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 »

Renovate Before You Sell?

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I was asked recently about renovating ahead of a resale. No right answer – it has something to do with the house’s location, condition, the owners expectations for what they want to get out of it.  I told them that they should get a good real estate agent that can help with this because they… Read more »

Good Acoustics

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Many elements go into a well-designed architectural plan, be it a new construction or a remodel. It’s not all visual. It’s tactical, harmonious and now days more acoustical. We’re aware of how outdoor noise pollution affects us in our homes. But a thoughtful design includes considerations on the audio aspects as well. I recently attended… Read more »

Remodel In Style

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Sometimes a remodel is an update AND a return to the original style, treatments and furnishings from yesterday. The trick is to harmonize the elements of the old with the new. In a way retro-modeling the home. I enjoyed reading about this couple’s remodel of their unique round home in Oakland. It’s challenging, but I… Read more »

Permits, Permits

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A question I am often asked is whether a home remodel will require permits. As an architect I’m required to be familiar with what requires a permit and what doesn’t in the various cities and counties where I work. There is no short answer. It depends on the location and what the remodel entails.  A quick… Read more »