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Top Bathroom Remodeling & Designers in San Francisco

Overview

Most of us start and finish our days in the bathroom. So wouldn’t it be nice to have that space be peaceful, gorgeous, and highly functional? Our bathrooms take a lot of abuse and when you have a cramped or outdated one this makes your problems even worse. Poorly designs bathrooms can cause headaches and frustration, so whether you are looking to design an entirely new bathroom or remodel an existing one, you want to work with the best professionals. We have researched hundreds of companies in the Bay Area and selected the best firms to help you with your bathroom project.

These companies can design any style bathroom, from modern spaces with sleek, high-end fixtures, claw tubs, and rains showers, to family-friendly bathrooms with plenty of storage, a bench seat, and a double vanity. Having a well-designed, comfortable bathroom can help you get your day started on the right foot, and leave you happy and clean at the end of the day as you prepare for bed.

We have selected 9 professional companies for you to consider when starting a new bathroom project or major bathroom remodel. There are 5 design/build firms, who can not only design your project but also build it, and 4 interior designers who can create the perfect bathroom design for your needs and budget. Regardless which type service you opt for, these 9 companies together are the best of the best in San Francisco bathroom design.

Bathroom Remodeling Contractors

When embarking on a new bathroom project, you likely want to make the process as streamlined and comprehensive as possible. If this sounds like you, then you may want to consider working with a design/build firm. These companies will not only design your bathroom according to your needs, budget, and stylistic desires, but they will also be the ones who go into your home and actually turn those plans into a physical room. By combining design and construction services into one, integrated process, you get many benefits. Costs are often reduced — not only because you are only working with one company rather than two, but also because the ones designing everything to go into your bathroom are the same ones who will acquire it from suppliers and know what each material and finish will cost and because they can accurately estimate installation time and cost. This reduces unwanted surprises along the way. Also, the design/build process often results in a shorter overall project timeline, meaning you can get into your finished space sooner.With total control over a project from beginning to end, these 5 Design/Build firms have rightfully earned the reputation of being the top choices for bathroom design in the Bay Area.

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MSK Design Build

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37 Quail Ct Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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About MSK Design Build

MSK Design Build is a prominent Bay Area design and construction company with an impressive portfolio of award-winning bathroom projects. Located in Walnut Creek, the company specializes in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms but also does entire home remodels. Recent awards for MSK Design Build include the NARI Bay Area awards for Best Residential Kitchen ($60,001 to $100,000) and Best Residential Bath ($75,001 to $100,000), and the most recent NARI Remmie Award for 2018 for Entire House $250K – $500K. Previous awards include being named Best Regional Contractor of the year for their region and various other awards from the NARI San Francisco Chapter, NARI Bay Area Chapter, and NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) – Northern California Chapter.

MSK Design Build is committed to turning a client’s vision for the ‘perfect bathroom’ into a reality. Their talented in-house design team has a wealth of knowledge to get the ideas flowing for your project and tailor those ideas to your lifestyle, tastes, and budget. They work with you each step of the way in selecting tiles, finishes, appliances, spatial organization, and more.
MSK Design Build was founded in 2001 with the goal of creating beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces with an easy and enjoyable remodeling experience for their clients. The company is run by Scott Westby and wife Kathleen. Scott earned his JD and MBA from the University of Oregon and practiced construction law before changing careers to pursue his love of building. Coming from a family of builders — his grandfathers were a plumber and construction superintendent, his grandmother helped build Liberty ships, his father is a builder/remodeler, and his brother has his own construction company in North Dakota — Westby seems to have building excellence in his blood. He has a great eye for architectural detail and clients appreciate his ability to provide innovative design solutions for even the most difficult problems. Kathleen, meanwhile, is a former general manager in the shipping industry, and currently runs MSK’s management and sales teams, and handles marketing, website and social media, and hiring. MSK Design Build is proud to be a Diamond Certified company.

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Beyond the Horizon Construction

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San Francisco, CA 94127

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About Beyhond the Horizon Construction

Beyond The Horizon Construction is a highly trusted San Francisco-based full-service general construction, remodeling, renovation, and repair company. The company prides itself on its versatility and high-quality design/build services. They have earned a reputation for their high-quality craftsmanship, adjusted to meet each client’s specific needs and priorities, regardless of the extent of work required. The family-run business is committed to delivering personalized service and has created dozens of knock-out bathrooms in many of the Bay Area’s gorgeous homes, as well as home additions and new builds.

“Our team of licensed and insured remodeling technicians knows exactly what materials and techniques to use to make your new San Francisco bathroom last for a very long time. With your ideas and our innovative remodeling plans, you will end up with a bathroom that makes you want to stay those extra minutes in the shower, enjoying the atmosphere.” – Beyond the Horizon Construction

Beyond the Horizon Construction recognizes that remodeling any room in a home can be a daunting task, especially during the planning stages. And when it comes to a bathroom, they understand that this is a room client’s need done correctly the first time around. To make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for their clients, they offer comprehensive design and construction services and will find solutions that work best for a client’s tastes and budget. They help their clients work through all stages, from picking a general color scheme to selecting materials from floor to ceiling. The firm designs custom builds for tile or laminate countertops and offers custom trim. The company can work in any style, whether you want a minimalistic guest bath with clean lines or a country-style and warm master bath.

Drawing on many years of combined experience, the Beyond The Horizon Construction team offers a range of services on top of full kitchen remodels, including: full bathroom remodels, custom patio and deck builds, drywall hanging and finishing, laminate, tile and wood floor repairs and replacements, custom designed built-in cabinets, interior and exterior trim work, and much more.

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Gilmans Kitchens + Baths

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228 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

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About Gilmans Kitchens + Baths

Gilmans Kitchens + Baths is a premier Bay Area design/build company with 4 locations in the area: San Francisco, San Rafael, San Mateo, and Mountain View. Each location has a beautiful showroom with in-house designers that work directly with homeowners, contractors, and independent designers to create elegant bathrooms suited to the needs of each client and individual home. Their reputation and dedication to quality service and products have made them a trusted name for providing kitchen and bathroom remodeling in San Francisco. The company has earned 5 Best of Houzz awards for their excellent customer service and their work has caught the attention of publications, including CA Home + Design and Bloomberg Business. Gilmans Kitchens and Baths has been honored with NKBA, REMMIE awards, and other awards throughout the years. They have proudly been named a Legacy Business by the city of San Francisco for serving the Bay Area community for 35 years.

Gilmans’ designers will gladly be involved to any extent needed — whether working with homeowners based on current plans or starting from scratch with rough ideas. Services range from full-design, install-only for those who have their own contractors, or full contractor service where the design/build team serves as the licensed contractor. Gilmans’ services range from simple to complex and include the following: semi-custom to full custom cabinetry, countertop surfaces, bath and kitchen design, bathroom vanities, outdoor kitchens, screen doors and window screens, plumbing fixtures and accessories, handyman services, installation, and design/build services. Their team provides full Auto-Cad renderings for the cabinetry, tile, flooring, and lighting and works efficiently at obtaining permits, demolition, installation, and any other service relevant to giving you the perfect custom bathroom. They offer the highest-quality products on the market — their cabinet manufacturers include Bellmont Cabinet Co., DeWils Fine Cabinetry, Dura Supreme Cabinetry, KitchenCraft Cabinetry, and Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry.

Gilmans works with customers from the beginning of the project to completion. Their professional designers will help you choose the right products, colors, and finishes to match your home and tastes. They stay current of the latest market trends and regularly attend education courses in the industry to stay knowledgeable. They will even come out to your space to measure. Their expertise covers a range of design styles, from traditional to contemporary.

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Kitchens & More

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4178 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

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About Kitchens & More

Since 1922, Kitchens & More has specialized in award-winning kitchen and bath remodeling in the Bay Area and Marin County. The award-winning residential design, supply, and construction company’s work has been recognized by countless shelter and trade magazines and newspapers, including in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Women’s Day, American HomeStyle & Gardening, and The Marin Independent Journal. They have won numerous design competitions, and, significantly, held a national ranking of 17 of 140 of the best of the best Industry Peers in 2005 and 76th in 2006 by Business Networks, Inc. Kitchens And More has been voted Best of Marin by the readers of the Pacific Sun at least seven times since 2004.

Kitchens & More’s designs are not only rich and imaginative, but practical and well-built. The company has worked in every style, from Mill Valley Craftsman to Lucas Valley Eichler, and from a rustic Larkspur Cottage kitchen to a high-end kitchen in a San Rafael Spanish Mission. The design possibilities they offer are nearly limitless, enhanced by the diverse staff’s vast knowledge of and access to Green and state-of-the-art materials, fixtures, and appliances.

Kitchens & More is run by Designer and Owner Krikor Halajian. He is a licensed general contractor, certified kitchen designer, member of the NKBA, and a certified Green Building Professional. His experience in the kitchen and bath remodeling and construction industry spans over 25 years. Prior to specializing in design and construction, Halajian worked as a civil engineer, which provided him the opportunity to work in Japan and Saudi Arabia and travel to the Far East, Europe and Africa. These experiences have fueled his design imagination and inspirations. Krikor Halajian is joined at Kitchens & More by his wife Rosemarie Halajian, who assists in making design material and fixture decisions and is highly knowledgeable about green building practices. Her curiosity continually leads her to innovative and unusual design products and she can help client integrate materials that have minimal environmental impact. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and even leads a study group for other Interior Designers preparing for certification as a LEED AP.

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HOUSEworks: Design + Build

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1485 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

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About HOUSEworks: Design + Build

HOUSEworks is a Residential Design + Build General Contracting Company offering an exceptional home remodeling experience. Their high-end designs can be found in homes around Marin County and the greater San Francisco area. Their bathrooms in particular stand out for their sophistication and beauty. HOUSEworks has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including winning the First Place for Entire House Remodel for their work in Sunset, First Place Residential Design Award for an Entire House Remodel in Cove Valley, the Remodel of the Year Award for an Entire House Remodel in SOMA, first place Remodel Award for a Bathroom Remodel in Noe Valley, and the 2012 BIG50 award. The company has also been named Diamond Certified’s highest rated contractor for 12 consecutive years.

The design/build company understands that a successful project is measured based on numerous factors, including work quality, completion schedule, and budget. To achieve high customer satisfaction, HOUSEworks carefully considers and reviews every stage of the project thoroughly, keeping clients informed throughout the process. Their goal is to make the process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. HOUSEworks shares best practices with the leading remodelers in the country through their partnership with Remodelers Advantage, is a BUILD IT GREEN company, and is NARI Universal Design Certified.

HOUSEworks was founded by Jeff Kann in 2005. Previously, he was a senior level executive for a San Francisco-based global company for over 20 years. His unique background has helped him develop strong customer communication and team leadership skills to offer clients at HOUSEworks the best possible experience, regardless of project size. He demands a high standard and has assembled a diverse team to deliver superior results. Kann is an active member of the NARI and has held several positions on the Executive Board, San Francisco Chapter, promoting the remodeling industry locally, including as President, Fundraising Chair, and the Rebuilding Together NARI Committee Chair.

Bathroom Designers

There are many interior designers in San Francisco who focus on or specialize in bathroom designs. As interior designers, they have a keen sense of how to integrate the bathroom into your home so that it suits your lifestyle and blends in with the other rooms in a cohesive manner. By working with a designer you will get a gorgeous, comprehensive bathroom design that will then be executed by a general contractor. Top designers, like the ones on this list, will collaborate closely with the actual builders to ensure that their design is properly implemented with the right materials and spatial planning. Sometimes you have a contractor already picked out that you want to work with. In other cases, these designers have connections to the best in the business and can recommend a builder who will be perfect for your specific design.

The 4 interior designers listed here have risen to the top of the bathroom design category within the Bay Area for their high-quality, innovative, and above all, gorgeous designs.

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MP Design

Address: 221 Clara Street, Suite 2, San Francisco, CA 94107

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About MP Design

MP Design — “with an Italian eye for design” — is a high-end, full-service interior design studio that takes a holistic approach to residential remodeling. Although MP Design does whole house renovations, they seem to have a particular skill at kitchen and bath remodels. Given their excellent attention to detail and ability to design in a range of styles, they have been trusted to work on many different kinds of projects, including in San Francisco historic homes and expensive, modern apartments in exclusive areas. They also conduct commercial projects in addition to their residential work. They have gained significant attention for their beautiful designs and one of their Master Bath designs was featured on the HGTV show ‘Bang for the Buck’, winning the episode’s challenge.

Italian-born designer Manuela Paparella founded MP Design. She applies her 18 years of experience in residential and small commercial design and keen eye for beauty to the company’s daily operations. The firm understands that the remodeling process can be confusing and time consuming for homeowners. As such, they have tailored their process to meet their clients’ needs and make it as simple and pleasant as possible. Guiding clients along the way, the team at MP Design helps clients from conception through completion, ensuring that the end result aligns with what they want.

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Andre Rothblatt Architecture

Address:
1189 Tennessee St., Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94107

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About Andre Rothblatt Architecture

Andre Rothblatt Architecture is a well-respected architecture and design firm based in the heart of San Francisco. Although the firm does whole home remodels, they specialize in kitchen and bathroom projects and have excelled in both areas. Founder Andre Rothblatt has a reputation for working closely with clients to understand their needs and program requirements and working tirelessly to translate those into a design that works within their space. The firm has had their work featured widely in industry publications, including frequently in the SF Chronicle, as well as in House Beautiful: Kitchens & Baths, Small Kitchen Magazine, and Kitchen and Bath Ideas, among others.

The designs of Andre Rothblatt Architecture cover a wide range of styles, but are always highly sophisticated. He has gained acclaim for everything from contemporary and streamlined spaces to, in one very popular and well-published project, a steampunk-inspired bathroom which made great use of custom designed fixtures, lighting, and plumbing.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Rothblatt operates his own studio out of the Dogpatch, where he not only gathers constant inspiration and keeps up to date on the latest trends and technologies in home design, but also builds solid relationships within the industry that then benefit his clients on everything from accessories to unique finishes and materials. Rothblatt, who attended UC Berkeley, actually worked in a construction labor job after finishing architecture school. His hands-on experience in construction and ability to see things from the contractor’s perspective greatly aids his ability to create useful and cohesive designs within a client’s space and budget.

