Complete Start-to-Finish Management of Your Project
Budgeting & Estimation
Start Your Project with Confidence
Professional Support for Finishes & Material Selections
Our goal is to bring your vision to life. Doing so takes equal parts creativity and know-how. Because we only work on homes, we’re experts in both the design and management of your project. Our team will guide you every step of the way.
“The Drafting Cafe team designed the master bedroom/bathroom addition to our house in Berkeley. He was very responsive, helped us talk through our options, and got us everything we needed on schedule. All of our construction passed through the permitting process without a hitch and we are very happy with how everything turned out. Highly recommend!”
“Drafting cafe Architects helped me with my ADU project and I can't begin to express how happy I am with their service! They were always quick to respond and even guided me through the plan submission process! They made adjustments to the plans as needed without ever hinting at any sort of inconvenience even though they were busy! Michael and Jennifer are the best and I would absolutely recommend them! Thank you guys for making this process so seemless for someone like me who felt so out of my depth!”
“I would highly recommend working with Ethan and his team if you are looking to renovate or add onto your home for the first time. They were extremely helpful, honest, and informative. They also really took the time to create a plan that included all of our ideas, within a reasonable budget. I look forward to contacting them again for any future projects.”
“These guys are great. We hired them to help us with a kitchen remodel, and they were professional and responsive all the way through. They provided several great options to choose from, the payment plan was clear, and the patiently iterated the plans with us several times. I highly recommend them.”
“We hired Drafting Cafe to find a way to make our 80 year old house work for modern living. It was challenge; stairs bisect one floor of our home and cut through our dining room and kitchen. They came up with many viable solutions and were patient with our questions and concerns. They were also straightforward about pricing and what to expect. They were always on time! I was amazed at their professionalism; they were a joy to work with.”
“We were very happy with our experience working with Ethan at Drafting Cafe. We had Drafting Cafe prepare plans for a major kitchen and two bathroom remodel. Ethan also managed the permitting process, which he made a breeze. He helped design and order our kitchen cabinets, answering a million questions along the way. Ethan showed a particular eye for detail when helping us figure out how to get a shower into what was previously a half-bath by moving plumbing fixtures, a door and a wall.”
“We found Drafting Cafe highly recommended on Angie's List. They provided us with a design and plans for a remodel kitchen and two bathrooms. They were friendly, knowledgeable and prompt, and drafted a great design that was able to stay within our budget. We highly recommend Drafting Café for affordable drafting and design work! We will definitely be contacting them again for any future work.”
“We recently needed an architect for a kitchen remodel and garage renovation. From the get-go, the Drafting Cafe was excellent. Their pricing is clear, the quality of work superb. We didn't have any trouble at all with permits. Ethan also has an excellent knowledge of the California lighting and structural codes. He helped steer us into a beautiful design that made the good folks in Oakland's planning department happy!. I can't say enough about their professionalism, timeliness and competitive pricing. “
Designed and Managed
The design of your project may be fantastic on paper, but it’s only as good as the team you hire. Our Project Management team will get your design developed and permitted – all with an eye on your budget. Projects within budget are buildable projects.
We see your project as a team effort. At the helm is your Project Manager. They will coordinate all elements of your project - from the design, to engineering, to permits and beyond. Communication is the grease that keeps your project moving, and we’re always just an email or a call away.
Our Designers are masters of their art. They will pull together all facets of your project to create your perfect aesthetic. We’ll provide options and listen to feedback. Ultimately you live in your home, not us, so it’s important that you’re satisfied with every detail.
Keeping your project within your budget is critical during the design process. That’s why we involve a contractor early in your project to advise on costs and constructability. Our builders are all seasoned and capable of guiding your project towards constructability.
From countertops to lighting, our Design team will provide finish material options to fit your vision. Making your selections before getting construction bids saves time, headache, and helps to lock in your costs.
Permit approvals are often complex and include multiple departments. Drafting Cafe has applied for hundreds of permits on behalf of our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to assure that your drawings and your application go through smoothly.