West Covina already features many commercial developments such as malls, museums, and parks. But being one of the growing cities in the San Gabriel Valley, West Covina also looks forward to more residential developments. The majority of the residences here are single-family homes, most of which are owned rather than rented. Many of these homes are tastefully designed to reflect the laidback and family-friendly lifestyle of this quaint city.
Whether you are planning to build or improve your home, we have listed five of the best residential architects that can help you. Our list is based on awards, work history, recent projects, and client feedback.
155 N. Lake Ave. 8th Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101
Since its establishment in 2001, RASH Studio has focused on exceptional residential projects. Over the years, its design team has perfected its process and services such as architectural design, drafting, design-to-sell, and tenant improvements. Additionally, it has ventured into commercial, industrial, and international design projects too. To this date, RASH Studio projects can be seen in at least 34 areas.
Repeat clients highlight how it is easy to work with the owner Richard Su. Stellar reviews reveal Richard can help with everything from paperwork and permits to well-thought plans and one-of-a-kind details—all offered at competitive prices. Clients also turn to the firm for its one-stop service. It already has strong partnerships with engineers from mechanical, geotechnical, and surveyors. All of these consistently lead to great efficiency of project delivery.
Biben + Bosley Architecture
353 Ease Baseline Road, Claremont, CA 91711
The residential projects of Biben + Bosley Architecture reflect the efforts of its principal Jeffrey Biden. Jeffrey possesses decades of tested experience and has earned many accreditations and recognitions. He has been featured in various publications throughout his career such as the L.A. Times and Cottage Life Magazine. His firm, Biben + Bosley Architecture, has been standing strong for 27 years. Aside from architecture, Jeffrey has a background in environmental design. He is a recipient of a Department of Energy Wind Power Grant and has been a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional since 2009. His firm commits to building sustainable homes that are energy-efficient and have less carbon footprint. True enough, what is noticeable in Biben + Bosley Architecture projects is the creative use of natural light.
Aside from sustainability, the firm also highlights the aesthetic value of its structures. An example is its Biben Cabin that is perfect for a family retreat. The structure was built to maximize the river view on the south and the forested hillside to the north. To elevate its aesthetics, the house also features sculptural elements in the structure that represents fire and water.
Toblesky Green Architects
4854 Main Street, ste J, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
With over 30 years of experience, lead architect Ken Toblesky understands what really works in the industry. First, unwanted surprises must be avoided. The firm makes sure to consult with local municipalities, structural engineering, and utilities. Building codes are also checked and re-checked. Next, the firm must balance the client’s vision with architectural reality, but must also keep the client involved in all phases. Lastly, the firm must build lasting relationships that eventually lead to referrals and repeat customers.
Toblesky Green Architects offers collaborative and extensive residential architecture services. It can work on cost-effective single-family homes up to luxury apartment communities. The firm is also known for large and complex residential projects. A perfect example is this custom hillside home in Dos Vientos. The home has 8,686 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms and a 4-car garage. Unlike most homes, this residence also has a personal gym and a home theater.
100 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
HartmanBaldwin Design/Build is a trusted architectural firm that offers a proactive experience in architectural design. This is rooted in close collaboration with clients. It encourages everything from workshops to learn the remodeling process and how to increase home value to home tours and numerous meetings with firm staff and past clients. This has made the firm a highly recommended company for many Californians.
Clients and industry peers alike also highlight satisfaction in terms of construction quality and overall experience. The firm has been featured in top industry publications such as Architectural Digest, Remodeling Magazine, Builder Magazine, Luxe, and Qualified Remodeler. It offers turnkey solutions under one roof — designing and building dream homes for a more seamless process for clients.
HartmanBaldwin Design/Build’s portfolio showcases many luxurious projects, and one of these is an ultra-modern dream home in the hills of Covina. The home features linear architecture and exposed steel beams. It is also open and light, perfect for the natural hilltop setting.
KTGY Architecture + Planning
433 S. Spring St. Suite 750, Los Angeles, CA 90013
KTGY Architecture + Planning is big in figures. It has garnered 665 awards in its 28 years in business and ranks 34th in the 2019 Architectural Record Top 300 Architecture Firms. With seven offices in growing metropolitan areas, the firm is now 404-strong and has projects in 44 states. In the past year alone, it has had 530 satisfied clients with successful projects.
The residential projects of KTGY Architecture + Planning are as impressive as its figures. The firm is a leader in single-family residential design thinking. It does not only adhere to existing trends but is also an innovator and creator of trends. For instance, KTGY worked with Garbett Homes to build a Net-Zero single-family home. This award-winning house features a Vivint 10.29 Kilowatt Solar Photovoltaic Energy System. It also has a Vivint home automation and energy management system.