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Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design

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1000 43rd Street, #14, Oakland, CA 94608

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About Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design

Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design is a sought-after interior design studio in San Francisco that has a reputation for creating wonderful modern bathroom remodels. Passionate about design, the practice offers clients comprehensive design services and ensure that all aspects of a bathroom remodel are covered, from the smallest design detail to the larger decisions, such as tiles, counter material, and layout. Their portfolio is full of daring, funky, sophisticated, and above all, stunning bathrooms, full of art and personal touches. The firm also believes that an interior design project, like a bathroom remodel, should be a fun experience for clients that is full of exciting opportunities. It is this attitude that has led to their reputation for great customer service, building relationships with clients and other design professionals based on trust and open communication. The beautiful work of Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design has been showcased in California Home + Design, Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Casa Sugar, HGTV.com, and many other design blogs.

Founder Jennifer Gustafson has always had a passion for an interior design. But before she took the plunge and founded her own company, she worked ‘in the trenches’ of big-time advertising agencies producing TV commercials and managing creative projects for Fortune 500 clients. This experience honed her eye for detail and built up her creative attitude. It also gave her valuable business experience that helps her keep costs under control for her loyal clients. Since that time, Gustafson has designed projects of various sizes and scope for residential, commercial, hospitality, and education clients in Chicago, New York, Hawaii, San Francisco and throughout the entire Bay Area.

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Niche Interiors

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555 De Haro St #320, San Francisco, CA

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About Niche Interiors

Niche Interiors is an award-winning interior design firm with a passion for creating distinctive, sophisticated spaces throughout San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Wine Country. Although not their only focus, the company has a particular knack for transforming outdated bathrooms into stylish, functional spaces that blend seamlessly with the architectural style of your home. In addition to their large portfolio of whole home renovations, the practice has a portfolio collection of absolutely stunning bathrooms that can help inspire clients with ideas on layout, materials, fixtures, or themes for their own project. The firm works with a streamlined and personalized approach that has earned them a loyal list of high-profile repeat clients. In particular, they have won over many tech-clients for their “process-driven pragmatism” and families for their transparency and functional designs. Niche Interiors has been published widely in Luxe, Modern Luxury Interiors, Food & Wine, Elle Decor, Forbes, ASID Icon, Refined Home, Habitat, The San Francisco Chronicle, Fine Homebuilding, California Home + Design, Rue Magazine, HGTV Magazine, and more. Niche Interiors was named “Designer to Watch” by Rue Magazine and, in an impressive feat for the relatively young firm founded in 2007, was included on the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List 2017.

Niche Interiors is led by Principal Designer Jennifer Jones. She is frequently quoted as an industry expert in sustainable living and home decorating trends. She applies her 12 years of high-end residential experience to lead a team of talented and enthusiastic professionals. The result of the team’s collaboration is an elusive blend of sophistication and sustainability. Jones has earned a reputation for her seasoned eye for proportion, color, and texture. Her projects make great use of available space, which can be extremely valuable to urban San Francisco clients.

Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in San Francisco

Overview

The kitchen is the heart of a home. So whether you are remodeling an outdated kitchen or planning to create your dream kitchen in a new home, you need the services of a professional to guide you through the complicated process. But not every kitchen project has the same demands. Some homeowners may have a trusted contractor and only need the services of an interior designer to put together a beautiful and functional space. For others, a design/build firm is the ideal one-stop-shop to find comprehensive design and construction services from start to finish. And still other kitchen projects may benefit from the services of cabinetry specialists with an in-house design team.

Although these companies offer a range of services based on the extent of planning and work necessary, what they all have in common is that their designers have the ability to create highly customized kitchens that reflect not only a client’s aesthetic tastes but a careful understanding of how homeowners will interact with the space. Their decades of experience in the kitchen industry have helped them understand how individuals move within and use kitchens in different ways. The result of this knowledge, combined with access to the finest quality products and craftsmen, allow them to create rooms that are highly-functional and incredibly beautiful.

The companies on this list do more than just sell you the appliances or cabinets to put in your kitchen or give you generic plans. Rather, these kitchen remodeling companies provide comprehensive design services to make dream kitchens a reality.

Kitchen Remodeling Companies

A design/build firm will not only work with you to design a kitchen according to your wants and needs, but you’ll get the added benefit of them being the same people who will be in your home implementing those designs. These companies are both contractors and designers. They will design the cabinets for your kitchen, of course, but also help you decide on counters, backsplash, color coordination, appliances, paints, flooring, and more. As builders, they have the knowledge and ability to help you move your kitchen across the home, tear down walls to create an open concept space, or bring the room down to the studs and start from scratch. They have developed relationships with suppliers, craftsmen, and other industry professionals that help them offer any range of options at the best prices. And by using the same team to design and build your kitchen, chances are you’ll save money and have a shorter timeline than by going through multiple people or companies.

With total control over a project from beginning to end, these 5 Design/Build firms have rightfully earned the reputation of being the top choices for kitchen design in the Bay Area.

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Wallace Remodeling

Address:
400 Day St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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About Wallace Remodeling

Wallace Remodeling has been building in San Francisco for over 40 years and has a reputation for integrity and commitment to excellence. Founded by Kevin Wallace in 1973, the company offers design/build services for all interior work, but excel specifically at kitchen remodels in many of the city’s prestigious neighborhoods. Kevin Wallace has been named one of the top 50 remodelers in the US, according to the Remodeling Magazine, and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Wallace Remodeling focuses on the unique remodeling needs of San Francisco structures. In addition to kitchens, their work includes new residential construction, whole house remodels, additions, and period home historic restorations and renovations. They can also do garage and master suite additions, structural and seismic retrofit projects, and general improvements. They also work on projects for multi-family buildings. Wallace Remodeling has extensive experience with the San Francisco Building Department and a wealth of knowledge of San Francisco Building Code.

To best serve their clients, Wallace Remodeling focuses on organization, communication, teamwork, a superior craftsmanship, and exceptional leadership. They assemble a comprehensive team for each job and assign a dedicated superintendent to ensure quality from conception through completion. They place a high regard on the ingenuity of design and quality of construction. The team brings a creative, innovative, and collaborative approach to their craft. When designing a new kitchen, the team considers the specific environmental needs of their clients and space and they train their crews on the best green building practices. Wallace Remodeling enlists the best teams of trades-people and uses the highest quality materials and finishes. They proudly promote energy and resource conservation at every job site.

Kevin Wallace is a Certified Remodeler through the NARI. The Bay Area native has dedicated his entire career to the remodeling industry and is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable remodelers regarding San Francisco rules and regulations. In addition to serving as the Founding President of the NARI SF Bay Area chapter, he has held a number of building community leadership roles and currently serves as a member of the San Francisco Building Department’s Code Advisory Committee and Green Building Sub-Committee. He is a Golden Gate Business Association member, AIA San Francisco Allied member, and AIA San Francisco Small Firms member.

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Beyond the Horizon Construction

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San Francisco, CA 94127

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About Beyond the Horizon Construction

Beyond The Horizon Construction Inc. is a full-service general construction, remodeling, renovation, and repair company that has become a go-to for high-quality craftsmanship adjusted to meet each client’s specific needs and priorities, regardless of the extent of work required. The family-run business is committed to delivering personalized service and particularly excels at kitchen remodeling projects, as well as home additions and new builds. The company prides itself on its versatility and high-quality design/build services.

Beyond the Horizon Construction recognizes that remodeling a kitchen can be a daunting task, especially during the planning stages. To make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for their clients, they offer comprehensive services. They help their clients work through all stages, from figuring out a general color scheme to selecting materials from floor to ceiling. The firm designs custom builds for tile or laminate countertops and islands and offers custom transitional floor trim, and interior and exterior trim work of all kinds.

“As a whole house remodeling company we know all the ins and outs when it comes to remodeling any room, but kitchens are one of the areas that we enjoy renovating the most. That is because it gives us an even greater opportunity to exercise our creative muscles. Kitchens really have to be a mix of aesthetic appeal and functionality so figuring out the best way to have the layout and what extra features to add in is a fun challenge to undertake.” – Beyond the Horizon Construction

Whatever ideas for a new kitchen you have, or how far into the design process you are, Beyond the Horizon Construction can help homeowners plan out what works best for them within their budget. The company has created modern kitchens style with an angular, clean and sleek look and those with a country feel, full of fine wood cabinets and floors with little cubbyholes for every item. They can help clients pick between fine stone countertops that give the space a polished feel and ornately tiled backspace that bring color and vibrancy into the room. Drawing on many years of combined experience, the Beyond The Horizon Construction Inc. team offers a range of services on top of full kitchen remodels, including full bathroom remodels, custom patio and deck builds, drywall hanging and finishing, laminate, tile and wood floor repairs and replacements, custom designed built-in cabinets, interior and exterior trim work, and much more.

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Gilmans Kitchens + Baths

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228 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

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About Gilmans Kitchens + Baths

Gilmans Kitchens + Baths is a premier Bay Area design/build company with 4 locations in the area: San Francisco, San Rafael, San Mateo, and Mountain View. Each location has a beautiful showroom with in-house designers that work directly with homeowners, contractors, and independent designers to create the perfect kitchen suited to the specifics of each place and the client needs. Their reputation and dedication to quality service and products have made them a trusted name for providing kitchen and bathroom remodeling in San Francisco. The company has earned 5 Best of Houzz awards for their excellent customer service and their work has caught the attention of publications, including CA Home + Design and Bloomberg Business. And they have proudly been named a Legacy Business by the city of San Francisco for serving the Bay Area community for 35 years.

Services range from full-design, install-only for those who have their own contractors, or full contractor service where the design/build team serves as the licensed contractor. Gilmans’ services range from simple to complex and include the following: semi-custom to full custom cabinetry, countertop surfaces, bath and kitchen design, bathroom vanities, outdoor kitchens, screen doors and window screens, plumbing fixtures and accessories, handyman services, installation, and design/build services. They efficiently obtain permits and get to work on the project using the highest-quality products on the market. Their cabinet manufacturers include Bellmont Cabinet Co., DeWils Fine Cabinetry, Dura Supreme Cabinetry, KitchenCraft Cabinetry, and Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry.

Gilmans works with customers from the beginning of the project to completion. Their professional designers will help you choose the right products, colors, and styles for your kitchen or bathroom. They stay up-to-date on the latest market trends and regularly attend education courses in the industry to stay knowledgeable. The designers will gladly be involved to any extent needed, whether working with homeowners based on current plans they have with their contractor, or starting from scratch with rough ideas. They will even come out to your space to measure. Their expertise covers a range of design styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recent projects include an eclectic, modern open kitchen and a sustainable bamboo kitchen.

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Kitchens & More

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4178 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

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About Kitchens & More

Kitchens & More is an award-winning residential kitchen design, supply, and construction company serving the Bay Area since 1992. Specialized in kitchen and bath remodeling, the company’s work has been recognized by countless shelter and trade magazines and newspapers, including in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Women’s Day, American HomeStyle & Gardening, and the Marin Independent Journal. They have won numerous design competitions including the Regional Award in the Sub Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Competition and the Viking Kitchen Contest. Kitchens & More held a national ranking of 17 of 140 of the best of the best Industry Peers in 2005 by Business Networks, Inc. Kitchens & More has been voted Best of Marin by the readers of the Pacific Sun at least seven times since 2004.

Kitchens & More’s designs are not only rich and imaginative, but practical and well built. The company has worked on kitchens in every style, from Mill Valley Craftsman to Lucas Valley Eichler, and from a rustic Larkspur Cottage kitchen to a high-end kitchen in a San Rafael Spanish Mission. The options are limitless, enhanced by the diverse staff’s knowledge of and access to Green and state-of-the-art materials, fixtures, and appliances. In one particularly noteworthy project, Kitchens and More renovated a dark, 70’s kitchen in a beachfront property into a light and welcoming family space. Their streamlined kitchen design allowed everything to be cleverly and logically hidden within cabinets, so nothing has to live on the counters. The white-on-white space served as the perfect backdrop to spectacular views of the Pacific ocean without being distracting.

“At the heart of the kitchen remodeling services we offer our clients is a personal and abiding love of home and family. That, coupled with an extensive professional background in both interior design and construction, allows us to relieve our clients of all of the worries and stresses inherent in most kitchen remodeling projects.” – Kitchens & More

Kitchens & More is run by Designer and Owner Krikor Halajian. He is a licensed general contractor, certified kitchen designer, member of the NKBA, and a certified Green Building Professional. His experience in the kitchen and bath industry spans over 25 years. Prior to specializing in design and construction, Halajian worked as a civil engineer, which provided him the opportunity to work in Japan and Saudi Arabia and travel to the Far East, Europe, and Africa. These experiences have fueled his design imagination and inspirations. Krikor Halajian is joined at Kitchens & More by his wife Rosemarie Halajian, who assists in making design material and fixture decisions and is highly knowledgeable about green building practices. Her curiosity continually leads her to innovative and unusual design products and she can help client integrate materials that have minimal environmental impact. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and even leads a study group for other Interior Designers preparing for certification as a LEED AP.

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HOUSEworks: Design + Build

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1485 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

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About HOUSEworks: Design + Build

HOUSEworks is a Residential Design + Build General Contracting Company offering an exceptional home remodeling experience. Their high-end kitchen designs can be found around Marin County and the greater San Francisco area. HOUSEworks has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including winning the First Place for Entire House Remodel for their work in Sunset, First Place Residential Design Award for an Entire House Remodel in Cove Valley, the Remodel of the Year Award for an Entire House Remodel in SOMA, first place Remodel Award for a Bathroom Remodel in Noe Valley, and the 2012 BIG50 award. The company has also been named Diamond Certified’s highest rated contractor for 12 consecutive years.

The design/build company understands that a successful project is measured based on numerous factors, including work quality, completion schedule, and budget. To achieve high rates of customer satisfaction, HOUSEworks carefully considers and reviews every stage of the project thoroughly. Their goal is to make the kitchen remodeling process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. HOUSEworks shares best practices with the leading remodelers in the country through their partnership with Remodelers Advantage, is a BUILD IT GREEN company, and is NARI Universal Design Certified.

HOUSEworks was founded by Jeff Kann in 2005. Previously, he was a senior level executive for a San Francisco-based global company for over 20 years. His unique background has helped him develop strong customer communication and team leadership skills, which helps him offer HOUSEworks clients the best possible experience, regardless of project size. He demands a high standard on his projects and has assembled a diverse team to deliver superior results. Kann is an active NARI member and has held several positions on the San Francisco Chapter Executive Board, promoting the remodeling industry locally, including as President, Fundraising Chair, and the Rebuilding Together NARI Committee Chair.

Kitchen Cabinet Designers

Sometimes, a kitchen project is best served by turning to established professionals who specialize in creating the most important aspect of an award-winning, functional kitchen — the cabinet manufacturers. The four cabinet companies in this section are world-class and have earned themselves top accolades internationally for their kitchen designs and products. By using a company such as the ones below, homeowners can rest assured that the products going into their homes are of the highest quality and engineered to last.

