San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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No one knows quite how to create a sense of place like we do. We work with people who appreciate what the... Read More
Thom Brajkovich, with twenty-seven years as an architect and master builder on the Central Coast, believes that... Read More
Isaman design, Inc. is a full service architecture firm that strives to attain the highest quality in every... Read More
We cultivate creative design solutions unique to each project using strategies that are indicative of local... Read More
Jade Architecture is a progressive architectural firm focused on providing efficient service, while maintaining... Read More
I am an architect who is committed to delivering an extraordinary experience. My clients trust me to provide the... Read More
Based in Paso Robles, Nina Nazarov offers high level residential design for everyone. Whether you are looking to... Read More
Owner and sole proprietor, Marcus Ziedses des Plantes, received his Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental... Read More
MS|A, founded in 2011 by Micah D. Smith, AIA, is a small San Luis Obispo-based architecture firm specializing in... Read More
Danciart Architecture is dedicated to the service of the client and the stewardship of the planet. Following a... Read More
Jessica Lehrbaum, Architect, provides a full range of architectural services specializing in Single, Multi-Family... Read More
Studio B. Elements is a full service architectural interior design firm located in San Luis Obispo, California.... Read More
Brooks Clifford Studio is an architectural design firm specializing in the integration of interior and exterior... Read More
Our small practice is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley just outside of Solvang, CA. We’ve been... Read More
Tim became an architect and a member of the AIA then founded Impluvium Architecture in the year 2000. Impluvium... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects LLP
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Our firm collaborated with NMA Architects on a large scale project for over 7 years. In every aspect, they exceeded our expectations, and were in our opinion, ideal creative partners for this project. We look forward to the opportunity to work together again soon."
- Tom Stringer Design Partners
Thom Brajkovich, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"I am a local landscape designer and horticulture consultant in the Central Coast of California. I have had the pleasure of working with Thom and his professional associated for over 20 years. Thom is a creative Architectural designer and professional who relies on his creative instinct, fine moral fabric, and worldwide exposure to architecture through his travels to influence his design solutions. He is a joy to work with and his completed works demonstrate his expertise and talents."
- Landsystems & Associates
Isaman Design, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Isaman design is a professional organization that completes their designs on an individual basis. They got to know us, and our specific wants and needs , then created the house design based on that. They also offered exceptionally talented advice ,which made the whole process of designing our own home manageable and fun! The outcome was everything and more than we had hoped for. And the Isaman design team was there, guiding us every step of the way, from our design dreams to a finished beautiful home! "
- kathiela
Studio 2G Architects
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Very professional and competent architects. Good working relationships with local planning departments which helps with the permit process. They completed over a dozen projects for us with a combined value of over $10mm. Several of our projects are profiled on their website. A site visit to one or more of these completed projects would give you an idea of what they are capable of doing. Would always approach them first when embarking on other real estate developments."
- chris3241
Jade Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Alison was extremely helpful and professional. She dealt with my constant questions and suggestions on modifications in a very polite and professional manner. She demonstrated a great understanding of my wants and needs. Even though I am not quite ready to proceed with the project, I will most certainly contact her when I am ready!"
- robert5443
Michael D Smith Architect
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Michael has been a great resource for my company. Affording us the opportunity for a quick response to our needs as as remodeling contractor in the San luis Obispo and Southern Monterey Counties. His quick response to our needs has been a tremendous asset. I have seen his work on complete projects down to minor architectural and structural requirements. I can highly recommend Michael, and do so whenever I get the chance."
- Butthead Builders, Inc.
Hambly Homes Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Nina did an amazing job with the design of our kitchen and dining room! She went back and forth with us and our cabinet maker working on the design until it was both functional and up to code. She rearranged the locations of our sink, making it centered to the window, and moved the refrigerator and pantry away from the stove. She also designed an entire display wall for us in the dining space. She made our tiny kitchen/dining area look modern and spacious! I recommend her to anyone looking into remodeling!"
- Diana Shteyman
des Plantes and Associates
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"My husband and I are remodeling both of our bathrooms, and want to open up our kitchen area so it works better with the layout of our house. Marcus has been working with us and he's been fantastic. Even though it is just a remodel, he's given us so many great ideas to tie the whole house together, as well as help us understand what is worth spending money on for the long run, and where we could save. He's making the process really fun and exciting, and I can't wait to live in a house that is finally well designed and perfectly us. Also, he lives is San Luis Obispo, CA and we live in Santa Cruz, which I thought might be a problem when it came down to meeting one on one, but he was very flexible and has been shooting up to meet with us multiple times bringing beautiful sketches of ideas, or examples of materials for us to look at. I hightly recommend him for big or small projects. He's truely a professional."
- nicolesingson
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Working with Micah Smith of MS/Architecture was a pleasure. Micah brought Green Goods onto a job for a Government Services Administration office and we worked together to provide the space with sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly materials. Micah's thoughtful design created a welcoming work space with great indoor air quality and contemporary style."
- Green Goods
Danciart Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Luis Obispo
"Peter is a local architect and affiliated with the AIA Central Coast Chapter (currently on the board of directors). He has a great taste in design and has many great projects under his belt. I was fortunate enough to receive a personal tour of his Salmon Residence project recently. After seeing what he had done with this project, my appreciation for residential architecture truly heightened. This home is definitely one of my top favorite buildings in San Luis Obispo. The details on this building are incredible, and the interior spaces are unique and ravishing. Besides his designs however, Peter is a really down to earth person and very easy to talk to. He is nice, charming, and very well knowledgeable in his trade. Working with him is always wonderful, and I would recommend him in a heartbeat."
- M. Farid Shahid
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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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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 Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc and Goleta.
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