Category Archives: Residential

Case Study: 640 Maple Street, Part 3

Now Complete! In case you missed them, here’s the two preceding parts to this blog series.  Part 1: The Vision and Design Process Part 2: Construction Progress Our extensive remodel project converting the old Schroeder Sheet Metal shop into a … Continue reading

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Residential Design: Include your pets in your plans

We consider the needs of children, possibly aging parents/in-laws, and our client’s tastes and desires when designing or remodeling homes.  But what about the furry family members?  Pets are a big part of our lives and making homes comfortable, secure … Continue reading

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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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Accessory Dwelling Units:  The changes to California state law that you need to know

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   The Bay Area is experiencing a housing availability crisis and demand for residential units near work centers has skyrocketed.  Everyone knows this, and finally there is an option available … 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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