These companies have one focus — to create the best kitchen systems. They have control over their products from design through production and stop at nothing to ensure the kitchen they create are durable, functional, and beautiful, suited for the needs of the individual homeowner. Whether that means having a test kitchen in which all of their products are tried out prior to entering the market or working with professionals to find or develop materials from which to make their cabinets — their creativity in kitchen design has earned them top-marks.

All four of these companies have award-winning showrooms in the San Francisco area with in-house designers who can help you realize your kitchen dreams from idea inception through installation.

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Henrybuilt

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356 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Henrybuilt was founded in 2001 to create the first American kitchen ‘system’ and has now completed well over 500 projects in California. Their primary goal is to create the best kitchens in the world. They focus on how a person interacts with their product and how it will last over time. Henrybuilt’s products combine exceptional craft-quality and high-level architectural integration. Their design services offer personalization with world-class integrated performance. They operate showrooms with in-house designers in Mill Valley and New York City and have a 45,000 square foot production facility and test kitchen in Seattle. The company is the winner of over 20 international design awards. Prominent awards include the American Architecture Prize 2016, IF Design Award 2016, Architizer A+ Jury Winner 2014, a Good Design Award 2014, and an Industrial Design Society of America IDEA Award 2013. They were a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award Nominee 2017. In 2015, they were selected by Seattle Business Magazine as the top building industry manufacturer in the state of Washington.

“The design quality of a kitchen, despite its place at the center of home life for many of us, was in the dark ages – and in many ways still is – compared to the other products we use every day: smartphones, automobiles, bicycles. … We put all of our energy into creating the best kitchen and whole house storage systems in the world, and integrating them into your home, based on your specific situation.” – Henrybuilt

They take a holistic approach to design and manufacturing. Their design team will help clients tackle all design problems, from big to small: where should the kitchen be located? Should there be a walk-in pantry? How should appliances merge into a functional layout? Their design teams have the skills and experience to combine elements within the space and control how people function and move within it. And they are committed to ensuring the quality of their kitchens from production through final use. Each project is assigned a field operations manager to arrange successful installation with project contractors. The result is a highly technical, functional, and elegant kitchen. Their work ranges from a sleek, eclectic Russian Hill garage to kitchen conversion to a renovated kitchen in a Palo Alto Eichler home.

Henrybuilt believes homes should be “good to the core.” They conduct significant research to find or develop superior materials to support their lifetime guarantee against defects. They combine refined materials and technology, well-engineered systems, and a careful balance of automated versus hand production to control the quality of their products. Henrybuilt also emphasizes sustainability, innovating ways to make their product and process more green, including their modular, returnable shipping container system.

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Pyram Fine French Kitchens

Address:
111 Rhode Island Street, Suite N, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Pyram is a world leader in the manufacture of top quality high-end European kitchen cabinets, with over 50 years in the business of creating a truly outstanding product in France. In mid-2017, Pryam launched their high-end cabinetry line into the US market for the first time in the company’s prestigious history with a 2,500 square foot San Francisco showroom. Their new location is inside the prestigious Showplace East complex in the heart of the city’s Design District. Pyram USA is the result of the interaction between two distinct cultures – American and French. Pyram Fine French Kitchens offers in-house design services to create kitchens with the highest quality materials, skilled craftsman, and technical precision. Providing more than just cabinets, the team at Pyram can design your entire kitchen and assist with the selection and purchase of appliances, countertops, and plumbing fixtures.

In business since 1966, Pryam has perfected their product to respond to how clients interact with their kitchens, making them not only beautiful but highly efficient and responsive to individual needs. Pryam’s 300,000 square foot production facility is located in the picturesque Cère valley of Cantal, Central France. The company is has a long-standing and deep commitment to sustaining and protecting the environment through their production means and end products.

Pryam USA’s is run by managing partners Daniel Leffler and Jam Iksoulene – who are designers, builders, and general contractors. This background makes the pair the perfect partners for introducing these superb products to the United States. Leffler has extensive background in residential design, construction, and development, and brings his love of interior design and fine materials to Pryam’s San Francisco office. Twenty years ago, he launched his first business, Takoma Carpentry, and has been designing, renovating, and building residential properties since. Clients wishing for innovative kitchens will benefit from his skills planning, designing, and facilitating ambitious construction designs. Iksoulene honed his skills working in restaurant design and construction – making his mark on some of San Francisco’s best restaurants. And he spent years working in sophisticated cabinet making, including six years in Europe working with top cabinet makers.

Pyram Fine French Kitchens can design any style of kitchen for their clients, from traditional to sleek and modern to one-of-a-kind eclectic. For example, their ‘Forest Kitchen’ features white matte lacquer main cabinets with J-pulls and Viatera USA polished Porcelain White tops, contrasted by a matte black island in a handleless design and polished cabinets. And their trendy ‘Loft Kitchen’ is streamlined and elegant with dazzling modular cabinets made from next-generation acrylic, which is visually indistinguishable from glass, but lighter, stronger and of course, food safe.

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ALNO – European Kitchen Design

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815 Cherry Lane, San Carlos, CA 94070

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European Kitchen Design is one of the most impressive kitchen design centers in the Bay Area, creating kitchens that reflect the lifestyle and personality of today’s modern homeowner. The company is the exclusive Northern California dealer of German ALNO kitchens. With their award-winning showroom, European Kitchen Design is a one-stop-shop for kitchen design. The company’s work has been featured in numerous publications and won many awards, such as the prestigious Golden Nugget Award for architecture and design and multiple Awards of Distinction and Excellence from the ASID CA Peninsula.

“Every detail, from the largest stewpot to the smallest teaspoon is evaluated and considered as to its effect on the balance and harmony of the whole. European Kitchen Design brings a new dimension to cooking with clean defined lines and Zen-like simplicity.” – European Kitchen Design

The team at European Kitchen Design helps clients and architects create world-class kitchens by combining cabinets by ALNO, state-of-the-art appliances, gorgeous counters, and beautifully designed sinks and faucets, as well as any and all necessary finishes and fixtures, finalizing finishes, picking appliances, choosing tiles and flooring, and more. Their house interior designers bring dream kitchens to life and can also assist clients with the selection of contractors.

The European Kitchen Design method brings the process back to the fundamentals – looking first at the unique aspects of each space, then considering the functional necessities of food prep. The team at ALNO – European Kitchen Design “believe[s] that modern design was born out of the ancient understandings and traditions of the artisan,” where every detail, no matter how small, is thoroughly thought out based on how it will interact with the whole picture. Throughout the process, their designers focus on the personal needs of the individual homeowner and how they will use and move within that space. They combine a wide selection of styles, functions, and features while integrating high-end fashion, function, and top-of-the-line technology for the optimal kitchen environment. The result are kitchens which are practical, durable, multi-functional, and beautiful. They design their kitchens to be a reflection of the homeowner and not just of the home.

European Kitchen Design is run by interior designer Deganit Albalak. Before opening European Kitchen Design, Deganit was the owner of New Décor — a successful Bay Area interior design firm. Albalak was selected to be in the President’s Circle at ALNO AG for extraordinary sales performance. Her designs have received numerous awards by the American Society of Interior Designers.

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Poggenpohl San Francisco

Address:
650 Townsend St #90, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Poggenpohl is the oldest and arguably best-known kitchen brand in the world. Founded in 1892 in the heart of Germany, Poggenpohl continues the vision of its founder Friedemir Poggenpohl, who set out to ‘improve the kitchen’. Their inspiring San Francisco showroom offers full-service kitchen design and installation. Their skilled in-house designers are able to translate customer’s visions of an ideal kitchen into a functional and beautiful reality from conception to execution. Their top priority is to combine quality, innovation, functionality, and design to create a kitchen that will be loved for years to come. Poggenpohl San Francisco has attracted business from some of the area’s best design professionals, such as Swatt|Miers Architects, and high-end clientele. Not surprisingly, their work has been featured in countless publications.

For over 120 years, Poggenpohl has transformed kitchens from humble, uninviting back-rooms into living spaces that serve as the heart of a home. The company — which was the first to come out with white lacquer kitchen furniture, ergonomic work-top heights, and who developed the kitchen island — continues to be at the forefront of kitchen design from their 450 studios across the world.

“The kitchen is the centre of the home, and our philosophy not just to design kitchens, but to create rooms for living and enjoying. Each and every one of our designs starts with a blank sheet of paper.” – Poggenpohl

The Poggenpohl San Francisco Kitchen Studio, run by Senior Designer and Studio manager I-Ching Ueng, is full of inspiring and innovative kitchen ideas. The studio serves the public and homeowners, as well as the architectural and interior design community. Poggenpohl’s designers invest time listening to clients to get a deeper understanding of their sense of style and color and, importantly, how they use their kitchen and live within their home. They consider designing a kitchen to be a very personal process. Each kitchen that results from a Poggenpohl/client collaboration is truly unique and personalized. The process is structured to create ideal design solutions tailored to each client’s needs down to the smallest details.
The company offers a wide variety of styles of kitchen cabinet fronts and finishes including wood veneers, lacquers, laminates, glass and more. Their products range from classic to contemporary, and all are sustainably green. Poggenpohl kitchens are sent from their factory in Herford, Germany, where they are made with unmatched quality.

Kitchen Design Showrooms

These specialists focus on custom cabinetry design and configuration. But they are also kitchen experts and their in-house design teams offer a range of additional services, from coordination of countertops and color schemes, referrals to trusted contractors and installers, or even site-visits and architectural drawing coordination for permit approval.

The companies in this section may be the best option for those homeowners who are looking for only a kitchen remodel, without plans to change structural elements of the room or overall the entire space aesthetically. These companies are also great options if you are already working with an interior designer or architect, as they have extensive experience cooperating with outside professionals to create custom cabinets that will work perfectly with the stylistic themes of the larger space.

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Kitchen Matrix

Address:
101 Henry Adams St # 410, San Francisco, CA 94103

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Located in the San Francisco Design Center, Kitchen Matrix designs bespoke kitchens with the finest cabinetry and accessories. These custom-kitchen specialists offer design services as well as top-of-the-line products. Their knowledgeable staff guides clients through the all the practical and aesthetic considerations that are essential to planning a new or remodeled kitchen. Their wonderful custom kitchens are created to inspire their customers and be comfortable and practical to work in.

“The kitchen is the heart of the home, where we not only prepare meals but also gather with family and friends. Today’s kitchen often extends into dining and living areas, creating the demand for furnished inspired designs. Kitchen Matrix understands the countless considerations involved in creating a functional yet beautiful space.” – Kitchen Matrix
Kitchen Matrix understands that a kitchen is the center of the home and is an investment that needs to stand the test of time. Their showroom is an exceptional resource for homeowners, interior designers, and architects. They proudly represent William Ohs Cabinetry and Quality Custom Cabinetry.With many years of design industry experience, their designers can help clients personalize their space from concept to completion. Services include preliminary design schematics, site visits and dimension confirmations, development of as‐built drawings, coordination of countertops, backsplash, and all other materials, coordination on all architectural drawings, renderings and perspective drawings, preliminary budget development, and professional cabinetry installation.

The in-house designers at Kitchen Matrix are experts in a range of kitchen styles, from traditional to contemporary. Their individually handcrafted kitchens incorporate timeless designs with wonderful functionality. The team at Kitchen Matrix can carefully mix and match varied materials and colors to create a classic farmhouse kitchen vide or a sleek and modern space with streamlined features.

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Korts & Knight

Address:
501 Cesar Chavez St #109, San Francisco, CA 94124

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Korts & Knight is an award-winning, full-service interior architecture firm, specializing in exceptional, high-end, custom cabinetry. With showrooms in San Francisco and New York, the company specializes in creating beautiful and functional kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and built-ins for their high-end clientele. They have carefully curated expertise in a wide range of styles and are capable of putting together a room based on any aesthetic and practical desires of their clients, from the traditional to the transitional to the contemporary. The outstanding work of Korts & Knight has garnered significant press, including from LUXE Interiors & Design, Kitchen & Bath, Modern Luxury Interiors California, Interiors magazine, California Home + Design, Signature Kitchens & Baths, Wired magazine, Coastal Living, Home magazine, Inspired Living, and Designers Illustrated, among others.

The bi-coastal company is capable of handling highly conceptualized, complicated projects. Although they specialize in the kitchen, Korts & Knight are capable of working within nearly any room of the house. Their skilled team of designers, project managers, and installation teams work closely with clients from idea inception through completion to ensure the quality of their products. Korts & Knight offers several exceptional cabinet lines, including Artcraft Kitchens, Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Draper DBS, and Neff Kitchens. The company works with and has earned the trust of many established trade professionals as well as prestigious residential clients.

Korts & Knight is run by husband and wife team Richard and Susan Knight, who opened their first design studio in 1975. After decades of working in California, they expanded to Manhattan in 2011 with a gorgeous showroom located within the prestigious New York Design Center. Richard and Susan Knight are joined in their design team by their children, Spencer and Alexander. This multi-generational team has the experienced and diversity of training to offer clients high-end, exceptionally designed custom cabinetry suited to all ranges of styles and needs.

“The kitchen industry has moved toward a more highly designed end product, which better reflects client style and taste. In recognition of this trend, we have coined the phrase “Post European Kitchens” to define our design perspective.” – Korts Knight

The company designs unique, highly individualized projects. They are known for their ability to combine the contemporary lines of the Bauhaus era – with its clean and minimalist design aesthetics – with design aspects that reflect their client’s personalities and lifestyles. Korts & Knight’s “Post European Kitchens” are incredibly artistic and make a statement, while carefully balancing high-style and functionality.

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Domicile Design

Address:
Sobel Design Building, 680 Eighth St., Ste. 166, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About Domicile Design

Domicile Design has worked in the Kitchen and Bath Industry across the Bay Area since they were founded in 1974 in Oakland. Today, they are a top choice in the area for quality materials and timeless kitchen design. The company has worked on many of the region’s iconic homes, including The Butterfly House – one of only five homes on the west side scenic drive in Carmel by the Sea. Their experienced staff can assist with all areas of the design, construction, and supervision of your project.

Domicile’s custom cabinetry offers a limitless variety of design options and details without compromise. And although the company has specialized in kitchens for over 37 years, they have since expanded to many other areas of the home, including baths, home offices, libraries, outdoor kitchens, wet bars, closets, laundry rooms, and more. Domicile Design brings a practical and creative eye to the layout and aesthetics of these rooms. The design team at Domicile Design recognizes that design trends come and go, and therefore creates a space that is unique to and works for each individual client in the long run. Their balanced approach focuses on listening to a homeowner’s wants and needs and using their expertise to understand what possibilities a space offers. The result is a kitchen that is tailored to each client and their specific lifestyle.

