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Ballard & Mensua Architecture

Founded 2005 • With Angi since June 2010


(24) Verified Reviews


Ballard Mensua Architecture, led by Seth Ballard, NCARB, AIA, is a boutique architecture firm with a focus on creating truly custom designs and solutions for our clients. We have very strong vendor and contractor relationships, a result of our detailed understanding of construction. Unlike many architects, who like to design and then hand over control to the builder, Ballard Mensua maintains control of management of the project throughout construction. We have a unique cost-study process that helps to put our clients in control of spending... and results in completion of projects on budget.. almost unheard of in this business. Our designs speak for themselves... see our website at Our business philosophy is that all clients should be a reference and we work hard to make sure to see projects through. We also have a unique ability to do very large projects without tearing a house down... we save much of the house and build around it... saving sometimes 10 dumpsters of landfill (truly green). Finally, where many architects bring their large ego and force their designs on clients... Ballard Mensua prides ourselves on tailoring designs to each client, listening to specific needs and working hard to make sure that our designs fit what a client is looking for. Additional email -

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We just finished a spectacular custom home project in McLean, VA and we are so very grateful to Seth Ballard and his team! If you are considering hiring his firm, look no further. There can be no better architect in the DC/VA/MD area – and his pricing is more than fair. We first picked Seth because we loved his architectural style and heard that he had a reputation for ensuring that his plans are ...

Description of Work
Custom home design and management

Category architect



My wife and I had two great meetings with Seth regarding a potential remodel or teardown in North Arlington. Seth is knowledgeable, creative, and energetic. His knowledge and confidence about what was possible, especially in terms of permits and variances on a very small lot, took a lot of anxiety out of the process. He gave us great initial floor plan sketches and cost outlines. Our plans ultimat...

Description of Work
Initial consultation

Category architect



We first heard about Ballard and Mensua from an advertisement in a magazine in our dental office (Arlington Magazine I believe). The kitchen in the ad was beautiful and in line with what we were thinking. Following the ad, i researched the company on Angie's and their website. We chose to do the basic consultation fee for $250 and called them up. Their team was prompt in setting up the appointment...

Description of Work
Initial consultation for kitchen and deck remodel.

Category architect



promised to get rough sketches and general idea about the project. last moment another person was sent who wasn't helpful too expensive would not use the services

Description of Work
preliminary sketches

Category architect

Service Provider Response

Dear Mr. [Member Name Removed]: I was extremely surprised to see this review. I believe it is not fair at all and have emailed you to request that you remove it. I have also asked Angie's List to remove it. As you know, you called me asking for help to review the work of another architect friend of yours. We discussed that the amount of work you are looking to do would cost north of $400,000 const...


There is no doubt that we picked the right architect for the job. As one can see from the before and after pictures ? Seth is an incredibly talented designer. He responded to all of our needs (big and small) and was an excellent advocate for us throughout the entire project. Having completed a project of this size we now realize how important it is to have an advocate for the design as well as for...

Description of Work
Scope of work including design, plans and oversight of a complete renovation/addition to existing home, plus landscape design

Category interior designers,remodeling,architect

    Services Offered

    Architectural service - custom homes, renovations & remodeling, historic preservation, interior design, kitchen & bathroom design, screened porch & patio design, energy audits, construction management, custom millwork design & detailing, pool design

    Services Not Offered

    Filing for permit... we use permit expediters for this work.

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