Orinda, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Orinda 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 Orinda, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Lindy Small Architecture is a solo residential practice known for creating environmentally sustainable, timeless,... Read More
Contra Costa County's Versatile Award Winning Architect
Carolyn Van Lang has more than 23 years of experience in architecture. For the last 19 years, she has...
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, ODS Architecture is an architectural and interior design firm that... Read More
Bay Area's Award Winning Architect | 3x Best of Houzz Winner
Residential Design architect with 30+ years experience creating traditional and contemporary homes. I work with...
Klopf Architecture brings the outside in. For 15 years the team at Klopf Architecture has sought to understand... Read More
Bay Area Award Winning Architect with an Emphasis on Universal Design
Mikiten has a deep and first-hand understanding not only of the need for architectural designs that are usable by...
Kattenburg Architects, founded in 1981, is an Orinda, CA firm of architectural design professionals emphasizing... Read More
Contra Costa County Leading Architectural Firm Best of Houzz 2017!
Mark is an architect with a BA in residential projects. There may be a lot of architects in the Dublin,...
Founded in 1993 by Ralph Strauss, SDG Architects is a full service architecture and planning firm dedicated to... Read More
Contra Costa County's Award-Winning Architecture Firm
We are experts at home design, space planning, and in creating timeless beauty. Our residential work includes new...
Schneider Design Associates’ design sense stems from the belief that good architecture enriches its inhabitant’s... Read More
Holistic Green Architecture Firm Serving The South Bay
Saikley Architects is a full-service architecture firm specializing in residential design and historical...
Bay Area Building and Home Designer - Best of Houzz Winner
MKB Design & Management provides architectural drafting and design for residential remodeling projects using 3D...
The firm of Mahoney Architects & Interiors is an award-winning group of talented architects and interiors... Read More
Contra Costa Expert in Residential Design
John Newton-Design specializes in residential architecture and design. Our clients are our number one priority...
East Bay Aging-in-Place Specialist
Workshop 30 is a service-oriented architecture firm in the East Bay area specializing in independent living,...
My foray into architecture started in high school when I decided to expand my family's Santa Barbara home into... Read More
Danville's Expert Architectural Design and Consulting Firm | BOH 2018
Each client is unique and so is their project. The fees associated with the scope and range of the work is...
Contra Costa County's Experienced Architect and Building Designer
Braver Designs can help you navigate the design and construction process. We help sketch up your design ideas,...
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2017, 2016, 2015,... Read More
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We are a small architecture firm specializing in the creation of honest /imaginative structures fashioned around...
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A good home is never done, so ask yourself: "Do you like where you live?" If so, together we can look at the many...
Established in 1988 and located in Danville California specializing in custom home design. Designing new homes... Read More
Orinda's Distinguished Architectural Design Firm | 4x Best of Houzz
Kattenburg Architects, founded in 1981, is an Orinda, CA firm of architectural design professionals emphasizing...
Rossington Architecture is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm dedicated to excellence in design... Read More
Bay Area Residential Architect and Designer Best of Houzz 2013-2017
Designing homes is our passion. We design unique homes in both traditional and contemporary styles. We listen to...
Schwartz and Architecture is an award-winning architecture and interior design studio founded on a commitment to... Read More
Bay Area Modern Architect and Interior Designer
Rigorous attention to detail, through each phase of the project, allows Dencity to create work that we believe...
DM+A is an award-winning full service architecture firm based in San Francisco that creates stunning, innovative... Read More
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Architecture by Tara is a full service architecture firm focused on designing space that reflect the beauty and...
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We see every project is a new opportunity to apply our skills, expertise, and experience to guide clients through...
New Avenue is a project management, architecture and construction company. The company has over 1,500 architects... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
Lindy Small Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"Lindy Small designed a beautiful "small" house for me that is currently (as of June 2014) under construction. Throughout the process she has provided me with the very best service, everything from the creativity of her design to her exacting attention to detail. We are using a lot of new technology in this house, and Lindy has been most willing to explore the possibilities and practicalities of everything I have asked for. She has attacked every obstacle presented by my design criteria, by the scope of the project, by city building and planning, and by the terrain and the topology of the building site with cheerful enthusiasm. I told her from the beginning that I would be very hands-on during this project, and she has never resented or otherwise objected to my involvement in every aspect of design and detail. In fact, her eagerness to listen and share has turned our professional collaboration into a wonderfully pleasant experience. She also suggested several consultants and a contractor with whom she had worked before and who share her high standards, and that too has made the project go more smoothly. Besides her professional credentials and experience, Lindy is creative and communicative. It's a good combination in an architect."