Domicile Design offers cabinetry, casework, countertops, and accessories for all residential and commercial needs. They work with homeowners, architects, designers, and contractors. Over their many years in the business, they have developed solid connections to many of the best fabricators and suppliers, allowing them to offer exquisite quality at a reasonable price. At Domicile, quality materials are combined with engineered craftsmanship. They offer state-of-the-art finishes with exceptional durability and a large collection of wood species, laminates, and custom finishes are available. Committed to sustainability, all of their wood products are hand selected, environmentally friendly, and from sustainable sources.

Domicile Design is co-owned by Ken Burghardt. As one area remodeling contractor who has worked with him for over 20 years said: “Domicile allows Ken the freedom to create extraordinary “Events” within your home. He is an artist with a superb knowledge of the industry, from cabinetry, stonework, mechanical, lighting, plumbing, trim fixtures, color and ambiance, he is the full package.”

The Best Residential Architects in Silicon Valley

Overview

The following firms are being recognized for their extensive and important contributions to high-end Silicon Valley residences. Many of the firms have roots in the Bay Area, giving them close connections to their work and a profound respect for the region, climate, and natural landscapes. These getaways, often tucked away in forests or atop hillsides are beautiful creations that are redefining the modern home. Innovative approaches to dealing with the landscape, climate, and use of unique and sustainable materials is a common thread, resulting in gorgeous works that put Silicon Valley homes on the map.

Top Architects

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Topos Architecture

Architects:
Peter Baltay

Address:
654 Gilman Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Topos is an architecture firm founded in 1992 by Principal architect Peter Baltay. Peter has over 25 years of experience designing, building, and remodeling homes. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. As a fairly small team of seven, Topos executes at a high-end level, providing custom home designs, remodels, renovations, and additions to the Silicon Valley area. Topos prides itself on projects that are uniquely designed to fit their intended space — their projects tend to fit the environment and client in order to create a healthy sense of place. A number of their latest projects feature beautiful homes in Palo Alto and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Featured Projects

Topos designed a beautiful new Mediterranean-style home for a family that features office space for the parents, extensive window and light wells with gorgeous landscaping, and masonry finishes to bring in lots of light. The beautiful views allow for a peaceful experience, and the home also features open kitchen, living, and dining rooms for a family-friendly lifestyle. Details include Italian mahogany windows, hand-split limestone, and antique clay roof tiles. The home is truly a Tuscan Villa with a modern flare. The Page Mill House is an exquisite home that sits atop a canyon that overlooks Silicon Valley. The home was built for a couple who are research scientists. There’s a beautiful view from the high windows that look out into the city, while the use of oak parallels the natural aspect of the trees and elements of that hillside. Exposed posts and beams were actually recycled from an 1800s mill, which makes the structure appear almost like a mill itself.

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Architects:
Peter Bohlin
Bernard J. Cywinski (+)
Karl Backus
Ray Calabro
Steven Chaitow

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm Award,
AIA Gold Medal,
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards

Address:
49 Geary Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108

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About Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is an internationally recognized and award-winning architect. They have been recognized by Green Projects and has received an AIA Architecture Firm Award and an AIA Gold Medal. BCJ’s work was initially focused on energy efficiency and environmentally conscious design, and it remains a central focus of the firm today. To Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the most important aspect of the design process is the ability to harvest the climate of a particular site and to take into account the places where he can make the most of the elements and create the most efficient structure. Across the US, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is behind several notable commercial buildings and projects, as well as some innovative residential work but is on this list for specific projects in the Silicon Valley Area.

Featured Projects

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is responsible for an award-winning residence in Los Altos. This family home was a modern take on the California ranch that the clients wanted, and features the use and central focus of natural trees and landscapes growing in the area. The home is a peaceful and beautiful getaway from a more urban environment. The design began around an existing Japanese maple tree and takes into account the mild climate of Silicon Valley. The windows and doors are designed to fill the home with air and light. Sliding doors allow for the indoors to blend with the outdoors. The site features a meditation garden just outside the master bedroom for the ultimate in calm and peaceful aesthetics. There is a natural crispness to the design and the palette, which maintains a simple and tranquil feel. BCJ also worked on a beautiful farmhouse style home in wine country, in Calistoga, CA. The home is located in the midst of grape vines and walnut trees, and complements the clients’ styles and passions as winemakers. The remodel included strengthening and simplifying the floor plan and creating more unity and flow within the structure.

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Square Three Design Studios

Architects:
Tom Carrubba

Address:
900 High Street, Suite 3, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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About Square Three Design Studios

Square Three Studios is a Palo Alto-based firm that has completed a number of diverse projects ranging from small residential remodels to multi-million-dollar commercial projects. The firm is built upon uncompromising service and genuine communication and rapport with their clients. Square Three Studios believes in a modern and updated approach and the use of the latest technology, using software like CAD to create designs and models with accuracy and flexibility. As a firm, they value working collaboratively with each other as well as with consultants, government agencies, and trade industries in order to create successful project execution.

Featured Projects

In the latest news around Square Three Studios, they are being featured in the AIA Silicon Valley Home Tour. The home is in Menlo Park and was inspired by contemporary 1950s-style homes, which often feature large expanses of glass — open plans that feature marrying the indoors with the outdoors. The stylistic detail will be featured, including low-profile roof planes, trellis structures, and a variety of finish materials, including stucco, wood, steel, and brick. Another Palo Alto home features a beautiful family residence that blends the modern and comfortable. The kitchen features full sliding glass doors that open up into the backyard and give the area a bright, open feel. The home has built-in shelving and fun nooks and crannies that add a playful and whimsical touch. The wood exterior makes the structure reminiscent of a cozy lodge.

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Timeline Design

Architects:
Matthew Harrigan

Awards:
NARI Meta Awards

Address:
14401 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

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About Timeline Design

Timeline Design is located in Saratoga, CA, just south of Cupertino, and was established by Matthew Harrigan in 1990. Harrigan’s passion for quality and planning established Timeline Design with a mission that every project be “on time and on budget.” Timeline has been committed to providing timely results and communicating with their clients in order to build strong relationships. Timeline is truly a top tier firm with a long list of awards to their name, including Meta awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and recognition as one of the “Big 50” by Remodeling Magazine in 2002. The firm was also named one of the Top 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in Silicon Valley in 2005. Their work has been featured in Design/Build Business, Kitchen & Bath Business, Remodeling Magazine, Eichler News Network, and San Jose Magazine.

Featured Projects

Timeline Design has a long list of custom home projects that are well-crafted with iconic looks that bring quality and detail to Silicon Valley residences. One in particular is a Craftsman-style home in Cupertino, California. The home features a Craftsman-style interior and exterior with traditional and modern touches that fit with the client’s style. The oak floors are highlighted by a downplayed paint sheen, and the residence features sun tunnels to enable natural light. A flow is created in the house by a two-sided fireplace, and vaulted ceilings to make the home feel more spacious and grand. The bathrooms feature mixed tiles and textures to create a playful and rich aesthetic. The home makes for a cozy, family space with beautiful detail and decor. Additionally, a custom home in Saratoga features dark wood floors, big windows, and classic features like crown molding and archways to create an elegant but comfortable atmosphere for a family. The more traditional kitchen features custom cabinets and a large island that invites entertaining.

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Mattingly Thaler Architecture

Architects:
Judith Mattingly
Peter Thaler

Address:
646 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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About Mattingly Thaler Architecture

Mattingly Thaler is a full-service architecture firm that includes planning and interior design for a variety of projects. The firm was founded in 1988 and values design excellence and professional service. Mattingly Thaler is known for high-quality custom homes, educational facilities, commercial interiors, restaurants, galleries, and more. Their work includes new custom homes, additions, estate plans, and green building strategies. Mattingly Thaler was founded by Judith Mattingly and Peter Thaler. Mattingly has a Master of Architecture from Harvard and has a background in high-end residential projects across the Bay Area, as well as restaurants, commercial interiors, campus buildings, and dormitories. Thaler also has a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard. Peter has experience with a number of commercial projects and private homes.

Featured Projects

The Silicon Valley Retreat is a project that sits in the middle of a forest of oak and fir, allowing for a true “off the grid” vibe. The glass walls and decks make use of the natural landscape and allow the scenery to be soaked in. The structure features built-in solar for energy efficiency as well as ventilation. An infinity pool and bocce ball court make this space a perfect getaway, and the ultra-modern decor creates a fun and lively energy, perfect for company or group retreats. Another gorgeous work is the Sea Cliff home, which sits right on the water with a view of the Golden Gate bridge. The project was designed to create a zen-like feel, featuring redwood siding, copper roofs, and a Japanese garden. There are beautiful details that make the home truly special, like a curved staircase with a basket weave stainless steel railing, and a curved glass wall leading into the home office.

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Mark English Architects

Architects:
Mark English

Awards:
Gold Nugget Merit Awards,
Watermark Grand Awards

Address:
523 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

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About Mark English Architects

Mark English founded Mark English Architects in 1992 and built his firm on sustainable, lasting design. His firm has specialized in custom homes, work, and entertainment projects. Their residential projects are rightfully focused on urban settings and context, given that half of their work is in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Mark is also the editor of two online architecture magazines, The Architect’s Take and Green Compliance Plus, making him a thought leader and voice of influence in the industry. Mark English Architects has a number of accolades, including the Merit Award from Gold Nugget Awards 2017, named the Grand Award Winner from Watermark Awards, and recognition in several publications in a variety of magazines and books.

Featured Projects

One of the homes in Los Gatos built by Mark English Architects is a striking creation that features incredible detail and innovative design. It features a stained-glass entryway and a variety of textures and materials with sleek minimalist decor that lets the design and vaulted wood panel ceilings speak for themselves. The high glass windows open up and allow much of the living room to be exposed to natural sunlight. There is a deck that runs alongside almost the entire structure to take full advantage of the view and elevation. The Olive Tree residence is a new home that was built in the Los Altos area with a breathtaking view of the Santa Clara Valley below. The home was designed for a couple who enjoys entertaining, so it has an open plan with a great flow to allow for the perfect environment for hosting. There are various rooms to accommodate different types of spaces, including a fireplace and seating area, a bright and lively kitchen with deep orange accents, a dining area, and a piano room. Ambient lighting and ceiling articulation create the ultimate example of modern sophistication.

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Mark Brand Architecture

Architects:
Mark Brand

Address:
1339 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About Mark Brand Architecture

Mark Brand is an architecture and interior design firm that combines more than 30 years of experience with award-winning design. As for an aesthetic, MBA values high-end design with practical elements combined with understated elegance and a touch of drama. That said, MBA home projects are pretty eclectic, ranging in style and tastes based on their client. They would rather incorporate a number of influences to bring a unique vision to life. MBA values their relationships with clients, as well as their ability to work efficiently with partners in planning and building. Mark received his architecture degree from UC Berkeley and has experience with several notable firms in the Bay Area. His work has been published in the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Metropolitan Home, Home, Pink, and more.

“I am inspired by all sorts of things, the world around me, my clients, music, my employees…  The list goes on.  I am very open to new directions and influences and keep my eyes and my mind open.” – Mark Brand

Featured Projects

One of MBA’s projects features a modern-made-modern again makeover for home in Portola Valley. The space is a 1980s modernist house in some dire need of upgrades and changes, including a sunroom that got so hot it was unusable. As a result, the sunroom was completely demolished to be replaced by a new dining room that opened up into a rejuvenated living room and kitchen. A home office and deck were added above, and all the exterior windows were replaced. Sliding aluminum doors opened up the home a bit and allowed for a more enjoyable view of the woods and hillside. Railings kept the space safe, given that the deck was over 50 feet above the ground. The exterior featured stucco in various shades of gray, white, and black to create new lines and proportions. The master suite was also remodeled, along with the powder room. The Mullet House in San Francisco features a playful take on the concept of “business in the front and party in the back.” The client wanted a truly modern update, but due to the protests of neighbors, a compromise had to be made. As a result, the structure had a more Craftsman-style front and a modern interior and back. The remodel featured a beautiful deck with glass guardrails, a custom zigzag staircase, and an asymmetrical fireplace.

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Swatt Miers Architects

Architects:
Robert Swatt
Geoge Miers

Awards:
Golden Nugget Merit Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
ASID Design Excellence Awards

Address:
5845 Doyle Street, Suite 104, Emeryville, CA 94608

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About Swatt Miers Architects

Swatt Miers Architects came about as a merger of two established firms in the San Francisco Bay Area: Swatt Architects and George Miers and Associates. Together they formed a company that would stand for beautiful, sustainable design and quality service. Swatt Miers has received a number of accolades with over 70 awards on local, regional, and national levels. This includes the prestigious National Honor Award from the AIA. Swatt Miers projects have been featured in Architecture, Domas, GA Houses, Interior Design, Hinge, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Process Architecture, Progressive Architecture, and more. Principals include Michael Gale, Julie Liberman, Ivan Olds, Miya Muraki, Connie Wong, and Phoebe Wong-Oliveros.

Featured Projects

SMA was hired to design a Palo Alto home for a family from Israel who had four children. The clients themselves had a passion for architecture, and so the result was a truly collaborative effort that took into consideration the couple’s appreciation for unique materials and details. The key features include cast-in-place concrete, limestone, colored stucco, redwood, and glass set in aluminum frames. The design concept featured two main wings of the home, with one more centered around the adults with a more public feel, and the other more focused on the children’s spaces and guest areas. The central entrance links the two wings and is a source of circulation. The steel-framed stairs bring together various levels of the home, and the exposed steel columns give the space a modern, industrial feel. A modern residence in Berkeley Hills featured a panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Diablo. The geometric structure sits atop a hill and is a striking site standing at three stories. The residence itself takes full advantage of the prime location and view, featuring a two-story, glass-enclosed family and living room that overlooks the San Francisco Bay.

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Malcolm Davis Architecture

Architects:
Malcolm Davis

Awards:
AIA Citation Award,
Sea Ranch Design Award

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2130 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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About Malcolm Davis Architecture

Malcolm Davis Architecture has been in business since 1991 and has designed award-winning work across Northern California, as well as in New York, Wyoming, and Oregon. To Malcolm David Architecture, context is at the center of everything. They believe in strong interior, classic form, and site-specific design. Natural light is a central focus, and MDA prides itself on thoughtful, curated approaches to their client needs and the ability to bring warm elements to modern design techniques. Malcolm Davis, founder and principal, is from the Bay Area himself, so has a strong passion and appreciation for the region. He was born in Berkeley, where he also attended UC Berkeley for both his B.A. and M.A. in Architecture. He’s a problem solver with a restrained palette, who brings over 25 years of experience to his firm.

