Located in the suburbs of Cook county, South Barrington is a town with a rural ambiance that’s great for young families. South Barrington also has some of the largest mansions in the state. These impressive homes have been crafted by professionals who use their experience and knowledge in architecture to design homes that mirror the community’s overall design.

This list presents the best residential architects in South Barrington—all of these professionals have portfolios filled with homes that are traditional, yet also have unique elements that reflect their owner’s lifestyles and personalities.

Mark Zinni Architects, Ltd.

428 Marengo Ave., Forest Park, IL 60130

Mark Zinni Architects is a firm that highlights the artistic aspect of architecture. Established in 1987, this veteran firm balances high aesthetics with a strict sensitivity to the site, technical acuity, and cost-efficient engineering. Over time, the firm has extended this design approach, focusing on artisan quality for residential, commercial, healthcare projects. The firm can provide both new construction and renovations.


57 Witt Rd., South Barrington, IL 60010

A firm that exclusively designs custom, single-family residences, Rafferty/Architects continues to develop an already impressive skillset. It regularly participates in special events like the Parade of Homes—an event that offers a first-hand look at the current and latest innovations in home design. Since Rafferty/Architects’ establishment in 1987, it has worked with several clients in many other north and west suburbs of Chicago as well as Lake Geneva where it has crafted several traditional-style homes. It’s a detail-oriented consultant architect that has provided work for more than a dozen subdivisions throughout South Barrington. Its most notable might be this traditional styled two-story home that has gorgeous dark stone siding.

Joseph Coath Architects, LTD.

413 South Cook Street, Barrington, IL 60010

Over 30 years of experience are at the core of Joseph Coath Architects’ daily operations. During that time, the firm continuously worked for clients in the Northwest and North shore communities where the team focuses on a wide variety of projects. That includes custom residential work and home improvement, including entire home, kitchen, and bath remodeling, as well as additions and historic preservation. Over time, the firm’s portfolio has been filled with projects that highlight traditional-style architecture.

Carlson Architecture

291 North Marion Street, Palatine, IL 60067

A 17-year old firm, Carlson Architecture focuses its design approach on providing the kind of accuracy that grows naturally out of keeping communication clear with clients. With years of experience, the firm is capable of completing various tasks including complete architectural and engineering services, feasibility studies, space needs assessments, master planning, and several other services that help build a functional and beautiful home. One of the firm’s notable homes is a two-story farmhouse in Arlington Heights. A quaint home, it features an earth-tone palette that mixes well with its lush landscape. 

Reed Architects

22 S Freeman Rd., South Barrington, IL 60010

Reed Architects is a collaborative effort between Thomas and Dayanne Reed. As a team, the duo serves as the project architects, land planners, environmental designers, and interior architects for all kinds of projects including the corporate, international, and residential sectors. With experience in these different niches, the firm has a portfolio that exhibits homes with highly detailed designs. One great example of the firm’s capabilities is this French country home. A one-story residence, it has a light palette painted across stone sidings, making it look like a dreamy set up in the middle of the lots surrounded by trees and nature. While its interior has an open floorplan that ventures on an airy and free-spaced ambiance, the home also has a living room with spectacular views of the outdoors viewable through a set of floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.

Musetti Architects

205 Devonshire Road, Tower Lakes, Barrington, IL 60010 

Musetti Architects is a firm with a passion for crafting different kinds of projects. Aside from residential homes that may be the usual vintage or contemporary single-family home, the firm is also skilled in crafting cottages, cabins, vacation retreats, family estates, and even townhomes or bungalows. Among these various projects, its most notable might be this Southshore lakehouse. A new home set on a lakeside lot, it has two types of designs combined into one structure. On the side facing the street is a traditional façade similar to its neighbors; the side facing the lake, in contrast, uses more modern elements and embraces scenic views with an extended wall of windows. The lake side includes an attached screen porch and decks that use stainless steel cable rails.

Robert Flubacker

1835 Rohlwing Road, Suite B, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

A firm that has been in the industry since 1991, Robert Flubacker has been recognized for providing high-quality designs that integrate design qualities. As a team of experienced craftsmen, the firm provides its clients with quality construction documents. This goes for a variety of projects in both the commercial and residential sectors. This custom waterfront home, in particular, is a project that showcases the firm’s abilities. Featuring Connecticut granite, wood shingle siding, and a cedar roof, the home exudes the ambiance of a cozy lakeside cottage which is further amplified by a floor plan that revolves around a central stone pillar corridor and provides lake views to all the major interior spaces.