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..

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.

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects on Houzz

“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.

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.

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.

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,.

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.

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  

Hart Wright Architects Visits Lighting Field for Design Inspiration

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.

Women in Architecture; A Rehash of The Missing 32%

Women in Architecture; A Rehash of The Missing 32%

On October 13th, 2012, the AIA hosted a panel discussion on women in architecture. The discussion was centered on the statistic that although 50% of architecture students are women, only 18% of them are licensed architects. The main questions with regard to this statistic that were the basis of the event were, 1. is this a problem, and 2. if it is a problem what needs to be done to.

Mark your Calendars for the AIA “The Missing 32%: a Symposium on Women in Architecture” coming soon!

Mark your Calendars for the AIA “The Missing 32%: a Symposium on Women in Architecture” coming soon!

The Missing 32% October 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm California College of the Arts Timken Hall, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco AIA Members: $50 | General Admission: $75 Website Eliza Hart of Hart Wright Architects will be on the panel for the American Institute of Architects.

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!

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.

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.

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/  

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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