Category Archives: Ask an Architect

“Statute of limitations” on unpermitted construction and other bad advice

We keep hearing from our clients of the bad advice that they were told when buying property.  The top piece of bad advice, by far, is that if unpermitted construction occurred a long time ago, it no longer needs to … Continue reading

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Property Reassessment: How to plan for property taxes after additions or improvements

The building boom is still going strong in the Bay Area, and one question that comes up often is “What will this project cost me in increased property taxes?”  Here are some things to consider and how to get the … 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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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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Take automated construction cost estimating tools with a grain of salt

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects A new tool has become available to the public:  automated construction cost estimating.  This tool is available on websites where you can enter your zip code and the number of … Continue reading

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