Hart Wright Architects is a great value

Hart Wright Architects is a great value

These are busy times in the Bay Area. Many architects are hiring and there is energy in the air around design and construction. Working with larger firms may get you the brand name you see value in, but you may not get the service you need. At Hart Wright Architects, we work very closely with our clients. We do not send projects onto staff teams or to junior designers and.

An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

We continue to look for places to visit for design inspiration. Now until April 30th, Art is to be found in the Southern California desert. Recently we took a trip to the Coachella Valley, to see Desert X, an inaugural exhibition of site specific art in locations all over the region from Coachella to Desert Hot Springs to Palm Springs. The work draws attention to the desert environment, open spaces,.

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

In this post, we respond to the article about San Francisco Planning in the San Francisco Chronicle by John King Tuesday April 4: Architect calls San Francisco planners “obstructive.” Spoiler alert: they’re ticked Hart Wright architects does not bemoan the individual planner doing his or her job. We do agree the process is obstructive to most residents and their architects. For John Rahaim of the San Francisco Planning Department to.

Tribute: Today is Woman Architect Mary Colter’s Birthday

Tribute: Today is Woman Architect Mary Colter’s Birthday

The Grand Canyon is one of the best known and visited national parks in the USA. Perhaps what is less known is that a woman architect designed the buildings that serve the visitors of this great site. Many romantic, rustic stone and timber structures there look like they could have been built by native pueblo or were there when explorers discovered the canyon. Actually, they were designed intentionally in from.

San Francisco Facade Remodel

San Francisco Facade Remodel

Hart Wright Architects recently completed a commercial facade remodel project in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The building sits on the corner of Sacramento Street and Presidio Avenue, formerly it housed a bank and was in need of a serious upgrade. Now it has a new retailer and the improved facade is an asset to this upscale neighborhood. The previous tenant was a bank and the existing design.

Next… Develop the design

Next… Develop the design

This post is a continuation of “What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design” Now the scope of work has been established, the next step is to design the project. Designing is drawing and discovering and working with the owner to figure out what the project will look like. Drawings are assembled into documents that are then used to tell a story- one of how.

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Another year is coming to a close. In this post, we share some favorite buildings we were lucky enough to see in 2016. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go. Some brief highlights: we got to go on a very special tour of the Sheats Goldstein residence in Los Angeles, designed by one of our favorite architects of all time, John Lautner. Here in our home.

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects on Houzz

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

As the economy heats up we’ve found ourselves discussing the design process and what to expect with potential clients repeatedly. We decided it would be good to share some of this information with you. We know many of you want to build or do a remodel but, like most of our clients, have little idea how much it will cost, how to budget for it or how the process works..

Why Construction Administration matters

Why Construction Administration matters

Construction Administration is one of the services we offer. As we are contracted to be agent of the owner, we use our intimate knowledge of the project, our vision, and our trained eyes to help the contractor solve inevitable problems that arise during construction. A very thorough set of drawings identifies main issues and communicates the intent of the design, but no single set of plans can ever cover everything.

An Argument for Negotiated Bidding

We are often asked by our clients to bid the project to multiple contractors. The argument for this is that they will be able to compare the price offered by the different contractors and go with the lowest price. This is more complicated than it seems because you are not necessarily getting the lowest price when you sign up with the lowest bidder as we will explain below. Multiple bidding.

“50,000 Image Saves” on Houzz.com

The Houzz community has saved our photos to their ideabooks 50,000 or more times! Houzz has been an amazing way to get exposure over the years and we’ve loved having the community there to share ideas and images. We appreciate the awards they have given us for design and service, as well as and the constant inspiration for our clients which pushes our design skills into new creative areas we may.

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

One of the questions we get often when we begin working with clients is how much will the project cost. There are several ways to determine this, and like the design process, there are many elements involved; the earlier it is in the process, the more schematic the pricing will be. A dollar amount per square foot is one way to help establish a budget. For example, residential costs per.

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Reclaiming Undeveloped Land Hart Wright Architects recently completed work on a project for the College Hill Reservoir site, a PUC owned, previously empty piece of land, that has now been transformed into an outdoor classroom and environmental systems demonstration garden. It is for the benefit of the neighboring schools and community.  The PUC, working with the San Francisco Unified School District and Green Schoolyard Alliance, came up with the idea.

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Hart Wright Architects working with a team recently designed the College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights. The client is the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, SFPUC. The goals of the project are to educate about the earth systems and to encourage sustainable design for thriving life. This project aims to demonstrate the who, where, what, why, how, wherefore and joy of sustainable infrastructure and sustainable best practices to K-5.

