What Goes Into an Architectural Plan – Another Master Bath Remodel

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design, Kitchen and Bath, Linder Jones, Remodel.

This is a recent master bath remodel of an older home in downtown San Jose. The original bathroom had two access doors on each side of the bathroom, with the toilet behind one of the doors. Originally the bathroom was most likely a hall between two bedrooms. We kept the original doors and hardware, which… Read more »

The White House

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design.

The Presidential election is just around the corner. One of the candidates will soon be taking up residence in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. It’s timely then to take a closer look at this well known building. The White House was originally designed by Irish-born James Hoban, who won an architectural competition to… Read more »

What’s In A Word?

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design.

Strictly speaking the Internet has changed everything. Virtual meetings, collaborative documents and long distance chats. But some things will never change. For example: face-to-face communication. There is something very human about communicating with someone within their physical space. We are, after all, highly communicative, and most obviously verbal creatures. But body language, facial expressions, hand… Read more »

How Smart Do You Want Your Home to Be?

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design, Linder Jones, Material, Remodel, Resources.

Smart home technology, also called home automation technology, is exploding. Consumers are now able to automate and remotely control lighting, HVAC, security for their homes, as well as drop the shades, start the dishwasher and get dinner started. Sounds like the Jetsons. Nest may have started it all. Its learnable thermostat was one of the… Read more »

Power Down the Road

Posted by & filed under Architects, Material, solar.

Solar energy technology just keeps getting more amazing all the time. The solar panels on buildings and homes have become ubiquitous in Northern California. But what may lie ahead may lead to a world where a great percentage of our energy comes directly from the sun. I came across an application of solar technology that’s… Read more »

What’s In a Name?

Posted by & filed under Addition, Architects, Linder Jones, Remodel.

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 »

The San Jose Skyline

Posted by & filed under Architects, Linder Jones.

  Did you ever wonder why San Jose doesn’t have a high profile skyline? Architects involved in the construction of the commercial buildings in San Jose know why. San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States, yet it boasts a modest sky profile. The reason — the city-owned Norman Y. Mineta San… Read more »

So What Exactly is Transitional or Shabby-Chic?

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design.

As an architect I am familiar with design styles, periods and pieces as they apply to architecture. In helping my clients come up with architectural plans for their home we discuss these various styles and related elements. But when you are talking more about design, furniture and fixtures, and if you poke around houzz.com, you… Read more »

Fibonacci Series in Architectural Design

Posted by & filed under Architects, Design, modern architecture.

Often it takes a second look to see how mathematical numbers and patterns fit into the natural world. Numbers, after all, are manmade. However some very interesting number patterns underlie some natural systems in a surprising way. One such number pattern is called the Fibonacci Series, where each subsequent number is the sum of the… Read more »

Is a Casita in Your Future?

Posted by & filed under Addition, Architects, Design, Remodel.

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 »