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As many of you may already know, I have recently begun to dig into my own practice of architecture. For years TYPHOON has been a side project with small kitchen renovations and consultant jobs under the oversight of other architects. Now I am working on obtaining connections with my own prospective clients and projects. Furthermore I am in the process of formulating my goals.

One thing the pandemic and the social justice movement of this era has taught me: keep my dream that architecture can make a difference in peoples lives, that designing for community and connection are deeply important. The spaces where we spend our lives, both interior and exterior, influence to our mental and physical health. Not only do I hope to provide affordable design and construction management services to private clients, but also to a greater public community to whom it would make a big difference.

As I formulate how I will achieve these important goals, I hope to connect with you and dialogue about the ways in which my vision and expertise can help you achieve your own goals. Please reach out to me if you are interested in collaborating or if anything I am speaking to inspires you at all.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to cross paths with you soon.

December 4, 2020 - Our Bernal Heights addition remodel is in progress. We have added large sliding glass doors and a deck to the rear facade, a new HVAC system, new lighting and upgraded electrical system, along with rough framing and plumbing for another bedroom, laundry room and bathroom downstairs, and refinishing the garage. The project budget is close to $300/sf if you include the unconditioned areas such as the garage and the deck. Typical design/bid/build cost per square foot for a remodel of this size in Bernal Heights is closer to $600/sf. This project is our first foray into a design build model which lowers the owner's overall construction budget by managing most of the construction.

Eliminating the GC of course comes at a cost of additional risk for the owner, since the owner will be holding the insurance for the project. Additionally it adds work for the architect and owner and does not remove to possibility of schedule issues, sub contractors becoming unreliable or other mistakes made by sub contractors who for example don't speak the same language or look at the drawings. With all that said, the project will be finishing well under the majority of the original GC bids and typical cost per square foot for San Francisco.

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

2017 - An 1030sf remodel in Bernal Heights, included a three part phased design process. The exterior facade, the interior (kitchen, bathroom and living room open plan), and the backyard.




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