Tara Hills, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Tara Hills 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 Tara Hills, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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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...
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John Newton-Design specializes in residential architecture and design. Our clients are our number one priority...
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Carolyn Van Lang has more than 23 years of experience in architecture. For the last 19 years, she has...
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I love designing buildings! I am the owner and principal designer at Home and Temple Design. I like to work...
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, 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
Gast Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"We have collaborated with Gast Architects on numerous high end residential remodels and have always been struck by their level of integrity and profesionalism. Our experience with their team on our projects has always been very positive which had resulted in seamless design/build aesthetics."
- The Garden Route Company
Arch Studio, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"Robin is the most client oriented and talented architect that I have worked with in the last 10 years. I appreciate her ability to understand the client's needs and translate that onto a blue print that is very professional. I would recommend her for any job big or small that you are considering. Great job Robin! As a designer and Realtor I can say that Robin delivers an excellent product with attention to detail and timeliness. We will continue to work on jobs together in the future. Photos of before and after to follow....... Love her staff too!"
- JLC Designs
ODS Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, 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
Jennifer Tulley Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"Jennifer is a talented architect with an eye for good design and good sense. She can immediately see how a space could be improved, and has a great sense for how a family will use each room, nook and cranny. She blends the two perspectives to create functional, lovely rooms that we enjoy daily. We have worked with Jennifer on several homes and she has designed floor plans that maximize challenging layouts, and fit every request and need we asked for. Her design aesthetic brought a cleaner, more modern influence to our traditional homes, all while respecting and highlighting the period details we chose to keep. During the construction process Jennifer is a strong advocate for the owner, working to ensure that the choices of materials are reasonable in price, and yield solid aesthetic result. She is patient with first time construction and instructive. During both our remodels she was responsive to my questions, and made sure I understood my choices, and pros and cons of each option. She is very responsive by both phone and email, gets plan revisions done on a timely basis and is just a joy to work with. Meetings with her begin on time, keep moving along, and finish with results."
- stephbjones
WA Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"David Wilson and WA Design have been the architects on two homes for our family, one in the Oakland Hills and one in Napa, California, on a rock-filled challenging site. They have been wonderful and responsive to work with, embracing our ideas in the spirit of collaboration. Designing and building a home is a very personal experience, and to be successful the firm you hire should be a pleasure to work with on many levels. This firm definitely is. David became a good friend during and after our process on the first home, and that made the second project even easier. Their style is warm contenporary, so easy to live in. I have contacted him about questions after the completion of both projects and he has been more than helpful, continuing to get information for me and share ideas. Both houses have hosted several events (best kitchens, touring unique houses, etc) and I continue to receive compliments: "I love your house, it's the best house architecture I've seen"; "I'm impressed by the views, light, organic flow and peacefulness of this homes", and many, many more positive comments. I strongly recommend this firm if you want to create a one of a kind home ! PS Hire them and I'll be jealous, I want to build a house with them again."
- Sharon Tjian
Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"I am currently working with Mark on a remodel. I found him on Houzz as I liked some of his projects and was not disappointed. Mark listens extremely well, understands what I want and than makes it better. He has a great sense of space, light and general flow. I also like his pragmatic approach - he knows where things make a difference and an investment is needed, and where one can get away with potential cheaper approaches.. He is also just a really nice and inspiring person to work with.."
- dmielke
Klopf Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, 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
Schneider Design Associates - SDA
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, 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
Eisenmann Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Tara Hills, CA
"I love this firm. They've redesigned my 1923 bungalow house and added a large extension. Several friends of mine have also used Stacy's design services as well and have loved the attention to detail and her caring for their projects. They are award winning and local! Their staff is friendly and efficient. I love Stacy and her team and she gave us a wonderful house to raise our children in. Note that Stacy was a planning and zoning commissioner in Albany for a number of years so knows the building departments in the area well. She's also won kitchen and design contests with her work. I'd highly recommend her and the team."
- David
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How do I find the best Tara Hills 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 Tara Hills 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 Tara Hills, 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 Tara Hills, 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 Tara Hills 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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