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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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Case Study: 640 Maple Street, Part 3

Now Complete! In case you missed them, here’s the two preceding parts to this blog series.  Part 1: The Vision and Design Process Part 2: Construction Progress Our extensive remodel project converting the old Schroeder Sheet Metal shop into a … Continue reading

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