Project Planning Checklist now in print!

For those who are thinking about remodeling or adding on, there is a bewildering amount of things you need to think about: the problem you are trying to solve, Planning codes, construction costs, and those are the things you can think of! My Project Planning Checklist is a checklist that I developed for use in […]

Cork Flooring

This picture, on the right, showed up on my FaceBook news feed today. This is a unique design idea. Yes. That is a wine cork floor. I am a fan of cork flooring. But usually, it comes in sheets or rolls. The wine cork floor looks pretty nice. I’m not sure how it would be to […]

Good Investments

How do you think about the money you are spending on an addition or remodeling project? Is it an expense – just money spent? or is it an investment – money spent with the expectation of a return? I suggest that when you are considering adding on or remodeling, that you consider each expense – […]

Big News On The Budget Kitchen Front

Have you heard the news? Ikea is discontinuing their ENTIRE kitchen cabinet system and replacing it with an entirely NEW kitchen cabinet system! I have long been a fan of Ikea kitchens for those who are trying to remodel their kitchens on a tight budget. Their kitchen cabinet system is generally uncomplicated (other than the […]

Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, whether major or minor, you have to think things through many things. Recently, published what they called The 10 Commandments of Kitchen Remodeling. It is a good list of things to think about (especially #5). But I’m going to suggest that their 11th, bonus commandment should […]

The Cost of New Construction

I have been doing some research on residential construction costs in the SF Bay Area. It’s always good to be up to date on this subject. Clients and potential clients are always asking the question. Not surprisingly, the numbers I’ve seen have ranged all over the place from unbelievably low to unfathomably high. But the […]

Setting A Project Budget

Your remodeling or addition project will exist in several different realities. There is the reality of the exiting house. There is also the reality that exists in the space between your desires and your budget. The folks at wrote about setting a budget back in April. While the post at is fine, I […]

What Does It Cost To…?

One of the most common questions I get asked as an architect is a variation on “how much does it cost to remodel my kitchen?” Or, bathroom, or living room, or – well, you get the idea. The answer I have to give is necessarily vague. It depends on how extensive the remodeling is and […]