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Elena Oanta, founding Principal of Home Design California, is an architect with more than 20 years professional experience.

After graduating from the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a Masters in Architecture, Elena moved with her family to Vancouver, Canada, where she practiced architecture with DTA, Denis Turco Architect Inc. as a Registered Architect. Elena grew as an architect, both in real world applications as well as fine tuning her aptness to work closely with clients to deliver results that went above and beyond. She worked on various project types, ranging from single to multi-family housing, as well as commercial and interior design for restaurants.​


In 2011 Elena and her family moved to San Diego. Southern California and its open potential for creative and abundant home renovations inspired Elena to further fine tune her architectural skills and adjust to new state and local regulations. Ultimately, her passion for design and architecture was the driving force behind all the work she completed to become a California Licensed Architect in 2012. 


"I cannot say enough good things about Elena of Home Design California. Elena was great to work with from day one. She listened to our ideas, took note of our timeline and budget concerns, and was able to deliver preliminary plans quickly. Her designs helped us define the vision we had for our home. She also coordinated with the engineer, T24, and navigating the city permit process. As our project progressed she took the time to stop by and check in to offer support and ideas. We are very happy with our finished project and working with Elena was one of the most pleasant aspects of the remodel."

J. Shattuck, Client

"We hit the architect jackpot by hiring Elena. Elena is not only an incredible visionary, she has a strong design sense and an innate ability to create a space which exceeds expectations. One of Elena's biggest assets was her ability to work seamlessly with out contractor and our designer, she is a team player and we enjoyed every minute. We modified the plans numerous times and Elena never got tired or frustrated. Her enthusiasm is contagious and each project is truly her baby. It is clear that Elena is an architect because this is her passion. I am honored to recommend Elena and serve as a reference, to anyone interested in hiring an architect (who is also an incredible artist, we have kept her sketches of the house)."

R. Austgen

"I would highly like to recommend Elena to anyone who is looking for an insightful person, very creative but down to the Earth, to help them design their home. She has a solid knowledge of transforming the space around you to meet your needs, that comes from many years of experience in this field. The best thing in all this process is that she creates the "Aha moment" with her design options, while working within your budget, showing a deep understanding of the various angles you may have come from."

A. Fratian

"Elena did a wonderful design for the remodel of our Rancho Santa Fe home. She is easy to work with, very creative, and has a great design sense. We have recommended her to friends and family and wouldn't think twice about using her services again should the situation arise."

Rancho Santa Fe Client


Licensed Architect, California
CRAN (Custom Residential Architect) Member
AIA Member, San Diego Chapter
Registered Architect, BC, Canada

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