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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,.

Featured on Houzz.com: “Tear Down that Concrete Patio”

Featured on Houzz.com: “Tear Down that Concrete Patio”

Once again, Hart Wright Architects is pleased to announce they are featured on Houzz.com! To read the article, please click the title above.

Our San Francisco Remodel is Featured on Houzz.com

Our San Francisco Remodel is Featured on Houzz.com

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Our Project is Bathroom of the Week on Houzz.com

A dark enclosed 1903 Victorian was remodeled to become a light filled gathering place that functions in this century. Living areas with their original details were preserved.Victorian was remodeled to become a light filled gathering place that functions in this century. Living areas with their original details were preserved. Click this link to Houzz.com to hear more about our bathroom of the week

Shell Cost vs. Finish Cost: Understanding Construction Costs Early in the Design Process

Shell Cost vs. Finish Cost: Understanding Construction Costs Early in the Design Process

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,.

Color that makes us happy…. on Remodelista.com

Color that makes us happy…. on Remodelista.com

We are featured in Remodelista! Click here to read further… http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-happiness-inducing-paint-colors  

The Re-Interpretation of The Mid-Century Modern

The Re-Interpretation of The Mid-Century Modern

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.

Kitchen Remodel in Progress

Kitchen Remodel in Progress

Construction has begun on a kitchen remodel we are designing for a mid century house near San Francisco. This is the first; we will be posting the progress periodically. Here are a few before photos, the house had unique details that we hope to preserve and enhance. Here is the area that will become the dining room. We are taking out a few walls to open up the space and.

San Francisco Kitchen Remodel

San Francisco Kitchen Remodel

Here is a recently completed remodel of a kitchen in a San Francisco flat. It was a tight space before, but once two of the walls were removed it really opened up the living room to the kitchen. An island was placed where the two former walls met and we put in a skylight. The lighting was also updated. This was a collaboration of us, the architect, and contractor Cardea.

Green Design: We want to reduce our water use and our runoff, please!

Inagural AIA East Bay Home Tours 8/13/11

Inagural AIA East Bay Home Tours 8/13/11

Our Lafayette Project Will be featured on 8/13/11.  Please save the date for the first ever AIA East Bay Home Tours, August 13, 2011, where you will see one of our projects featured For more information visit: http://www.aiaeb.org/hometours.htm An article in the Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/07/HOVE1KH91N.DTL To see more photos of the house visit: http://www.hartwrightarchitects.com/projects/blackthorn/  

Design Case Study: The Knuckle

Here is a brief case study of a remodel where the objective of the project was to add light to the space, make the bedroom bigger, brighter and more functional, and to remodel the bath. Costs were kept down by not moving any plumbing fixtures and the goals were accomplished with some simple non-structural changes to the plan. The existing house had, and still has, extensive overhangs, which is good.

Bay Area Peninsula Remodel

Bay Area Peninsula Remodel

Here is a recently completed remodel of a house on the Peninsula. Back to back fireplaces created a block between spaces.  The living room was so disconnected from the rest of the house that it was hardly used. We removed one fireplace and created flow between the dining room and living room. The kitchen was completely remodeled. To save cost, the configuration was only slightly altered but there is more.

We’re published in the San Francisco Chronicle!

We’re published in the San Francisco Chronicle!

If you haven’t seen it already, Hart Wright Architects has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Check out the article on our Bernal Heights home remodel! Bernal Heights fixer-upper hip to be Square