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Oakland Architectural Designers

Browse these architectural designers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Oakland.

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara A.
Verified review

Jasper did an excellent job of designing and building my computer desk and storage unit. On our first meeting he was able to translate the description of what I wanted into a drawing with measurements. On his next visit he confirmed the measurements and proposed workarounds for dealing with challenges such as the room's molding as well as taking a paint sample to match the color of the unit with the room. The results were better than I expected. The unit truly looks built-in with molding around the top that matches the molding in the room. Though it's a floor to ceiling unit, it does not feel overbearing due to the design, color and seamless attachment to walls and ceiling. He was easy to work with when making adjustments in order to accommodate placement of my computer equipment. When I specified what I wanted, I got exactly that. Jason is an extremely competent woodworker and very fast executor. I would highly recommend him.

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda F.
Verified review

Good Value, High Quality, Efficient Work. We recently bought a house and called on Lifetime Remodeling to help us with a kitchen remodel and replacing the old roof. My wife and I are inevitably more difficult as clients than your average homeowner is, but we could not have been more impressed with Lifetime Remodeling. Firstly, their pricing knocked the competition out of the park, and the completeness and detail in their proposal and scope of work is like nothing I've seen before from contractors . As a home owner we were initially wary of having an additional external project manager on site, but Samuel and Matan from Lifetime Remodeling are absolutely fantastic: knowledgeable, reliable, resourceful and respectful of our role to design the project. The work itself was performed to a really high standard: the crew were excellently coordinated by Frank the foreman; they came when they were supposed to; and were clean and tidy. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to others.

Micro Resorts
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia Y.
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Elder Jerez, designed and built an incredible landscape surrounding our home. Before beginning his drawings, he interviewed us to make sure his project would match our vision and lifestyle. Our landscape is very low maintenance and great on water conservation. In California, that is essential. The color scheme of the plants, rock, and hard scape matched perfectly with our house. Plus, the artistic design of the brick that lined the plants, and the brick patterns that were interspersed with the stamped concrete contributed to the great curb appeal. Elder and his talented crew are very professional, reliable, and are a pleasure to work with. What sets him apart from the typical landscape designer, is that he has an Architectural, Landscape, and Civil Engineering background. Therefore, from choosing the plants, understanding the soil and environmental conditions, to the technical designs, underground and street level, I consider him to be the on par with the highly upscale developers. At the same time, he is very good about working out a payment plan. I was so amazed with his beautiful work combined with his technical abilities. It was worth it.

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MJH Construction Management
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Skye L.
Verified review

I'm a new homeowner in Oakland and needed an engineers help with drafting my floorplan for bathroom addition permits. I decided to hire individual contractors without paying the fees of a General Contractor. Oh did I get lucky to have found Mike who not only provided excellent service in drafting but also offered his expertise on design and construction. Mike assisted with my brainstorming and troubleshooting process beyond what I had expected. He was knowledgeable about city regulations and offered sound advice on where to locate fixtures. I appreciate working with Mike to jumpstart the project and would highly recommend him for drafting and engineering services.

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MF Design
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caroline C.
Verified review

Mahya is a talented designer. Her design for my small and worn out 1970s kitchen is not only lovely, it also exponentially improves functionality. Additionally, Mahya writes well, something that matters to me. It is a pleasure working with her.

Casa Velvet Interiors
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher J.
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Casa Velvet is exceptionally talented with their quality of work. They go above and beyond when it comes to satisfying the customer's need. Paulina Carcach in particular was fantastic and would completely recommend her to anyone who is looking to get top quality interior designing.

Clizia Design
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Alan C.
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Serena and her staff are amazing designers! They helped me to furnish my entire place (two-bedroom apt) staying in the budget agreed with no impact on the final result! Serena always knows how to put a touch of color or the right light to every spot. Her style is modern, simple and she knows how to make the difference with the small details.

STUDIO BANAA
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Clothilde S.
Verified review

Excellent experience. We worked with Dane and Nastaran on a performing arts center in San Francisco and they went above and beyond to help us succeed. They even attended our company's special events. They not only came up with a creative design solution for the space, but really cared about our company and our vision. We hope to work with them again and recommend them to anybody looking for passionate, and dedicated professionals!

  • 44 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jomo T.
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If you’re looking to do any rehab work on your home, Ben Tarcher & Associates should be the FIRST architects you should consider! I purchased my first home, a three unit Victorian house (built in 1908), at the end of 2012. The house was a real-fixer up! Notwithstanding its charm and obvious potential, the property was riddled with defects, including the need to (1) build a foundation (as none existed), and (2) completely gut the two downstairs units. Ben completely redesigned the two downstairs units. He provided me with a number of distinct architectural scenarios for using the space. Ben proved to be a fantastic resource. I found him to be extremely professional, creative, and a clear communicator, all qualities I appreciated as a new home owner.

