Stafford, VA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Stafford 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 Stafford, VA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the... Read More
Northern Virginia's Preferred Architect
We specialize in new homes, renovations & additions to existing residences. Starting with both the site and the...
BEST OF HOUZZ 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Purple Cherry Architects is a high-end residential architecture firm... Read More
Moser Architects, PLLC is a full service residential architecture firm offering custom home design and... Read More
Since 1994, Washington, DC and Miami Beach based FORMA Design, Inc., has produced memorable, creative and... Read More
Inspired by a shared interest in sustainable design and artfully crafted buildings, we established our practice... Read More
We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients at Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects. We believe good design... Read More
WIEDEMANN ARCHITECTS is a full-service architectural firm with over 30 years of award -winning design experience... Read More
ColePrévost is a full service interior architectural and design firm, with projects ranging from simple... Read More
Balodemas Architects, Chtd. is a Washington, DC-based design practice founded in 1988. We have successfully... Read More
KUBE architecture is an award winning modern architecture studio that challenges the norms of daily life and... Read More
Founded in 1995, Crafted Architecture is a full service architectural firm specializing in residential design. We... Read More
Architect Bruce Wentworth, AIA established Wentworth, Inc. in 2004. His design/build residential remodeling... Read More
Robert Nehrebecky AIA, Re:New Architecture creates timeless client-specific design solutions reflective of his... Read More
John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C. is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect and enrich our clients' lives. Our... Read More
Mission: Empower clients, creativity and the human experience with broad collaboration through a process where... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"We have used Claude C. Lapp for architectural plans for updates and additions to our 1931 "Cotswold" cottage three times. He has also done work for other family members and friends. He is very intuitive and maintains the proper period or style of the house while making it functional and aesthetically pleasing. He is very gifted and we wouldn't hesitate to refer him to anyone interested in making their existing home more functional or enjoyable or for drawing plans for a new build."
- Lynn Pendleton
Purple Cherry Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"I would highly reccomend Cathy Cherry. I had the pleasure of working with her on a house that she designed for Baldwin Homes for the Maryland Green Show Home. The area that I designed and furnished was the Kitchen, Eat-in Area and Great Room. I love how she designed the areas to be an open floor plan. I find that homeowners in this area of Maryland like open floor plans because it is a more interactive but, casual way of life. When I heard that Cathy was designing the home and wanted it to be a "tidal" home I knew that her style would fit hand in glove with my "Chesapeake Cozy" style. The architectural detail on the home was top notch. In my area, I particularly loved the strong columns. I repeated the detail in my custom built-ins flanking the fireplace. It was easy to plan the interior design around Cathy's classic taste! Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID"
- Gina Fitzsimmons ASID NKBA
Moser Architects PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"I recommended Moser Architects, PLLC to everyone looking to build or renovate in the DMV area. Sarah took our quaint Cape Cod home in North Arlington and made it into a beautiful home for a growing family. We told Sarah how we wanted to keep the charm and curb appeal that fit the neighborhood, and she surpassed our expectations. Our home could not be more functional thanks to Sarah's expertise, and we are always receiving compliments. Our open floor plan with large amounts of natural light could not be more perfect. If we ever take the plunge to purchase another home in NOVA in need of renovations, Sarah will receive the first phone call."
- elleopatout
FORMA Design
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"I worked with Forma to completely furnish and decorate my condo. The results were amazing. I strongly recommend them. David I"
- disraelite
Gardner Architects LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"As an architectural photographer, I have known and worked for Amy Gardner of Gardner Mohr Architects for more than five years. She is one of a group of architects that is thinking about the future and how she can utilize her generous talents to make better more sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. I have found her designs to be invigorating. The spaces eminently functional and her designs to utilize the available light and air flow to be of equal magnitude. In short, the spaces and buildings are livable, functional, breathing spaces that are simply exiting and fun to be in. It has always been my pleasure to photograph these spaces and to convey with a photograph what Gardner Mohr Architects have created."
- Jim Tetro
Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"I have been working with Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects since April of this year on my home renovation in Mahwah NJ and I can say first hand that I couldnt be happier with what Shawn and the team there have brought to the table. I initially found BFM Architects on Houzz from their Modernized Split Foyer project. I had spoken to several architects both locally here in NY & NJ as well as some west coast firms and none of them gave me the level of comfort and different approach to a renovation that Shawn Buehler and BFM gave me. From minute one my project was never about how to get me to spend more money upping my budget in order to increase fees rather it was finding out ecactly what i needed from my house and figuring out ways in which we could make minimal changes and get maximum impact from them. The design process was smooth and the constant communication Shawn provided was key throughout the process.From design to construction documents and throughout the permit processing and construction observation they have been top notch making my life much easier. Currently the demo on my house is finished and we are in the framing process but once its srtats to come back together i will post pictures and more feedback... but if you are loooking for an architect to help you with a new home or a renovation i wouldnt hesitate to call Shawn and BFM."
- matt7
Wiedemann Architects LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"We have worked with Wiedemann Architects LLC for over twenty years. Our experience has been 100% positive. We have worked on major projects which have been published in major publications, received local and national recognition and American Institute for Architects Awards. If you would like to tour some of the Project McNamara Brothers General Contracting was built with Wiedemann Architects please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Robert G McNamara McNamara Brothers Inc. 625 Sligo Avenue Silver Spring Maryland, 20910 3015893767 Mcnamarabuild@verizon.net"
- McNamara Brothers General Contracting Inc.
COLEPREVOST
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"Our home has timeless beauty and comfort due to the expert design and craftsmanship of Cole-Prevost. Each day we appreciate the integrity of the design. Robert and Sophie had a unique ability to discern our taste and needs and cast this in an intelligent and architecturally pleasing form. Their synergy with the contractor was exceptional, so that their concept was beautifully achieved in the final result. It was our great pleasure to work with them - we continue to think this today, thirteen years later."
- veom
Balodemas Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"We hired BA for architectural planning and project management of our renovation. We were very happy with their services. They provided a solid balance between creative design/planning and realistic execution. They understood our requirements and very good with cost control and managing timelines. We finished the renovation on time and within budget :)"
- tanyanguyen
KUBE architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Stafford, VA
"Kube Architecture designed a new rear to my 19th Century row house. You can look it up on Houzz where it was featured. We loved working with Rich and Janet and their staff. They are full of good ideas, and we got the fun, edgy, and functional space we always wanted, still respecting the bones of the old house and its quirks. Kube is responsive, creative, clever, thoughtful, and always understanding of client needs, not just design imperatives. Moreover, they are so great to work with, they really listen and care about how you live in your space. They use the best modern materials, and like to experiment. They are especially known for their handling of light and color. Modern isn't so serious or cold when Kube designs it! I can't wait to hire them again."
- marciasilcox
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How do I find the best Stafford 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 Virginia 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 Stafford 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 Stafford, VA 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 Stafford, VA 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 Stafford 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 Stafford, VA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Stafford architects. You may also look through photos of Virginia 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 Dale City, Enon, Fredericksburg, Montclair and Cherry Hill.

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