Kitchen Addition – More Dining Space

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Our clients wanted a dining area to be part of their remodeled kitchen. They travel a lot and like to eat in restaurants that have booths, so we put seating areas around the table to reflect this. The table is also movable, so the space can be changed depending on the type of gathering, or… Read more »

Kitchen Addition – Added Space

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The owners wanted a reconfigured space for their kitchen –adding an island, and a dining area to it. This is an unusual combination for a kitchen remodel today.  To accommodate their space needs we combined a previous bedroom and kitchen, plus the addition.   The new kitchen has a nice exterior view, and the sink area… Read more »

Kitchen Remodel – 1940’s Period Home

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Remodeling kitchens and bathrooms is an interesting challenge, especially when they are built in a different era. In this particular home, the owners wanted us to keep the original flooring, as well as the look and feel for other features, like the cabinets. So we inset the new cabinet doors to keep the tone of… Read more »

What To Do With Walls

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Walls. We paint them, cover them with wallpaper, hang artwork on them. But besides what color they should be most homeowners don’t think too much about them. Or if they did, they did it when they bought their house. With a home remodel you get a second chance to think about what to do with… 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 »

South Rim Grand Canyon Architect

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Caught this video the other day. Mary Colter was the architect responsible for this beautiful structure. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/on-the-trail-grand-canyon-architecture/ Mary Colter was the visionary designer behind the Grand Canyon’s most recognizable buildings. Drawing on ancient Native American structures for inspiration, Colter (one of a handful of female architects in her day) created buildings that blended in with… 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 »