ISO IDEAS, INC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tim Z.
Verified review

ISO Ideas designed our new home architecture and interior design in the Bay Area. We loved the modern style and customized details. They were very creative, fun to work with and also helped us to meet our budget. Most importantly they were very responsive and responsible to the last detail during construction. We were very grateful for their services.

Mayberry Workshop, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Flora M.
Verified review

I hired Adam to design our home's renovation. We want to turn our one story Victorian into a two story by digging out the basement and raising the house. Adam did a great job listening to us and included all the things we wanted in the new floorplans. He respected the old architecture of our home and neighborhood while incorporating our very modern aesthetic into the design. We're excited to see his plans come to life.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff B.
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Christian Bratt is very versed in his abilities. One showing that he is capable of design and engineering the complete process for homes in and around the Lake Tahoe area. Quick response via email and phone call show that he wants to make sure the client or contractor questions or concerns are heard and responded to as quickly as possible to keep each entity working towards the goal of completing the project with the time frame. His outgoing personality makes him a fun guy to work with and i would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great design engineer in the Lake Tahoe area. Jeff Bahrke

Mary Alex
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alicia B.
Verified review

I had Mary mock up a 3D model of a kitchen and bath remodel we did at the start of the year. She was very quick, and the model was exactly what we were looking for to understand what the design would look like, and to pull plans off of. She provided several views and a short video walkthrough of the space in 3D, and then accompanying plans and sections. She also went back and forth with us to edit the model/design to get exactly what we wanted. If I ever do any other work to my house, I will contact her.

Dave Kesler Architect
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
MARIA S.
Verified review

Great person, great service!

Bittiker Architecture
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anupam S.
Verified review

Danny is a skilled professional who is dedicated to top quality design and construction. He designed an innovative solution to bringing light into our home using a combination of skylights and glass-flooring in our attic. He was meticulous in his research of different solutions, vendors and contractors, and even discovered old building plans for our home. Danny's artistic flare is also evident through his side projects, such as large home/office wood furnishings. I thoroughly recommend Bittiker Architecture to anyone seeking thoughtful, skilled and dedicated professionals.

Bolinger Design Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gregory H.
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I contacted Bolinger Design regarding previous owners non-permitted work on my house. Bruce went out of his way to ensure a complete set of plans were made, to include all previous changes since original build. Additionally Bruce worked with the planning and permits department to ensure the process went smoothly. Bruce went a step further and coordinated repairs and construction necessary to bring the house into compliance with the engineering firm of my choice. Bruce walked me through the process each step of the way, and answered questions completely when I was unsure of what was involved. I can't say enough how attentive Bruce was to my needs to complete this project that would have been overwhelming to me on my own. I would recommend Bolinger Design to anyone in need of an architect dealing with non-permitted work or otherwise.

Devgroup Architects
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Anaite L.
Verified review

Tom was so helpful in our remodel. He was responsive and aware of meeting our expectations. He took time to understand what we wanted and made sure we were happy with the final product before it went to printing. His plans sailed through the City planning department permit process. The plans were easy for the contractor and designer to read and bring to fruition. He was very responsive when we had questions as the remodel progressed. Our final product is beautiful.

Tradecraft Architecture
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Mark S.
    Verified review

    For the last three years my wife and I were looking for a way to get more SQFT out of our house, but kept running into extremely high costs of such design. After working with Nick of TradeCraft Architecture, we were able to come up with a great (and creative) design that worked for our family and budget. Nick was great to work with and made the design process ejoyable. Thanks for the great work Nick!

    David Pruitt Designs
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 40 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Saiid R.
    Verified review

    David Pruitt designed our new home, just under 10,000 SF and its separate guest house, about 1000 SF. We are extremely excited for how these two homes turned out. Every single person, including contractors, our friends, and neighbors are awed when they come to see these two homes. The part that pleased us was the fact that David was relentless in making sure that we liked his designs. Since there arefour of us in the family, all adults, it was not easy to satisfy everyone of us, myself, my wife, and our two adult kids who are opinionated more than their parents. Consequently, he gave us numerous very different designs for each of the three floors and the guest house. The house is designed as contemporary Tuscan and we like it a lot. David is very familiar with standard dimensions and therefore every room is proportionally designed to the right size and placement in the house. He is also a cool guy who is very easy to deal with and request things from even way after he had finished the project.

    TheAECAADGroup
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 26 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeff M.
    Verified review

    Bob has been a pleasure to work with so far. Our project is not yet done.

    WENZELWERK
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Kimberley A.
    Verified review

    Brandon was very professional, provided outstanding design concepts, and managed every aspect of the project. I highly recommend Brandon and Wenzelwerk.

    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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