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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.

California Design Office
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Igor V.
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Vahid drew a plan that I later took to the San Francisco city department of building inspection and from the first try, changes to the apartment that we were planning to remodel had been approved. That tells me that Vahid is an architect who knows exactly what he is doing. He has printed 4 copies of the plan even though San Francisco department of building inspection requires only 2 copies. All 4 copies have been included into a price. I am definitely his client if I ever will need architectural plans drawn again in the future.

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

Top Pro
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4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy C.
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We hired David to create CAD drawings for plans we needed to get approved from the city. David came and met our contractor and made suggestions and observations that were helpful. It is obvious he has training in architecture and is knowledgeable about minimum requirements for city code. Drawings were approved by the city and we are happy with the results. I would not hesitate to hire David again.

Zephyr Arch
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Tsu C.
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Zephyr Architecture was great to work with. They help us with an ADU in San Carlos. They drew the existing structures and future work plans. They also went to the city to get the plans approved by working with the Planning and Building departments.

Angelina L.
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Jeff is hied by our company at the last minute notice, for a 4 story, 20,000 square foot condominium new construction design project in San Francisco. He is extremely patient and talented, energetic and efficient. I am very impressed with his skill of using the modern technology with all the most updated software, computer aided design tools. That will greatly increase the accuracy and choices, especially in such a complex scale. Jeff is also familiar with all the application process of obtaining planing permit, building permit and conditional use permit. He read PPA and Ruben design committee comments very carefully, implemented line by line, yet in the mean time, watching out for the owner's interest like a lawyer. We have dealed with many big name professionals in San Francisco before we reach this point, Jeff has the skill all in one, and has the unbeatable speed since he is light and mobile, comparing to the cumbersome organization that answers your phone call with a secretary. After we gain the planning permit, we will most likely to continue to heir him for the building permit process, since he is an excellent communicator, to integrate the design with Machanical engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers. We believe he is the one for us.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
R. B.
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I hired Esther's firm for a tenant improvement project consisting of a new restaurant and a cafe next door. They designed a hip and functional interior, an attractive exterior with outdoor seating, and was involved in all the details including the design of millwork, furniture, signage, lighting, and finishes. They coordinated and led multiple engineers and the equipment supplier on the project. They had no issues with getting approval from the Health, Planning, and Building Depts. They are efficient, creative, and responsive. I would hire them again for my next project. - Chef/Restaurant Co-owner, East Bay

Oak View Designs LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim C.
Verified review

Margaret took over a project in turmoil and turned it around immediately. Her architectural and CAD skills enabled us to meet strict city timelines and guidelines with ease. We would recommend using Oak View Designs.

Walters Architecture
5.0
from 1 review
  • 30 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joy A.
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Bill was wonderful! He did drawings for my home in Santa Rosa . We needed" as built" and plans for our illegal garage conversion to ADU. When we decided it was not going to be worth it to jump through all the hoops that would be required, he did another set of drawings to put it back to the original garage. He is new to Santa Rosa which was lucky for me. The fires have made it almost impossible to find someone. I was insanely grateful to not only find somebody so professional and responsive but very nice to boot!

Onda Rosa Architects
5.0
from 1 review
    Chris P.
    Verified review

    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 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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    I provide architectural CAD design services for residential remodeling and new construction. I can help you get a permit if you are willing to pay for an engineering consultant fee.

    • 5 years in business
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    50 years + experience in science and technology

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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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    I provide graphic, art and architecture designs. I use the creative suite Photoshop Illustrator and have the knowledge of InDesign to create graphic images, logos and artwork. I also do space planning and floor plans for residential and small commercial/office spaces.

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    I provide architectural drafting services for architectural and interior design firms throughout SF and the Bay Area.

    • 23 years in business
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    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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    We offer full-service architecture and interior design for your residential or commercial project at a competitive hourly rate. We also offer flat fee services to best suit your budget. Full scope architectural and interior design services: - Space planning - Specifying and detailing material and furniture Other services: - Restaurant design - Kitchen and bath remodeling and addition - Green design Hire an experienced designer for fresh prospective and valuable resources. Let us handle all the details and help you avoid costly mistakes. Please contact us to schedule an initial free consultation.

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    We do all general building constructions and remodels. Skilled craftsmen in ALL building trades. I am a licensed general contractor with a local fabrication shop, specializing in architectural, building and furniture restorations. With over 14 years general construction and property maintenance experience. All work self-performed. Also available for project and property management. Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Carpentry additions, remodels and restorations.

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    We are a sustainable landscape, architecture, and construction business. We are a design/build firm focusing on custom spaces for people who value design and quality craftsmanship.

    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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