Featured Projects

One Silicon Valley home is deeply inspired by its Northern California context and climate, utilizing the concept of indoor-outdoor elements to bring out the California lifestyle. The home itself sits among redwoods and oak trees and resembles a modern style villa, giving the structure a retreat and getaway feel that just happens to also be the client’s home. Another project features a home in Palo Alto with a contemporary, Mission-style, featuring a stark white exterior and clay roof. The high glass windows create a more modern, updated look that also allows for a brighter, more open feel. The interior is accented by colorful decor, creating a cozy and comforting atmosphere. Additional designs feature a home in Portola Valley that is nestled so well into the forest and surrounding elements that it resembles a treehouse. Each design varies from the next and tends to include playful and intricate detail. A look into the work by MDA shows why they are a key player in SIlicon Valley’s residential architecture.

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Schwartz and Architecture

Architects:
Neal J.Z. Schwartz
Wyatt A. Arnold

Awards:
American Architecture Award

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860 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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About Schwartz and Architecture

Schwartz and Architecture is a tour de force in the Bay Area. Their long list of accolades includes 2017 AIA awards for private homes, a feature in Dwell for residential projects, an American Architecture award for the Overlook Guest House, a Remodeling Design award for Shou Sugi Ban Bath, and a list of features in the New York Times, Wallpaper magazine, SF Magazine, SF C&G Magazine, ArchDaily, and more. Neal Schwartz founded SaA after several years of working with other firms. With dual master’s degrees in architecture and public policy, Schwartz brings a unique perspective to his projects and a talent for managing complex design projects, as well as dealing with permits and what can be a complicated construction process.

Featured Projects

The Overlook Guest House conquered unique challenges, including a site that was so steep and so densely wooded that it was nearly undevelopable. SaA fortunately rose to the challenge to create a beautiful and accessible addition that allowed an elderly family to live separately and still remain close to the main house. The guest house is a 775-square-foot home with two bedrooms and takes into account accessibility and movement for a mobility-impaired tenant. A courtyard space combines the indoors and outdoors, while also allowing for airflow for comfort.\nThe Shou Sugi Ban House was an extensive remodel and addition to a modern home in the Silicon Valley area, specifically the Los Gatos neighborhood. The exterior features traditional Shou Sugi Ban burnt wood siding. Natural textiles were important to the remodel aspect, while the addition resulted in a family room and an upper guest room. This home won awards for the bathroom remodel, as well as a list of features in several publications. As a result, SaA is an icon in contemporary Silicon Valley homes.

The Best Commercial Architects in Silicon Valley

Overview

Silicon Valley often does not get enough credit for some of the commercial architecture, as the focus is mainly on renowned office spaces and infamous headquarters of the likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook. However, in both Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas, influential projects have contributed to the vibrant community that has made it a leader in innovation and creativity. These firms, while spread across the Bay Area, have turned their focus to more than tech, and considered how they can bring surrounding neighborhoods up, as well as make Silicon Valley a more accessible community.

Top Architects

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Studio G

Architects:
Kelly Simcox
Glenn Bolich
Rick Yeh

Address:
299 Bassett Road, Suite 250, San Jose, CA 95110

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About Studio G

Studio G is a San Jose-based architecture firm that was founded in 2007 by Kelly Simcox (principal architect), Glenn Bolich (senior architect), and Rick Yeh (principal designer). Studio G prides itself on combining “large firm quality and production” with “small firm attention to detail.” Studio G’s projects range from a number of commercial renovations to corporate and public spaces, including the Calabazas, Willow Glen, and Rose Garden libraries. Some of their big name commercial clients include Nissan, Hilton, Kawasaki, and Honda Research. Additionally, Studio G has created several medical facilities, such as Sadra Medical, The Health Trust, Action Urgent Care, Allergy & Asthma Associates, and the Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates.

Featured Projects

One of the reasons Studio G has made this list is precisely because it is a smaller firm that can pull off large projects. One of these projects includes Orchard Commons, a 313, 419 SF facility in San Jose, CA — completed in 2013. The project used cold-rolled steel, wood, stone juxtaposed with a tile that brought an updated look to the building. Another notable project is the Nissan site, which features a variety of spaces that enable Nissan to mix work and customer service in a way that brings transportation to the forefront of innovation. Studio G used simple elements, including carpet, paint, soffit, and furniture to completely transform the Sunnyvale space. The open work and waiting areas are bright, vibrant, and welcoming, making it a comfortable space for both customer and employee.

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Aedis

Architects:
Than Do
John Diffendefer
Joe Vela
June Yip

Awards:
SVBJ Public/Civic Project of the Year

Address:
381 S 1st Street, Ste 300, San Jose, CA 95113

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About Aedis

Aedis is the Latin term for domicile or sanctuary. The innovative architecture firm located in Silicon Valley dedicates itself to sustainable designs, with a focus on making an impact in the community. The firm was founded on the notion of diversity when it comes to experience and education, as well as culture and background. Aedis was founded in 1954 with an emphasis on the education sector — where they have built for every level, including day care centers, elementary schools, colleges, and universities. By focusing on educational institutions, Aedis has come to embody a true community-focused firm that has a passion for what they do and the people they work with. They believe in engagement and the ability to influence positive change.

Featured Projects

Aedis had the opportunity to live up to their philosophy when hired to update the cafeteria building at Fremont High School, which was originally built in 1951. However, with increased enrollment, the Fremont High school staff realized they were in need of more classroom space. The project was then changed to include the addition of 16 classrooms. The update maintained consistency with the rest of the campus, but made enough change to really impact student life. The added light makes the area a bit more energized and creates a richer environment for students to socialize and learn. Another project is the San Jose City College Fine Arts Center and Multidisciplinary Complex. The concept was a sustainable space and one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings for the district. The project won the 2011 Public/Civic Project of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, as well as 1st place Design/Build with Blach Construction. The building is LEED Silver and includes a footprint-minimizing art wall that allows students to express their creativity.

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Rafael Viñoly Architects

Architects:
Rafael Viñoly
Jay Bargmann

Address:
1190 Welch Road, Palo Alto, California 94304

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About Rafael Viñoly Architects

Rafael Viñoly is an internationally recognized architect who hails from Uruguay, with a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism. Vice President Jay Bargmann oversees the firm’s management and works in collaboration with the project directors. Viñoly is known for his works across the globe, including skyscrapers in New York and London. He has also designed numerous buildings for prestigious institutions, such as Stanford’s newest hospital, as well as buildings for Oxford, Princeton, Brown, and Duke. While Viñoly is a world-renowned architect, he’s made this list for one of his more recent and innovative projects in Silicon Valley.

Featured Projects

Transforming The Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino into The Hills at Vallco will be a vast project in which Viñoly, in partnership with OLIN Landscape Architects, will create a mixed-use development spanning 30 acres and made up mainly of green roof gardens. This project, if approved, will serve as both a community park and preserve that sits right between Apple’s One Infinite Loop and Apple 2 Campus. Given its sheer size and scope, it will be the largest green roof in the world. The project’s intent is to bridge the residential and the industrial, using walking trails, vineyards, an amphitheater, playgrounds, and native plants to attract wildlife. The space would be able to hold hundreds of apartments, additional office space, and a shopping center with a movie theater, bowling, an ice rink, and gym.

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WRNS

Architects:
Jeff Warner
John A. Ruffo
Sam Nunes
Bryan Shiles

Awards:
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
AIA Merit Awards

Address:
501 Second Street, Suite 402, San Francisco, CA 94107

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About WRNS

WRNS is clearly one of the best architecture firms, not only in the Bay Area but in the country as a whole. It was named the number one architecture firm in the US by Architect magazine and has also received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, in addition to several other AIA design awards. WRNS is on this list specifically for some of the commercial work they have done in and around the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. While their more notable projects might be more high-end corporate office spaces, there are some commercial projects that are worth a closer look and solidify their talent across a variety of projects. These commercial projects have heavily influenced and changed the communities in which they were built.

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Boeddeker Park was a team effort in conjunction with the City of San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks department. The previous iteration of the park was a closed off space with poor visibility due to safety concerns. The project posed unique problems, given that Boeddeker Park is located in the Tenderloin district, San Francisco’s densest neighborhood, where most residents live in extreme poverty. What resulted in the rebuild was an award winning site — receiving the AIASF Honor Award, as well as recognition as the 2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Merit in “New Construction.” The design itself boosted activity and opened doors for projects and programs in partnership with the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and other organizations. Boeddeker is the prime example for creating a space that truly brings people together.

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DES

Architects:
C. Thomas Gilman
Susan Eschweiler
Craig Ivanovich

Awards:
PCBC Grand Award,
Golden Nugget Awards,
Structures Awards

Address:
399 Bradford Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

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About DES

DES is considered one of the top firms in the Bay Area across multiple industries, including healthcare, technology, and education. DES is a force of excellence, creativity, and efficiency. Their awards and accolades are many, including receiving the Grand Award and two Gold Nuggets from the 2015 PCBC conference. Most recently they were recognized at the 2017 Structures Awards for Design Tech High School, a public charter school at Oracle’s headquarters. At the helm of DES is Susan Eschweiler, a principal and Vice president. She is both architect and interior designer, bringing a unique set of talents to her projects and a passion for creating communities, such as building campuses and work environments. Craig Ivanovich, also a principal and vice president, has a talent for managing large, complex projects.

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The Cove in South San Francisco is a 20-acre, mixed-use campus containing nine structures. It offers a variety of amenities, including meeting areas, sports facilities, a hotel, and a vast retail center. This massive project incorporates landscaping and is LEED CS Silver targeted. The scope of the project led by DES is one that is hard to overlook. Upon completion, it could set new standards for Silicon Valley workspaces and focus a bit more on families and tourism. Another project worth mentioning is the Moffett Gateway Club in Sunnyvale. The facility was also built to bring activity and recreation to the corporate landscape. It contains a 15k-square-foot fitness center, a 30k-square-foot rooftop garden complete with fire pits and flexible seating areas, and is LEED NC Gold Target. The facility received a Gold Nugget Merit Award in the Special Use Category.

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Hawley Peterson Snyder

Architects:
Alan Turner
Henry Mahlstedt

Awards:
AIA SF Chapter Integrated Practice Honor Award,
ENR Best Projects

Address:
1237 E. Arques Avenue, Suite B, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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About Hawley Peterson Snyder

Hawley Peterson Snyder is a Sunnyvale-based architecture firm that has been in business for nearly 60 years. The firm values collaboration, trust, and face-to-face interactions. Their client list includes Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford, and Princeton. Hawley Peterson Snyder is on the list for their strong core values and ability to build lasting personal relationships with their clients. Current principals Alan Turner and Henry Mahlstedt encourage ongoing education and mentoring of both their team and the surrounding community of designers. This includes a number of programs including the AIA Hard Hat Cafe and regular reviews, design discussions, and funded work-related conferences. HPS also fosters a commitment to sustainable design and construction as a certified Green Business.

Featured Projects

HPS has contributed a number of medical facilities that have helped the Silicon Valley area thrive as a community. One in particular is the award-winning Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center, which was completed in 2007. The stunning facility includes a 250k-square-foot clinic with offices, exam rooms, and an urgent care center, as well as outpatient surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, and diagnostic radiology services. The facility received the 2007 AIA SF Chapter Integrated Practice Honor Award. More recently, in 2014, HPS completed construction on the Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center, in association with AECOM. The project won ENR Best Projects 2014 and featured a 464k-building-square-footage, including acute care and emergency services.

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Architects:
Peter Bohlin
Bernard J. Cywinski (+)
Karl Backus
Ray Calabro
Steven Chaitow

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm Award,
AIA Gold Medal,
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards

Address:
49 Geary Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108

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About Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is an internationally recognized architect who boasts over 625 design awards, including awards for Green Projects, AIA Architecture Firm Award, and the AIA Gold Medal. Cywinski has always had a sensitivity to energy efficiency and environmentally conscious design. Today, it remains a central focus of the firm. Specifically, Cywinski emphases the ability to harvest the climate of a particular site and take into account the places where he can make the most of light, heat, wind, and land to create the most efficient structure. Across the US, Cywinski is behind the Blue Bottle stores in New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco; the Apple Store in Williamsburg; the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis, CA; and Expedia’s headquarters in Seattle.

Featured Projects

Cywinski built the Presidio Visitor Center in San Francisco, CA, turning a former military post into a cultural space that is inviting and engaging to visitors. The renovation included removing some alterations that had made the building a post office and a bank at previous times. Much of the building’s original features were restored in order to preserve the history and culture of the structure, which was originally meant to be a military prison. The Mountain Lake Park Playground is another project centered around community building and engagement. There are unique pathways and a concrete slide, and some original elements that have been kept in honor of the past. An observation platform that overlooks the area, a rock wall, and the entire shape and landscape of the park incorporates the area’s natural sand dunes, giving the entire space an undulating and playful atmosphere.

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SOM

Architects:
Javie Arizmendi
Larry Chen

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm Award,
AIA 25-Year Awards,
AIA San Francisco Best of Show

Address:
One Front Street, Suite 2400, San Francisco, CA 94111

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About SOM

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) is an international architecture firm founded in 1936. They are world renowned with a number of iconic buildings under their name. SOM has made the list as an award-winning firm that is the only practice to have won the Architecture Firm Award two separate times from the American Institute of Architects. While they have several offices around the world, their influence and contribution to Silicon Valley is significant. The San Francisco office is led by Design Director Javie Arizmendi and Managing Director Larry Chien. SOM’s vast range of projects span civic and government buildings, aviation and transportation, education, cultural centers, and commercial and office spaces. Their notable global contributions include the One World Trade Center completed in 2014, recipient of a long list of accolades and awards and a powerful statement in a nation rebuilding and recovering after great loss and hardship.

Featured Projects

SOM is behind the San Francisco International Airport, which was a $2.6B expansion that resulted in a truly iconic facility. In fact, it now shapes much of the identity of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The form expresses a winged nature with ample skylights to bring in natural light. The interior contains a natural bamboo grove and other sustainable elements. The airport itself received a long list of honors, including awards of Excellence in structural engineering, graphic design, interior architecture, and landmark structure, and Best of Show at the 2000 AIA San Francisco Chapter. Additional Silicon Valley and Bay Area contributions include 350 Mission, described as an “urban living room,” and currently the Moscone Center expansion in partnership with Mark Cavagnero Associates, which will breathe new life into the convention center.

