Soundscaping

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It makes sense that architects incorporate audio, sound and noise control into their architectural designs. But the flip side is just as important a consideration. Have you ever eaten in a restaurant that sounds lively, and popular? It may be because it is just that; lively and popular. But a part of having that sound… Read more »

Thanksgiving Travel. How is Your Airport?

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The mass Thanksgiving exodus started Monday and will peak today. I bet most of you are joining in. According to Forbes magazine “[a] record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28.” This travel holiday will be the busiest on record. Airport travel can be the worst…. Read more »

How Did They Do It?

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In building today’s modern structures we all take for granted the tools and equipment we have available. Machines that can move tons of earth in one stroke, cranes that can lift incredible weight sky-high and hand-held power tools that cut and shape, bind and paint. But stop and think of the spectacular architectural buildings of… 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 »

San Francisco Architectural Styles

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On this Halloween I’ve been thinking about Victorian and Gothic architecture and scary  houses called to mind the many historic architecture of San Francisco. A great wrap-up can be found here —> Museum of the City. I particularly identify the City of San Francisco with the Mediterranean Revival Style (1920-1950s) found in many grand homes west… Read more »

Portola Valley — A Deck Transformed

Posted by & filed under Deck, Design, features, Patio.

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

Posted by & filed under Architects, Linder Jones.

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 »