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Skipping architectural design can be penny-wise, pound foolish

“I already have a design, I just need the plans drawn up.”  This is a statement that makes architects cringe.  In some cases, it will cause the architect to turn down your project.  What someone thinks is a “design” could … Continue reading

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Project Steps: A Quick Overview

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are often told by clients (and potential clients) that they don’t know what to expect as they consider whether to move ahead with a construction project. They wonder whether … 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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Project Management: Expect the Unexpected

I just listened to a webinar sponsored by the Stanford Center for Professional Development. The speaker was Sam L. Savage and the topic was “Managing Project Uncertainty”. Dr. Savage uses humor and his catch-phrase “the flaw of averages” to explain … Continue reading

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Call an Architect for Reliable Property Advice

Everybody thinks they can design!  Many people are enthusiastic about making suggestions for building improvements and give their advice freely.  But if your money and your time are at stake, then take this free advice with a grain of salt.  … Continue reading

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Gratitude for Clients Who Pay Their Bills

Professional service providers–architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, etc.–rely on their clients to pay their invoices promptly and in full.  When they don’t, it can be a challenge to pay employees, rent, and all of the other costs of running a business … Continue reading

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