Looking for an Architect with Reasonable Rates for a Home Renovation

Updated on May 31, 2009
H.N. asks from Austin, TX
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We are purchasing a home in the NW Hills area and are planning a pretty major renovation. Our contractor recommended we use an architect to design the plans. (We are relocating a laundry room and a bathroom to expand the kitchen and master bedroom.) We called a couple of larger firms and their rates were very expensive. If anyone knows of a good architect that might be willing to consider this project, we would love the reference.

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answers from Austin on

hI H.,

My husband is an architect and has a solo practice.
He does remodels and will give you a consultation up front for free. His office is on Burnet Road just south of Koenig Lane. Check out his website at


phone ###-###-####

He has been in the AIA homes tour for three years. One of those projects was a remodel and the other two were new construction.

Best of Luck!

M. Manning



answers from Austin on

We live in Balcones Village and are about to undergo a very similar renovation. Expanding the kitchen into the HUGE laundry/utility area. We are using Adrienne Perlman Designs. Adrienne is fantastic and reasonably priced. And she has a keen eye on keeping the budget under control. You can contact her at [email protected]____.com.



answers from Austin on

Hi there!

It sounds like your home's location falls within the city of austin's Residential Design and Compatibility Standards Ordinance Boundary which means you will most likely be REQUIRED by the city to have your drawings signed and sealed by an Architect, Engineer or certified building designer in order to obtain a building permit.

Here is a link to the city's website for your reference.


I am an Interior Designer in the commercial realm, so I know a lot of architects, and I can recommend an excellent small firm for you to contact:

Haddon + Cowan Architects Collaborative
4115 Guadalupe St · Austin
Ask for Mike Haddon

They are really nice, down to earth, easy to work with and reasonable. Best of luck to you!!!




answers from Austin on

Hello H.,

I am an architect, my husband daughter and I moved from NY a year an a half ago and I have been taking care of my 2 year old daughter since then. While I was in NY I worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects for 8 years, my last project was Michael Eisner's house in Malibu, CA. I don't have experience in renovations since I have always designed projects from scratch, but it shouldn't be a problem it is just a question of taking the right dimensions. My husband is an architect too and he works for PSP I believe the biggest arch. firm in Austin so we can ask for his opinion too.
Let me know if you are interested. My name is C. Rugeroni, my e-mail [email protected]____.com my number is ###-###-####.

Thank you.



answers from Austin on

There are sooo many small and solo practices in town, and at least some of them are not very busy right now, which means their prices should be more reasonable. I recommend you start at the AIA Austin chapter website, http://www.aiaaustin.org. Go to the homes tour links at the bottom and browse around. When you see work to your liking, see who the architect was and go to that website. We used Barley + Pfeiffer for a major remodel years ago and were very happy with their work.

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