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 »

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 »

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 »

Is a Casita in Your Future?

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Is a Casita in your future? Casita is Spanish for small house. It most commonly refers to a self-sufficient area of a home, an add-on or a separate unit on the property. It is sometimes called a mother-in-law quarters. I don’t prefer that term for several reasons, one of which is that it’s not very… Read more »

Custom Millwork For Your Remodel

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Custom millwork for your cabinets, panels and molding really show off your home. Historically millwork was any milled wood product used for construction. If you look at antique wood furniture you can see the design and styling that went into its manufacture. Many styles come to us from European furniture and home builders, including Tudor,… Read more »

Designing In Earthquake Country

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We live on the edge of the San Andreas fault, one of the largest fault lines in California. The San Francisco bay area is known, among other things, for the 1906 San Francisco and 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakes. So how does that impact my architectural design plans?  I educate my clients about design elements to… Read more »

Architect For Your Project?

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So why use an architect when planning your remodel? If you look at the technical side, architects are duty bound to know and apply local and county building codes. Other design professional may not. In fact I sometimes receive calls on a project from the client’s designer to help manage the structural portion of the buildout. … Read more »