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Micro Resorts
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amarjeet G.
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Very good landscape Architect and contractor

California Design Office
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Arvind S.
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Vahid did the drawing for my refinishing project. He did an excellent job.

ISO IDEAS, INC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jane H.
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We hired Fay and her team to work on our mountain hotel lobby renovation and club house. We were truly impressed by the her team's creative thoughts and efficiency. We hired an architect before them but ISO ideas produces much better quality work and with fast turn around. They were very versatile to address our requests and very friendly professionals to work with. I highly recommend to other business and home owners.

  • 44 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
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I had a great experience with Ben! He got to know my project, a basement built-out, really well and made several improvements to our drawings that pushed us through the permit office. He picked up the project from a former architect without concern (something not all architects will do) as he understand the amount of work we'd already put in and didn't want to loose. He improved upon all of it and was the critical factor to jump start our project. He's personable, smart, fair, professional and very communicative. I am grateful to him for his work for us and I would absolutely recommend him.

Roberto B.
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I had Jeff do our plans for a new Tattoo shop in an existing building, we had to meet and navigate several ADA requirements with the City of Santa Rosa planning and building department. Jeff was very knowledgeable, competent dealing with the city for us. He is a very Personable Architect who was never too busy to to answer questions for myself, my contractor or my city of santa rosa planning technician. I would recommend Jeff and would not hesitate to use his service again, mo Bernal, Avenue Tattoo, and Anchor Rose Tattoo

Oak View Designs LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
James H.
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Margaret helped us with a home in San Mateo in the last two years. Given our limited space contstraints she did a wonderful job organizing our home. She has a great command of the tooling required to architect and she's able to make changes quickly on the fly and take feedback. She was extremely responsive at all times including at night. Finally, she also was able to deal with the myriad of city complaints and issues and got the permits for construction relatively quickly. Highly reccommend her!

  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tamra S.
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Great communication and results.

Onda Rosa Architects
5.0
from 1 review
    Chris P.
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    I retained Mr. McDonald to re design an apartment building in the San Francisco Marina District which was built in 1928. The mandate was to preserve the building's period charm; yet increased the living area. The suggestions were relatively simple and he was able to enlarge both the kitchen and bathroom without changing the envelope of the building............and all the work was done with permits which is very complicated in San Francisco! His services were the cheapest money I ever spent and enhanced the rental value of the units.

    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Bal S.
    Verified review

    Chris is a good architect and we found him very easy to work with. He listens to what the client is looking for and try to incorporate the ideas into the architectural plan.

    Kaplan Architects
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 33 years in business
    Nancy M.
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    I worked with Ed Kaplan on our bathroom remodel and he was wonderful. Ed listened well to what I wanted and also offered some great ideas. He helped me through every step of the project including coordinating and following up with the contractor to make sure things were being done as planned. Ed is personable, knowledgeable and skilled at his job. He was such a pleasure to work with and our new bathroom is beautiful! I would highly recommend him.

    • 23 years in business
    About

    I do full-service architecture, on-site planning, new construction, remodeling, and evaluations. If you want truly beautiful life filled spaces and rooms then I am your architect. I employ the design philosophy of Christopher Alexander's "Pattern Language" which celebrates the environment of life and the energy derived from places that capture, generate,and perpetuate life by looking to the best patterns around the world from many sources including nature for the highest and best use of any place. I am a very experienced and skilled architect for residential and commercial projects of all sizes. I love to serve families for whatever need they may have to help them meet and exceed their expectations. My clients include award-winning designs in Napa and Sonoma Valley. My services extend to Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.

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    Harriman Kinyon Architects, Inc. is a professional services architecture firm established in 1979. Our almost forty year history gives us a depth of experience in virtually all construction types. The firm’s experienced project management teams are organized in a manner that allows them to meet the needs of each Client. Each project is assigned a Project Manager or Project Architect who monitors the project from beginning to end. Quality assurance reviews, led by principals Don Kinyon and David Kim, round out the project management team. The principals maintain involvement with each project and aid in communication, especially during the initial phases as well as during construction. Coordination efforts between the various engineering disciplines are accomplished seamlessly due to long-established consultant relationships that are well defined and maintained. Our uncompromising commitment to personal attention combined with efficient construction management ensures that our Client’s projects meet the criteria they specify. Our firm’s solid reputation stems from the success of approximately 1,000 projects in Northern California, Central California, Southern California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah.

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    Since 1991 designing custom homes in San Francisco and beyond.

    • 38 years in business
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    I offer residential design services, specializing in additions and remodels. A full service is provided, from the initial visit to the design and construction.

    • 4 years in business
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    I offer my services as an architect and quote budgets and costs of photovoltaic panels for homes, business premises, etc.

