Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and masterly situated on the Central Coast hilltops of San Simeon, rests Hearst Castle, one of California’s most visited historic landmark estates. It is little wonder why the early 20th Century newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst, formally named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada” meaning “The Enchanted Hill.”Continue Reading ›
Pictured Above: The Edward Schulmerich House, Hillsboro, Oregon 1915
During the early 1900s the American Craftsman style also associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement and the Greene brothers, gained popularity as Americans became drawn to homes with character, detail, and more efficient floor plan layouts. The movement favored a handmade aesthetic with simple materials over mass production, and writers like Henry Wilson and Gustav Stickley contributed to the popularity of the highly unique nature and harmony feel. In fact, one of the most well-known Craftsman style homes was built in California by Greene and Greene.Continue Reading ›
Pictured above: A combination of Mission Revival, Spanish, & Mediterranean architecture.
The Mission Revival Style was an architectural movement during the late 19th century that drew much of its inspiration from the Spanish missions along the coast of California from the late 18th and early 19th century.Continue Reading ›
Like many individuals, you may be wondering how an architect can help you achieve your goals for your current project. Though every project varies in scope, an architect, if chosen wisely, can help you clarify and define your building needs, look beyond your immediate requirements, efficiently manage your project, maximize your investment, see the bigger picture, and solve unforeseen problems.
Let’s begin by defining what an architect is. Quite simply, an architect is a licensed professional who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. It takes many years of education, internship, and testing to acquire an architectural license. This license is regulated and awarded by the State in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of those occupying the buildings the architect designs.Continue Reading ›