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The Kastrop Group Architects reaction to systemic racial injustice

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President/CFO, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects This past week has highlighted how painfully deep racial injustice permeates our country.  Beyond the concerns that the world shares due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed horrific violence … Continue reading

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Uh-oh, you have received a red tag: 10 Steps to legalize construction done on your property without a permit

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President/CFO, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects In these days of housing shortages, a lot of cities and towns are looking at their housing stock and making sure that it is safe, legal, and counts toward their … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Is there a silver lining to the black cloud?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President/CFO, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects As I’m writing this, I am praying for the soonest possible relief to sufferers of this illness, people who have lost their jobs, children who are out of school, businesses … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Virus update as of March 16, 2020

Dear Clients, We are aware that six Bay Area counties including San Mateo County, have issued shelter-in-place orders for three weeks beginning tomorrow. Public meetings and non-emergency interactions with the public are suspended until further notice. We know that you … Continue reading

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Architectural Consultations before you buy or lease property

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President/CFO, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We often get inquiries from people who wish to buy a home or buy/lease a business property and want us to confirm that the property will be suitable for their … Continue reading

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When the drawings look nice, but aren’t adequate for permitting or construction

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President/CFO, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects In the April 5th issue of Engineering News Record magazine there is an article that addresses the issue of contractors encountering design documents that are not complete enough to build.  … Continue reading

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Why you should consider solar panels and a home battery for your home

With the demand for renewable energy on the rise and projected to continue to increase in the future, solar energy is something you should consider when remodeling your home. Solar energy is a great way for you to participate in … Continue reading

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The Kastrop Group has moved our office!

As of April 1, 2019, our architectural office moved to a new location.  We are still in Redwood City, now in a lovely tree-lined neighborhood within walking distance of our wonderful downtown.  We have reserved parking at our new place, … Continue reading

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Approved or Permitted: What’s the Difference?

Recently one of our clients ran into a problem with his General Contractor.  He told the contractor that the project was permitted.  The Contractor mobilized and scheduled his subcontractors to get to the site to start work.  Unfortunately, when the … Continue reading

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10 Sure-fire Ways to Connect with an Architect

The Bay Area has been in a construction boom ever since the recession ended (even a bit before!).  During the recession, the American Institute of Architects reported that 40% of the licensed architects in the U.S. were without work or … Continue reading

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