Accessory Dwelling Units: Where to Start

You may have heard about accessory dwelling units – sometimes referred to as ADUs, Secondary dwelling units, or in-law units – and you’ve been wondering if you could build one at your property. But you don’t know where to start. Here’s what you can do: Call your local Planning or Zoning Department. Ask them if […]

Project Complete in San Francisco

I can’t recall if I’ve written about this project or not. Years ago, I did a project for these clients in this house, enclosing a carport to be a garage. That was successful. But the owners soon had to relocate for work, and the house was rented out. They’ve returned to San Francisco and decided […]

Project Complete in Danville

This project in Danville was recently completed.The project was to build a pied a terre for the owners of the home, who would hand over the main house to their children. This would allow them to be able to help care for their grandchild and to be able to lock up and go on extended […]

Project in Construction: Gas Meter Locations

“Gas meter locations! Be still my heart,” I hear you saying. I can just imagine you are trembling in anticipation of this gas meter location story! What excitement! Not really. Right? Well, this is the reality of construction. Sometimes it is the most plebeian of things that make life, shall we say, interesting. On a […]

David Quoted In The Press

A while back I was interviewed by Emily Landes, a journalist, who was writing an article about trends in apartment design. It was an interesting to be interviewed and the subject was engaging. This month the article she was writing, “Find The Flow”, appeared in SF Apartment Magazine, the monthly glossy magazine for members of […]

Archtober30: Summary

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. October has been Architecture Month. At the very last minute, October 1st to be precise, I decided to jump into the deep end and committed myself […]

Archtober 25: Materials

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Materials are essential in determining the character of a place. The decision between one material or another can mean that a room functions well, or doesn’t […]

Design Development

The following images were made this week as I was working on a small cottage project that was recently re-started by the clients after a break of almost 2 years. In the intervening years, the building code changed and the Oakland’s planning regulations changed, so we had to make some changes. In addition, my clients […]