Charlotte 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 Charlotte interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Exceptional homes...by Design. Pippin Home Designs, Inc. is a full-service residential design firm,... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 885-5837
  • Mooresville, NC, 28117, 40 projects in Charlotte Metro
We design and detail unique and original homes with the owner's dreams in mind. Our vision is for our design to... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 724-1488
  • Charlotte, NC, 28211, 16 projects in Charlotte Metro
Houghland Architecture's mission, according to owner Gray Houghland, is “to provide functional solutions that... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 650-1148
  • Charlotte, NC, 28204, 11 projects in Charlotte Metro
KDH Residential Designs (AIBD) offers a personalized home designing experience tailored to each client's specific... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 981-0625
  • Huntersville, NC, 28078, 14 projects in Charlotte Metro
Residential clients seek out MNM because of their expertise in cultivating original solutions to both the... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 666-4973
  • Charlotte, NC, 28203, 17 projects in Charlotte Metro
We take your dreams, apply our ingenuity, creativity, and experience to create the vision and details of your... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 413-3795
  • Charlotte, NC, 28206, 7 projects in Charlotte Metro
Alison Hall, a former Virginia Tech graduate, is the owner of a small residential architecture firm specializing... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 839-2191
  • Charlotte, NC, 28203, 4 projects in Charlotte Metro
Founded in 1989, The Studio of Christopher Phelps is a residential design firm that is committed to the simple... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 377-5569
  • Charlotte, NC, 28203, 4 projects in Charlotte Metro
The design of your new home or renovation starts with a discussion. Understanding your goals and existing site... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 766-8836
  • Charlotte, NC, 28204, 5 projects in Charlotte Metro
Low volume, high quality, architecture and design. Renovations and new construction. Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 577-3632
  • Charlotte, 28202, 3 projects in Charlotte Metro
We bring decades of experience in residential design to the table on projects varying from small renovations and... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 351-2576
  • Charlotte, NC, 28203, 9 projects in Charlotte Metro
We design it. We build it. Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 763-0506
  • Charlotte, NC, 28204, 5 projects in Charlotte Metro
My vision for Mermans Architecture & Design (MArchD) is to create a design-centered architectural practice,... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 604-8517
  • Charlotte, NC, 28211, 3 projects in Charlotte Metro
studio01 architects is an intentionally small, design-based practice that specializes in modern, sustainable... Read More
  • Click to Call(704) 996-0732
  • Charlotte, NC, 28205, 3 projects in Charlotte Metro
Residential design firm. Cornerstone Home Designs takes great pride in not being a production plan shop. It's a... Read More
  • Click to Call(828) 638-2900
  • Hickory, NC, 28601, 5 projects in Charlotte Metro
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
Pippin Home Designs, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"Jenny Pippin of Pippin Home Designs can design anything. ...from huge homes to small ones. She listens to her clients, designs liveable homes and takes advantage of any and all views. She is highly capable, artistic and yet reasonable. She designed our home about 20 years ago and I wouldn't change a thing. It's on a sloping lot with only a small section that is flat for the house's footprint. It was a winner from plan to inception. I still love and live in every square foot."
- annbdag
R+R Design
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"Blake did such a great job from listening to what we wanted to executing his designs in a very timely manner to making any changes we wanted. Now that the home is starting to take shape we can see all his hard work come to life and could not be more happy with the result. If you want an architect who focuses on your vision and really listens to what you want then you can not go wrong with R+R designs."
- mekmet
Houghland Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"We highly recommend Houghland Architecture. We used Gray for a two-story addition to our house. Gray's attention to detail is most impressive. He is creative, talented, practical and very easy to work with. Our new rooms blend seamlessly with the old. We would definitely use him again."
- ebccohen
KDH Residential Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"KDH Residential Designs is a great partner in the success of some of our projects together over many years. Owner Kevin Holdridge listens to clients really well and has the gift of creating the dreams and wants in his designs. KDH is an innovative firm that understands construction process and details. We look forward to many more successful projects together. Respectfully, Michael J. McMillan Sr. MCM - McMillan Construction www.McmillanCM.com"
- McMillan Builders - Design Build
Mcclure Nicholson Montgomery Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"We worked closely with Miller Nicholson on our major home renovation. Miller was a great partner from day one until move-in day. He listened to our initial thoughts for our home, and then actualized our ideas even better than we could have imagined. In addition, Miller incorporated so many beautiful architectural details in our indoor and outdoor living spaces. He also did such a wonderful job flooding our home with beautiful, natural light. Miller facilitated our builder/bid process and then continued to work collaboratively with us and our builder until the project was complete. We were in great hands the entire time! We love our new home and are so thankful for Miller's design creativity and structural expertise as well as the passion that he brought to our project. We highly recommend Mcclure Nicholson Montgomery Architects."
- Brooke & Mike Brown
Ashley J. Design
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"Ashely was a great recommendation to us by our contractor. We've enjoyed getting to know her and love working with her. She's professional, knowledgeable, listens well, and is patient. She has done background work and offered suggestions when needed. We also feel her prices for her service are very reasonable. We look forward to continuing working with her on our next project."
- Shannon Oruska
Alison Hall, RA
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"I have worked with Alison on many projects over the last several years. Alison has been a great pleasure to work with. She has a great eye for detail and always incorporates each clients unique vision into her design. I would highly recommend Alison Hall, RA if you are looking for an Architect that will truly listen to your needs for your project."
- Henderson Building Group
The Studio of Christopher Phelps
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"Chris Phelps designed my 7000 sq ft home on Lake Norman. Couldn't of asked for a better firm and person to work with. (great sense of humor too....important these days!)"
- Gordon Engle
CL Helt Architect Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"After purchasing lake front property in Charlotte NC, we entered into an exhaustive search to find the right architect to design our dream home. We knew what we wanted in a custom home and Tim Johnston of CL Helt Architect Inc. was able to create a design that incorporated our needs on balance with our budget. He worked with us through every phase of concept and design providing all of the renderings and models needed to fully conceptualize the scope of the project. Tim Johnston brought a strong modern esthetic that we had been seeking and an understanding of the complexities of building on waterfront property. Tim incorporated passive solar design tailored to meet the specific requirements of our exposure and latitude. Tim came up with creative solutions to accommodate the challenges of our lot and the limitations of our budget. He positioned the house to protect access to our boat ramp and take full advantage of the lake views, while designing a basement home that minimized costs and always kept in mind the practical requirements of custom home building. We have enjoyed our working relationship with Tim Johnston and the entire CL Helt Architect Inc. team. Our new home incorporates every detail that we had hoped to achieve. We would not hesitate to use their services again in the future and plan to recommend them to friends and family."
- Jessica Cummis
The Alter Architect's Studio, PLLC
Architects and Building Designers in Charlotte
"Alter Architect's designs were thought provoking, inspirational and truly represented every thing we were looking for in a house we could call our home. Zack is super professional, congenial and very attentive both during the design process and the actual construction process. We've been thrilled with them in every aspect and couldn't more highly reommend them."
- rwestbrook
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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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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 Myers Park, Charlotte, Gastonia, Concord and Huntersville.

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