Great American Architecture

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Great American cities wouldn’t be as great without the uniquely American architectural design of some of their most famous edifices. Cities with the Best Architecture, according to some. For example, the architecture of Chicago is considered world class and has had a considerable influence on much of America’s architecture. And New York easily comes to mind with the Empire State Building,… Read more »

What’s In A Word?

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Strictly speaking the Internet has changed everything. Virtual meetings, collaborative documents and long distance chats. But some things will never change. For example: face-to-face communication. There is something very human about communicating with someone within their physical space. We are, after all, highly communicative, and most obviously verbal creatures. But body language, facial expressions, hand… Read more »

Just Add Water

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Concrete has been around for thousands of years. The Romans were the first to use it on a grand scale. The Colosseum in Rome was built primarily with concrete, Yet we are still finding new applications for concrete in architectural design. Sometimes people use the words concrete and cement interchangeably. But concrete and cement are… Read more »

How Smart Do You Want Your Home to Be?

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Smart home technology, also called home automation technology, is exploding. Consumers are now able to automate and remotely control lighting, HVAC, security for their homes, as well as drop the shades, start the dishwasher and get dinner started. Sounds like the Jetsons. Nest may have started it all. Its learnable thermostat was one of the… Read more »

Power Down the Road

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Solar energy technology just keeps getting more amazing all the time. The solar panels on buildings and homes have become ubiquitous in Northern California. But what may lie ahead may lead to a world where a great percentage of our energy comes directly from the sun. I came across an application of solar technology that’s… Read more »

What’s In a Name?

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Redoing your bathroom? Is it a remodel or a renovation? People use the words interchangeably but they’re not the same thing. And it can matter to the County Assessor’s office, the permit department, property appraisers and realtors selling your home. A dictionary definition of remodel is to reconstruct; make over. While the definition of renovation… Read more »

My House Is In A Tranquil Green Mood Today

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Someday soon you’ll be able to apply wallpaper that changes color. More than a novelty it will allow homeowners to change the actual mood of their home. It is well known that color affects mood. For awhile now we have been able to control the color of LED lights. And without getting super technical, (which… Read more »

The San Jose Skyline

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  Did you ever wonder why San Jose doesn’t have a high profile skyline? Architects involved in the construction of the commercial buildings in San Jose know why. San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States, yet it boasts a modest sky profile. The reason — the city-owned Norman Y. Mineta San… Read more »

So What Exactly is Transitional or Shabby-Chic?

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As an architect I am familiar with design styles, periods and pieces as they apply to architecture. In helping my clients come up with architectural plans for their home we discuss these various styles and related elements. But when you are talking more about design, furniture and fixtures, and if you poke around houzz.com, you… Read more »

Thinking About Working With An Architect?

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  There is a lot to consider when building or remodeling a house. I’ve gathered a variety of sites that will hopefully provide useful insights for you in designing, building, or remodeling your home. Some great places to get inspired with a photo library and information. Architectural Digest BuilderOnline.com Assembling the team Architectural Inspiration on TED… Read more »