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Kattenburg Architects

Kattenburg Architects, founded in 1981, is a firm of architectural design professionals emphasizing responsive full-service project development. The firm’s principal architect, Rick Kattenburg, has a strong background as a project architect, responsible for design development, client relations, and supervision on highly visible projects for his architect design firm. With experience in custom residential home design, commercial, and public building types, Kattenburg Architects offers a balanced design approach that respects project economics, functional use of space, and flexibility for future needs. Mr. Kattenburg’s architecture firm specializes in residential architecture for both remodel and new construction. The firm also specializes in ADUs (accessory dwelling units). He has designed and overseen construction on over 400 custom residential projects and numerous commercial and institutional projects. Rick Kattenburg is a “Certified Green Building Professional.” Kattenburg Architects provides building design and construction expertise for home design and remodel, office design, and commercial design. Kattenburg Architects is a member of The Orinda Chamber of Commerce and The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Custom Homes & ADUs

We are an innovative leader in new home design. Our expertise begins with a deep assessment of our clients needs, ideas and tastes. We implement our clients vision by creatively designing both the interior and exterior elements of every project with extreme attention to detail.

Commercial Projects

We pride ourselves in providing creative designs and a high degree of communication and collaboration from the beginning to the end of your project. Our innovative approach, combined with our experience will bring your ideas to life and transform your project.


Custom Baths

“Rick Kattenburg is a master of design and detail. We recently completed a large remodel and addition of our Walnut Creek Home. He spent time to listen to our needs, and delivered an incredible modern design. One thing that was also very important is the professional detail provided: Building material specification is top notch (from framing materials, to drywall specs, to windows, and the architectural details are original and we'll thought out. We had a mid century 1949 ranch and wanted to add on (over 400 square feet), remodel the interior including kitchen and dramatically redesign and raise our interior ceilings. Rick is also a truly genuine, endearing and professional architect who we would highly recommend to anyone.”

Shira Steinbeck, Walnut Creek

"It has been nine months since our remodel has been completed and we still marvel at how wonderful it is, how well it fulfills our lifestyle requirements, and how well it is keeping with the style of the rest of the house. So many remodels look like remodels; ours looks like it was designed when the rest of the house was. We are overwhelmed it came out as well as it did. In interviewing several architects of similar prominence in the area, you stood out in marked contrast to all of the others. You had immediate appreciation of our priorities as well as the feel of the house we wanted to create; and were able to quickly translate that into a working plan. You have a great ability to work with people’s intuitions and often times nebulous notions of what they want out of the house."

Christopher Schilling: Benicia, CA

“Rick Kattenburg designed the addition of a large game room (400+ sq. ft), hallway, and boys’ bedroom, as well as an outdoor dining and entertainment area. He provided a lot of the vision that went into the project and brought ideas that made the final outcome much better aesthetically and more suited to what I wanted. And his attention to detail is quite good and underappreciated by me until the project was underway and I realized just how valuable that really is. The bottom line is that my home is beautiful -- you can't tell where it used to end, and the new addition begins -- and Rick is not only technically very good at his job, he was very helpful all the way through the process, including dealing with the contractor. A pleasure to work with.”

Gary And Tonya Kurtzman, Orinda

“I could not help recalling how wonderful it was to work with you. You truly did make designing and building our new home easier on us the homeowners...You saved us a tremendous amount of time and energy. There was never a question as to what the specifications were-it was all spelled out. Your personal follow-up on the Project Manual made things run smoothly and in a timely fashion...You truly are a gifted architect.” … “You are an absolute genius. We can’t wait to move in.”

Evelyn Ambrose, Pacific Palisades

“We love everything about the new design and are enjoying it tremendously. We thought you really were able to accomplish our goals, remaining sensitive to our needs, tastes, and wishes, and at the same time opening up new ideas and possibilities for our home…And of course you saved us money in the long run and were always there when we needed you…We still have strangers stopping by to tell us how great the house looks now. One couple pulled up to me at a nearby stoplight and through their open car window told me how much they like the remodel.”

Barbara and Mark Wille, Lafayette

“Rick Kattenburg is an architect with a heart as well as a brain. He designed our remodeled house and spent hours (in fact several years in our case) listening to our needs, wants and heart's wishes. Always professional, he has gone out of his way to make sure that our needs are met and our new home will be just what we want. His office staff is first rate as well. If you are looking to build from scratch or remodel, I would not hesitate to recommend Rick Kattenburg of Kattenburg Architects.”

Kimi Jo and Richard Johnson, El Sobrante

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