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 »

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 »

Challenges of Light & Ventilation

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The natural grade at the front of the house, where the master bedroom is located, was 6 feet above the finished floor, which didn’t leave enough wall space for meeting the code requirements for light and ventilation. The building code requires that a habitable space shall have natural light area of not less than 8%… Read more »

Digging Up Dirt

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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 »

We Did It!

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  The newel post in this photo was installed where a closet used to be.  Why?  Because planning codes required that the upper access to the stairwell be an open space. It could not be closed off with a door.  Why again?  Mainly to make it difficult to create a closed stairwell if a future owner… Read more »

The Life of a Stairway

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I can imagine you didn’t have any idea that stairs could be so complex.  Well these were.  We had a lot of elements to consider and really had to put on our thinking caps to make it all work together. Here we go, from bottom to top!   Walk up the first set of stairs… Read more »

Another Challenge Solved!

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  We faced another challenge at the top of the stairs — the width of room and the walls in common.  The wall on right was in common with the current office/bedroom, and the wall on the left was in common with the current kitchen. Neither of these walls could be moved without jeopardizing the… Read more »

The Stair Challenge

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The lower garage level space in the house was adequate for the time it was built in 1926.  This space was used as a utility room, and for the furnace, water heater, and garage.   We think it may have been legal when originally built. But the existing stairs that connected to the upper main floor… Read more »