Drafting Cafe's Design Blog

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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Tags: Our Team

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

What to Prepare for Your First Meeting with Your Architect

As part of our service as residential architects in Oakland, we meet with potential clients to discuss your projects and plans (learn how you can schedule a free consultation here!).

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Tags: Hiring a residential architect, As Built Drawings, Remodel 101

Meet us at Rockridge Out and About this Sunday!

Calling all Oakland friends -- we want to meet you!

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3 Things That Will Increase the Cost of an Addition

Building an addition onto your exisiting house is a great way to create more space in your home without going through the hassle and expense of buying a larger home and having to move. 

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Tags: Cost of Construction, Cost of an Addition

Getting to Know Your Architecture & Building Team

When planning a home remodel for the first time, you may be surprised how many people actually become involved in your project. 

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Tags: Title 24, Bay Area, Remodel 101

5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Maximize Your Remodel

It's no secret that remodeling a house or building an addition takes a considerable amount of planning, time, finances and work. Particularly if you're remodeling a significant portion of your house, or completing an intensive project like completely revamping the kitchen, you want all the effort - and money - spent to work for your family and lifestyle as long as possible. 

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Tags: Remodeling on a Budget, Remodel 101

7 Websites for Remodeling and DIY Videos

Between all the websites, booksmagazines, apps and more out there on architecture, renovations and home remodeling, homeowners have more information at their fingertips than ever before when it comes to finding inspiration and learning about handling projects themselves. Now, with more and more people turning to online videos to entertain as well as educate, there are also a ton of video resources out there covering everything from remodeling tips and trends to step-by-step, how-to guides that walk you through a task or project from start to finish. Here's where to find some of our favorites:

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Tags: Remodel 101, Design Inspiration

All You Need to Know About Building Permits in the Bay Area

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Tags: Building Permit, Bay Area

What Magazines Do Architects Read?

Do you ever wonder what magazines architects read? Are they the same rags you pick up while waiting for a flight? The answer is yes! And no. We probably read many magazines for the same reason you do - entertainment. We'll start there, and work our way deeper into our shelves to give you a peek into what we read, and why.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Good Design, Architecture 101