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..

A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

A discussion on how to choose the right San Francisco contractor

We are working with clients who had to fire a San Francisco contractor and are hiring a new one. They were not happy with the first one’s performance and now are looking for guidance on how to select the right one who will finish the job. From our experience, the cost estimate a GC provides is just a small portion of what counts in evaluating one. Also in our experience,.

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..

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.

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.

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.

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects wins Best of Houzz

Hart Wright Architects on Houzz

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,.

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 has a new office!

Hart Wright Architects has a new office!

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  

Hart Wright Architects Visits Lighting Field for Design Inspiration

The Three Boxes- Hart Wright Architects’ Furniture Design

The Three Boxes- Hart Wright Architects’ Furniture Design

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.

A Brief Tour of Houses Visiting Austin for Design Inspiration

A Brief Tour of Houses Visiting Austin for Design Inspiration

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.

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.

Recycling + Deadline = Deck Chairs

Recycling + Deadline = Deck Chairs

The holiday season is always a reason to have a deadline. This year we are hosting guests. We needed to make our house more comfortable, and we knew we did not have enough seating for everyone, so we focused on building chairs. One reason we felt we could meet this deadline is that over the years, we’ve created a stock pile of scrap material (mostly wood) from various projects and.

Hart Wright Architects Trip to Utah to See Land Art and get Green Design Inspiration

Hart Wright Architects Trip to Utah to See Land Art and get Green Design Inspiration

As part of our desire to be inspired by the world around us, Hart Wright Architects went to Utah and visited important land art projects. These works connect the visitor to the landscape. They make one realize humans are just a small part of time, space and the universe. Seeing a piece of art built into the land is incredibly moving and well worth the effort. The Spiral Jetty is.

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.

 
                                                    

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