Find a architect in Santa Monica, CA

Find architects in Santa Monica, CA

Find architects in Santa Monica, CA

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Find architects in Santa Monica, CA

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Top 10 architects in Santa Monica, CA

Homeowners agree: these Santa Monica architects are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Green Tech Remodeling And Design

Green Tech Remodeling And Design

New on HomeGuide
1 hire on HomeGuide
15+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
We are family owned operated we provide great service our goal is to make sure customers are happy with the results most important that project go smooth and correct.
Pylon Designs

Pylon Designs

New on HomeGuide
Offers online services
4+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
I'm thrilled to introduce myself as your potential partner in creating the home of your dreams. With 15 years of experience in architecture design and four years of running my own business, I've cultivated a deep passion for home design that I bring to every project. Working with me means embarking on a collaborative journey where your vision and aspirations are at the forefront. Here's what you can expect when you choose to work with me: Passion for Home Design: Home design isn't just a job for me; it's my passion. I approach each project with enthusiasm and creativity, ensuring that your home reflects your unique style, needs, and persona
MAKE Architecture

MAKE Architecture

New on HomeGuide
22+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
MAKE is known for excellent customer attention and outstanding design and our ability to guide our Clients through the project from germination through completion. We thoroughly enjoy working with Clients understand their needs and desires, to usher those goals into inspirational design solutions, and work to see them to conceived.
AE Architecture, Inc

AE Architecture, Inc

New on HomeGuide
24+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Our architectural designs have been published around the world, been on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, and recently received international award. Turning the average bungalow into a sought after architectural gem.
The Melvin Grant Company

The Melvin Grant Company

New on HomeGuide
Offers online services
32+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Rarely do I get excited about architectural projects anymore, but I do get excited when I witness the clients excitement at the completion of the project.
WORD Design X Architecture

WORD Design X Architecture

New on HomeGuide
14+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
We pride ourselves on being service-forward with all of our clients. The availability and candor we offer is paramount and unmatched. We value honesty and transparency, and freely share our experience and knowledge of the process. WORD brings a high level of energy, intensity and thoughtfulness to everything we take on. We are firm believers that architecture is a progressive social art, and necessarily collaborative by nature. Each project becomes a true partnership as we strive to infuse our clients’ needs, aspirations, personalities and beliefs into the work. The combination of those qualities with our own diverse experience and expertise ...
Dean Larkin Design

Dean Larkin Design

New on HomeGuide
25+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Dean Larkin Design, founded in 1998 and based in West Hollywood, California, is a full-service luxury architectural design company recognized for its contemporary residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. Led by the quintessential Los Angeles architect, Dean Larkin, the firm specializes in creating designs that balance form and function, while celebrating Southern California's unique climate and lifestyle. Leveraging the intrinsic potential of each site, Dean Larkin Design aims to transcend architecture, creating spaces that enhance both their occupants and their environment.
Jay CAD

Jay CAD

New on HomeGuide
Offers online services
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
We aim to provide a quality service in a timely-manner. We use the latest software and hardware in the design industry. That enables us to create projects in a very short period of time while mainting accuracy. We create 3D models for almost all our projects which allow our clients to visualize the outcome before they proceed with anything on the field. You can see our work samples on Instagram & Youtube: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jay_cad_la/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUQD_sMz8758YBPPdwktXGQ/featured
YOR Construction And Investment Inc.

YOR Construction And Investment Inc.

5.0(2)
Top Pro
4 hires on HomeGuide
17+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Jon M. says, "YOR did an amazing job on my kitchen renovation. Took an old looking kitchen it, and upgraded it to current and modern. Very, very pleased with the work. Near the end, had to go out of town for a few days. I returned to the job being completed. Recommend them all the way! " Read more
Sharif, Lynch: Architecture

Sharif, Lynch: Architecture

New on HomeGuide
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Please visit www.shariflynch.com

Your Architectural Services questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.

How much does an architect cost near me?