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Gensler

Architects:
Art Gensler
J. Kevin Schaeffer
Natalie Engels
Christine Laing

Awards:
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm,
Interior Award for Education

Address:
225 West Santa Clara Street, Suite 1100, San Jose, CA 95113

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About Gensler

Gensler remains one of largest architecture firms in the world and continues to top Silicon Valley lists, and for good reason. They have contributed significantly to the advancement and improvement of the valley and deserve the recognition for their incredible work. Gensler dates back to 1965, founded by Art and Drue Gensler and their partner James Follett. Their projects span from Adobe, North First Street, and COG in San Jose, to Intel RNB and Pivot in Santa Clara and Intuit Cook Campus Center in Palo Alto. Gensler continues to lead year after year in interior design, healthcare, and top design firms and maintains their status as a forerunner in sustainable building design.

Featured Projects

Gensler beautifully renovated Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport and truly encompasses the Bay Area culture and vibe. Terminal 2 accommodates 14 additional gates and aims to improve the passenger experience through reducing traveler stress, highlight art installations, and emphasize sustainability and comfort. The hotel-style seating areas and wide range of eateries provide guests with a memorable experience. Terminal 2 is actually the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the United States, supporting goals of zero waste and a reduced carbon footprint. In 2012, it won the 4th Best Terminal in the World and the Top Terminal in the US. Another notable project is 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, a mixed-use learning space that aims to assist under-resourced students. Located in the Tenderloin district, the retail space is a whimsical and encouraging space that includes eclectic doors and secret passages. Gensler partnered with several other groups to create the space and give the community a boost. The center won the 2017 Interior Award for Education.

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Pelli Clarke Pelli

Architects:
Cesar Pelli
Fred W. Clarke
Rafael Pelli

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm Award,
AIA Gold Medal

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1056 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

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About Pelli Clarke Pelli

Pelli Clarke Pelli is responsible for some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. These include the World Financial Center (New York), the Petronas Towers (Malaysia), and the International Finance Centre (Hong Kong). Pelli Clarke Pelli tops this list for the sweeping change they are bringing to Silicon Valley and for changing the way we view the area’s tech companies and workspaces. The firm has a long list of projects in their portfolio, including buildings in academia, museums, institutions, research centers, and government agencies. Like others on this list, they received the AIA Architect’s Firm Award, and in 1995, Cesar Pelli received the AIA Gold Medal.

Featured Projects

In a truly groundbreaking move, Pelli Clarke Pelli was hired to build the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, making it the tallest building in the city and rivaling only the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica building as the skyline’s defining features. Pelli Clarke Pelli won an international competition in order to design the tower, as well as the Salesforce Transit Center at the base. The structures will be an innovation in sustainable urban architecture. The skyscraper is 1,070-feet tall and is a slender, more simplified look. This marks a symbolic shift of tech giants moving from Silicon Valley into the city and redefining how they portray status. This move represents an entirely new notion of what analysts are now calling “vertical campuses,” and thinking up rather than spreading out.

Best Custom Home Builders in Silicon Valley

Overview

Silicon Valley is home to some of the nation’s most influential and powerful CEOs, tech leaders, and entrepreneurs. As a result, this area is becoming a hub for some the most iconic homes in the country, so it isn’t surprising that there would be a demand for quality renovations, remodels, and custom-built homes. Let’s take a look at the top 10 design-build firms in Silicon Valley. Each firm was selected based on their quality of projects and service, prevalence in the Silicon Valley area, and established portfolio, including recognition and awards.

Top Custom Home Builders & Design-Build Firms

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SOD

Architects:
Oren Dagan

Awards:
Angie’s List Super Service Awards

Address:
1631 N. 1st Street, Suite 109, San Jose, CA 95112

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About SOD

SOD Builders, Inc. is a design-build firm located in San Jose that emphasizes an ability to simplify projects, provide professionals in every area needed for a project, and collaborate to deliver quality service. SOD is an award-winning firm that has earned Angie’s List Super Service Awards three years in a row. SOD takes pride in allowing their clients full access to schedules and a full online database, so they can have access to all the information and the project status to feel comfortable in the process, particularly with big projects. SOD consistently receives positive feedback and rave reviews, which is why they are on the top 10 for best design-build firms in the Silicon Valley area.

Featured Projects

SOD specializes in kitchen and bath remodels, exterior renovations, room- and second-story additions, and new home construction. As for kitchen remodels, SOD is happy to bring older kitchens up to date, like their project for a Los Altos home. The remodel features a beautiful sepia-toned kitchen that plays with wood textures and a mixture of glossy white cabinets to reflect lots of natural light. The furnishings are scaled back and simple for a clean, refined look and feel. The large island and updated seating area makes it perfect for the family and entertaining.

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CAGE Design Build

Architects:
David Wampler
Kelly Funk

Address:
PO Box 6030 San Jose, CA 95150

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About CAGE Design Build

CAGE Design Build was started in 1996 by David Wampler and Kelly Funk. The San Jose firm serves the Silicon Valley area and offers residential design, remodeling, home additions, and more. With every project under one contract, and functioning as one team, CAGE is able to provide seamless services and an efficient process that delivers the client’s concept on time and on budget. CAGE has a great reputation and has been recognized for their professionalism, integrity, and quality. They maintain high standards every step of the way, beginning with initial consultations all the way to project completion. CAGE is committed to their clients, and they focus on bringing unique visions to life.

Featured Projects

One of their projects was a San Jose home remodel which posed its own unique challenges around added functionality in limited spaces while meeting requests about storage. To achieve these results, the bathroom was completely gutted for a more functional result, and walls were removed to open up the floorplan and give more space in the kitchen, dining room, and family room. A wine cabinet was added underneath the staircase, and the garage door was moved to create space for more cabinets and storage in the kitchen. Each element was thoroughly planned to take advantage of space and allow the home to reach its client’s vision. Details were added to refresh and update the home.

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Timeline Design

Architects:
Matthew Harrigan

Awards:
NARI Meta Awards

Address:
14401 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

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About Timeline Design

Timeline Design is located in Saratoga, CA, just south of Cupertino, and was established by Matthew Harrigan in 1990. Harrigan’s passion for quality and planning established Timeline Design as having a mission for every project to be “on time and on budget.” Timeline has been committed to providing timely results and communicating with their clients in order to build strong relationships. Timeline is truly a top-tier firm with a long list of awards to their name, including Meta awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). They were recognized as one of the “Big 50” by Remodeling Magazine in 2002 and were also named one of the Top 50 fastest growing privately held companies in Silicon Valley in 2005. Their work has been featured in Design/Build Business, Kitchen & Bath Business, Remodeling Magazine, Eichler News Network, and San Jose Magazine.

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Timeline is known for their remodels as well as for their custom homes. Their home projects range in style from breezy and simple to classic California Bungalow. The bungalow project featured low pitched roofs, eaves, and unenclosed rafters throughout the main part of the house. With shingle siding, cool green tones, and beige stucco, there is an organic look that plays well with wood and stone veneer. The structure smoothly merges into the yard and takes into consideration its surroundings. Even the simpler home designs are gorgeous, taking advantage of open-concept floor plans and gourmet kitchens with plenty of natural light. Light cabinets with marble create more openness, while the darker countertops, flooring, and island bring comfort and warmth for a timeless style and aesthetic.

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TBS Construction

Architects:
Mamuka Grigolia

Address:
3283 De La Cruz Boulevard, Ste A, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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About TBS Construction

TBS is a Bay Area firm that specializes in design-build projects, particularly residential custom homes, remodels, and even round-the-clock emergency services for extreme cases, such as disaster response, restoration, and reconstruction. They serve the Silicon Valley area and have received recognition from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). In addition to the construction firm, TBS has a design gallery that features the latest products and technology in the industry. The gallery acts as a creative hub for architects, designers, and builders, so clients can see their resources and products in person. For TBS Construction, a hands-on approach is key to quality service and to projects that meet the highest standards.

Featured Projects

A truly unique and notable project is the Los Gatos Historic Mansion restoration. TBS was hired to restore the English-style Sunnyridge Mansion. TBS worked hard to maintain the historic structure and the estate’s traditional beauty. They even expanded the stone work in the entryway in order to emphasize the welcoming atmosphere. From full-sized sauna additions to heated floors, TBS Construction is up-to-date on the latest and greatest when it comes to the remodel and construction industry. Some of their most recent projects include some beautiful kitchen work that means bringing a space up-to-date while keeping it functional. Window benches and added dining space allow the kitchen to be the heart of the home. Custom cabinets, durable windows, and quartz counter-tops create a sleek, high-end looking space that is also functional.

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Brownhouse Design

Architects:
Julie Brown

Address:
101 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022

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About Brownhouse Design

Brownhouse Design is dedicated to creating the best spaces that meet their clients’ specific lifestyles and tastes. Principal designer Julie Brown is behind the firm and has created a company that emphasize timeless designs, quality service, and long-term client relationships for the past 20 years. Brownhouse Design focuses on residential design-build projects, interior design, and confidentiality for potential high-profile clients. Brownhouse Design specializes in custom homes and renovations, particularly in traditional and contemporary styles that meet the tastes of those in the Los Altos, Palo Alto, and surrounding areas. However, their portfolio boasts a rich variety of styles, including European, eclectic, relaxed urban, sleek, formal, and Asian-inspired.

Featured Projects

A recent project completed just last year is a custom contemporary home in Los Altos Hills. It features a beautiful central courtyard with a multilevel pool complete with custom copper siding. The interior features an open-concept kitchen, nook, and family room. Waterfall edge details on the kitchen island and custom leather seating make the space warm, inviting, and eye-catching. There’s even an open concept bar that separates the formal dining area from the kitchen. Sliding doors open out to a covered porch, while plantation shutters allow for privacy. The living room features a seamless corner window with a view of the courtyard and pool. The halls and bedrooms play with texture, while the master has two full vanities with custom tile, high-gloss cabinets, and matte black sinks.

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Nerland Building & Restoration

Architects:
Alex Nerland

Address:
724 12th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

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About Nerland Building & Restoration

Nerland Building & Restoration is a design-build firm founded by Alex Nerland more than 14 years ago. Alex has a unique perspective, as he worked in technology in Silicon Valley for 10 years before launching his firm. Alex’s wife, Lisa, is a co-designer and project manager and is a licensed California real estate broker.

Nerland was founded on the principle that design-build is the best approach to meeting your schedules, cost, and quality goals, because it eliminates conflicts between architects, designers, and contractors. Tailored solutions and overseeing the project from beginning to end are at the core of Nerland’s business.

Featured Projects

NBR has a knack for home restoration and recently updated and expanded a Lone Mountain residence from a two bedroom, one bath to a two bedroom, two bath with a brand new kitchen. They opened up the home and included a beautiful jewel box in the guest bathroom, with an inviting and elegant master bathroom. The emphasis and use of white brightens up the whole place and makes it feel energized. Another beautiful remodel was the transformation of a 10-year-old townhouse into a more modern, loft-type space. NBR installed a brick wall to completely change the look and feel, as well as a new backsplash in the kitchen, a new deck featuring an outside bar, and movie screen with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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AT6 Design Build

Architects:
Jason Langkammerer

Awards:
SF Architects Best Design Build Firms,
AIA/LA Citation Awards

Address:
746 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About AT6 Design Build

AT6 Design Build is a well-known design firm in the Bay Area. They are process-oriented and focused on modern eclectic styles and aesthetics. On staff are principals like Jason Langkammerer, who is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited and Building Science Principles (BPI) certified, and has been with AT6 Design Build since 2002. AT6 Design Build has been recognized for their work in the media many times: they have been featured in Fine Homebuilding, Baan Lae Suan (A Thai shelter magazine), Small Eco Houses, 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) East Bay Home Tour, and California Home & Design Magazine, and they were honorees in the SF Architects Best Design-Build Firms. Additionally, they’ve been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and Dwell Magazine and received AIA/LA Citation Awards. AT6 Design Build also emphasizes that their projects are energy efficient, green, and sustainable.

Featured Projects

A notable Bay Area project is the Berkeley Cube. This was a contemporary master suite and family room addition contained in its own structure and connected to the house by a short hallway. The solution made for a more efficient construction process and allowed for some variation between the original structure and new building. The project included an infrastructure for solar and cement board rain screen exterior cladding. The Church Street residence in San Francisco was a full renovation and addition to simplify and even erase the ornamentation of the original structure without losing a connection to its history. The spaces resulted in a cleaner, more modern look, which still kept much of the original architecture, like the wainscot and trim details.

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building Lab

Architects:
Stephen Shoup

Awards:
Remodeling Magazine Merit Award,
REmmy Awards Grand Prize

Address:
999 43rd Street, Oakland, CA 94608

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About Building Lab

As we enter the top three of the list, Building Lab takes this spot as an award-winning design-build firm that not only has a passion for quality and green building practices, but is also on the cutting edge when it comes to solutions and projects that are still practical, sustainable, and meet client needs. Stephen Shoup, founder, started Building Lab in 2001, based on his belief in a holistic approach to the design and building process. He built his team to help bring his vision to life, and they received the Merit Award from Remodeling Magazine, Grand Prize from the REmmy Awards, and more. Their work and projects have been featured in such publications as Hunker, Dwell, Marin Independent Journal, Berkeley Times, and Home DSGN.

Featured Projects

The Appleberry Drive residence was a whole-house remodel driven by simplicity and clarity in order to honor the original design. The solution included such elements as a fence that defined the front courtyard and a large picture window in the dining room that drew attention from the street. The central focus on the kitchen allowed for a core to work off of. The entire project preserved and reinvigorated the eichler original design. A recent project is the Paseo Way residence, which was a whole-house renovation for a family of four. The open concept created an improved flow to the home and made for a more family-friendly living space. Partitions and cladding were taken out in order to free up space and emphasize the higher ceilings. With a white painted interior, the whole structure felt bigger and lighter. Accent walls helped to draw the eye and create movement. Added windows and glass sliders brought in more light, while interior additions like a breakfast nook, added storage, and a hidden desk add functionality and comfort.

