Tag Archives: residential

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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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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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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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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Just for fun: Different viewpoints on property value

By Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects   Since the Bay Area is experiencing another one of our dramatic rises in property values, I thought it would be fun to pull out this old joke. I think … Continue reading

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