Cedar Rapids Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a 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 Cedar Rapids interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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AKAR Architecture Design, founded in 1997 in Iowa City, Iowa. We do houses. House should be a poetic response... Read More
  • Click to Call(319) 505-8724
  • Iowa City, IA, 52246, 12 projects in Cedar Rapids Metro
Martin Wenck is a Professional Designer in Iowa City, Iowa. He designs built environments that optimize client... Read More
  • Click to Call(319) 330-2761
  • Iowa City, IA, 52240, 6 projects in Cedar Rapids Metro
Mike has a degree in Architectural Design, is a member of the American Institute of Building Design, HBA and is 1... Read More
Winkel Design Forum is a local, family-owned and operated business, serving the Corridor since 1973! We have 44... Read More
*Authorized Dealer of Andersen Windows & Doors* Moeller & Walter is a full service building design and... Read More
  • Click to Call(319) 250-5445
  • Reinbeck, IA, 50669, 4 projects in Cedar Rapids Metro
We provide drafting services including blueprints for new homes, additions and remodels, Interior Design and... Read More
  • Click to Call(563) 382-8563
  • Decorah, IA, 52101, 1 project in Cedar Rapids Metro
We are a full-service architectural design firm serving the Tri-state area. We have worked on a wide range of... Read More
  • Click to Call(563) 556-8877
  • Dubuque, IA, 52003, 1 project in Cedar Rapids Metro
Stock house plans and custom home designs. It's what we do. We are a leading home design firm specializing in... Read More
For over four decades, Neumann Monson Architects has merged talent, innovation, and expertise to create enduring... Read More
We produce high quality 3D renderings to entice investment and potential tenants to a space. We also provide a... Read More
  • Click to Call(319) 531-1049
  • Cedar Rapids, IA, 1 project in Cedar Rapids Metro
Located in North East Iowa, we specialize in Energy efficient home design. Focusing on solar design,... Read More
  • Click to Call(515) 509-1593
  • Dike, IA, 50624, 1 project in Cedar Rapids Metro
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
Akar ARchiTecture
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"This firm is a hidden treasure! I have built homes with them twice and they exceeded my expectations both times. Sanjay really listened to what I wanted and surprised me each time by fulfilling my needs in a unique and beautiful way that I could never have imagined. They are very talented and forward thinking. And they are fun to work with!!"
- Dyan Smith
MARTIN WENCK DESIGN
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"Mr. Wenck did an admirable job designing our FLW style home. His fees were reasonable. He had prior experience and knowledge of the design-type desired. He researched further as necessary to augment his knowledge-base. His behavior was professional at all times and he communicated well and in a timely manner. He formed a functional and efficient partnership with the general contractor and the owner. He was dedicated to providing the best product possible. He made suggestions about the driveway, the location of the building vis-à-vis the streets, interior work, the back patio sitting wall, among others. He was always available for face-to-face meetings and contributed to the progress of the work. His opinions were even-keeled and offset more unbalanced ideas and approaches to the work. We have no negative thoughts or remarks to make. We would recommend Mr. Wenck to any serious builders interested in constructing a complex and intricate structure requiring nuanced and expansive knowledge and skills in this discipline."
- crstockner
Prull Custom Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"I really enjoy working with Mike to design my custom home. I had specific ideas and he listened and implemented them. He was always objective and provide great solutions. I would definitely recommend Mike from Prull Custom Designs for your next custom home."
- pms33
Winkel Design Forum - Aibd
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"Winkel Design Forum designed a beautiful home to fit on a pie shaped lot with a 12 foot drop off 30 feet from the back of the house. They used the lot angle to create the same angle in the design of the house utilizing the lot angle down to within an inch of the legal setback. Others would have said the square footage we wanted could not be done!"
- jerrycochrane
Moeller and Walter
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"I enjoyed working with Lynn Trask and Erin Kollenkark and Jill Muller and their help with our planning and supplies. Erin was especially helpful/professional and informative in helping me make choices that coordinated with the design and colors. I would highly recommend this company"
- Sheree Van Hauen
OPN ARCHITECTS INC
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"This firm was chosen to design the Cedar Rapids Public Library. I love the design they came up with. It will fit very well with the downtown area but also looks so modern and inviting to patrons. The project is not completed but the photos and design are on display at the library."
- Nicky Bruns
Sundberg Design
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"Greg Sundberg is a creative genius. He has an eye for large projects like new home design, as well as for colors and lighting. He is an old-school architect that still uses his artistic talent to put his ideas on paper. He can visualize different construction scenarios in his head. He watches out for the interests of the customer and wants to create an atmosphere that is both comfortable and beautiful!"
- Karen DeBeer Dunn
Moeller and Walter
Architects and Building Designers in Cedar Rapids
"The design staff at Moeller & Walter assisted us in designing and building our home, and their expertise and professionalism was so very valuable. Excellent service, excellent knowledge, excellence all around."
- jmschuller
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How do I find the best 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 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 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 Cedar Rapids 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 Cedar Rapids 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 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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