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H2H design + build, LLC

Designer:
Angela Rasmussen

Awards:
NKBA Clay Lyon Honorary Award,
NKBA People’s Choice,
NARI Gold Awards

Address:
1264 South Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

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About H2H Design Build

H2H Design Build is an award-winning firm with recognition from NARI, NKBA, CotY, and HGTV. They have laser focus when it comes to quality design solutions and remodeling services. Their ability to create a no-nonsense, thorough approach enables them to truly meet their client’s needs. They emphasize a turnkey process that makes them unique from other contractors and design-build firms. They want their clients to be taken care of and to not have to lift a finger when it comes to renovation. H2H believes in open communication and transparency. They have an up-to-date process that includes full technology integration of homes in a way that simplifies everything, allowing you to control all of your smart systems with one device. This includes everything from thermostat, audio, media systems, lighting, security, gate access, and more.

“With the understanding that Silicon Valley homeowners were too busy to add anything else to their daily to-do list, much less a remodel, we began in 2009 to build a company from scratch that would encompass a full-service approach to concurring the task. Starting only with my husband Matt as the general contractor and myself as the lead designer (backed with a fresh business sense) we conquered one remodel at a time as a 2 person team. We bootstrapped from the beginning, each remodel fueling the growth of the team and our abilities to take on larger projects. In only a short 8.5 years in business, we have managed to earn a total of 31 local and national awards for our work and continue to earn more. We are excited to be where we are and always work toward the next challenge.” -Angela Rasmussen

Featured Projects

H2H renovated a beautiful home in San Jose, and the project truly embodies rustic royalty. The kitchen features state-of-the-art, stainless steel appliances, including a spacious range in the center island, perfect for entertaining and multitasking. The wood floors in contrast with white walls and cabinets create a perfectly calm, rustic cottage feel, with plenty of counter space and storage. The kitchen opens up to a gorgeous sitting area complete with a fireplace and beautifully textured chairs. The dining room features a large window for tons of natural light. The entryway has a perfect farm-style door and leads into a comfortable family room that is warm, cozy, and inviting. The restrooms continue to carry the rustic feel, with deep earthtones and updated fixtures.

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Nova Designs and Builds

Architects:
John Schrader
Fabien Lannoye

Awards:
SF Architects Best Design Build Firms

Address:
296 C Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About Nova Designs and Builds

Nova Designs and Builds is spearheaded by Principal John Schrader, a licensed general contractor and certified green builder, and Principal Designer Fabien Lannoye. Nova believes in creating partnerships and joint ventures and pushes the boundaries even further by investing their own capital into a project. Nova prides itself as a firm that pursues a variety of projects while incorporating technique, materials, and pricing. Nova’s media mentions include SFGate and Elle Decor. SFGate calls John Schrader a “contemporary renaissance man,” as the firm is behind over 1,000 homes in San Francisco alone.

Featured Projects

Nova tops this list for their extraordinary renovations of luxury homes in San Francisco, most notably a house in Pacific Heights that is currently the most expensive home for sale in the city, starting at $22M — a four-story masterpiece. Additionally, Nova renovated a Pacific Heights townhome that featured a direct view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The remodel posed a number of challenges, including zoning and fire codes, but the full-glass doors that lead to a deck are worth everything, and that priceless view from the family room is measured in jaws dropped. Additional remodels, like 2807 Clay Street, showcase creativity in smaller spaces. Each remodel takes full advantage of the beautiful cityscapes and rooftop decks in order to capitalize on the location in one of the most expensive regions in which to live.

The Best Restaurant Architects in Silicon Valley

Overview

Silicon Valley is an area that may not be recognized for its innovative architecture, nor for its growing food and restaurant scene, but it should be. With the growing populations of families, staff at large tech companies, and surrounding suburbs — now more than ever, people are wanting to wine and dine across San Jose, Palo Alto, and other nearby neighborhoods. Restaurants are popping up that provide options for exotic tastes and designs that rival New York and Los Angeles. Take a look at the top 10 restaurant architecture firms in Silicon Valley.

Top Architects

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Eaton Hall Architecture

Architects:
Jeffrey Eaton
Chris Hall

Address:
1501 The Alameda, Suite 105, San Jose, CA 95126

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About Eaton Hall Architecture

Eaton Hall Architecture was founded by Jeffrey Eaton and Chris Hall. Together they have more than 40 years of experience in architecture and design. As a firm, they value meeting the needs of their clients with their passion for intelligent, effective design solutions. Eaton previously owned and operated his own firm for 12 years before joining forces with Hall. Eaton’s work was focused on the private sector in commercial hospitality, and he now manages the design staff. Hall has a background that is more focused on public commercial, and he brings his skills in planning and design to the team. He is largely responsible for securing projects and maintaining client relations. The firm values thoughtful design and is willing to assist their clients through all aspects of planning, designing, and building, so they can create spaces that enhance the quality of life for those who use them. They have offices in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley and their projects span much of the Bay Area.

Featured Projects

Eaton Hall is behind Enoteca La Storia in Los Gatos, a highly rated Italian wine bar in Silicon Valley. The space is 4,500 square feet and features a warehouse atmosphere, with a long wall of shelving where a vast array of wines are featured and proudly displayed. Eaton Hall has also worked on Naschmarkt in Campbell — a truly unique experience in New Austrian cuisine. A larger commercial project includes the Blossom Hill Retail Center, a renovation of a space built in the 1950s and that now features dozens of retail shops and restaurants. Their newest venture is David Kinch’s latest concept, Bywater, a NOLA-inspired restaurant in Los Gatos.

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Delawie

Architects:
Andrew Rodrigues

Awards:
American Public Works Association Honor Award,
ENR Merit Award,
Orchid Awards,
Citation for Excellence in Architecture Awards

Address:
1515 Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110

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About Delawie

Delawie may be headquartered in San Diego, but their work spans across California with projects expanding into Arizona and Hawaii. They are on this list for their work on the Silicon Valley Capital Club. Delawie was established in 1961 and has focused on a variety of design projects, including corporate, educational, civic, and government facilities. The firm is led by Principals Andrew Rodrigues, Paul Schroeder, Frank Ternasky, and Mike Asaro. As a firm, Delawie believes in holistic and collaborative design, valuing all parts of the design process and the seamless merging of all aspects of a project. Delawie is an award-winning firm, boasting titles from American Architecture Awards, Orchid Awards, and Citation for Excellence in Architecture Awards.

Featured Projects

The Silicon Valley Capital Club was a remodel project that required an intensive overhaul from reconfiguring the entryway to adding spaces and replacing furnishings. The club looks over Downtown San Jose, so an important element was to ensure that the view was optimized and that diners could take full advantage of the outdoor deck. The interior was completely updated so the Silicon Valley Capital Club would retain its reputation for being a premier business club in San Jose. If you ever visit, be sure to enjoy the 360-degree view from atop the building.

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Fink Architecture

Architects:
Robert Fink

Address:
6701 Hollis Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

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About Fink Architecture

Fink Architecture is responsible for some of Silicon Valley’s award-winning restaurants. Founded by Robert Fink, the firm was built on the concept of leaving the world better than we found it. Each project is treated with care and a sense of environmental responsibility, combined with a guided process and a desire to create environments that are warm and inviting. Fink’s work has been featured in California Home + Design, Eater SF, Western Interiors and Design, and Design for Living. Aside from restaurants, Fink is known for some beautiful residential projects in the Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Los Gatos neighborhoods, as well as wineries in Sonoma and Napa.

Featured Projects

Fink is behind the Brazilian-style churrasco Pampas in Palo Alto, which used the existing structure in a creative way with the installation of a mezzanine in the center of the restaurant, creating private dining below and a more communal space above. The brick walls serve as a backdrop against the side dining areas, which inspire a more intimate feel. The design, which is earthy and modern, reflects the Brazilian culture as well as the location. Calafia, the restaurant launched by Charlie Ayers, was a concept that originated at Google, which makes it a true Silicon Valley brainchild. The cafe, lounge, bar, market, and kitchen combination creates a retail space that is comfortable and caters to organic, locally provided ingredients. The restaurant even uses recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed materials where it can. The counters are “paperstone” and are made from recycled paper. Lamp shades are made of burlap sacks and there’s even a chandelier crafted from 766 milk bottles that hangs over a communal table made from reclaimed wood.

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Studio S Squared Architecture

Architects:
Eugene Sakai
Sean Rinde

Address:
1000 S. Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128

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About Studio S Squared Architecture

Studio S Squared is a full-service architecture firm based in San Jose. They offer full disclosure and transparency around their process and project structures, so potential clients can have a better understanding of what it might be like to work with them. Studio S Squared takes the time to provide a detailed description of each phase of their work, how they work, what tools they use, and how the client is involved, which builds confidence into their firm.

Featured Projects

Studio S Squared brings charm and personality to the San Jose area with projects like Caffe Trieste. The cafe is located in an area up and coming as a theater and arts district, making Caffe Trieste a cozy- and homey-like atmosphere and design. The cafe and coffee shop is a true passion project, as the owner admits that owning a place like this has been a lifelong dream. The passion is undeniable when you walk into Caffe Trieste and see the heart and soul in both the design and details of the space. Additionally, Studio S Squared shows of their range of style with the Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, a collaboration with a Texas-based interior design firm, Jones Baker. This upscale bar and lounge is located in downtown San Jose and has a swanky vibe, filled with rich textures and deep reds.

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TECTA

Architects:
Ahmad Mohazab

Address:
2747 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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About TECTA

The San Francisco-based firm TECTA is on this list for their vast range of restaurant projects covering not only San Francisco but also Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas. They could not be left off of this list, because they have become known for their work specializing in restaurant and retail spaces. Some of their biggest clients include Starbucks, Pinkberry, and McDonald’s, as well as a long list of additional chains and eateries. TECTA prides themselves on their diverse team of the best and brightest designers and technicians, who provide big firm services and resources combined with the quick turnaround of a small firm. Principal Ahmad Mohazab started TECTA in 1985 and brings decades of architecture, interior design, and planning experience to the table. He is licensed in more than 30 states and holds a number of design and civic awards.

Featured Projects

TECTA is behind The Catamount in Los Gatos, a new restaurant that pays homage to the historic context of the area, referring to the indigenous mountain cats that once roamed the area. The Catamount is comfortable but upscale and embodies a social club vibe. With the combination of white space, wood, and leather seating areas, the restaurant creates a welcoming space that is made warm by the exposed light bulb fixtures. High windows and some brightly colored accents add light and energy. The Rootstock Wine Bar in Cupertino, CA is a project with a design that highlights the indoor outdoor atmosphere. The earth tones are inviting and casual. The eclectic lighting fixtures paired with the industrial stools and seating creates an intimate setting perfect for wine tasting and tapas with friends.

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BAR Architects

Architects:
Linda Crouse
Jeff Goodwin
Chris Haegglund

Awards:
ENR Top Design Firms,
AIA Recognition Award,
Livable Buildings Awards
Outstanding Home Awards

Address:
901 Battery Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94111

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About BAR Architects

BAR Architects has been in business for over 40 years. They focus on inspiring spaces that resonate, and they have a reputation for design excellence. BAR Architects also prides itself on the ability to nurture client relationships and find tailored solutions for specific sites and projects. They emphasize their ability to listen to their clients, assess a project, and create an interactive process that is enjoyable for both them and their clients. BAR Architects was most recently recognized as Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2017 Top Design Firms and has received the Top Projects Award from the North Bay Business Journal, a Special Recognition Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Livable Buildings Awards and Outstanding Home Awards, and many more. Their projects span from residential to mixed-use spaces, including campus housing, wineries, resorts, and restaurants.

Featured Projects

Seven Restaurant in San Jose features a 108-seat space with tall windows and high ceilings to create a perfect atmosphere for dining in the daytime. There is an elevated bar and lounge area that allows for a space more attuned to nightlife. The entrance features a textured brick wall with an elliptical shape that makes for a striking first impression. One of BAR Architects’ exciting new endeavors is a project for the Los Gatos area. The plan is to create a mixed-use space with retail, luxury residential flats, and senior housing, all located around a central neighborhood street. The residential amenities will feature a concierge, a swimming pool, clubhouses, individual garages, and an underground parking structure. The market hall is designed to house quality food establishments, as well as become a hub for events like farmer’s markets and festivals, breathing new life and energy into the Los Gatos area.

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CCS Architecture

Architects:
Cass Calder Smith
Taylor Lawson
Barbara Vickroy
Melissa Werner,

Awards:
James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design,
Hospitality Design Award Best Casual Restaurant,
BLLA Award for Best Boutique Restaurant
AIA|LA Restaurant Design Award

Address:
44 Mclea Court, San Francisco CA 94103

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About CCS Architecture

CCS Architecture is an internationally acclaimed firm with a number of successful restaurant projects, as well as residential, commercial, and mixed-use spaces. CCS is based in modernist tastes with a balance of creativity, innovation, and the use of quality materials and service. CCS was founded by Cass Calder Smith in 1990 and includes partners Barbara Vickroy, director of interior design, Melissa Werner, director of operations, and Taylor Lawson, associate principal. Notable awards include the AIA|LA Restaurant Award, Hospitality Design Award for Best Restaurant, Restaurant & Bar Awards, a Gold Key Award and Record Interiors for Best Restaurant, among others.They’ve been featured in Silicon Valley Magazine, Objekt, Elle Decor, Beach Architecture, Luxe San Francisco, Wallpaper, New York Spaces, Interior Design, Thrillist, and California Home + Design.

Featured Projects

CCS is behind a long list of SF and Bay Area eateries, including Nomica, Volta, Hog Island Oyster Co., Tap (415), Olympic Club, Terzo, Twenty Five Lusk, OneUp at the Grand Hyatt, Lamar Cebicheria, Rose Pistola, Lulu, The Plant Cafe, Perbacco, Barbacco, and Azie. Reposado in Palo Alto was intended to bring upscale Mexican cuisine to Palo Alto. The restaurant was originally a 1920s feed and grain warehouse with a cafe. The space now seats 180 between the main dining area and mezzanine. The restaurant itself sits in the heart of Palo Alto, on Hamilton Avenue. The big mahogany doors and stainless steel canopy make a statement upon entry. There are large windows that slide and open up to allow for an indoor-outdoor atmosphere. The mezzanine allows for private event space and has its own bar and skylights.

More recently, CCS Architecture completed the PAUSA Bar + Cookery in San Mateo. Located on 3rd street in historic downtown San Mateo the restaurant is a reinvention by the same owners of the old Spiedo. The large, open space was designed to evoke an Italian feel. The metal beams in the ceiling and metal light fixtures bring a modern sleek ambiance to the restaurant. In contrast, light wood tables and brown chairs warm up the space to create a welcome friendly environment. Sliding glass doors welcome the streets foot traffic into the restaurant for a drink or to stay for dinner. The marble bar has marvelous caged shelving with brass trim. The design is elegant and incredibly well lit. Large metal sheets frame the open kitchen and the entrance of PAUSA like a painting.

