San Ramon is a beautiful small city in Contra Costa county nestled in the San Ramon Valley basin. The city is surrounded by natural beauty, with grasslands, oak trees, and orchards scattered around its outskirts. It is a predominantly residential city, making it a quiet and enjoyable place to build a home.
This list showcases the five best residential architects in the San Ramon area based on the firms’ awards, portfolio, experience, and client reviews.
Molinar Home Design
7133 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
Owner Mark Molinar established the firm in 2004 and has since created an approach dedicated to six categories which starts with an initial consultation, allowing the team to listen, analyze and design, then ending with the permits and construction. Molinar has a deep understanding of maintaining important relationships established during the collaboration process of design and construction, resulting in numerous partnerships. The team has tackled an array of projects from remodeling, additions, ADUs, and custom homes, occasionally tackling historical residential projects which can be seen in the East Bay. Below is a complete remodel and addition to a mid-century modern home on Kuss Road in Danville, CA. near Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park. The design provides easy serene living with seamless connection to the outside with large sliding doors to decks and patios that maximize the views of Mt. Diablo and the serenity on the wooded site.
Trademark Architecture + Interiors
1078 Carol Lane, Suite 202, Lafayette, CA 94549
Trademark Architecture + Interiors takes full advantage of its identity as a boutique architectural firm. The firm only takes on a few projects at a time, allowing its experienced designers and contractors to invest all the necessary attention that each project deserves. The firm’s owner Kenny Goodman develops close relationships with each client, ensuring that each project ultimately reflects’ the clients’ specific vision and needs.
While specializing on home additions, the company also offers a range of other services, including full interior and exterior designs and renovations.
1624 Campesino Ct. Alamo, CA 94507
Impluvium Architecture’s founder, Tim Haley, was deeply influenced by his travels throughout Europe. His visit to ancient ruins, quaint villages, and bustling metropolises gave him a wonderful understanding of how to meld together traditional and contemporary design elements. Haley’s designs showcase a keen sense of space, allowing his interior and exterior spaces to flow seamlessly together. The firm also focuses on creating close client relationships, incorporating the client’s own experiences, travels, and desires into project designs. The firm has received high praises from its clients for the beautifully designed hillside homes that now dot the San Ramon area.
William Hezmalhalch Architects (WHA) Inc.
5000 Executive Pkwy, Suite 375, San Ramon, CA 94583
With almost four decades in business, William Hezmalhalch Architects (WHA) Inc. has grown into a full-service land planning and architectural design firm, with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. The firm has completed over 600 projects worldwide, many of which have received prestigious features and awards over the firm’s four decades in existence.
The firm received two recent awards for its high quality projects. The first, in Anaheim, won the 2020 SoCal Honors Awards Recognition. The second project in Tustin, titled “This Icon at Levity,” won the Outstanding Home Design Award. Both homes were praised for their innovative design solution, including beautiful windows that offered wide views of the surrounding natural environment while also maximizing the owners’ privacy.
Robert Hidey Architects
3337 Michelson Drive, Suite 170 Irvine, CA 92612
Robert Hidey Architects (RHA), led by its owner Robert Hidey, is a cutting-edge architectural firm with a reputation for creating innovative residential designs across the globe. With over 30 years in business, the firm continues to garner praise and awards for its exceptional designs, amassing over 150 awards since 1990. The firm has completed projects with over 75 local and international clients, with over 20 percent of its work taking place in China and the Middle East
One of its many award-winning projects is this single-family home in the Desert Mountain Villas in Arizona. This beautiful contemporary design won the Best Single Family Detached Home Award at the Gold Nuggets Awards, and serves as a perfect example of the high quality work performed by the firm.