Let Me See the Plans

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Modern architecture has moved to the computer in a big way. We can use a computer for planning, drawings, CAD design, layout and blueprints. But not that long ago all those architectural drawings were painstakingly rendered on paper. I came across this web resource that achieves hundreds of architectural drawing from the 18th century. And… 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 »

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 »

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 »

South Rim Grand Canyon Architect

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Caught this video the other day. Mary Colter was the architect responsible for this beautiful structure. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/on-the-trail-grand-canyon-architecture/ Mary Colter was the visionary designer behind the Grand Canyon’s most recognizable buildings. Drawing on ancient Native American structures for inspiration, Colter (one of a handful of female architects in her day) created buildings that blended in with… 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 »

Digging Up Dirt

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It is a challenge to do “rooms down” when there isn’t enough headroom below the main floor. Ideally you want to get high enough ceilings in the basement to create space that is comfortable to live in.  8-foot ceilings are not enough to do this.  9-foot ceilings are much better. So we needed to stay… 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 »