Tiburon single home Architectural remodeling, describes 6 projects we have done over the years, and what we have learned and share with you.
My wife and I bought the house in 1986. In 1996 or so we added a 450 sq. ft. Studio for myself, with an independent street entrance, and made the downstairs of our home next to it more of an independent and complete area, with a bedroom-Library, a full bath, and a room that could become a laundry room.
First, is it did make our life much more pleasant, I do not commute, I work out of the studio, and share the studio bath, rather than share the upstairs bath with my wife. I believe it has extended our relationship. The deck above is grand 400 sq.ft. view deck, my favorite part of our home.
We hardly made ends meet, but couldn’t remember now. Great investment as it increased the home value much more than the cost to do it. It is not perfect by far, somewhat unfinished but that is how our budget went.
169 Stewart Drive, Tiburon, CA. Studio below, view deck above.
Tiburon single home Architectural remodeling at 10 Via Paraiso East.
I met this old friend at the Tiburon gas station. She said “we are building a house in Tiburon”, would you like to help me with it? I said sure let me take a look at the drawings.
he way she had done the project was hired an Interior Designer to Master Plan it, and then brought an Architect who was on the Tiburon Planning Review Board to do the working drawings. A nice 6,000 sq. ft. view home is always a nice project. I don’t know which of the two previous professionals had, but the house had a few major mistakes, we were happy to have caught before construction started.
Seems like they were not happy with the Architect, who most noteworthy was on the Tiburon Planning Review Board. (I made sure they had paid him before I took over).
Because of the substantial changes and additions I proposed, we had to attend hearings for approval. We created an extension for the Master Bathroom, the bathroom had been fitted inside the closet. The area above the Master Bath became an additional view deck.
Most important the garage was a level below the kitchen and from there you had to walk in and across to the main and only staircase, and back to the kitchen.
A realtor friend DS reviewed the plans I had from the Architect and pointed out that would make the house not sell. We were able to fit a second staircase directly to the kitchen and of course a dumbwaiter. Then we redesigned the interior layout maybe 50%.
It got built and sold well I believe. The point is are single home architectural remodeling plans were done before construction started, so we were able to save a substantial part of the budget had the issues been caught up later.
The clients bought a house in Las Brisas in Acapulco, and we were also called in to redesign it, the their Hillsborough home mysteriously burned down and they also invited us to help. Again we had other commitments at the time and were unable to help there.
Via Paraiso East, Tiburon, CA. left, and center #10, right #16
Tiburon single home Architectural remodeling at 16 Via Paraiso East. Word goes around so we were highly recommended to the developer neighbor.
Again we remodeled the Interior Layout 50% and the exterior elevations for a more Tuscan look, rather than a typical Cape Cod. We were retained to do a full follow-up through construction, unfortunately we were too busy and had to leave it at that, consulting only.
We were invited to the grand opening and a wedding reception but had to miss both due to other commitments. This means the client was happy with what we did.
Tiburon single home Architectural remodeling at 2051 Vistazo East. The lot was very large, and it had a house there already, so we provided a full set of Architectural remodeling plans. We also designed a pool with a pool house.
The client had just moved in from Hawaii, and wanted to bring the Architect from Hawaii to help. So again when we completed our drawings, we left it there. We are not sure what was done after. We were happy to help, as consultants and make things better.
Master Floor plan at 2051 Vistazo East
Tiburon single home Architectural remodeling at 107 Trinidad Way.
Here we did a full remodeling plan for the home. Not much happen, and we were called again 2 years later for an addition.
The interesting thing is that this area of the Tiburon Peninsula not ruled by the Tiburon Planning Department but has its independent design and building bylaws. We were surprised now the owner and client had become a part of the Planning Review Board.
I love it when neighbors call. It is so easy to get together and come out with solutions. They had a nice recently remodeled home. However the remodeling had been partial.
Hence we were asked to complete what hadn’t been done before. First of all we suggested they engage the previous Architect as to us it looked like it was well done.
They did not want to work with him anymore. While it is sad, that how it goes. Finally we completed the plans for the remaining part of the House. They were submitted and approved, and the client completed the job.
I have contacted Jerry for two projects, one was for a partial Architecture remodeling of a residence and the other for the reconfiguration of the green areas adjacent to a residential property.
Upon our request, Jerry rapidly grasped the definition of the projects, and then started working immediately to provide a first approach to them.
Upon this, we went through a meticulous and complete analysis to arrive to what was acceptable to our taste and desire.
Besides he was instrumental in providing clear plans, researched town regulations, helped with contractors and town inspectors and followed up with the various stages of construction.
Most importantly I recommend Jerry in a heartbeat, he listens well, he carries out thorough research, he is knowledgeable with modern materials but most importantly he is a master in design and architecture.
He always acted with celerity, besides his integrity and transparency and by all means it was a pleasure having him assisting our needs.
Jose-Maria Castro, Tiburon, San Francisco, California
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