San Francisco Earthquake Safety Fair

Are you thinking about working on a project in San Francisco? It could be remodeling, or legalizing an in-law unit. Maybe you are thinking about adding a rental unit. Whatever it is, you probably have lots of questions. ¬†This week there is an event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium that you might want to […]

What are Full Architectural Services?

What are “Full Architectural Services”? Architects just draw, right? Wrong! Architects do a lot more than just draw. Whether your project is a house addition, a house remodel, or a kitchen remodel, the services that an architect can provide are extensive. We do research. We design (yes). We draw (yes). We help you select finishes […]

Kitchen Design Advice

Is 2017 the year you’re going to remodel your kitchen? It is dark and disconnected from the rest of the house. It doesn’t have any storage, and there’s no place for the kids to the the homework. I recently came across this article about 10 steps to take when planning your kitchen remodel. I thought […]

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 […]

Project in Progress: San Leandro Update

The other day my client for the project in San Leandro texted me a photograph. It made me smile. This is the view from the back hall through the kitchen through the new opening between the kitchen and dining room, through the dining room to the window and out to the front of the house. […]

Project in Progress: Oakland 4

The project to update a long neglected mid-century modern house in the Oakland hills is coming along. At what feels like a snail’s pace, but moving along none the less. In this post we’ll look at a nearly completed bathroom, a detail that makes my eye twitch, and a little bit of the history of […]

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 – […]

More About Ikea’s New Kitchen System

Ikea’s new kitchen system, SEKTION, was released on February 2nd. We are starting to hear more about it. The folks over at have been all over it. The most recent post there discusses some of the similarities and differences from the old system. In summary, the SEKTION cabinet widths¬†are the same as the old […]