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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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Earthquake Hazards: Tips for safety-checking your home and workplace

By Marie Barron, Designer & Lorianna Kastrop, Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects The October 17th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the recent Napa Valley earthquake remind us that we should never take earthquake safety for granted. … Continue reading

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Project Creep: A Cautionary Tale

Unforeseen conditions can sometimes cause a construction project to grow from what was originally planned into a bigger project. When this happens, you, or your architect, may have to amend your building permit. Why? If a stop-work order is placed … Continue reading

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Sinkholes and Structures

The catastrophes caused by sinkholes have been in the news a lot lately. Here is an example that includes an entire gallery of sinkhole photos: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/new-sinkhole-seffner-florida-video_n_2948846.html#slide=275941 If the ground that is built upon is unstable, porous, or above known caverns … Continue reading

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Beneficial Buildings and Healthy Homes: Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape

This is the third in a series of articles about what you can do to improve your living and working environments.  There have been many recent breakthroughs in technology, design, and science that give us new ideas to make our … Continue reading

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Beneficial Buildings and Healthy Homes: Eleven Safety Tips

This is the second in a series of articles about what you can do to improve your living and working environments.  There have been many recent breakthroughs in technology, design, and science that give us new ideas to make our … Continue reading

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