    About

    We are a full-service architecture firm, specializing in residential and commercial projects of any size and scope. Our goal is to provide a high-quality design that meets the client's programmatic needs, is within budget and is on schedule. By working closely with the client, we develop an overall project vision, wherein light, rhythm, textures, patterns and materials are utilized to create beauty, balance and visual interest to meet this project vision. We excel at developing creative, unique and affordable design solutions, regardless of project size, scope or budget and believe that quality design is possible in all architectural styles. At JTA, we feel sustainability, energy conservation and resource efficiency are important aspects of all projects and keep these issues in the forefront of our designs. We see each and every project as a way to create something unique and wonderful. Feel free to contact us to discuss any project you might be considering.

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    We are a professional interior design firm. We provide services from conceptual development to construction.

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    We provide architecture, planning and design services. With experience in residential and commercial design, from kitchens to entire neighborhoods, we approach projects with an emphasis on logical problem solving and a clean aesthetic.

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    Collaborative Design Architects Inc. (CDA Inc.) provides comprehensive professional services in the areas of planning, programming, architectural design and construction management. Our clients cover both public and private sectors throughout the western United States. As a team leader, we provide integrated mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering services through ongoing collaborations with local engineering firms. Established in 1979, Collaborative Design Architects has offices located in San Francisco and Oakland. The scope of services provided by Collaborative Design Architects Inc. include the following: * Site planning/long-range master planning * Facilities needs and analysis investigations * Facilities feasibility studies * Due diligence reports * Functional programming * Budget and life cycle cost estimates * Process regulatory agency approvals * Grant and funding source identification and application assistance * Architecture * Structural engineering * Civil engineering * Mechanical, piping and sprinkler (MPS) * Electrical, lighting, controls and security system design * Interiors * Custom cabinetry and furniture design * Construction inspection * Landscape architectural design * Development consulting * Construction management These are provided through integrated teamwork with firms with which we have long-term relationships. CDA Inc. has been providing planning, architectural design and construction management for over 20 years. Our work in analyzing, rehabilitating and creating the built environment for both our public and private clients can be seen throughout the western United States. From due diligence reports and funding application through renovation and new construction design services, CDA Inc. brings significant experience and creativity to the process. The following are a sample of CDA Inc.'s major clients: * Pacific Union Company, San Francisco, California * American Stores Properties, Inc., National Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah * First Interstate Bank, San Francisco, California * KLUR Eight Television, Billings, Montana * Placer Title Company, Sacramento, California * CU Planning and Building, Huntington Beach, California * Girls Incorporated of Alameda County * Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Oakland, California * The Homestead Business Park, Billings, * City of San Leandro, California * City of South San Francisco * City of Danville, California * City of San Carlos, California * City of Ontario, California * City of Alameda, California * City of Bay Point, California * City of Emeryville, California * City of Hayward, California * City of Billings, Montana * City of San Leandro Redevelopment Agency * Contra Costa County, California * Alameda County, California * Alameda County Redevelopment Agency * San Leandro Unified School District, San Leandro, California

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    Provide Architectural design services for renovation and remodeling of existing homes, and design of new homes.

    About

    Below is a summary of my educational background: * Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1971 * Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1967 * Intern and Guide, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, 1964 * Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois, 1963 I offer full design services which include site planning, schematic design, design development, construction drawings and services related to construction. My projects range in size from kitchens and baths to whole-house remodels including additions and new houses. Most are within the Bay Area, and most of these are within San Francisco itself, where I live. I usually do not accept work outside these areas. I have had over thirty years of experience working on design solutions that, first and most importantly, please my clients but which are, secondly, well received by the close-by neighbors, which is a key to thirdly, easier and faster acceptance by San Francisco's planning department (including the zoning administrator, in case a variance is involved). Although I have had a very high percentage of variance applications for clients that are approved, I also try to design to avoid having a variance be necessary, avoiding variances when possible. I am happy to explain more, show previous projects, etc. at an initial meeting at no charge. My clients appreciate how my designs can be either traditional (more contextual) or modern, depending on the context. My designs tend to mature into built projects that have manners and which are gracious good neighbors which co-exist easily with other older nearby houses. They have also been characterized as having curb appeal and are usually well received by neighbors for that very reason. A historic prototype is often helpful in grounding a design and instilling it with historic precedent as well as enhancing its wider appeal. On the interiors, I strive for light-filled and volume spaces, the use of materials including wood, synthetic stones and veneer plaster, and reasonably sized kitchens and baths. Lately, I have been designing green solutions using photovoltaic panels on the roofs and, if south facing, rear elevations in steel and glass, not being as restricted there nearly so much at the front, usually the public or street side, of the design.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do architects work?

    Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

    When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

    How do architects charge for their services?

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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    San Francisco, CA

    • Project type
      Structural engineer
    • Location
      Home
    • Project size
      Medium (house)
    • Details
      seismic evaluation, possible new foundation, possible structural elements/moment frame design, for submission to SF building authorities for permit.

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    Milpitas, CA

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