Craftsman Style Addition: Camellia Terrace

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The owners wanted to remodel their home from the existing ranch to a craftsman style.  This style of home often encompasses natural materials, such as stone, shingle siding, and open porches with overhanging beams and rafters. Our addition was made forward, meaning brought towards the front of the house  – closer to the street.  It still… Read more »

A Poet?

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“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Frank Lloyd Wright A poet? Well yes, I understand. The design of building and structures at best do reflect our time, day and age. Trends of our time, such as green… Read more »

Camellia Terrace Addition Challenges

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My clients knew they would have to remodel the Camellia Terrace 1950/60’s Ranch-style house when they bought it.  It was the location that they liked.  It was ideal, with a good neighborhood, good schools and an excellent surrounding community. There were challenges, though.  The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was really too small for the… Read more »

Let Me See the Plans

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Modern architecture has moved to the computer in a big way. We can use a computer for planning, drawings, CAD design, layout and blueprints. But not that long ago all those architectural drawings were painstakingly rendered on paper. I came across this web resource that achieves hundreds of architectural drawing from the 18th century. And… Read more »

How Did They Do It?

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In building today’s modern structures we all take for granted the tools and equipment we have available. Machines that can move tons of earth in one stroke, cranes that can lift incredible weight sky-high and hand-held power tools that cut and shape, bind and paint. But stop and think of the spectacular architectural buildings of… Read more »

Architecture vs. Design

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Being an architect, who designs livable spaces for Silicon Valley property owners, although I’m a licensed architect I’m also a designer. So what’s the difference? According to Wikipedia’s definition an architect is “a person who plans, designs, and reviews the construction of buildings” Right there in the definition it say designs. But I think there… Read more »

San Francisco Architectural Styles

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On this Halloween I’ve been thinking about Victorian and Gothic architecture and scary  houses called to mind the many historic architecture of San Francisco. A great wrap-up can be found here —> Museum of the City. I particularly identify the City of San Francisco with the Mediterranean Revival Style (1920-1950s) found in many grand homes west… Read more »

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 »