Category Archives: Budget

“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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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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Build it now or later? What are the considerations?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   So, you’ve missed the window for doing your construction project when everything was a lot less expensive (due to the recession).  But now you have your financing together and … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Preliminary Construction Estimate

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects One of the services we provide to our clients is to obtain a Preliminary Construction Estimate (PCE) from a trusted General Contractor (GC) as soon as we complete the preliminary … Continue reading

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Difficult Times for Small Projects: Contractor Bids per square foot way over average

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are seeing a disturbing trend when getting contractor bids for small residential projects in the Bay Area.  We want to raise awareness for those who may be considering a … Continue reading

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Should you get competitive bids for your project?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We’ve seen an interesting phenomenon occurring lately, less building owners are obtaining competitive bids for construction of their homes or buildings.  We had one client whose project was significantly delayed … 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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