Santa Clara Project Demolition and Plan Changes

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Current Project: 600 Square Foot Addition:

Background:

The homeowners recently purchased a 1950’s ranch home with 3 beds 2 baths 1,284 sq ft. in Santa Clara. They wanted to add a Master Suite so they can have 2 master suites available as an additional master suite when their in-laws visit.

  • Add a Master Suite
  • Remodel three bathrooms
  • Remodel Kitchen
  • Add Laundry Room
  • Remove old Roof and replace
  • Paint the entire interior and exterior
  • Match existing Stucco to the new
  • Add exterior ledger stone to the exterior wall
  • Change out existing hardwood floor
  • Add two gas insert fireplaces plus new chimney
  • Change all new doors

Current Design Background:

By the time, I was brought on to the project, the floor plan set already. The owners didn’t want to make any further changes because they had been waiting close to a year to start the project.

Hiring Issue: 

The architect who was referral from several coworkers did not provide a full set of plans which delayed the start of the project.  Before the general contractor could move on, the architect failed to complete energy calculations (Title 24) and pull the permits from the city. He claimed that it was not his responsibility but the general contractors.  This delayed the project about three weeks. In my experience working with architects, it is responsibility for all the plans as well as pulling the permits from the city.

Comment from an Interior Designer I work with:

“We are now seeing cheaper architects are not completing the drawings such as plumbing and HVAC and the Title 24 Home Energy Calculations.”

Old Floor Plan:

Existing Floor Plan

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A young couple’s architect gave them advice which failed to meet their budget which led them to selling their house. If they had hired general contractor to evaluate their building options, they would have learned they could have done a addition to the back of their existing house.

This story talks about the importance how the general contractor and architect needs to work with each other from the beginning. Homeowner’s need to talk to general contractor’s to get a good idea of budge based design.

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Architecture, Decor, and Design Idea Cheat Sheet

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Modern Scandinavian: Palo Alto Remodel Overview

Show Notes:

In this video, we discuss the importance of incorporating the natural beauty of the lot into the home. We’ve created a warm mood through the use of natural tones on the walls, the floors and the tiles, in addition to the proper placement of the windows and lights. In your home, the right floor plan and meticulous interior design will influence your mood and family life. Our goal is to make this influence a positive one.

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