Hiring an architect costs 5% to 20% of the total project cost, depending on the size and type. Some architects charge $100 to $250 per hour, while others charge $2 to $15 per square foot for new construction. The flat-rate cost for an architect to draw plans is $2,000 to $20,000.

What services does an architecture firm provide?

Architectural services include the planning, designing, and drawing of home plans and remodeling projects, and managing the construction contracts on behalf of homeowners. Other services include obtaining permits, producing documentation required for the city, and obtaining certificates of occupancy for completed projects.

  • Consultation and schematic design – Pre-design planning, ideas, and concepts are presented and developed with client feedback. Then a rough sketch is designed to ensure the building requirements are clearly understood.
  • Design development – The rough sketches are developed, reviewed, and refined into final drawing plans, specifications, and elevations.
  • Construction documents – The architect helps the client select materials and finishes, coordinates with other designers and engineers, and produces a set of legal contract documents ready for building.
  • Contract negotiation – The architect solicits bids from building contractors and helps the client select and hire a contractor.
  • Construction contract administration – The architect manages the contractors to resolve any conflicts, ensures the project is built to the drawing plans and specifications, and performs a final inspection.

Do I need a residential architect or a contractor?

  • Hire an architect when building a custom home or for home remodeling projects involving structural changes or costs beyond 5% of your house's value.
  • Hire a general contractor for house renovations or remodeling projects that don't involve structural changes or costs less than 5% of your home's value.
  • Hire a structural engineer for remodeling projects that involve the house's stability, such as knocking down a wall, rebuilding a chimney, or planning an addition.

Does a home architect have to be licensed?

Residential building and remodeling projects may be exempt from requiring a licensed architect in the design, depending on the state. States require locally licensed architects to stamp drawing plans for commercial building projects.

How do I find an architect in my area?

Start by searching our list of remodeling architects, then compare reviews and costs. After finding and contacting potential services:

How to choose an architect:

  • Get at least three estimates from local architects to compare.
  • Ask for recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Select companies that are licensed, bonded, and experienced.
  • Verify their license, insurance, worker’s compensation, and bond guarantees.
  • Read reviews and check out their previous work on HomeGuide and Google.
  • Look for architects that are a member of The American Institute of Architects.
  • Ask about their warranties and guarantees.
  • Ask for a full itemized estimate in writing.
  • Avoid making large payments upfront. Come up with a payment schedule for work completed.

After asking questions and verifying their credentials, hire the best architectural services near you.

What questions to ask local architects before hiring?

When hiring an architectural designer, ask them the following questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many similar projects have you completed?
  • Are there any potential complications you foresee with this project?
  • What is your architect style?
  • Can I see your license and liability insurance?
  • Can you provide testimonials and references from past customers?
  • What type of renderings (3D, video, illustrative drawings) will you submit?
  • Can you handle special requirements such as ADA or LEED?
  • How long will the project take?
  • Do you help with finding and hiring general contractors and subcontractors?
  • What does your warranty policy include?
  • What is your fee structure and schedule?
  • What services are included in the cost?
  • Can you provide me a written estimate or contract?
  • What happens when your costs exceed the budget?
  • What do I need to provide to get started?

Reviews for Santa Monica architects

Recent success stories from people in the Santa Monica area.
M. D.
I needed to get a adu called yor since they were very close to the area. We got a fantastic quote and we went along with them and the final results are just amazing. From the work to the process and the finishing it was very professional.
YOR Construction and Investment inc.
Ken S.
Sky Renovation and new construction are true professionals in every aspect of work. They recently remodeled our kitchen and we wanted combination of modern and classic look so not simple task but remodeled kitchen looks just as we wished it will look like, even better. We didn't had a single complaint about Sky Renovation team, they were nice, quick and efficient, informed us about working progress all the time and gave us some very important advises. Also the quality of materials they used was highest quality. This contractor deserves highest possible rating, thanks!
Sky Renovation & New Construction
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