Plainfield, 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 Plainfield 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 Plainfield, VT interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Joan Heaton Architects provides comprehensive residential design services with a personalized approach. We take... Read More
Washington County's Trusted Trusted Architect | 3x Best of Houzz
At Harry Hunt Architects, we focus on designing simple solutions to the complex challenges of life during the...
Our approach celebrates collaboration and creation. The term Studio in the firm name refers to an... Read More
Central Vermont's Innovative Design Studio
ArroDesign is a small, unique construction company located in the heart of the Green Mountains in central Vermont...
Located in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, Haynes & Garthwaite Architects is a four person... Read More
Vermont's Award Winning Architect / 9x Best of Houzz!
Joan Heaton Architects specializes in residential design. We draw inspiration from contemporary forms as well as...
ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design is an award winning residential architecture firm based in central... Read More
Northern Vermont's Trusted Architect Since 1994
For over two decades we have strived to make homes durable, useful, adaptable, appropriate in scale and...
Smith & Vansant Architects PC is a small residential firm working in the Upper Valley region of Vermont & New... Read More
Vermont's Environmentally Friendly Architect and Design Firm
Rudy Polwin Architects has a unique and diverse skill set that allows them to offer a wide range of services...
Birdseye Design is an award winning architecture studio specializing in custom residential design. Since 1996,... Read More
Washington County's Expert Architecture Firm - 2x Best of Houzz!
We strive to design beautiful structures, which encompass both your ideas and budget, by creating a place that...
Jennifer Lane Architecture and Design is a full service architectural firm providing thoughtful, quality design... Read More
Vermont's Award Winning Architect/Best of Houzz 5 Years
Birdseye Design is an award winning architecture studio specializing in custom residential design. The work has...
Arocordis Design, a Vermont architecture firm, cultivates inspiring places and spaces with a sustainable mindset.... Read More
Christian C. Carey, Architect, P.C. is a professional architectural design and historic preservation practice. We... Read More
We design exceptional, low carbon homes delivered on time, and on budget. By integrating the design and... Read More
Cultivation Design Build is an interdisciplinary design studio where art, architecture, and construction are... Read More
Brown + Davis Design is a Vermont based studio focusing on the design of original and contemporary buildings and... Read More
Vermont Vernacular Designs has some special qualities we hope you'll consider as you choose a designer/builder... Read More
Van Dam Architecture and Design was founded by Samuel Van Dam. The firm is based in Thetford Hill, Vermont. Mr.... Read More
For almost 35 years as a registered architect, builder and cabinetmaker I have worked on a large variety of... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, VT
Joan Heaton Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Volansky Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, VT
"Our company has had the pleasure of partnering with Andrew Volansky on multiple construction projects, residential and commercial, and most recently with the Volansky Studio, on a lakeside traditional Scottish style cottage. Andrew’s attention to detail and open-minded approach to design, guided the project, along with his ability to problem solve and communicate effectively. Upon completion, the home’s fine architectural details and finishes, combine modern convenience with cozy 17th Century charm. We hope to continue collaborating with the Volansky Studio on future projects and highly recommend their professional services to home owners."
- Donald P. Blake Jr., Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Elizabeth Herrmann architecture + design
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Birdseye Design
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Jennifer Lane Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, 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
Arocordis Design
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, VT
"Steve Frey of Arocordis Design worked with me through a year and a half of hard decisions and amazing outcomes. We began by discussing plans to build a home out of shipping containers. He researched and incorporated green building techniques to keep within my low budget of 150K-200K. When the designs were in their first stages, he shopped them out to a couple known shipping container builders. He gently broke the news to me that getting the containers to Vermont was cost prohibitive used too much energy, defeating the purpose. We moved onto a simpler wood construction and through a few sit-down meetings we collaborated on the design, wants and don't really need kind of stuff , to establish a full blueprint. During this time he found my Realtor and set up interviews with 3 builders (newer guy into green building, established middle of the road kind of guy, and a top green builder). The only hitch was not being able to find a reasonable bit of land for the right price in the right spot. Steve was great at letting me know when it was time to take a break, give it time, and move on the next opportunity. I eventually decided to buy an existing home, an 1840's farmhouse, that need work, but had great bones. Steve went back to the drawing board and did 4 elevations, an addition design, and reworked the interior for more open concept. Since I had decided to partner with Jacob Rogen at Rogen Design Build initially, Steve graciously handed the reigns over to Jacob, who has done a masterful job during the 1st phase of renovations. I thankful for Steve's support and professionalism throughout this process. He knows his industry and is constantly looking to learn more and keep on top of new discoveries. Our time during the design phase was so productive and he listened to what I needed. He took what I had to say and interpreted it in the designs with perfection."
- jaoverton1
Christian C. Carey, Architect, P.C.
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, VT
"We worked with Chris on the design of our new home build in Stowe, Vermont and it was a very pleasant experience. He listened to our design ideas and worked closely with us to mold our dream into a workable reality. He provided useful suggestions to improve cost efficiency without sacrificing aesthetics. I highly recommend."
- williamograham
Harry Hunt Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Plainfield, VT
"Harry has a great contemporary eye and will do whatever it takes to turn your dreams into reality. He is very polite, trustworthy and kind. An excellent addition to our remodeling team!"
- tkardes
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How do I find the best Plainfield 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 Plainfield 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 Plainfield, 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 Plainfield, 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 Plainfield 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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