Category Archives: Residential

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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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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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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