Portola Valley Pergola

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 My clients’ entrance did not fit well with the original ranch style look and feel of their house.  The original owners created a very long corridor for the entrance. The columns were also very tall and out of proportion to the rest of the house.  They looked like a line up of soldiers – not… Read more »

Kitchen Addition – More Dining Space

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Our clients wanted a dining area to be part of their remodeled kitchen. They travel a lot and like to eat in restaurants that have booths, so we put seating areas around the table to reflect this. The table is also movable, so the space can be changed depending on the type of gathering, or… Read more »

Kitchen Addition – Added Space

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The owners wanted a reconfigured space for their kitchen –adding an island, and a dining area to it. This is an unusual combination for a kitchen remodel today.  To accommodate their space needs we combined a previous bedroom and kitchen, plus the addition.   The new kitchen has a nice exterior view, and the sink area… Read more »

Kitchen Remodel – Privacy & Sunlight

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This 60/70’s era remodel included not just the kitchen, but also the living room, family room, dining room, laundry, and entry. Homes of that era neither emphasized open floor plans, nor incorporated nature’s light in the design. What the owner desired was access to sunlight, day lighting, lots of storage, but also privacy. The unique… Read more »

What To Do With Walls

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Walls. We paint them, cover them with wallpaper, hang artwork on them. But besides what color they should be most homeowners don’t think too much about them. Or if they did, they did it when they bought their house. With a home remodel you get a second chance to think about what to do with… Read more »

Solar Roofs Are Hot

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New solar roofs manufactured by Tesla™ are getting quite the buzz. An idea that was just waiting for the right innovators and engineers to build, that is – solar cells incorporated into roofing material. Forget the eyesores that are in easy view. These roofs look as good or better than contemporary material roofing. I especially… Read more »

Westgate Project Team – Meet Will Carter

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Will Carter, Associate Engineer with Silicon Valley-based Murray Engineers, Inc. (MEI) since 2005. This type of engineering uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials, among other things. Will’s team performed the initial soil borings, prepared a report with findings and also made geotechnical recommendations. MEI were part of the plan review process,… Read more »

Westgate Project Team – Meet Trace Kannel

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Trace Kannel was initially hired to do code research for the Westgate project because she is a resident of San Francisco, and has a thorough understanding of their layered planning process and compliancy issues for renovating homes there, especially ones that are historic. She is also multi-faceted in other ways.  Trace is not only an… Read more »

Don’t Forget Your Indoor Landscaping

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Despite the worst of the drought being behind us (or was it really one good year of rain?) I think the trend for outdoor water-wise landscaping is here to stay. In my own neighborhood unwatered and brown front yards are being attended to. Lawns are being taken out and low water landscaping is taking the… Read more »