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Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
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"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."
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Tali Hardonag Architect
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"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. "
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square three design studios
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"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."
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Bay Area Designs - Jennifer Lee
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"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, http://www.billfryconstruction.com/"
- Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
Klopf Architecture
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"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
Acadia-Architecture Davide Giannella
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"We worked with Davide Giannella, who is an Italian and the principal, on a house expansion of over 800SF. The house was a ranch home. Davide designed an elevated roof with clerestory windows for the new family room, added two bedrooms and one bathroom, and re-designed the front and back yards so that we have a flagstone terrace with concrete benches and outdoor kitchen. I found him a good listener, with creative solutions, and effortlessly blends the client's requirement and taste with what is modern and classy. I also found that he is a master of light. He strategically positions skylights and clerestory windows so that our interior is bathed in light. He gives great style recommendations about interior, furniture placement, color and lighting. We can ask him about almost everything. He has a wholistic vision and the skills and taste to bring it to life. His plans are one of the most detailed many of our contractors have seen. We consider ourselves lucky to work with him and the money well spent."
- fitcat03
Stoecker and Northway Architects, Inc.
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"We engaged Stoecker and Northway for work on a whole home remodel. The project included moving several walls, and completely gutting and rebuilding 2 bathrooms, the kitchen, and 3 closets. Jim Stoecker provided valuable insights on the project requirements, timelines, and a general sense of the expenses to expect. He also helped us identify ways to create more space within the existing footprint of the house, allowing us to create a small laundry room in the house (previously in the detached garage). We were thrilled with all aspects of working with Jim, and would strongly recommend him to anyone with large construction projects."
- Buck Teal
Young and Borlik Architects, inc.
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"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.
Bekom Design
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"I would like to highly recommend Bekom Design to anyone looking for a professional, creative design, that turned an old and dark room to beautiful hi tech space. We worked with a very small budget but still Revital Meron was able to find the materials, and create the atmosphere we thought was unreachable and not achievable with our budget. The responsiveness of the team was excellent. Revital was able to understand the design we were looking to create and kept the costs much lower than we expected. We wanted a work space for start ups, and at the same time wanted to keep the large amount of books available for readers in our community. And it happened, we now have an amazing workspace that is open to our community of hi tech professionals, as well as families that come to take books from the library. Thank you so much. We love it! Ronit"
- Rinit
Feldman Architecture, Inc.
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"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
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How do I find the best Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto 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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