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The Kastrop Group receives Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics!

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are excited to announce that The Kastrop Group has been selected by the Better Business Bureau of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California as their first-ever … Continue reading

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Project Timing: Leave Room in Schedule for Consultants

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   Clients often come to us ready to start a project and ask us “How soon will the drawings be ready?”  Surprisingly, the simple answer is misleading.  If we tell … Continue reading

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Home Insurance Policy Replacement Cost: How to calculate it for your home?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   A friend just asked us a question that might be of interest to others – What dollar figure should I use to calculate the correct coverage for replacement cost … Continue reading

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Check on who you are working with: Are they a licensed Architect?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We can’t emphasize this enough—a designer is not a licensed professional.  They may have certain skills and experience, some may even have a degree in architecture, but they do not … Continue reading

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Design Considerations for Millennials

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects   It is time for architects to consider the needs and lifestyles of Millennials in our design process. We’ve already seen some of this in office design—most tech firms use … Continue reading

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I like/I wish/What if: Working with Clients to Apply Design Thinking

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   “Design Thinking” is all the rage in Silicon Valley.  People are applying it to all sorts of companies and products, and we can apply it to architecture as well.  … Continue reading

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The IoT and Cybersecurity: Important Considerations for Architects and their Clients

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   We love our gadgets, don’t we?  We have smart phones, smart TVs, and smart watches.  Now we have the option to build smart buildings and smart houses.  The Internet … Continue reading

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