Residential Architect Northern Virginia

Whether you’ve been considering updating your kitchen and bathrooms, adding on a sunroom and new deck, or building a two-story addition, all major home remodeling projects benefit from the design expertise of a licensed architect.

Commonwealth Home Design has been co-owned and operated by a licensed architect for over 30 years. As a design/build firm in Northern Virginia, Commonwealth is a one-stop shop, providing residential design services through project oversight during all phases of construction. Commonwealth’s involvement from start to finish adds inherent efficiencies and diminishes the chances for things to fall through the cracks. While many design/build firms employ home designers, very few have registered architects on staff.

Why Work with a Residential Architect?

Seeing Your Dreams to Fruition—A licensed residential architect has the training and expertise to translate your wants and needs into a detailed design scaled to proper proportions. Years of experience provide architects with the skill and foresight to not only see the big picture, but also all of the steps to get there. He/she will discuss and consider aspects of your lifestyle that impact your home design; for example, your desire for privacy, plans for family, traffic flow, entertaining needs, and your hobbies and interests. In addition to your immediate requirements, an architect will consider your expectations concerning future uses of your home.

Preserving Design Integrity—Professional architects uphold the highest standards and employ best practices in residential design to ensure maximum design integrity and efficiency, delivering gorgeous spaces you'll love to live in and be proud to show off to your friends. Unlicensed designers typically lack the experience and training required to deliver an exceptional finished product. This can lead to missteps along the way, costing you time and money. Working with an expert residential architect is well worth the investment on large remodeling projects. The thoughtful exploration of your needs, review of schematics, and refinement of design concepts, will help meet, and often exceed, your expectations.

Balancing Aesthetics & Safety—the architect’s job is to not only satisfy your functional and aesthetic needs, but also to satisfy building codes and understand structural demands. This requires in-depth knowledge of building materials, construction techniques and local codes. Working with a licensed pro makes sure your home remodeling project is compliant. Architects also have a significant role in preparing documentation to acquire building permits. It’s one thing to know what’s code compliant and another to understand the various ways of achieving it through thoughtful design.

If you’re considering a home remodeling project, contact us today and we’ll help turn your dreams into reality!

Residential Architect Northern Virginia

Testimonials from Our Clients in Northern Virginia

There is never a day that goes by where we do not appreciate our beautiful home with the renovations your company did. Love it now as much as we did back then. Entertaining has become so easy and our lives revolve pretty much around the kitchen and living room. Cannot imagine how we lived before and wish we had done more!! Truly we love our home. Whether I walk in through the front door or pull up via the drive way just love how it all looks inside and out - definitely work you can be proud of!
- Nishi and Lakshman

At the ninth hour, we dumped the guy I had been working with and started fresh. In the end, I really do like my kitchen. It is certainly smaller than my Valestra Circle kitchen but actually more efficient when I am cooking. Btw, the Valestra Circle house sold in mid-September in one week {in the middle of the housing crisis}. I have no doubt it sold so quickly because of the Commonwealth kitchen and renovation project.
- Nancy

We were pleasantly surprised by your accounting of allotment expenses for our remodeling project…And even more pleasantly surprised that it included a small refund check to us…The biggest surprise to us is our belief that most remodeling companies, had they made such a review, would not have told us if they had found that we had overpaid, however slightly, and would not have issued a refund check…In every step of our project, we have been impressed with the professionalism of your company, impressed with your keeping us informed about the process, impressed with the quality of the work, impressed with the follow-up in making minor adjustments after the work was completed, impressed by the people. All in all…we’re impressed with you!
- Bobby and Jill

My house sold for above list and we had six contracts on it. And I’m sure it’s due in large part to the wonderful work that you did on it. Everybody loved it and they wrote to us nice letters about what a beautiful house it was. So you should feel very good about that – we certainly do!
- Amy

We are thankful you came into our lives last spring. You have the innate talent, cultivated expertise, intelligence, industriousness and character to succeed!
- Joan

There were no disappointments during construction. You met our expectations in quality and design. We were really impressed with the quality and dependability of your subcontractors. The project seemed to go almost perfectly.
- Cap and Helene