Norwich, VT Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Norwich 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 Norwich, VT interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Smith & Vansant Architects PC is a small residential firm working in the Upper Valley region of Vermont & New... Read More
Windsor County's Talented Team of Architects & Designers
For over 25 years, we've built the residential and commercial designs of the Connecticut River Valley and beyond,...
Located in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, Haynes & Garthwaite Architects is a four person... Read More
Woodstock Full-Service Architecture Firm
We are an architectural firm committed to design excellence in a collaborative process. We value the sustainable...
Joan Heaton Architects provides comprehensive residential design services with a personalized approach. We take... Read More
Southern VT's Affordable & Energy Efficient Architect - Best of Houzz
We specialize in cozy, energy efficient and “green” construction and have experience in deep energy retrofits and...
Residential, Commercial & Landscape Architecture. Located in New London, NH & Meredith, NH, we are an award... Read More
Windsor & Grafton County's Personalized Architectural Design Studio
Our studio is located in the AVA Gallery & Art Center in Lebanon, NH. We are committed to bringing design...
ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design is an award winning residential architecture firm based in central... Read More
Birdseye Design is an award winning architecture studio specializing in custom residential design. Since 1996,... Read More
Whether you are considering renovating your home, putting on an addition or building a new house, we can help. We... Read More
Jennifer Lane Architecture and Design is a full service architectural firm providing thoughtful, quality design... Read More
MAPLE VALLEY DESIGN BUILD is a full service architectural design and build firm specializing in high-quality,... Read More
warm luminous modern interiors & architecture Read More
Cultivation Design Build is an interdisciplinary design studio where art, architecture, and construction are... Read More
Located in the heart of Laconia, we are a focused and dedicated team that has been providing services throughout... Read More
Van Dam Architecture and Design was founded by Samuel Van Dam. The firm is based in Thetford Hill, Vermont. Mr.... Read More
Nancy Leary Design specializes in quality residential design for new construction, additions, renovation and... Read More
We are a Vermont based design firm that specializes in both the renovation of old New England farmhouses as well... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"Smith & Vansant is a phenomenal architectural firm. In fact, working with them renovated not only my house, but my life! After 15 years or so of living with the property more or less as I found it, my tiny 1850 Cape needed long-overdue renovations -- including improvements to all major systems, solutions to a big water problem in the basement, a new kitchen, a new roof, adding working and living space, and a home office, along with extensive site work and landscaping. From a design perspective, they are simply brilliant. They have a fantastic aesthetic sense; know how to integrate old and new in a way that is pure genius; and are skilled problem-solvers. I wanted the house to be more liveable and comfortable, while still honoring the antique details that had drawn me to the property in the first place. Pi Smith and Stephen Branchflower in particular not only listened to me all along the way, but heard me. They gave me exactly what I had hoped for. From a practical perspective, I needed to live in the house while this was going on, and they were sensitive to my need to carry on amidst the upheaval. They worked closely with the contractor, Lud Leskovar, to assure that I was comfortable and inconvenienced a little as humanly possible while the work was being done all around me. Smith & Vansant, Lud Leskovar and I worked closely as a team. The kept me informed as to costs all along the way and helped me make decisions that took into account my both budget and my dreams. They were endlessly patient and always kind. Everyone in this close-knit firm is a pleasure to work with, operates with the highest integrity, and knows what they are doing. I can't recommend Smith & Vansant highly enough. For photos of this project, see "Houzz Tour: Beautiful, Hardworking Cape Renovation" on this site."
- jbaii
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"I renovated my 1905 home in downtown Hanover, NH in 2009. The renovations included new bathrooms, but the challenging changes--and the ones most important to me--were the ones that transformed my kitchen and the adjoining dining area. I hired Haynes and Garthwaite to plan the project, do the drawings, and supervise the work. I worked closely with Andrew Garthwaite. I was, and remain, so pleased with what was done and how it was done that I am hoping to persuade Andrew to do the designs for my condominium in Cambridge, MA. The Hanover renovations achieved what I wanted them to achieve, stayed within the limits of the budget Andrew and I had established, and were more exciting than stressful to live through. Before the work, the first floor of the house was relatively dark. The spaces were cramped and impractical for whatever activity they were supposedly destined (cooking, entertaining...). The kitchen was an awkward L-shaped thing with dreadful cabinets, appliances in illogical places, and basement stairs in an unfortunate spot. The dining room was too small to accommodate even eight people comfortably. I showed Andrew the open-floor layout of a recently-built condo and basically said: reproduce this effect in my house--without destroying the character of the house. Amazingly, that was exactly what he did. A useless outdoor porch became part of my new dining room/kitchen. The basement stairs were moved to an outside wall, where they were out of the way (and also easily accessible, through a new outside door, to plumbers and electricians and other people with muddy boots). Lovely, well-designed cherry cabinets and drawers complemented grey-black granite counters. An island separates the kitchen from the dining area, where I recently fed ten people comfortably. New windows mean that the entire kitchen-dining space catches first the morning and then the afternoon sun; recessed lighting and attractive hanging lamps take over after sunset. I have two armchairs, a coffee table, and a large Bijar rug between the dinner table and the kitchen island. Even though the house has two studies, I now tend to work sitting in one of the chairs in the dining area, simply because the aesthetics of the space are so pleasing. Three old bathrooms--each with its own set of problems--are now thoroughly updated. Everything works, and the bathrooms look attractive. In the bedrooms, closets and built-ins have enhanced storage space without making the house look like a victim of identity theft. Thanks to Andrew's skills and dedication, we started with excellent and precise plans. But Andrew was constantly available during the project, watching for unanticipated possibilities as well as problems. The results were really terrific. I recommend Andrew and his firm without reservation to anyone embarking on a renovation project."
