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“Statute of limitations” on unpermitted construction and other bad advice

We keep hearing from our clients of the bad advice that they were told when buying property.  The top piece of bad advice, by far, is that if unpermitted construction occurred a long time ago, it no longer needs to … 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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Build it now or later? What are the considerations?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   So, you’ve missed the window for doing your construction project when everything was a lot less expensive (due to the recession).  But now you have your financing together and … 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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Caveat Emptor: Buying Property with Changes in Mind

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects If you Google the phrase caveat emptor this is what appears at the top of the page: “DEFINITION of ‘Caveat Emptor‘ A Latin phrase for ‘let the buyer beware.’ The … Continue reading

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Structural Engineers’ Dilemma: How to deal with bad advice from a City or County Planner?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects Lately we have heard that some jurisdictions (cities or counties) have been telling homeowners that they must have a structural engineer provide details for their remodel project, but that an … Continue reading

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New Title 24 Energy Standards

On July 1, 2014 new Title 24 standards will go into effect. California’s Title 24 is the part of the state building code that defines energy efficiency requirements for both residential and nonresidential buildings. The new standards will replace the … Continue reading

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