Whether your goal is to create a custom, lakefront villa or to add an addition to your existing home, Arace Designs will collaborate with you throughout the entire design and construction process, cultivating a personal relationship to design the custom home of your dreams. We will transform your vision and personal tastes into a design, based on function, structure and beauty. Transitional, Mediterranean, French Country, Traditional, Neo-Classical: whatever your style or needs may be, Arace Designs has the creativity, experience and knowledge to create unique, lasting designs which can be appreciated now and for many years to come.

Since starting in 1994, Dirk Arace, president of Arace Designs, has become a well-known name in the Orlando and Central Florida professional design community. While embracing each project with unequaled passion and ingenuity, he will listen to your needs and will develop a detailed custom home design in order to transform your vision into a livable, unique, and timeless actuality. The commitment to a detail-oriented, interactive design process is paramount, while working collaboratively with you on each and every aspect of the design process with the philosophy that beauty and function is found in the design of the details.


As a native Floridian, born in the architecturally rich city of Miami, Dirk Arace grew up surrounded by the details reflected in the historically and culturally significant buildings of South Florida. While attending the College of Architecture at the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and graduate education, he focused his studies on detail, oriented, architectural principles and structures. He also studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Italy which is part of his artistic, classical and historical background. Dirk’s well-rounded education, travels, and life experiences enable him to design with a variety of styles and techniques which, in turn, enhances his personalized, client-centered approach.

As a member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Dirk specializes in custom residential design. From conceptual design, cost estimating, structural engineering, to active engagement during the construction process, he understands how structures are actually built in the field and the cost related to each element of the building process. Dirk is always balancing aesthetic, structure and economics throughout the entire design process.

For the past 20 years, Dirk has designed a range of projects – from simple garage additions to multi-million dollar estates. His knowledge and design talents has enabled lasting professional relationships with clients, along with the finest custom home builders, interior designers, landscape designers and other professionals in the building industry.