Tag Archives: savings

Why you should consider solar panels and a home battery for your home

With the demand for renewable energy on the rise and projected to continue to increase in the future, solar energy is something you should consider when remodeling your home. Solar energy is a great way for you to participate in … 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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Water Saving Ideas for Home and Office

Water is precious in California, and we are currently experiencing a severe drought. We must integrate water saving features into the design process and our way of life.   Presumably, you have already made the obvious home or office improvements that … Continue reading

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Remodel for your own needs and enjoyment

You’ve heard the old expression, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” That was our situation for many years. Although we’ve owned and operated an architecture firm for 20 years, my husband and I needed to remodel our own home.   We … Continue reading

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Windows Create Magic

At the holidays I’m always cheered by decorations in the windows of homes and businesses. Other than signage, windows are the most effective indication of what is inside and are an important design feature of buildings. Here are some things … Continue reading

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Money Pit: Construction cost savings that backfire

In the 1980s there was a movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long called “The Money Pit”.  It is about a young couple who decide to buy a “fixer-upper” home to save money.  They experience one problem after another during … Continue reading

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