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.
As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, Market Street, the San Francisco Department of City Planning partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival.
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.
We here at HWA draw much inspiration from 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 compound built with.
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.
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,.
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.
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.
And these are the before pictures:
We are always advocates of getting a contractor signed up early in the process. (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, absent of the trusting relationships.
We are pleased to announce Gardenista chose our custom water fountain as one of their top 10 favorites! Please click here to read more.
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.
Once again, Hart Wright Architects is pleased to announce they are featured on Houzz.com! To read the article, please click the title above.
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In our never-ending struggle to explain construction costs to clients, we sometimes resort to the shell cost vs. finish cost estimating method. What is the difference between shell and finish? Finish cost is what most people think of when discussing construction cost. In other words, its the cost of the entire project including all materials from foundation to roof and all exterior and interior finish materials. Finishes are cabinetry, flooring,.
We are in a record dry period. When will it rain? As we should know, water is used in every industrial practice, mixing, cleaning and manufacturing materials; not just for flushing toilets and drinking. Water is inextricably linked with energy consumption and therefore, conserving energy conserves water. If you spent some time researching and observing the pipelines, dams, reservoirs and infrastructure that have been built to get the water to.
We are featured in Remodelista! Click here to read further… http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-happiness-inducing-paint-colors
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..
Learn about working relationships between small firms. Eliza Hart will be speaking on this panel along with Alex Bergtraun, Carey Bernstein and Tom McElroy. You can read more about it at this link: http://aiasf.org/event/2013/08/29/what-makes-a-successful-partnership-working-relati/
Photos of the project that is featured in this month’s California Home and Design Magazine can now be seen on our portfolio pages!
We are proud to announce Hart Wright Architects is featured in the current issue of California Home and Design. Its the Fall 2013 issue. Our Cole Valley remodel project is featured in this issue. Check back again soon for a blog article about this very fun and exciting project!
We have been on many runs through San Francisco. Running is our exercise, our therapy and a way to be out looking around. We’d like to share shots we’ve taken while on runs from now on, a little at a time. There is more to see when you experience the city on foot, not to mention, its easier to stop and observe when there’s no bike, bus or car. On.
We thought this project in the furniture section on our website could use an explanation. This is a piece of furniture we designed for a remodeled 1950’s typical San Francisco box shaped house where flexibility is valued. It consists of three arrangable modular box forms. The piece is used in a living room with an open plan connected to a dining area and kitchen. This relatively small room functions as.
We recently took a trip to Austin to attend the annual Austin Psych Fest music festival. As always when we travel, we find design inspiration. While there, we were able to explore Hyde Park and North Loop. We love looking at buildings and especially houses wherever we travel. We could have spent a lot more time there, but nevertheless, here are some interesting houses for our collection.
Here is a bit of insight into our inspirations outside architecture. Below are a few photos from my weekend running adventure in the Grand Canyon, early May, 2013. Having been to Grand Canyon National Park three times in the past, I didn’t think I would be as impressed with its spectacle but my mind changed when Jenn Pattee, Alex Ho and I arrived at the South Rim at sunset on.
What exactly is Mid-Century Modern? It generally describes a period of style immediately following World War Two that influenced American product design and architecture for a generation. This period had its origins in the 1930s and spanned well into the 1960s. Think of the work of Charles and Ray Eames for furniture design as a good example of the style. Their pieces are utilitarian, functional and were created from readily.
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.
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