Waimalu, HI Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Waimalu 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 Waimalu, HI interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Archipelago did an outstanding job designing our home. From the beginning of the planning, they were on top of things every step of the way. Their dedication, attention to detail and follow through far exceeded our expectations. They were worth every dime. I most strongly recommend their work. "
- Steve Cameron
Jamie Jackson Design
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Jamie Jackson and her team are incredibly creative and versatile in their design work. They know how to work quickly, effectively and within budget and they have developed great communication tools for their projects. Once a design is agreed upon their implementation and installation are seamless -- professional, on-time, and as promised. Having worked with Jamie on a few occasions, I can highly recommend her to anyone considering her services."
- Ben Welborn
MCYIA Interior Architecture and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"I hired Chuen Yee of MCYIA after reading an article about remodel project in our local newspaper where she was the designer. I was impressed with her ability to find incorporate big box products when appropriate along with custom work. The transformation of this home impressed me and I decided to give her a call. I had been thinking of remodeling my kitchen for 20 years but never knew how to get started. From the first phone call I could tell Chuen was the one to get this long overdue project off the ground. After living with a challenging kitchen for 20 years, I knew exactly where I wanted more countertop space, where my oven should be moved, and that I wanted a more modern clean design. I can't think of anything more unpleasant that pouring over magazines, or looking at local store for products. It's just not my thing. Chuen designed both my kitchen and master bath. She immediately understood my aesthetic and found beautiful and reasonably priced tile, lighting, flooring, etc. Her relationships with local vendors as well as online companies saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. She was also helpful in finding ways to minimize shipping charges to Hawaii. The builder I used was also impressed. He said he finally met a designer that not only provided her vision, but knew exactly how to execute it. She provided him with detailed information about window bump outs, LED lighting transformers, etc. Chuen was always available to answer questions via text, email, and phone. She is easy to work with, never appears stressed, and has incredible patience. She checked in often onsite to make sure the project was moving along properly."
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WhiteSpace Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"We had a great experience with Phillip White, Laura Ayers and staff when building our new home in Manoa. They are professional, friendly, responsive to our needs as well as giving us superb ideas for the creation of our new home. They worked as a positive team, that really got along on all levels. Their working environment made us feel comfortable and welcome. We highly recommend them for any new clients/projects."
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Sunnland Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Sunnland Architects designed our home in Kūki’o on the Big Island of Hawaii. From beginning to end they knew exactly what we were looking for and conceived a design that reflected that. Working with them was a most pleasant experience and gave us great confidence in the overall process."
- smcparland8
Kelso Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Kelsos were a pleasure to work with. I took them my ideas which proved to be just a bit naive in terms of cost and engineering. They were able to take my ideas for what my living spaces and view should be and fit it on to a challenging hillside. When I got Lisa to measure my truck after the garage was all laid out, the truck was a bit long. After suggesting that I get a smaller truck, they jumped in and designed around my longish truck. Throughout the initial design, cost engineering phase and final construction they were attentive and helpful. They worked very well with Kula Construction. I have been in the house for several years now and I love the design. It all works! I would use them again."
- glosey
Trigg-Smith Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Trigg-Smith is probably the best architect I've ever worked with - and I've worked with many. He understands vision of his clients, line of sight no matter where you are in the house, colors, textures, materials, size, ..... He's the ultimate architect and I recommend him strongly."
- ltcgraham
HK Pae Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Exceeded our expectations! H.K. Took the time to get to know us ensuring our home design fit our life style and the area we were building, he was always there for us when ever we had questions and needed help and let me tell you being a first time home builder we needed help Down to the smallest details. Our home was built on a small island in the British Virgin Islands and needed clear detail for the builder and to get proper quantities which is very important when material is delivered via barge. Details including all the lights were picture perfect, now we have a home that is the envy of the BVI's and unlike everyone we know everything works and looks great. I will load some photos to really tell the story of how H.K. was able to make our dream come true.Thanks H.K. And remember our home is your home so take a vacation from your island and come and stay on our island.Sandra"
- slgrisham
M Squared Design - Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Mark was great. He's fast, professional and responsive. He helped me stay on budget and keep focused on what I was trying to achieve with my project. When I saw my plans, they were better than I had imagined. If you want to get things done quickly, he's your guy."
- M M
William J. Benjamin, AIA | Lux Homes Hawaii
Architects and Building Designers in Waimalu, HI
"Bill Benjamin is brilliant when working with clients. He is the only architect in Honolulu who will fully collaborate with clients and not impose his artistic views as is the case with many other local architects. He is also highly intelligent and can solve many problems of design and construction that other architects have problems with."
- lippmanr001
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How do I find the best Waimalu 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 Hawaii 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu, HI 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 Waimalu, HI 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 Waimalu 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 Waimalu, HI on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Waimalu architects. You may also look through photos of Hawaii 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 Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kāne‘ohe and Waipahu.
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