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 »

Rain, Rain & More Rain

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Rain, rain and more rain. After years of drought, who doesn’t love all this rain? And for the most part, if you want to collect some in a rain barrel or cistern to use later for your landscaping, there are many systems on the market now that you can use. Not long ago, though, it… Read more »

What Goes Into an Architectural Plan – Another Master Bath Remodel

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This is a recent master bath remodel of an older home in downtown San Jose. The original bathroom had two access doors on each side of the bathroom, with the toilet behind one of the doors. Originally the bathroom was most likely a hall between two bedrooms. We kept the original doors and hardware, which… Read more »