ROANOKE | (540) 245-0269
4240 Old Cave Spring Road, Roanoke VA 24018

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CIRCLE Design Studio

CIRCLE is a full-service interior design and architecture firm offering custom solutions for commercial and residential interiors. Watch this video about our design process and get to know our designers:
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
This South Roanoke master suite addition is the perfect pairing of traditional "bones" mixed with modern fixtures and furnishings. Are you looking to transform your traditional home into something a little more fresh? CIRCLE Design Studio and CIRCLE Design Build is your only true "full service" design firm in town. We'd love to discuss our process with you and show you the CIRCLE difference!
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Houzz has featured another CIRCLE project in Roanoke to share with its worldwide audience. Follow the link to this week's Houzz Tour and see what CIRCLE offers with our in-house team of licensed interior designers, architects, and general contractors.

What commenters are saying:

"This is one of the best transformations I've seen yet, because the original features have been enhanced and brought into today, rather than being whitewashed or torn out. That is talent..." - Demetra H.

"This should be the go-to template for 70s ranch house transformations. It is stunning. This is a great color palette, the wood, industrial, and stone textures are great together. Very inspiring." - Kendrah
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Catawba Residence, sneak peak #4: A sunken tub located at a corner window that opens onto an outdoor pond.
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Catawba Residence, sneak peak #3: The master suite features an outside corner fireplace.
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Catawba Residence, sneak peak #2: A "moody" parlor that is sunken surrounded by metal tile, wood, and a glass wine display.
CIRCLE Design Studio
CIRCLE Design Studio
Catawba Residence, sneak peak #1: A cantilevered sculptural island anchors the great room.


“When you hire an interior designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create a space designed specifically to meet your needs….Whether new construction or remodeling, a design project involves numerous choices and decisions. You want someone knowledgeable and experienced to advise you and make everything come out just right. Someone you can trust to listen to your ideas, understand your needs and help realize your vision. You want a professional.”

Source: “Selecting a Designer”. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)

“Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.”

Source: “Differences Between Interior Design & Decorating”. NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications)

Our fee is developed on a project-by-project basis using one of the following fee structures: 1) Fixed fee (or flat fee) 2) Hourly fee 3) Percentage of project fee 4) Cost plus 5) Per square foot, plus reimbursable expenses.

A fee proposal is developed following an initial, complimentary meeting to visit the site, meet the client, and establish the scope of services, and determine if we are good fit for the job. Actual design work does not commence until after an agreement is signed.
CIRCLE Design Studio is not a retailer but we do have discounts to select suppliers.

In Virginia, “‘Interior design by a certified interior designer means any service rendered wherein the principles and methodology of interior design are applied in connection with the identification, research, and creative solution of problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Such services relative to interior spaces shall include the preparation of documents for nonload-bearing interior construction, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public….No one may call himself a certified interior designer without obtaining a valid interior designer certificate from the APELSCIDLA Board”

Source: “Background of Board & Regulants: Interior Designers”. Virginia DPOR. APELSCIDLA Resource Guide, p.9-10

CIRCLE Design Studio is a licensed Class A Contractor, so we are able to provide a truly “full-service” or “turn-key” experience. But the client is also welcome to have other contractors price our designs. We develop a drawing set that is detailed enough for accurate bidding and construction by all contractors. For clients who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable working with contractors, we provide additional services to assist with the bidding and negotiating process, as well as construction administration and final inspection to ensure that the work was built in accordance with the intended design.
The scale of the project determines the process we use but whether big or small we start by interviewing the client and researching his or her inspirational imagery, developing a wish list, and documenting and inventorying the existing space and furnishings. We like using 3D software like Trimble Sketchup to help our clients visualize our design, accompanied with actual samples of finishes, e.g. tile, paint, cabinetry, etc.

Once a concept is approved, the design matures in stages that are based loosely on Architectural Practice: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding & Negotiating, and Construction Administration. This process is ideal for clients that require attention to details, cost control, quality control, and oversight, which yields the best result in the end.

Upon completion of construction, we return to the site to place furniture and accessorize. Most clients do not experience the “WOW factor” until this phase is complete.
Because we are Certified Interior Designers we are competent in all aspects of residential and commercial design and have a wide range of experience. Although our portfolio showcases a lot of modern design, we are capable of executing many “styles”. Our projects reflect the desires and tastes of the client. Each client is unique, therefore, each project is unique.

Yes, when the client requests it. A member of our design team holds the LEED AP BD+C credential which is defined as: “the demonstration and exceptional expertise of green building professionals in the design and construction phases of sustainable, healthful and durable buildings, including those serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors. Those who hold the LEED AP BD+C credential are vanguards in green building, with thorough knowledge of the LEED rating systems and a commitment to a more sustainable built environment.”

Source: “Getting to know LEED BD+C”. GBCI (Green Building Council Institute).