Hart Wright Architects is featured on San Francisco Curbed!

Hart Wright Architects is featured on San Francisco Curbed!

Our project is listed for sale and got a great write up in SF Curbed. You can see the link to Curbed here!, and also please take a look at the official listing here.

Announcing our new Houzz Video !

Announcing our new Houzz Video !

Eliza Hart of Hart Wright Architects is featured in a new video on Houzz.com. You can see the video here.

Bay Area Modern Cottage

Bay Area Modern Cottage

Back in the late 1980s, our clients bought a former workman’s cottage on a flat lot where they lived and raised a family. They enjoyed seeing Mt. Tam from the backyard and could walk to the trails and downtown shops. They discovered over the course of years that the house had an undersized foundation and a too high water table that caused the foundation to deteriorate to the point of.

A Traditional San Mateo House gets a Modern Open Family Together Space

A Traditional San Mateo House gets a Modern Open Family Together Space

We recently completed a renovation of a traditional 1950s house on the Peninsula. It had been added onto in pieces, and had a broken up layout from different families trying to make it their own over the years. This floor plan had all the typical spaces but their arrangement made for awkward living. The “L” shaped kitchen was cramped, the dining room was land locked an the living room was.

Hart Wright Architects Designs an Exhibit for The Market Street Prototyping Festival

Hart Wright Architects Designs an Exhibit for The Market Street Prototyping Festival

As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, the Market Street Prototyping Festival put on by the San Francisco Department of City Planning partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco Planning’s Prototyping link .

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

The Victorian houses in San Francisco are typified by wonderful gracious tall ceilings but cozy small individual rooms with a lot of circulation. Lots are only 25 feet wide and a comfortable sized room could easily take up that width, but in Victorian times, the rooms were connected by hallways which made the living spaces even narrower. In addition, kitchens were service areas and they were intentionally separated out from.

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

We here at HWA draw much inspiration from the architecture of the Scandinavian region and American modernism. For that matter, we are all about San Francisco Bay area regional modernism of the mid-20th century cross pollinated with Scandinavian architects and designers in the years following World War 2. We made a visit to Scandinavia not long ago and gathered the following inspirational images: Eliel Saarinen 1-Hvittrask, 1902: This communal living.

An outline of the Phases of Architectural Service

1: Interview When you interview your architect you should like them and feel comfortable with them. Since you will be working with them, a lot can be said for how well they communicate and if working together will be a good fit. The architect should have a portfolio of past projects. It is very important to like their work. They will explain their process and you will get a feel.

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award. We received this award, given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 25 million or so monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best.

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

Just this past weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle featured San Francisco 1950s box houses in the article “Little Boxes, A Different Kind of Painted Ladies.” See the link here. They praised their lack of appreciation and ubiquitousness. When we saw this, we were thrilled! Finally, these great houses are being noticed. What the article did not mention is the rectangular form, in its simplicity as exemplified in the box house,.

Remodeled Home Before and Afters

Remodeled Home Before and Afters

Here is a rendered preview of a remodeled house we are working on in the peninsula. Seeing the before and after photos, it is a typical 1950s tract home. Stay tuned with more to come.

Understanding General Contractor Payment

Hart Wright Architects recently had a conversation with colleague, general contractor and estimator Lawrence Motta about general contractor payment methods. Below is the meat of our conversation which we think is important to share.  Many times GCs use the term T & M (or “time and materials”) to describe billing for the work with an hourly rate and charging for the materials. Interestingly enough, California has specific requirements about how.

Introducing Hart Wright Architects’ New San Francisco Bay Area Remodel

Introducing Hart Wright Architects’ New San Francisco Bay Area Remodel

And these are the before pictures:

Pre-construction Services

We are always advocates of getting a contractor signed up early in the process and to provide pre-construction services. (see post “An Argument for Negotiated Bidding”) This method allows for cost control and builds a real team. We strongly believe in the team approach: architects and contractors work together with the owners to complete a project efficiently, on schedule and on budget. It is without adversarial issues that come up,.

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

We are pleased to announce Gardenista chose our custom water fountain as one of their top 10 favorites! Please click here to read more.

 
                                                    

Hart Wright Architects is a great value

Hart Wright Architects is a great value

These are busy times in the Bay Area. Many architects are hiring and there is energy in the air around design and construction. Working with larger firms may get you the brand name you see value in, but you may not get the service you need. At Hart Wright Architects, we work very closely with our clients. We do not send projects onto staff teams or to junior designers and.

