Designing In Earthquake Country

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We live on the edge of the San Andreas fault, one of the largest fault lines in California. The San Francisco bay area is known, among other things, for the 1906 San Francisco and 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakes. So how does that impact my architectural design plans?  I educate my clients about design elements to… Read more »

Architect For Your Project?

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So why use an architect when planning your remodel? If you look at the technical side, architects are duty bound to know and apply local and county building codes. Other design professional may not. In fact I sometimes receive calls on a project from the client’s designer to help manage the structural portion of the buildout. … Read more »

Houzz.com

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Have you taken a look at Houzz? In many ways Houzz has replaced magazines and books (which were our best resources in the not so distant past) for inspiration, design ideas, and finding the right architect for your job. It’s a fabulous resource. It helps my clients understand the layout, elements and details and just… Read more »

Renovate Before You Sell?

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I was asked recently about renovating ahead of a resale. No right answer – it has something to do with the house’s location, condition, the owners expectations for what they want to get out of it.  I told them that they should get a good real estate agent that can help with this because they… Read more »

Good Acoustics

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Many elements go into a well-designed architectural plan, be it a new construction or a remodel. It’s not all visual. It’s tactical, harmonious and now days more acoustical. We’re aware of how outdoor noise pollution affects us in our homes. But a thoughtful design includes considerations on the audio aspects as well. I recently attended… Read more »

Remodel In Style

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Sometimes a remodel is an update AND a return to the original style, treatments and furnishings from yesterday. The trick is to harmonize the elements of the old with the new. In a way retro-modeling the home. I enjoyed reading about this couple’s remodel of their unique round home in Oakland. It’s challenging, but I… Read more »

Permits, Permits

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A question I am often asked is whether a home remodel will require permits. As an architect I’m required to be familiar with what requires a permit and what doesn’t in the various cities and counties where I work. There is no short answer. It depends on the location and what the remodel entails.  A quick… Read more »

Fixtures Can Make A Bathroom Remodel

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We’re all familiar with the stock bathroom fixtures that contractors pick up at the big box hardware stores. Function – yes, but striking and beautiful – not so much. Besides surfaces I think picking the right fixtures is high on my list and can really make a bathroom remodel stand out. I checked some of… Read more »

Silicon Valley Has Mansions Too

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We know that housing prices in Silicon Valley have gone through the room in the recent years. But $88 million? That’s a bit steep. Take a look at this Architectural Digest feature on this 24,000, (yes that’s thousand) square feet home in Los Altos. Take the slide show tour of this amazing mansion. Although I’m… Read more »

Kitchen and Bath Ideas

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KBIS currently being held in Las Vegas provided these great ideas for kitchen and bath remodels. A lot of vendors show off their design ideas by entering them into a contest for a coveted award. KBIS 2016 Best of KBIS Entries. Winners will be chosen next month.  I like the clean and lean styling of many… Read more »