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 »

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 »

Portola Valley — A Deck Transformed

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Now we go to the back of the Portola Valley home where we remodeled the deck, pergola and stairs. The owners like to eat out on the deck and spend time there, but didn’t do it often because of two issues —too much sun and too many different deck levels. One part of the deck… 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 »

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 »

A History Lesson – Westgate House

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The Westgate house was originally built in 1926, in the vicinity of Monterey and Westwood Heights.  Nine years prior to this, the Twin Peaks Tunnel was built and created a very important connection between east and west San Francisco.  The service through the tunnel evolved from streetcars in the beginning, and then into light rail.  It definitely made getting… 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 »