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 »

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 »

Entrepreneur Radio Guest

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As a recent guest on the Entrepreneur Radio Show, I shared my story on how I got into business, became an architect, and try to inspire others who might want to be entrepreneurs, too.   My 5th grade teacher, without knowing, inspired me to consider a path in design.  I had roots in construction, as… Read more »

Another Challenge Solved!

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  We faced another challenge at the top of the stairs — the width of room and the walls in common.  The wall on right was in common with the current office/bedroom, and the wall on the left was in common with the current kitchen. Neither of these walls could be moved without jeopardizing the… Read more »

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 »

When We Were Kids

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When we were kids I bet you knew someone whose dad had built them a tree house in their back yard. My friend had a rambling bungalow high up in an oak tree. We’d scamper up the tree and just disappear for hours. Fun times. Question is: how would an architect design a tree house… Read more »

An Arch Does Your Home Grand

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A design feature that can add elegance and style to a remodel is nothing more complicated than an arch. Whether an exterior archway over the alcove, or an interior ceiling design, an arch can be a striking feature. They break up and soften horizontal and vertical lines and spaces. I’ve seen some amazing arch windows,… Read more »

What Goes Into an Architectural Plan – Another Master Bath Remodel

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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 »

How Smart Do You Want Your Home to Be?

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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 »