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Caught this video the other day. Mary Colter was the architect responsible for this beautiful structure. Mary Colter was the visionary designer behind the Grand Canyon’s most recognizable buildings. Drawing on ancient Native American structures for inspiration, Colter (one of a handful of female architects in her day) created buildings that blended in with… Read more »

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Did you know that the size of a window opening is based on getting firefighters or other emergency escape and rescuers into or out of a house, with their equipment? In California egress is now often referred to as “Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings”, in cases of a fire or other hazards.  And it is most… Read more »

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I don’t usually do book reviews but came across this and it really was a good read, especially if you like architecture. Brunelleschi’s dome construction for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence was literally decades in advance. The proposed dome was considered impossible to build and he built it! Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a… Read more »

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It is a challenge to do “rooms down” when there isn’t enough headroom below the main floor. Ideally you want to get high enough ceilings in the basement to create space that is comfortable to live in.  8-foot ceilings are not enough to do this.  9-foot ceilings are much better. So we needed to stay… Read more »

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The Westgate house was originally built in 1926, in the vicinity of Monterey and Westwood Heights.  Nine years prior to this, the Twin Peaks Tunnel was built and created a very important connection between east and west San Francisco.  The service through the tunnel evolved from streetcars in the beginning, and then into light rail.  It definitely made getting… Read more »

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There are some considerations in using smart control technology. Some of the items you can control are not that important to control. Do you really have to remotely feed your Koi pond? Do you really need to have 24/7 security cameras to check out your attic? And with the internet of things there are always… Read more »