An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

An Art Trip to the Southern California Desert

We continue to look for places to visit for design inspiration. Now until April 30th, Art is to be found in the Southern California desert. Recently we took a trip to the Coachella Valley, to see Desert X, an inaugural exhibition of site specific art in locations all over the region from Coachella to Desert Hot Springs to Palm Springs. The work draws attention to the desert environment, open spaces,.

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

Navigating San Francisco Planning Approvals

In this post, we respond to the article about San Francisco Planning in the San Francisco Chronicle by John King Tuesday April 4: Architect calls San Francisco planners “obstructive.” Spoiler alert: they’re ticked Hart Wright architects does not bemoan the individual planner doing his or her job. We do agree the process is obstructive to most residents and their architects. For John Rahaim of the San Francisco Planning Department to.

Tribute: Today is Woman Architect Mary Colter’s Birthday

Tribute: Today is Woman Architect Mary Colter’s Birthday

The Grand Canyon is one of the best known and visited national parks in the USA. Perhaps what is less known is that a woman architect designed the buildings that serve the visitors of this great site. Many romantic, rustic stone and timber structures there look like they could have been built by native pueblo or were there when explorers discovered the canyon. Actually, they were designed intentionally in from.

San Francisco Facade Remodel

San Francisco Facade Remodel

Hart Wright Architects recently completed a commercial facade remodel project in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The building sits on the corner of Sacramento Street and Presidio Avenue, formerly it housed a bank and was in need of a serious upgrade. Now it has a new retailer and the improved facade is an asset to this upscale neighborhood. The previous tenant was a bank and the existing design.

Next… Develop the design

Next… Develop the design

This post is a continuation of “What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design” Now the scope of work has been established, the next step is to design the project. Designing is drawing and discovering and working with the owner to figure out what the project will look like. Drawings are assembled into documents that are then used to tell a story- one of how.

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2016

Another year is coming to a close. In this post, we share some favorite buildings we were lucky enough to see in 2016. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go. Some brief highlights: we got to go on a very special tour of the Sheats Goldstein residence in Los Angeles, designed by one of our favorite architects of all time, John Lautner. Here in our home.

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects on Houzz

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

What’s the Scope and What’s the Cost? How to get to the Design

As the economy heats up we’ve found ourselves discussing the design process and what to expect with potential clients repeatedly. We decided it would be good to share some of this information with you. We know many of you want to build or do a remodel but, like most of our clients, have little idea how much it will cost, how to budget for it or how the process works..

Why Construction Administration matters

Why Construction Administration matters

Construction Administration is one of the services we offer. As we are contracted to be agent of the owner, we use our intimate knowledge of the project, our vision, and our trained eyes to help the contractor solve inevitable problems that arise during construction. A very thorough set of drawings identifies main issues and communicates the intent of the design, but no single set of plans can ever cover everything.

An Argument for Negotiated Bidding

We are often asked by our clients to bid the project to multiple contractors. The argument for this is that they will be able to compare the price offered by the different contractors and go with the lowest price. This is more complicated than it seems because you are not necessarily getting the lowest price when you sign up with the lowest bidder as we will explain below. Multiple bidding.

“50,000 Image Saves” on Houzz.com

The Houzz community has saved our photos to their ideabooks 50,000 or more times! Houzz has been an amazing way to get exposure over the years and we’ve loved having the community there to share ideas and images. We appreciate the awards they have given us for design and service, as well as and the constant inspiration for our clients which pushes our design skills into new creative areas we may.

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

The Ballpark Estimate: Understanding the Design Process

One of the questions we get often when we begin working with clients is how much will the project cost. There are several ways to determine this, and like the design process, there are many elements involved; the earlier it is in the process, the more schematic the pricing will be. A dollar amount per square foot is one way to help establish a budget. For example, residential costs per.

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Hart Wright’s Environmental Systems Demonstration Garden

Reclaiming Undeveloped Land Hart Wright Architects recently completed work on a project for the College Hill Reservoir site, a PUC owned, previously empty piece of land, that has now been transformed into an outdoor classroom and environmental systems demonstration garden. It is for the benefit of the neighboring schools and community.  The PUC, working with the San Francisco Unified School District and Green Schoolyard Alliance, came up with the idea.

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Our Sustainable Water Practices Demonstration Garden is opening on April 20th

Hart Wright Architects working with a team recently designed the College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights. The client is the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, SFPUC. The goals of the project are to educate about the earth systems and to encourage sustainable design for thriving life. This project aims to demonstrate the who, where, what, why, how, wherefore and joy of sustainable infrastructure and sustainable best practices to K-5.

