Category Archives: Commercial

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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The Open Office: Design Mainstay or Fad?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects Many Silicon Valley technology firms are creating new office spaces and campuses. Most are incorporating a design style called the “open office” floor plan. Open offices have less enclosed offices, … Continue reading

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Strike while the iron is hot, or not

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are currently experiencing a hot real estate market in the Bay Area, particularly for office space, but also for residential (single and multi-family dwellings). This is a big turn-around … Continue reading

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