Charleston 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 Charleston interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Residential Design Firm specializing in custom house & renovation design. It is my goal with each design to make... Read More
As a full service architecture and interior design firm specializing in custom coastal design and residential... Read More
Damien Busillo, AIA, NCARB, is a registered Architect designing homes throughout the Lowcountry and Barrier... Read More
From the southeast coast to mountains in the Carolinas, our mission is to create beautiful spaces that meet your... Read More
Cobb Architects has established itself as an integral part of custom home design in the Charleston area. Our... Read More
With experience in design, planning, and construction, Phil Clarke formed Clarke Design Group in 2003 with a... Read More
We are a versatile team of design and planning professionals whose expertise lies in creating extraordinary... Read More
Owner, Scott Brekke, has over 20+ years in the construction residential industry. His passion for home building... Read More
Swallowtail Architecture specializes in custom residential home design for new homes and whole house, major... Read More
Kevin E. Whalley AIA, NCARB and Tim S. Hilkhuijsen AIA,RIBA are the Principal Owners of Architecture Plus, a... Read More
Christopher Rose is a registered architect and interior designer who has been practicing sustainable award... Read More
Kenneth Miller Architecture is a dedicated and quality conscience planning and architectural company that... Read More
SLC Architect, LLC is a small architectural practice specializing in custom residential architecture in the South... Read More
We are an architecture firm dedicated to helping our clients create beautiful, healthy, comfortable,... Read More
At TMD Architects, we have a PASSION for both architecture and people. Our goal is to help our clients solve... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
Crosby Creations Drafting & Design Services, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"House Plan creation. Jody created our dream house for the second tme! We could not be happier with the services she provided, and we would recommend her to anyone given the opportunity. Thank you again Jody! Can't wait to start construction!"
- jvandewiel
Herlong & Associates Architects + Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"We hired Steve Herlong and his staff to design our first custom home 12 years ago and to renovate our 1950's beach house 6 years ago. In both cases it was a fantastic experience. Steve has such an amazing eye for details, he HEARS what you want and creates a masterpiece with those ideas. His interiors team made our old beach house feel NEW again, but selected colors, cabinetry and fixtures to compliment the style we loved! We could not have created either of these amazing homes without the help of such a talented staff!"
- joanieteel
DLB Custom Home Design
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"Damien Busillo of DLB Architecture and Design has been a pleasure to work with. Although my husband and I have built four homes in the past this was our first experience with having a custom home design. He has been a great help in finding ways to convey exactly the design we wanted, working with builders in the bidding process, working to help us find the landscape designer that fits our tastes and working wit h our neighborhood ARB to help us get our design approved. Damien has been very flexible to make changes in order to fit our needs and I know that the end product will be a home that we will be so proud to call our own. It's been a pleasure to work with him!"
- tyw4756
Spivey Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"Michael Spivey designed our house. Working with him was a professional and satisfying experience. His commitment to understanding our objectives and producing an outstanding product was exceptional. Having now lived in this home for over five years, we have an even greater appreciation for his ideas, creativity, guidence, and patience with us through the process. He was able to guide us, as first time home builders, through the decision process necessary to achieve a product beyond our expectations and within our budgetary limitations. A lot of give and take was necessary and difficult decisions had to be made but our appreciation of the process and the end result are affirmed daily by our own expierence of living in this home. Herchiel Sims, Jr"
- herksims
Cobb Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"What can we say? Darryl and the Cobb Architects team designed our dream home. Now that it is complete, we get compliments about how awesome and beautiful it is from family/friends and people just walking by. Our first meeting, Darryl just our needs, our lifestyle and our aspirations for the home. Based on his approach, we were 90% there on the 1st design. Darryl took into consideration our words and added architectural design, how it would fit into the locale, and made it one of a kind. Along the way, we encountered a few necessary changes in the field, and Darryl made suggestions, collaborated directly with our project manager and designer, and in the end stayed within our budget and improved the overall design. We would recommend Cobb Architects without exception - you truly won't be disappointed."
- ladley
Clarke Design Group
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"When we first starting thinking about designing our home, on our lot with a large oak tree on Daniel Island, we knew that we wanted one that looked like it had historical significance. A house with that true southern coastal feel - Phil Clarke nailed it. In fact Phil did an excellent job for us in all aspects of the process! He walked with us from the initial planning stages through the overall design and on to build completion. He was involved in every step of the way and even went above and beyond attending a City of Charleston Review Board meeting with us for a certain zoning amendment we needed. Phil's attention to detail and excellent way of listening to our wants and needs let him create a home that works perfectly for both our peculiar lot size and maximized our lifestyle both inside and outdoors. We would recommend that anyone who is looking for a beautifully designed historical southern coastal home to use Phil and his team!"
- didog1
SGA Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"SGA did an outstanding job designing our home on a very difficult lot. The interior was designed specifically to our lifestyle and we have beautiful views from every room. We highly recommend SGA and will use them for all of our future architectural needs."
- martywhite
Alpha Home Design & Consulting LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"We hired Scott over the Internet to do designs for a second story office over our garage. He was responsive, patient, and easy to work with. His plans were easy to follow in the build. I highly recommend him."
- Bob
Swallowtail Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"Rachel Burton with Swallowtail Architecture has been a real asset to Dorchester Habitat for Humanity. We were looking for new house plans that would fit our energy star criteria, size of home, and give us a new look. Rachel gave us several different options. One we have already used the past couple years and another that we are starting next month. We have really enjoy working with her company and the fact that she is always available and keeps us informed on the progress of our projects. We would definitely recommend anyone looking for a great architectural firm to try Swallowtail. Thanks Rachel and Swallowtail Architecture"
- bobbarnett
Architecture Plus, sc LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Charleston
"Kevin Whalley is a very talented architect. He has the ability to make you feel very comfortable from the very beginning. On more difficult decisions concerning design issues he has the skill to guide you quickly to the desired result. Kathy and I could not have found a better professional to work with. If we build another home Kevin would undoubtably be our architect."
- bikeman004
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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 Charleston 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 Charleston 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?

Find a home architect in Charleston on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to architects. You may also look through photos of 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 Charleston, Daniel Island, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville.
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