What About the Handrails?

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Older houses, like this remodel, have gone through many transitions over time.  Sometimes owners changed very basic things, such as a handrail. In our case, the house had two handrails, an extensive one inside going downstairs and one outside leading to the front door. Both of the handrails in the house we remodeled were most… Read more »

So Much for Enforcing the Rules!

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So much for enforcing the rules! In this case, changes to the historic fabric must stay true to the finishes such as profile, trim and the grid pattern of windows and doors, plus siding, brick veneer and railings.  Even if they weren’t the original finishes at the time the house was built. But along the way,… Read more »

Westgate Project – Historic House

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An historic house classification. What does this mean to the homeowner and architect/builder team who wants to renovate their home? A house is classified historic by the city when it’s over 50 years old.  In our case the house was built in 1926, so it’s close to a hundred years old.  And it’s very likely… Read more »

Westgate Project – Challenges

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We faced big challenges before we even started with the Westgate remodel.  The existing house was too small for the owner’s needs.  It was built on a sloping site, on a narrow lot, with no room for expansion except at the garage level below the house.  Plus the existing house had a non-permitted bedroom/bathroom at… Read more »

When We Were Kids

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When we were kids I bet you knew someone whose dad had built them a tree house in their back yard. My friend had a rambling bungalow high up in an oak tree. We’d scamper up the tree and just disappear for hours. Fun times. Question is: how would an architect design a tree house… Read more »

Wood Veneer Wall Covering

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A simple solution for a stunning textured wall is wood veneer wall covering. It’s also called wall paneling, although it’s not, and grasscloth, which it is not either. Nevertheless, I have been seeing more and more products like this available. Some of it is so striking that you have to see it to believe it. What’s… Read more »

It’s Raining But…

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It’s raining, but that doesn’t mean yard landscaping should return to the normal sea of green grass and thirsty non-native plants. We’ve all experienced the “brown is the new green” and restrictions on frequency for watering, as well as expensive surcharges for increased water use. But I’m not saying that, only because California is actually… Read more »

Bathroom Remodels Must Meet California’s New Water Conservation Requirements

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As of January 1, 2017, all non-compliant residential properties will require the installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The legislation that passed in 2014, as Civil Code §1101.5, set January 1, 2017 as the deadline for single-family homeowners to be in compliance. The good news is – if you’ve done any remodeling in the past 10 years… Read more »

An Arch Does Your Home Grand

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A design feature that can add elegance and style to a remodel is nothing more complicated than an arch. Whether an exterior archway over the alcove, or an interior ceiling design, an arch can be a striking feature. They break up and soften horizontal and vertical lines and spaces. I’ve seen some amazing arch windows,… Read more »