Category Archives: Commercial

I need it yesterday! Why does it take so long? (Part 2)

On July 2, 2014 I posted a blog article with the same title.  This is an update to that article.  Now that the construction boom is the new normal, we have noticed several other factors that are slowing down the … Continue reading

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Accessory Dwelling Units: Why you may need a property survey

Many homeowners are considering adding an accessory dwelling unit to their property.  ADU’s, (also known as Secondary Dwelling Units, grandmother cottages, in-law units, etc.) have become popular due to a new CA state law that relaxes some of the building … Continue reading

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Residential Contractors for Commercial Projects: Proceed with care.

In the current Bay Area construction boom, some commercial clients have been hiring residential contractors to fill the need.  Sometimes this works out fine for both the General Contractor and the Client, but sometimes the project can go haywire if … Continue reading

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Project Steps: A Quick Overview

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are often told by clients (and potential clients) that they don’t know what to expect as they consider whether to move ahead with a construction project. They wonder whether … Continue reading

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Follow-up on a lost project lead: We told you so, but aren’t happy about it

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects I would like to share a cautionary tale that came to our attention recently. The story starts with a project lead from a former client last spring. Our former client … Continue reading

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Thermal Comfort in Your Office and Home

By Marie Barron, Designer, The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects Last week we finally got some rain, and the weather’s finally cooling from the summer months to remind us that winter is approaching.  With this transition, I wanted to take the … Continue reading

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The Impact of 3D Drafting on Estimated Architectural Fees

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects To most folks who work outside of the construction industry, understanding architectural fee estimates is a mystery.  It’s not like going to a car mechanic and getting an estimate.  The … Continue reading

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