Hart Wright Architects is featured on San Francisco Curbed!

Hart Wright Architects is featured on San Francisco Curbed!

Our project is listed for sale and got a great write up in SF Curbed. You can see the link to Curbed here!, and also please take a look at the official listing here.

Announcing our new Houzz Video !

Announcing our new Houzz Video !

Eliza Hart of Hart Wright Architects is featured in a new video on Houzz.com. You can see the video here.

Bay Area Modern Cottage

Bay Area Modern Cottage

Back in the late 1980s, our clients bought a former workman’s cottage on a flat lot where they lived and raised a family. They enjoyed seeing Mt. Tam from the backyard and could walk to the trails and downtown shops. They discovered over the course of years that the house had an undersized foundation and a too high water table that caused the foundation to deteriorate to the point of.

A Traditional San Mateo House gets a Modern Open Family Together Space

A Traditional San Mateo House gets a Modern Open Family Together Space

We recently completed a renovation of a traditional 1950s house on the Peninsula. It had been added onto in pieces, and had a broken up layout from different families trying to make it their own over the years. This floor plan had all the typical spaces but their arrangement made for awkward living. The “L” shaped kitchen was cramped, the dining room was land locked an the living room was.

Hart Wright Architects Designs an Exhibit for The Market Street Prototyping Festival

Hart Wright Architects Designs an Exhibit for The Market Street Prototyping Festival

As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, the Market Street Prototyping Festival put on by the San Francisco Department of City Planning partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco Planning’s Prototyping link .

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

A Modern Victorian in San Francisco

The Victorian houses in San Francisco are typified by wonderful gracious tall ceilings but cozy small individual rooms with a lot of circulation. Lots are only 25 feet wide and a comfortable sized room could easily take up that width, but in Victorian times, the rooms were connected by hallways which made the living spaces even narrower. In addition, kitchens were service areas and they were intentionally separated out from.

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

Our Masters of Scandinavian Architecture

We here at HWA draw much inspiration from the architecture of the Scandinavian region and American modernism. For that matter, we are all about San Francisco Bay area regional modernism of the mid-20th century cross pollinated with Scandinavian architects and designers in the years following World War 2. We made a visit to Scandinavia not long ago and gathered the following inspirational images: Eliel Saarinen 1-Hvittrask, 1902: This communal living.

An outline of the Phases of Architectural Service

1: Interview When you interview your architect you should like them and feel comfortable with them. Since you will be working with them, a lot can be said for how well they communicate and if working together will be a good fit. The architect should have a portfolio of past projects. It is very important to like their work. They will explain their process and you will get a feel.

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Hart Wright Architects Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award. We received this award, given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 25 million or so monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best.

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

A Celebration of the San Francisco 1950’s Box House

Just this past weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle featured San Francisco 1950s box houses in the article “Little Boxes, A Different Kind of Painted Ladies.” See the link here. They praised their lack of appreciation and ubiquitousness. When we saw this, we were thrilled! Finally, these great houses are being noticed. What the article did not mention is the rectangular form, in its simplicity as exemplified in the box house,.

Remodeled Home Before and Afters

Remodeled Home Before and Afters

Here is a rendered preview of a remodeled house we are working on in the peninsula. Seeing the before and after photos, it is a typical 1950s tract home. Stay tuned with more to come.

Understanding General Contractor Payment

Hart Wright Architects recently had a conversation with colleague, general contractor and estimator Lawrence Motta about general contractor payment methods. Below is the meat of our conversation which we think is important to share.  Many times GCs use the term T & M (or “time and materials”) to describe billing for the work with an hourly rate and charging for the materials. Interestingly enough, California has specific requirements about how.

Introducing Hart Wright Architects’ New San Francisco Bay Area Remodel

Introducing Hart Wright Architects’ New San Francisco Bay Area Remodel

And these are the before pictures:

Pre-construction Services

We are always advocates of getting a contractor signed up early in the process and to provide pre-construction services. (see post “An Argument for Negotiated Bidding”) This method allows for cost control and builds a real team. We strongly believe in the team approach: architects and contractors work together with the owners to complete a project efficiently, on schedule and on budget. It is without adversarial issues that come up,.

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

Hart Wright Architects water fountain is featured on Gardenista

We are pleased to announce Gardenista chose our custom water fountain as one of their top 10 favorites! Please click here to read more.