Category Archives: Design and Construction

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 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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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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Case Study: 640 Maple Street, Part 2

Construction Progress By Marie Barron, Designer, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   In our last blog post we discussed the design process for our conversion of the Shroeder sheet metal shop into a home (here is the link if you … Continue reading

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Case Study: 640 Maple Street, Part 1

The Vision and Design Process By Marie Barron, Designer, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects The Kastrop Group prides itself on “designing for your reality,”–helping our clients envision the beautiful and boundless potential they can experience in their built environment.  The … Continue reading

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Subcontractors and skilled trades: we need young people to enter the construction industry!

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   You want your son or daughter to go to college, get a degree and enter the workforce with a high-paying job.  But what if they enjoy hands-on activities and … Continue reading

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