Tag Archives: remodel

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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Home Insurance Policy Replacement Cost: How to calculate it for your home?

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   A friend just asked us a question that might be of interest to others – What dollar figure should I use to calculate the correct coverage for replacement cost … 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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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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Strike while the iron is hot, or not

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects We are currently experiencing a hot real estate market in the Bay Area, particularly for office space, but also for residential (single and multi-family dwellings). This is a big turn-around … Continue reading

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Faith Communities: A Fresh Perspective on Church Buildings

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects   The Wall Street Journal reports that “Construction of religious buildings in the U.S. has fallen to the lowest level at any time since private records began in 1967.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/decline-in-church-building-reflects-changed-tastes-and-times-1417714642Continue reading

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I need it Yesterday. Why does it take so long?

This is a common refrain in the construction industry. An ironic related issue is that potential clients take months (sometimes years) deciding whether or not to move ahead with a project. Once they do decide, however, they want it done … 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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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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