Architects Santa Maria CA

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Ravatt Albrecht & Associates Inc
P.O. Box 528
Santa Maria, CA
Membership Organizations
American Institute of Architects

Bryce Engstrom Architect
454 Printz Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
Membership Organizations
American Institute of Architects

Mills Builders Inc
900 57th St
Sacramento, CA
Services
Remodeler, Designer / Architect

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Patel Architecture
(760) 776-5031
71711 San Jacinto Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA

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Royal Building Co.
(619) 277-5799
3304 Calavo Drive
Spring Valley, CA
Services
Central Heating System, Home Builders, Swimming Pools, Framing, Powerwashing, Carpenters, Plumbing, Flooring, Ceilings, Additions, Bathroom remodeling, Wallpaper & Wallcoverings, Painting, Landscaping - garden, Decks & Porches, Inspection Services, Cabinets, Basement remodeling, Countertops, Concrete Foundations, Appliance installation, Sunrooms, Demolition, Window Coverings, Water Supply & Wells, Welding, Electrical, Handyman, Ducts & Vents, Doors, Kitchen remodeling, Roofing, Hot Tubs & Spa…
Service Types
Residential, Commercial
Company Information
Hours : 7:00 AM to 6:00 AM M,T,W,T,F,S
Years in Business : 25 Years
Languages Spoken : English
Licensing Information
Bonded : Yes
General Liability Insurance : Yes
License # : 812039

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Artek Group
775 Paradise Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA
Membership Organizations
American Institute of Architects

Jag Construction&Development
(619) 654-4656
24680 Viejas Grade Rd.
Descanso, CA
Services
Architects & Designers, Concrete Flatwork, Mobile Homes, Disaster Restoration, Home Builders, Bathroom remodeling, Garage & Carport, Drywall and Plaster, Carpenters, Concrete Foundations, Framing, Flooring, Basement remodeling, Land Clearing / Bldg Site Prep, Demolition, Barns Sheds & Outbuildings
Service Types
Residential, Commercial
Company Information
Years in Business : 10 Years
Languages Spoken : English
Licensing Information
Bonded : Yes
General Liability Insurance : Yes
License # : 948092
Payment Options
Offers Financing

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Network Consulting
(510) 595-1008
277 Scenic Avenue
Oakland, CA
Services
Architects, Computer Software, Computer Network Hardware, Computer Networks

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Quiet Valley Building Company
626 599-8036 X8
847 Meridian Street
Duarte, CA
Services
Surveyors & Engineers, Garage & Carport, Roofing, Mirrors, FirePlaces, Concrete Foundations, Welding, Windows, Carpenters, Kitchen remodeling, Entertainment & Computer, Disability Alterations, Architects & Designers, Cabinets, Basement remodeling, Paving, Plumbing, Disaster Restoration, Central Heating System, Demolition, Window Coverings, Home Builders, Interior Decorators, Drywall and Plaster, Home Automation, Insulation, Skylights, Central Vacuum, Framing, Additions, Waterproofing, Air Con…
Service Types
Residential, Commercial
Company Information
Hours : 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM M,T,W,T,F,S
Years in Business : 30 Years
Languages Spoken : English, Spanish
Licensing Information
Bonded : Yes
General Liability Insurance : Yes
License # : 759179

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Luis Costruction
(714) 809-9161
24363 Landover rd
Laguna Hills, CA
Services
Insulation, Architects & Designers, Central Vacuum, Roofing, Commercial Property Maintenance, Paving, Water Heaters & Tanks, Ducts & Vents, Demolition, Locksmiths, Decks & Porches, Closets & Garage Organizers, Water Supply & Wells, Sunrooms, Land Clearing / Bldg Site Prep, Gutters, Appliance installation, FirePlaces, Central Heating System, Home Builders, Mold Remediation, Inspection Services, Disability Alterations, Handyman, Basement remodeling, Mobile Homes, Sewer & Septic, Surveyors & Eng…
Service Types
Residential, Commercial, Emergency Services
Company Information
Hours : 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM M,T,W,T,F,S,S
Years in Business : 11 Years
Languages Spoken : English, Spanish
Licensing Information
Bonded : Yes
General Liability Insurance : Yes
License # : B.915705

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What is the Best Way to Work with an Architect?

Have fun!

Although the architectural design process can be tedious, and it involves large sums of money (both in terms of design fee and construction costs), it can also be fun. After all, you are investing in making your home reflect your lie and dreams, and the things and experiences that bring you pleasure. Also, it's a chance to learn about what may be an entirely new area — that of design.

Keep an Open Mind

Hiring an architect means that you should end up with ideas that are better than the one you've arrived at on your own. So the first rule of thumb is to let the architect look at your project  with fresh eyes; do not dictate how you want the design to turn out. Instead, let him/her know what things you want to accomplish (and this can be very specific: I want a master bedroom of about 14 by 15 feet which extends off the back of the house). It's fine to let him or her know what solutions you've thought so far, and it could be that it is the best solution. But the architect needs to get their head around the problem before arriving at that conclusion.

Ideally you'll get at least three design solutions, even if some of them don't contain all the items on your list and if some are completely different than you discussed or expected.

During the design process homeowners typically become clearer about the details of what they care about. At the beginning of the project, it's difficult — if not impossible — for the homeowner to put in writing all the likes and dislikes they experience in their home. It is while reviewing the schematic designs that the architect and the homeowner refine their understanding of each other  and of the project requirements. It may not be until one of the schemes does not allow a view of the neighbor's canary island date palm that the owner realizes the importance of that view, and should be included.

Expose Yourself to Architectural and Interior Design

Expand your view of what's possible in home design in terms of room types, spaces, and materials. Go on home tours, check out books from the library on both domestic and international design, subscribe to design magazines, and start to notice buildings around you. The more exposure you have to interiors, buildings, and gardens the easier the design process will be, because you will have context in which to place the design ideas that your architect is proposing. Most schools in the United States have a dismal record of educating students in visual and aesthetic literacy, and so the gap between the training of an architect and that of a typical homeowner is often great.

Communicate What You Like and Don't Like to the Architect

At the start of the project it's important to communicate as best you can your design preferences. The best way, since an architect is a visual person, is to show pictures and tour local buildings together that strike your fancy.

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