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Studio Ren

Architects:
Brendan Canning
Cynthia Wang

Awards:
AIA Restaurant Design Award

Address:
3533 Laurelvale Drive, Studio City, CA 91604

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About Studio Ren

Studio Ren is led by Design Principal Brendan Canning and Managing Principal Cynthia Wang — out of Los Angeles, CA. Canning’s specialty is high-end residential, and he has a number of commercial projects under his belt coming from the Midwest. He is inspired by the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Minoru Yamasaki, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Cynthia has a strong background in managing projects across residential, retail, hospitality, office, and institutional spaces. While this firm is not based in the Bay Area or Silicon Valley, their recent work is making a splash in Palo Alto.

Featured Projects

Recently, a restaurant called Bird Dog took home the AIA award for 2016 Restaurant Design. This project, which is helping bring style and innovation to Palo Alto, did not come without challenges. Studio Ren dealt with a number of obstacles, one in particular being budget. When older buildings are renovated, oftentimes much of the budget can go to replacing the infrastructure. As a result, things like plumbing and leaky roofs must be dealt with before any of the design gets implemented. Studio Ren kept the details to simple materials, but in a way, limitations like these can work in a space’s favor, forcing a project to be edited. Bird Dog seems to be popping up in every major food publication and local news for the incredible experience it provides.

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Studio Terpeluk

Architects:
Brett Terpeluk

Awards:
AIA Best Restaurant Design Award

Address:
148 Townsend Street #1, San Francisco, CA 94107

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About Studio Terpeluk

Studio Terpeluk is a San Francisco-based firm that was founded by Brett Terpeluk. Terpeluk, who grew up in Pennsylvania, developed a strong appreciation for nature and history, and his passion for architecture earned him the Fossi traveling fellowship for outstanding student work. As a young architect in collaboration with Renzo Piano, Terpeluk helped with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest LEED Platinum museum in the world. Brett’s first restaurant project on his own was Farina — and it won Best Restaurant Design by AIA San Francisco. He may be a younger designer for the industry, but he is certainly one to watch, as his work is already breaking through the Silicon Valley and Bay Area scenes.

Featured Projects

Roots & Rye is the latest from Studio Terpeluk, and the modern, American comfort food eatery is already making waves as one of Silicon Valley’s best restaurants as of 2016. The restaurant features a laid back decor, comfortable sofas, fire pits, an open kitchen, and a chef’s table. The restaurant is located at Santana Row, a popular shopping center in San Jose. Farina was formerly a mid-century cookie factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. Terpeluk’s solution featured simple materials and keeping the space’s centerpiece — the food preparation counter that split the space into smaller, more intimate dining zones. The curved windows made for a beautiful backdrop for the ample sidewalk seating area. With an established portfolio like this one, it’s easy to see that Studio Terpeluk is making its name as a game changer in the Silicon Valley dining scene.

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Arcsine

Architects:
Daniel Scovill
Adam Winig

Address:
414 Thirteenth Street, Suite 350, Oakland, CA 94612

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About Arcsine

Arcsine is a firm focused on method, aesthetic, and client care. They tend to work mainly within the hospitality, workplace, and restaurant industries. The firm is led by Principals Daniel Scovill and Adam Winig, who both strive to create a positive experience for their clients, from the concept and design to the realization of the client’s goals. Adam Winig began at Gensler and Brayton Hughes Design Studio. He’s been a partner at Arcsine since 2006 and has worked on projects like the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Daniel Scovill founded Arcine in 2003, wanting to establish a firm built on collaboration and innovation. His previous experience is with large commercial projects, also at one point with Gensler. Arcsine tops the list for the number of hot, trending restaurants they have contributed to the Silicon Valley and Bay Area.

Featured Projects

The Blue Door is located in San Jose and the owner aims to have his contemporary Greek evoke the his favorite resorts in Southern Greece. The Blue Door sits among a few chain restaurants, but what it offers is a more sophisticated option that could serve both suburban families and the Silicon Valley crowd. American meets Mediterranean here, and the Blue Door menu shows it with both meatloaf and mac and cheese on the menu. Arcsine created a layout that seats 194 diners with an additional 84 seats on the patio. The white exterior of the restaurant is reminiscent of the beautiful buildings of Santorini, while the darker painted woods inside keep the atmosphere feeling warm and comfortable. Neutral tones bring out a more contemporary feel. The restaurant space features a large bar with stone backsplash, lit display shelving, and furniture that reminds patrons of home.

The Best Office Architects in Silicon Valley

Overview

Silicon Valley is home to some of the largest tech giants in the world and holds true powerhouses of innovation, creativity, and progress. Along with these company names are some of the world’s most recognizable and desired workspaces. The work scene here is booming and has a reputation for offices that are over the top, truly innovative, and extremely high end. Being home to such high profile companies, Silicon Valley often draws the top architects from around the world to work on these projects. The offices themselves have become synonymous for progressive company culture, outlandish perks, and the ultimate examples of productivity and collaboration. From Google’s nap pods to Steve Jobs’ dream for Apple Park, below you’ll find a top 10 list of the best office architects behind the biggest names in technology today.

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DES

Architects:
C. Thomas Gilman
Susan Eschweiler
Craig Ivanovich

Awards:
PCBC Grand Award,
Goldne Nugget Awards,
Structures Awards

Address:
399 Bradford Street, Redwood City, CA 9463

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About DES

DES, after being in business over 40 years, has solidified itself as one of the top firms in the Bay Area. Covering multiple industries including healthcare, technology, and education, DES is a force of excellence, creativity, and efficiency. As a firm, DES is award-winning, receiving the Grand Award and two Gold Nuggets from the 2015 PCBC (Pacific Coast Builder) conference. Most recently, they were recognized at the 2017 Structures Awards for Design Tech High School, a public charter school at Oracle’s headquarters. At the helm of DES is Susan Eschweiler, a principal and the firm’s vice president. She is both architect and interior designer, bringing a unique set of talents to her projects and a passion for creating communities, such as building campuses and work environments. Craig Ivanovich, also a principal and vice president, has a talent for managing large, complex projects.

Featured Projects

One of DES’s most notable projects within the Silicon Valley community might be GoDaddy. A company as audacious and bold as GoDaddy is completely deserving of a headquarters to match its style and personality. The campus contains a large number of outdoor materials, giving GoDaddy a playful, lively feel. To get a notion of the pace and energy at the site, the hallways are literal racetracks, complete with go-karts that employees can pedal from one end of the building to the other. Everything at GoDaddy seems to say activity. There is movement within the layout and open spaces, as well as the furnishings, which feature things like adjustable desks and movable seating pods. The design creates a natural flow between work and play, as well as an environment that thrives on inspiration and creation.

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DGA

Architects:
Randall Dowler
David McAdams
Nancy Escano
Paul Woehl

Address:
550 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

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About DGA

DGA is another major player in the realm of Silicon Valley architecture. With locations also in San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego, DGA has been recognized for their leading designs of facilities related to life sciences, technology, healthcare, and education. Their central focus and philosophy is around uniting design and technology for high-quality projects. Randall Dowler is the president of DGA, as well as the managing principal at DGA Silicon Valley. Fun fact: DGA’s own office in San Diego is currently in the spotlight as an Orchid nominee from the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchids and Onions.

Featured Projects

One of DGA’s major strengths is lab facilities. They are behind Lockheed Martin’s R&D building in Palo Alto, HGST R&D building in San Jose, and the Gilead lab building in Foster City. While they might sound small, these lab facilities are anything but small projects. The Gilead building is a four-story, 190k-square-foot lab in Vintage Park. DGA was also instrumental in the expansion of the data storage company HGST, Inc. While HGST was a longstanding company in the San Jose area, they were in need of new facilities to adapt to their growth and the updated business. Even with the R&D building, DGA was part of the changing landscape of Silicon Valley architecture in an effort to focus more on vertical structures.

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NBBJ

Architects:
Laurie Chambers
Scott Dunlap
Andy Snyder
Jonathan Wall

Awards:
AIA Honor Awards,
AIA Merit Awards

Address:
88 Kearny Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94108

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About NBBJ

As we move down the list, we enter the realm of some internationally recognized firms and architects. In this case, NBBJ has an office in San Francisco, but also in nine other locations across the globe, including Beijing, London, New York, and Shanghai. As a multidisciplinary and global firm, NBBJ is not only known around the world, but has also received the accolades to show it. From healthcare design, urban planning and landscaping, NBBJ’s list of awards and honors seems to only grow year after year. Though we’re focusing on Silicon Valley, it should be noted that NBBJ is also working with Alibaba, one of the largest internet companies (located in China).

Featured Projects

NBBJ earns their spot on the list for their award-winning project in Silicon Valley, Samsung’s headquarters. The behemoth campus stands at 10 stories, with a white metal, glass, and terracotta exterior. The structure’s unique form would catch anyone’s eye, and luckily some of the facilities are rumored to be open to the public. The campus design gives Samsung the ability to make a strong statement about their brand and make a powerful impact on efficiency and sustainability. The building was designed to reduce solar heat gain, which, as a result, reduces energy costs. There is a large courtyard and an amount of greenery that is rare for a high-rise workspace like this one. The facility recently received the Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles, as well as an IDEAS award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.

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Frank Gehry

Architects:
Frank Gehry

Address:
12541 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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About Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is no doubt a living legend when it comes to American architecture. Vanity Fair called him “the most important architect of our age.” Notable buildings include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, Millennium Park in Chicago, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and, maybe most famously, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The Guggenheim Museum has since become a tourist attraction and spawned terms like “the Bilbao effect,” in reference to building a cultural institution in your city that will put it ‘on the map,’ so to speak, in way that boosts tourism, investment, and overall energy and vibrance.

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While Gehry resides in Santa Monica, his work spans the globe and in this case brings him to Silicon Valley. His reputation and talent brought him to the valley for none other than the Silicon Valley titan, Facebook. When Zuckerberg and the Facebook employees moved into their new headquarters in 2015, the 40k-square-meter building was considered “the largest open floor plan in the world.” Gehry designed the building so that 2,800 employees would essentially share one room. The vastly open plan is meant to create space for engineers to collaborate. The interior features custom art pieces by local artists, as well as a rooftop park, a walking trail, and over 400 trees. Gehry was later asked to design the Facebook offices in London and Dublin.

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Foster + Partners

Architects:
Norman Foster

Awards:
Pritzker Architecture Prize,
AIA Gold Medal,
Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts

Address:
1 Infinite Loop, MS: 21-3AC2, Cupertino, CA 95014

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About Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is a global studio founded by Norman Foster in 1967. With sustainability at the center of everything they do, Foster + Partners is known for upholding global environmental standards and holistic design. Norman Foster, owner and chairman, is a renowned British architect whose accolades include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1999) – considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, the AIA Gold Medal (1994), and the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category (2009).

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The Apple Park project has been nearly eight years in the making, beginning with Steve Jobs asking Norman Foster to design Apple’s headquarters. In April of 2017, the concept has finally come to fruition. The tech giant, and one of the founding companies of Silicon Valley itself, has been at the center of some heated conversations about their new facility. Wired, a technology magazine, has openly bashed the building, citing that the project does not consider the city of Cupertino, going as far to say that the campus simply “sucks.” Given that this project is at the center of debate, the firm and the project sit in the middle of this list. Adam Rogers, author of the Wired article, makes the point that the circular structure of the building leaves no room for change or expansion for Apple, in a space where adaptability has been central in the past to Silicon Valley’s successes.

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HOK

Architects:
Bill Hellmuth
Carl Galiato
Anton Foss
Matt Staublin

Awards:
ENR California Design Firm of the Year,
USGBC Organizational Excellence Award,
USGBC Natural Leader Award

Address:
One Bush Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104

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About HOK

HOK is an American architecture firm originally named after its three founders, George Hellmuth, Gyo Obata, and George Kassabaum. They established the firm in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1955. Since then, HOK has become a global presence with 1,700 employees and 23 offices on three continents. HOK prides itself on its mission for exceptional design blended with human need, environmental awareness, value, science, and art. Since their beginning, HOK has been a thought-leader in architecture by introducing software solutions that have advanced architectural design, as well as implementing new and streamlined processes into their business. In 2012, HOK was ranked the number one design firm for technology expertise. They continue to lead in sustainable design and have even written a guidebook on the matter. In 2010, HOK completed Net Zero Court, a zero-emissions commercial office building located in St. Louis.

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While HOK may have been founded in Missouri, the firm still has early roots in Silicon Valley architecture. One of their earlier projects was Xerox PARC in Palo Alto in 1970, and then Apple’s R&D campus in 1993. However, more recently, HOK has taken on a project that Silicon Valley Business Journal has deemed “one of the more interesting office projects ever proposed in Silicon Valley.” The office project is the Central & Wolfe Campus — a futuristic office space featuring an open plaza, public art, a 500-person amphitheater, a dining terrace, and outdoor pavilions. Additionally, HOK has been behind some other amazing Silicon Valley projects, including the Gunderson Dettmer Headquarters, a law firm in Menlo Park; and Autodesk in downtown San Francisco.

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BIG

Architects:
Bjarke Ingels

Awards:
WSJ Innovator of the Year,
Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize

Address:
61 Broadway, Suite 3300, New York, NY 10006

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About BIG

BIG is not a Silicon Valley- or Bay Area-based firm, and yet they’ve made number three on the list — namely for the huge project they are undertaking in Silicon Valley. BIG is a firm with its roots in Copenhagen, New York, and London, but they have projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. BIG is a collective of architects, designers, and builders who have a contemporary focus that balances pragmatism and utopia. Behind BIG is Bjarke Ingels, its founding partner. Ingels has become known for his ability to create and design buildings that are as innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. He was named Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, received the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, and, in 2016, was even named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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BIG is joining forces with Heatherwick Studio to take on Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, marking the first time Google is building their office complex from the ground up. The design will include lightweight structures, enabling flexibility as the company changes and invests in various areas of the business. One of the unique features will be translucent canopies that will hover over buildings and outdoor areas, providing climate control while still allowing natural light and ventilation throughout. The look and feel in the renderings is inspiring and futuristic to say the least. The new campus will take advantage of the environment and natural surroundings, even including owl habitats and creek beds. With the project, BIG, as well as Heatherwick, understands the need to help Google become a true neighborhood that serves the community of Mountain View.

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WRNS

Architects:
Jeff Warner
John A. Ruffo
Sam Nunes
Bryan Shiles

Awards:
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards,
AIA Honor Awards,
AIA Merit Awards

Address:
501 Second Street, Suite 402, San Francisco, CA 94107

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