Architectural Design Process

Architectural Design Process

The Site. Our architects walk the site, take in the view, spend some time soaking up the spirit of the place. Where does the sun rise and set? How do the breezes blow? How can the architecture and design best take advantage of the surroundings to enhance every day for the people who will live there?

The Spark. We meet and get to know one another. You share your architectural and design vision, including photographs, drawings, magazine clippings, or other inspiration. We want to know how you live. How you entertain. How you envision life in your new home.

The Budget. Unlike some firms, this is not a topic we shy away from. We can show you completed homes at standard, medium, and higher price points, pointing out the architectural details and features that drive costs so that we can help you make your priorities accordingly.

The Concept. Ideas begin to coalesce in conceptual drawings as you and the design team fine-tune your vision. Project architects, interior architects, and interior designers are already joining the conversation, this early collaboration helping create a harmony between the exterior and interior to give an air of wholeness and thoughtfulness throughout the home.

The Plan. Sketches become plans as the design team collaborates to finalize details. Interior designers meet with clients to develop interior design plans and selections. Details become clearer, and project architects, interior architects, and interior designers assist you with decisions.

The Construction. Project architects and the design team coordinate with builders, subcontractors, consultants, and suppliers to make sure construction quality matches the design. Interior designers help you make final selections on finishes and furnishings.

The Finishes. The interior design team installs the furnishings and finishes. The home you’ve been dreaming of begins to become real.

The Homecoming. Porches are ready for sitting and sipping, the kitchen set for a party or simply your morning coffee. You become our neighbor, and your dream becomes your home.

What Our Clients Say

  • Do you have model homes available to see?

    • Our team of architects in Charleston SC have contributed to the creation of some amazing custom home plans in this area, as well as in the Caribbean and California. With respect to our client’s privacy, we are unable to share addresses of the homes we’ve designed over the internet, but we are able to arrange in person tours of homes on a case by case basis. If there’s something you’d like to see or if you have questions about what our Charleston architects are capable of, call us at 843-883-9190 or email us at
  • Can I have a brochure that shows what your architecture firm Charleston SC is capable of?

    • We have printed brochures available if you’d like we can mail them to you, but please browse our website and Houzz page for a complete comprehensive repository of our portfolio of custom homes.
  • Do you have testimonials available for your architecture firm Charleston SC?

    • Yes! People have numerous architecture firms Charleston SC to choose from, but those who come to us have had a lot of great things to say about working with us to design your home, whether it is new construction or a renovation. We invite you to read our testimonials here.
  • What makes your Charleston architect firm special?

    • We are not your typical architects Charleston SC! Take some time to browse our website and have a look at some of the press we’ve gotten here. If you’re looking for an architect in Charleston who can transcend the typical, Herlong Architects and Interior Designers can deliver!
  • I’m looking for a floor plan designer in Charleston who really “gets” what I have in mind; why is Herlong Architects and Interior Designers the architecture firm I should choose?

    • Our philosophy drives us and it allows us to satisfy even the most discerning clients and the most challenging projects. We pursue perfection, and if you collaborate with us, you won’t be disappointed!
  • What awards has Herlong & Associates won?

    • We’re proud to have been recognized a number of times for the quality of the work our Charleston architecture firm has performed. View a list of our awards here.
  • I need to know that I can trust you as my architects Charleston SC; how can I get to know your staff?

    • We’d love to have you get to know our amazing team! Call us to set up a meeting in our office or read about our Charleston architects and designers here and find out why our team is the experienced and talented team you are looking for.