- lgpitman
ODS Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, 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
Klopf Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"My HOA hired Klopf Architecture to design new fences, front gates, lighting and paint color plans for our condominiums. They were designed in 1963 by Quincy and Jones and built in 1964 by Eichler Homes. Replacements in the 1990s did not serve the mid-century aesthetic well -- but owners did not want to return to the light-inhibiting original thin-line panel fences and gates. The Klopf team produced three outstanding options. The one we selected includes brilliant design features like frosted glass doors with 1/4-in spaces between fence boards to allow light in along with clear glass doors for the pool area with 1/2-in spaces between boards surrounding it. The overall design and color plan is clean and elegant. John Klopf and his team could not have been more friendly and flexible throughout. We look forward to implementing this design over the next few years."
- dharrold1
Kattenburg Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"Rick Kattenburg of Kattenburg Architects has been a client for about 7 years. He's energetic, enthusiastic, honest and straightforward in his dealings. He has a number of long-term clients whose projects I've photographed, and that being said, they must be very satisfied with the design work done by his firm over the years."
- Indivar Sivanathan
SDG Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"Jeff Potts at SDG designed us an incredible, award winning guest house! What I particularly like about Jeff is his open and approachable style. We've worked with many architects over the years and many simply don't want to listen to the client. Jeff listens and then delivers a design beyond your expectations. I would highly recommend working with them."
- naparealestate
Schneider Design Associates - SDA
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"This the second time I've had the pleasure of working with Marshall Schneider. He listened carefully to my ideas, added his own experienced ideas and designed a house that will be the family gathering place for many generations. The home is simple, welcoming, easily maintained and spectacularly designed to take advantage of the sun, light and views. Marshall has a calm, low key approach that is both professional and effective. He worked well with the subs and provided critical interfacing with the general contractor. Marshall met deadlines consistently and helped to keep the project within budget. I appreciate his humor, suggestions, and diligent attention to detail. His notes and construction plans were accurate and easy to understand for all the trades. I would hire him again in a heart beat."
- eringrey
Mahoney Architects & Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, 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
Kelly and Abramson Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"When we met Rob Kelly, we were in a heap of trouble. We set out to do a very extensive remodel on our house, but hired a really bad architect, who we had to fire. Rob came by as a favor, just to give us a second opinion. We hired him on the spot to replace our prior guy. We liked him from the first time he set foot in our house, because he understood immediately what we love about our house and did his best throughout to maintain those charms. A year later, we are moved back into our house and I cannot possibly explain how important Rob was to the project. He helped us imagine the project, nail it down on the plans, delivered us into the arms of a great contractor (Ethan Allen) and stepped back in during construction when we needed design help or just hand-holding. He was always available, easy to work with, and understands that a remodel is more than just wood and nails -- it's about a home, and often involves large amounts of money. And that means that a great architect is able not only to give solid and creative advice about what to do, but is also able to nudge and poke and stand by your side as you go through the process. If you are thinking about construction, from big to small, I strongly recommend that you call Rob Kelly."
- dls999
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, 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
DOUGLAS A. MCQUILLAN - ARCHITECT
Architects and Building Designers in Orinda, CA
"Doug remodeled and re-built our Cape Cod style house in Lafayette, and did a fabulous job. His design was true to the original style of the house, and yet made a reality of our vision to update and enhance the original. The kitchen was featured on the Lafayette kitchen tour. His detail work is extraordinary. I have heard of design professionals who are difficult to work with, but Doug is the opposite. He was very patient with us, and coordinated well with everyone else on the job (interior designer, contractor, subs). He is very efficient, which means that his fees were extremely reasonable. All the above is why a number of the most elegant homes in Lafayette were done by Doug."
- George Bishop
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How do I find the best Orinda 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 Orinda 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 Orinda, 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 Orinda, 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 Orinda 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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