Residential Architect, Home Design Expert
& Contributing Writer @ HOUZZ.com
Over 100 Projects Completed Since 1999
Steven Randel is a licensed architect in California where he has worked in residential design since 1987. He is also a contributing writer at HOUZZ.com where his articles appear regularly. He has completed more than 100 home and building projects, ranging from condominium remodels to new homes in 11 counties and 26 cities within California. His home designs have been built in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and Manitoba, Canada.
He is the author of the forthcoming books:
The Real Estate Agent's Guide to Home Styles: How to Understand What Clients Really Want & Match Them to their Dream House
Good Bones: An Architect's Home Design Secrets
He is also the author of the brief e-book available on SCRBD:
Square Footage Facts: 10 Simple References About Home Size
Steven first became interested in architecture as a child, finding inspiration in LEGO® and encouraged by his parents who supplied him with a drafting board by age ten. "LEGO may be a toy, but it is a marvelous exercise in three dimensional study and has recently become an art medium. My father, an advertising executive with a degree in commercial art, taught me how to draft plans with t-squares and pencils. CAD has since made the process much more fun."
He attended Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1986. During junior year he participated in the School of Architecture's study abroad program. "We lived in a rural compound near Florence, Italy, made up of dorms and classrooms with a monastery bordering one side and a church on the other. It was an enriching experience and we studied incredible architectural and cultural sites throughout the country."
Summer internships were spent in Dallas and Washington, DC. By invitation of a college friend, Steven visited California in 1986 and has since called it home. "California's diverse and extraordinary landscape enchanted me then, and still does."
Since working independently, Steven has designed new homes on challenging hillsides and extraordinary locations. He has created remodels and additions that respect the existing character of the original house, and that are in keeping with the scale of the neighborhood. "I'm often asked what style I design. I design any type of architecture as long as it belongs in its context. Fashions of architecture have their own vocabulary, which are not difficult to follow and I love it all.”
Steven's latest projects include writing articles for HOUZZ and plans to publish books on the subject of home design. He continues to design new houses in California and sell stock plans that are built all over the country. "My latest project involves three new houses on vacant land in San Francisco, a rare treat for an architect as undeveloped property is very rare in the city. I have enjoyed writing more than I ever imagined, and I am looking forward to seeing my first book published."
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Steven C. Randel, Architect
"Steven was wonderful, knowledgeable, experienced and so very easy to work with." Nancy S, Burlingame, CA
"Steve really listened to our dreams and worked very closely with the general contractor on our kitchen/great room remodel. Six years later we still love the results - we can cook and prepare for entertaining while still engaging with our guests." Sue M, Walnut Creek, CA
"Steve listened to my ideas and enhanced them with his own resulting in a successful, synergistic plan....
Both projects exceeded my expectations. And on both projects, Steve stepped in during construction to correct mistakes made by the builder and resolved issues with inspectors (in my favor).
I would hire Steve again without question." Tom D, Oakland, CA
"His plan greatly increased the usability of our space, giving us much more functionality with a sleek, livable easy care unit that has received many compliments from guests and provides us with a comfortable home." Connie W, Kaneohe, Hawaii
"We've been working with Steve for over a year on plans for an addition for our house. The slowness is because of us! Anyway Steve has designed what will be a wonderful addition to include a master bath, laundry room, closet and small den. We live in a historic district so our plans had to be approved by a cultural heritage board. We made it through this without too much drama and received many compliments on the plans. We are hoping to start construction soon and look forward to continued working with Steve.
Last, Steve has patiently taught me much about houses and architectural elements and has even helped with advice on other projects." Nancy S, Oxnard, CA