Drafting Cafe's Design Blog

Resolutions for Your Home

Happy New Year!

For many, a new year brings a restructuring of the mind, plans for development, and expectation for an improved version on one’s self. This year, in addition to focusing on your personal well-being, consider the ways your home could be improved. Whether for increased resale value or for your and your family’s security and comfort, below are some helpful questions and ideas to productively kick off 2019.

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Tags: Home Care, Interior Design, Kitchen Remodel, Hiring a residential architect, Furniture, Custom Cabinets, Remodel 101, Green Building, Lighting, Drafting Cafe

Is Your Home Winter-Ready?


Certainly, the Bay Area is a very different animal than the midwest or the east coast when it comes to the winter season...but we still need to prepare our homes for weather changes. Lower temperatures, shorter days, and dampened air have the potential to damage homes, adding extra work and stress to our already busy lives. Fortunately, there are several ways to be proactive with the winterization process.

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Tags: Home Care, Bay Area, building materials, Architecture 101, Green Building, Lighting

Planchx Launch

Ethan Andersen, our principal architect at Drafting Cafe Architects, is proud to be launching Planchx to the world! Planchx is a new and marvelously helpful web app for anyone entering into the realm of building codes and plan checks. The app is quick and easy to use. So, what does it do? Planchx is a comprehensive plan check tool that provides all of the most relevant building codes for your project. Check it out at www.planchx.com. It’s like TSA Precheck for architectural plans.

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Tags: Building Permit, Remodel 101, drawings, Best of the Web, Our Team

Vines on the Mind

The autumn season is upon us and, I don’t about you, but I am always astounded by the beauty of the leaves. Suddenly, our neighborhoods are transformed into colorful havens for crisp, rejuvenating air and crunchy walks down leaf-laden sidewalks. The many pumpkins smile, or scowl, at us from front stoops as we start craving hot apple cider and pumpkin-flavored everything. During those cozy walks, I often find myself enamored by the homes elegantly entangled in climbing vines.

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Tags: Home Care, Outdoor Living, Facade Remodel

Atmosphere Psychology

ImageForArticle_14974(8)I invite you to take a moment to close your eyes and picture the places in which you find yourself on a daily or weekly basis…various rooms of your home, the sidewalks/parks in your neighborhood, your favorite coffee shop, your office/work environment, your fitness center, etc…visualize the colors, the furniture, the lighting, the height of the ceilings, the temperature, the textures, the smells, the sounds…how do you feel in those spaces? Do you feel the desire to spend more or less time in one space than another? If so, why? Psychology, the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought, is very likely involved.

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Tags: Home Care, Interior Design, Design Inspiration, Good Design

Reflections From a Camp Trailer


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Rarely See the Inside of Your Garage?

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Tags: Building Permit, Maximize space, Interior Design, Remodeling on a Budget, Curb Appeal, Remodel 101

An Oakland Cottage

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Tags: Oakland, Remodeling on a Budget, Remodel 101, Design Inspiration, drawings

Welcoming Michael, Our Latest Team Member

It's been several months since he started with Drafting Cafe, but we're officially welcoming Michael Davisson as our new Architectural Designer in the office. Michael has 12 years of experience with residential projects with custom design, remodels, and additions. He spent several years in Santa Barbara working with a residential architect on predominantly modern homes, and moved to Puerto Rico for a stint working as the primary designer for a custom home developer. His enjoys the architecture of the 1920-30's, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. He has now settled in Oakland and has been enjoying the Bay Area. Our clients already working with Michael have been very impressed with his professionalism, design savvy, and general expertise. Welcome Michael, we're thrilled you're on our team!

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Lifting Your Home - Is There Value?

I regularly get asked about the expenses involved with lifting a home. More specifically, lifting a home in order to create a new floor below. I usually start my answer by stating, "it's the least expensive square footage you can add to your home in the Bay Area!". Of course, some homes are better candidates than others. Typically a house worth lifting is on a fairly flat lot and is long and rectangular.

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Tags: Bay Area, Cost of Construction, Architecture 101