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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 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
  • 25 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.

  • 14 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Lee S.
Verified review

I have much pleasure in recommending the work of M&M Construction Eli leads a team of highly qualified, diligent and technically superior tradesmen and designers. M&M Construction have completed several large projects for me which included bathroom, laundry area , kitchen and dining area. All work was done to a very high standard and on schedule and to budget. I have nothing but gratitude for the fantastic work performed by M&M Construction In my experience this is very rare in any trade. Lee Swanson

Micro Resorts
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amarjeet G.
Verified review

Very good landscape Architect and contractor

Jamie Mendoza Design
4.6
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Santhosh C.
Verified review

It was an awesome experience for us as a startup to have a great designer who worked with passion to develop our product. We are really thankful for his work towards GetVu

Casa Velvet Interiors
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher J.
Verified review

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.

Serena Zanello Design
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Hillary S.
Verified review

Serena is incredible! She designed our office space and it is so nice we have had people ask for pictures so they can try and get a similar design. Serena has such a skill for making dynamic, bright, warm, and comfortable spaces. She is quick to respond, stays within budget, and listens to feedback completely. She helped us create a vision for our space and then went above and beyond for it - like giving us multiple floor layouts for more employees as we grow. She even did all of the ordering for me and readily had a handyman and painter available to do all of the installation and painting for the space. I just had to look at designs and make decisions. Truly an effortless and incredible process. Every person that saw our office space before has been in awe of the new space. If anyone is looking for an interior designer I will 100% recommend Serena first. And if we ever move offices I know who I am calling immediately!

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

We engaged BuntonMousavi to lead the design facilitation of six nonprofit organizations starting a co-working workforce development center. Because the opinions about the needs of our space, the layout, and priorities for sequencing our construction build-out varied, it was important to work with a design team that listened well, adapted quickly to changes in priorities, was patient, and not prescriptive in their recommendations. We were fortunate to find that in BuntonMousavi. We look forward to future opportunities to work together. Marco Montenegro, Director, Excelsior Works!

Paul Henri Carvalho
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Reuben T.
Verified review

Paul was able to take on a somewhat difficult project and provide us with a design/plan that suited our needs which ultimately delivered us with a valuable final product. This final product was aesthetically and functionally designed and so proved its value as it was sold on the first day of the Open House sale.

ISO IDEAS, INC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 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.

  • 44 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
Verified review

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.

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2d3d4d5d
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachelle G.
Verified review

David is a caring and enthusiastic man and a delight to work with. He is very efficient and gets the job done quickly. I am grateful to him because, although I am an interior designer and certified color consultant, I do not have expertise in drawing to scale sketches of the spaces I'm hired to design. David helped me by doing those sketches and my clients were impressed. I gave him 4 stars only because some of the sketches needed to be redone because of miscommunication between us. I must admit though that I may have not been thoroughly clear re. measurements. David was always eager to do the best job possible, and I appreciated that immensely. Thank you David. Would hire again.

Marcus Dalton Design
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Berenice A.
Verified review

Marcus helped us design and draw out the plans for a 2 phase remodel and addition to our home. Early in the planning stage, he was able to detect a major measuring mistake that we made and helped correct it quickly. He has a lot of wonderful ideas which he incorporated into the design. We had a great room and he helped think through and proposed ideas on how to demarcate the areas. He knew that we wanted a more modern style and he suggested ways to modernize the space. Marcus also worked with the city to meet all their requirements and the plans were approved with minimal changes. It was a pleasure to work with Marcus and have already referred him to our friends.

Zephyr Arch
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Namrata L.
Verified review

We hired Zephyr Arch to get the architectural plans and city permits done for our home (room addition project) They were very prompt in answering all of our questions and took into account our suggestions while coming up with the design. They also took care of the structural engineering requirement for our room addition project and got us the permits from city of Sunnyvale promptly. They helped us getting our HOA approval by answering some followup questions and suggested alternate options.Overall we are one happy client ! :) Thanks for the great job guys!

  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
En Y.
Verified review

I planned a kitchen remodel for my newly purchased house. Dylan's reasonable estimate and professionalism made himself stand out. Throughout the limited 1 month of time, Dylan and his team helped order all materials with great value and installed the wood floor in both kitchen and living room for less than a week. We liked his kitchen remodel design and it only took 2 weeks to get the kitchen ready. Strongly recommend to hire Dylan on any contracting work. His professionalism and punctuality is definitely something important you are looking for.

Argon Construction Inc.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 31 years in business
Kristin F.
Verified review

Mike is a fantastic contractor. He is responsive, reliable, honest trustworthy and the list goes on... His work is exceptional. Mike has a keen eye for detail and design which helped me greatly in my decision process. The first home project Mike did for us was back in 2014. From that point on - he continues to be my go-to contractor. I highly recommend Argon Construction!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
D. G.
Verified review

​OpenBay Design designed a large addition with 1 new story in my multi-family rental building. I was very satisfied with the process and was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it all went. The team was knowledgeable in code and permit requirements, thoughtful in the design, personable and easy to work with. I have recommended this firm to others looking to renovate or build new residential (houses or multi-units) and commercial spaces and buildings. - Satisfied building owner, Oakland

Mary Alex
5.0
from 3 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.

D2K, Design 2 Key
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Beth S.
Verified review

Richard did a great job producing as-built plans for a house, as well as plans for an addition/remodel.

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.

Bolinger Design Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Matthias W.
Verified review

Bruce helped me put together a Structural plan for my construction permit with the city of Oakland

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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