Find a architect in Madison, WI

Find architects in Madison, WI

Find architects in Madison, WI

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Find architects in Madison, WI

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Top 10 architects in Madison, WI

Homeowners agree: these Madison architects are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Meier Construction, Inc

Meier Construction, Inc

Offers online services
23+ years in business
Serves Madison, WI
Mark H. says, "Steve is very thorough during entire process. He easy to work with and answered all my questions. " Read more
Legacy Building & Design

Legacy Building & Design

New on HomeGuide
13+ years in business
Serves Madison, WI
In 1957, Bill Schluter started a family construction business (Schluter Construction) based on offering quality craftsmanship to everyone at an affordable price and thanks to the spirited drive of his son Jerry, that tradition continues today (As the Schluter Construction Era Has Ended) as Legacy Building and Design LLC. "The Family LEGACY Continues..." Legacy Building & Design's main goals are to capitalize on the family beliefs and values of tradition, quality, and pride in craftsmanship to successfully operate in today's dynamic and challenging environments and become the first choice for today's consumers. Our Services Include (but are no...
Bender & Family Restoration

Bender & Family Restoration

Offers online services
1 hire on HomeGuide
4+ years in business
Serves Madison, WI
Brent M. says, "Very quick, friendly and thorough. " Read more
Straka Johnson Architects, P.C.

Straka Johnson Architects, P.C.

New on HomeGuide
44+ years in business
Serves Madison, WI
We are a full-service architectural design firm serving the Tri-state area. We have worked on a wide range of project types including religious institutions, educational facilities, health care facilities, industrial facilities, recreational facilities, commercial institutions, transportation terminals and facilities, restaurants, multi-family residential and single family residential projects. Whether new construction or historic renovation, we view each project as a unique opportunity to creatively address your design needs. Our standard architectural services include Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Document drawing


New on HomeGuide
Offers online services
39+ years in business
Serves Madison, WI
DePietro Design Associates is a full-service architecture & engineering firm with over 60 years of experience. We specialize in Commercial and Residential design in Wisconsin, Illinois, and other areas of the U.S. - upon request. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service with great attention to detail, and we are committed to creating beautiful, functional spaces that meet our clients' needs. We believe that good design has the ability to impact the surrounding environments, the way you live, and most of all the way you feel. We want all our clients to feel that sense of peace when they walk through the door. Contact us now to

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 Madison architects

Recent success stories from people in the Madison area.
Alex A.
I would recommend Family Restoration to any and everyone. These guys do top notch work and are very timely and precise in what they do. Not only was our bathroom upgraded within a week but we were able to live through the construction and not have it impact our daily routines. I'm already looking forward to hiring them again for our next project!
Bender & Family Restoration
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