- anneforandrew
Joan Heaton Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"We found Joan via an internet search in 2007 that led to her web site. We were immediately struck by her design aesthetic and scheduled a meeting. Joan was thoughtful, thorough and a wonderful listener so we hired her to design a new home for our family on Lake Champlain. The experience was fantastic from beginning to end, and that is especially impressive as most of the work we did with Joan was done remotely. Joan took the time to ask us how we envisioning using all the spaces in our home, and this lead to a wonderful floor plan and most "livable" home while still keeping a modern and clean look. She was always accessible, answered our questions big and small, and explained her ideas thoroughly. We truly cannot recommend Joan Heaton with more enthusiasm!"
- westport09
Bonin Architects & Associates
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
""My wife and I had pursued several options as we developed a plan for our home. In many cases we were frustrated with the input we were receiving, so we began looking at timber frame plans because of their openness and creativity. It seemed that an architect familiar with timber framing had a special eye for the type of features we were looking for in our home. We contacted them and we were pleasantly surprised when they informed us that they were happy to assist in designing a home that accommodated our needs. We were frustrated because we had general design ideas but couldn't put it all together and needed the creativity of an architect. Bonin Architects did a wonderful job in working with the best of our ideas. They assisted us with difficult site issues and we are now able to go forward with the construction of the home confident the home is filled with our ideas and their expertise.”"
- bobmcgee
Elizabeth Herrmann architecture + design
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"Elizabeth Herrmann's attention to the soul of her work and the spirit of the homeowner is a strength she possesses effortlessly. Add to that her eye for beautiful, efficient, unique detail and expert knowledge. Elizabeth is extremely pleasant to work with, as well."
- Eileen Brunetto
Birdseye Design
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"A member of Birdseye Design offered to show a home to me that was designed by their company and nearly complete. The home in Shelburne was incredibly beautiful and no detail was left unfinished. The project was an entire home design and it was truly stunning. It made an impression on me for sure."
- Wolffe Interiors
Sustainable Design, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"Designed an apartment addition to an existing home. Completely and responsibly green with good taste and a sensible approach to design. Listens well and seeks to determine clients desired goals. Endeavors to meet clients needs within their budget. Communicates well."
- greyem
Jennifer Lane Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"Jen Lane provided both creative and practical advice for our remodeling project --(addition/garage). Jen was respectful of our ideas, and tailored her designs to meet our requirements. I was impressed with Jen's ability to meet deadlines and stay on budget. Jen was also a good source of information on local contractors. I have already recommended Jen's work, and will continue to do so."
- brownstonevt
Maple Valley Design Build, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"Greg and Cliff did a spectacular job from start to finish. Greg's design of the mud room addition and garage brought out the best of the original house and provided a very functional, inviting and warm curb appeal. They were always punctual and met deadlines. Attention to detail and follow up was phenomenal. Having the architect oversee the job in every phase of the build is tremendously valuable."
- bobdebouver
a.hamalainen design
Architects and Building Designers in Norwich, VT
"I worked with Anita on interior design/decorating decisions after buying a new house. This included selection of interior paint colors, furniture, upholstery, and light fixtures, as well as furniture placement. She was professional and thorough and most importantly very attuned to not only my style and taste but also to my needs as a mother of small children. I also appreciated that she helped me source almost every item locally and was sensitive to the budget. I will definitely be working with her again in the future."
- Karin Cole
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How do I find the best Norwich 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 Vermont 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 Norwich 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 Norwich, VT 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 Norwich, VT 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 Norwich 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?

Find a home architect in Norwich, VT on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Norwich architects. You may also look through photos of Vermont projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Lebanon, Hartford, Hanover, Orange and Wilder.
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