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 »

Portola Valley Pergola

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 My clients’ entrance did not fit well with the original ranch style look and feel of their house.  The original owners created a very long corridor for the entrance. The columns were also very tall and out of proportion to the rest of the house.  They looked like a line up of soldiers – not… Read more »

Kitchen Remodel – Privacy & Sunlight

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This 60/70’s era remodel included not just the kitchen, but also the living room, family room, dining room, laundry, and entry. Homes of that era neither emphasized open floor plans, nor incorporated nature’s light in the design. What the owner desired was access to sunlight, day lighting, lots of storage, but also privacy. The unique… 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 »

The Legacy of West Portal Neighborhood

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For many San Franciscans, the Twin Peaks Tunnel’s last stop at the West Portal station is just a spot on a map. If you have a chance to hop off the train at Ulloa Street, you’ll find an urban village full of hidden gems. Check out the 1944 street shot –some places don’t change much!… Read more »

The Stair Challenge

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The lower garage level space in the house was adequate for the time it was built in 1926.  This space was used as a utility room, and for the furnace, water heater, and garage.   We think it may have been legal when originally built. But the existing stairs that connected to the upper main floor… Read more »