About Davenport Architects

In 1995 we began our small, full service architectural firm with a commitment to deliver value: fresh ideas, insight, creative problem solving, and the experience necessary to complete projects within your budget.

We believe that a home is part of a neighborhood. Its design should weave into the architectural fabric of the community as well as reflect our client’s personality. A custom home should not feel overwhelming on its lot. It should be a good neighbor. Further, we believe that an addition should not look like an addition.

Our services are uncommon:

  • We are a husband and wife team and collaborate on all of our projects
  • Our home-based office allows us to limit overhead and offer competitive fees
  • We can recommend a project budget at an initial consultation
  • Our drawings are well detailed and include specifications
  • We distribute the drawings to contractors for bidding, review the bids and negotiate project pricing, frequently saving our clients thousands of dollars
  • We apply for permits concurrent with the bidding process
  • We write the agreement you sign with the contractor so that your interests are represented as well as the contractor’s
  • We are available for field inspections and help guard against excessive change orders
  • We stay with you from the very beginning to the completed end

The Davenport family, Downers Grove

Our licenses in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin have led us to years of experience dealing with a variety of building sites, architectural styles, and client needs. Whether you’re building your dream and /or retirement home, adding on for a growing family, finishing off a basement, or adding on a new front porch, we invite you to contact us.

What Clients Say about Davenport Architects

Mike came up with a design for our home addition that is both functional and attractive. He did a nice job of blending the old with the new, and worked well within the criteria we laid out given existing landscaping and structures.

Thomas Sterr

Mike is wonderfully talented…He’s easy to work with, listens to your wants/needs and delivers perfect plans. I highly recommend Mike for any job, big or small.

Bridgette Martinen

Mike not only provided architectural services, but also acted as our owner’s rep on the project, overseeing the general contractor and the quality of the sub’s work before we would make a draw payment. I have recommended Mike numerous times and all my friends have been extremely satisfied with their results as well.

Ward P. Feste

We engaged Mike and Shelly to come up with a way to not just remodel our home, but transform it…Their design created a beautiful synergy between our home, our land, and our neighborhood. You know you did something right when all the neighbors tell you they love it, too. Mike’s understanding of the building codes, and the incredible detail they included in the plans, allowed contractors to provide accurate bids and build our home without any issues. And to top it all off, Mike and Shelly are just really nice people who treat every project as if it’s their own.

Rusty Ryan

Just wanted to drop a line to say thanks so much for your idea to create the new master bedroom suite on the OTHER side of the house.  I was really stuck on how to improve our current aster bedroom. 
The thought of going thru another big project to make that room a ‘normal’ master suite for this type of house was weighing me down about even getting started. Your idea really lifted that burden. All we have so far is just ‘let’s take it in this direction instead’, but that was truly a breath of fresh air and sunshine.
I smile every time I think about it! Thank you.