget restrictions). I really felt like I was part of the process the entire way. She's also been an advocate for me when communicating with my contractor and engineers. If it had not been for her detailed communication, flexibility and going above what I would expect from any architect, I don't know how I would have made it through my renovation of my kitchen/family room/kids room."
- Andrea Mallory
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, 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 Muir Beach, 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
Bay Area Designs - Jennifer Lee
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"Jennifer has a great design sense. She renders accurate and buildable designs. On a Palo Alto home remodel, she included many "Green Building" components: radiant floor heating, solar panels, bamboo flooring, and non-VOC paint. The project exceeded the Palo Alto Green requirements. It is always a pleasure working with Jennifer and her clients. - Bill Fry, Wm. H. Fry Construction Company,"
- Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
Architects and Building Designers in Muir Beach, CA
"Anna is wonderful. She is very efficient and has great style. She helped me make decisions on the construction of our new home in Hillsborough, CA quickly and with confidence. To make a long story short, we stopped using our architect very early in the construction (that's another story). Our drawings had no elevations and very little detail. She bridged the gap during construction which was a godsend. She provided trusted vendors for me to work with, designed everything from our entire kitchen to our closets. You cannot go wrong working with her."
- Kay Schilling
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How do I find the best Muir Beach 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 Muir Beach 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 Muir Beach, 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 Muir Beach, 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 Muir Beach 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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