Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2017

Favorite Buildings We Visited in 2017

Even though a year ended a while back, we’re still excited to post what we saw last year. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go and this highlights our favorites. We got to go on a very special tour of the Stahl House in Los Angeles, also known as Case Study House #22, designed by Pierre Koenig. Also last year, we enjoyed a trip to Minnesota..

Images that Inspire Us

Images that Inspire Us

Instead of showing you our work and explaining our ideas, this entry is about some of the places and things that have inspired us. We presented these images in person at the AIA East Bay office when they hosted a “Pecha Kucha” Slide Show to introduce the Home Tour architects. 1. Modernist architects from Northern California This is an example of architecture that’s 50 years old; it expresses the materials.

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.

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 has a new office!

Hart Wright Architects has a new office!

Why Saving Energy Saves Water

Why Saving Energy Saves Water

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.

Hart Wright Architects Visits Lighting Field for Design Inspiration

Stuart Wright: Grand Canyon R2R2R

Stuart Wright: Grand Canyon R2R2R

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.

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.

Custom Dining Room Table Preview

Custom Dining Room Table Preview

It’s always satisfying when, nearing the end of a remodel project,  the client adds a fun mini project to finish off the experience. In this case we were asked to design a new rectangular dining table that would integrate into a dining room that contained both old and new cabinetry and would be used on a daily basis. We subsequently nick-named the table “Coda” When an opportunity to check on.

A Conversation about Design with Jeff King and Company

A Conversation about Design with Jeff King and Company

We interviewed with Jeff King and Company and have been featured on their blog. “Jeff King & Co: Where do you look for design inspiration? Eliza Hart: The short list is: nature, other architects (both famous and not so famous), local buildings, and our travels. Stuart Wright and I are both transplants to California by choice and discovered that we are inspired by the California design aesthetic. We’ve spent a.

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.

Hart Wright Architects is Certified DBE

Hart Wright Architects is Certified DBE

We are proud to announce Hart Wright Architects has been certified DBE, a designation that stands for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The US Department of Transportation has mandated in its code of regulations that any public agency that receives federal assistance must participate in a certification program. This means that recipients of this funding must hire small minority and women owned businesses for a portion of their projects. In order for.

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!

C.A.B.: We regulate design but we don’t know good design

C.A.B.: We regulate design but we don’t know good design

Here is a familiar form every licensed California architect has seen. This is the license renewal form sent by The California Architects Board, within California’s Department of Consumer Affairs. They regulate the practice of architecture in California. Ironically, an organization that regulates a design profession apparently does not use the services of a design professional for their forms. This form is very difficult to fill out.  It is neither visually.

Favorite Buildings, 2011

Favorite Buildings, 2011

As the year 2011 comes to a close, we share with you some favorite buildings we were lucky enough to visit this year. We always make an effort to see buildings wherever we go, but 2011 was special because we went to Chicago. This amazing city has some of this country’s most significant ones and we look forward to visiting again. The list is in order of year built. The.

A feature in Remodelista

A feature in Remodelista

Remodelist featured our Lafayette house, have a look! Thank you Remodelista! Check it out here.

We are featured on Slow Home Studio!

We were featured on slowhomestudio.com’s blog! Here’s the video. Also check out their blog for more interesting videos and articles.

The Construction Administration Phase of Service

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.

 
                                                    

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