Bathroom Remodels Must Meet California’s New Water Conservation Requirements

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As of January 1, 2017, all non-compliant residential properties will require the installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The legislation that passed in 2014, as Civil Code §1101.5, set January 1, 2017 as the deadline for single-family homeowners to be in compliance. The good news is – if you’ve done any remodeling in the past 10 years… 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 »

What’s In a Name?

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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 »

Is a Casita in Your Future?

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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 »

A House Has to Breathe

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I was doing a walkthrough with a contractor recently and he was pointing out the duct work. So much has changed for new homes, renovations and remodels, relating not only to the HVAC system, but also to air filtration and air pressure balance. Ventilation has always been important. But because today’s homes are much more… Read more »

Ideas, Guidance & Inspiration For Your Remodel

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Remodeling or renovating your home? Wondering where to start? A couple of good places to look for ideas, guidance and inspiration are my Houzz account and my Pinterest account. Houzz  is ‘the site’ for architecture, interior design and home improvement. Pinterest  is all about picture sharing and is widely used by homeowners, designers and architects… Read more »