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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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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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It Takes a Team: Construction problems that could have been avoided

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects Lately we received calls from potential clients who want us to rescue a project that went sideways far into the design and construction process. This is so unnecessary and makes … Continue reading

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Money Pit: Construction cost savings that backfire

In the 1980s there was a movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long called “The Money Pit”.  It is about a young couple who decide to buy a “fixer-upper” home to save money.  They experience one problem after another during … Continue reading

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Hiring an Architect: A Cautious Approach can Save Money

Note: This article, written by Lorianna Kastrop, was originally published on Angie’s List on Sept. 23, 2011. Here are some suggestions to save money on remodeling by taking a cautious approach and understanding what to expect from your architect. You … Continue reading

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