Poetic and Practical: What it Means to be an Architect-Builder

The first meeting with a client starts with questions. I ask, “How are you going to interact with the space?” and “How can I enhance your lifestyle with an indoor-outdoor feel?” Perhaps they want a wow factor that their friends will be impressed by, or they just want to enjoy a glass of wine in solitude by the pool. It depends on the client.

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California 2020 Solar Panel Requirements

FAQ: Solar Panels for New Home Construction

The California Energy Commission has ruled that by 2020 solar panels will be required on all new homes with limited exemptions. For many people this may seem sudden. You may be one of them… feeling surprised, wanting to know more. However, this is one of several actions that have happened in the state over the last decade to move us toward sustainability–all as part of a larger plan.

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Natural roof system at the British Horse Society Headquarters

Green Roofs

Green roofs, also known as vegetated roof covers or eco-roofs, consist of layers of living vegetation installed on top of conventional flat or sloping roofs. While pondering design options for an upcoming project, we began exploring the idea of utilizing a green roof system. The discussion came about because the home is situated on a hillside and we wanted to see how we could best preserve the view of the neighbor further up the hillside. However, green roofs have value that goes far beyond aesthetics.

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Barbie Visits Compartes in SNL Skit

Barbie and SNL Visit Compartés Chocolatier

Saturday Night’s episode of the long running and iconic late night comedy troupe, SNL brought a visit by Barbie™ to the Compartés Chocolate Shop in Westfield Century City. The funny skit shows Barbie with the Compartés store front behind her holding one of Compartés tasty frozen hot chocolates and a clutch purse.

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Best ideas for modern garage door designs

Garage Doors: Thoughts and Strategies

Let’s face it, garage doors serve a utilitarian function. But for many architects and homeowners, the garage door is one of the least glamorous aspects of a home—-and for good reason. Most garage doors are simply ugly and uninspired.

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Is green architecture too expensive?

5 Myths about Green Architecture

One of the fundamental ways architects think about design is how the structure will interact with the land and the environment. Unlike the needs for mass GI housing after WWII, where builders clear cut the land and plopped down tract homes, today’s architecture is focused on integrating with the environment and reducing the overall footprint created by building and maintaining the structure. Some people may call this Green Architecture, but we also refer to it as Smart Architecture with tangible benefits.

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Pool Construction update in Pacific Palisades

Construction Update for Las Canoas

Breathtaking, long-range and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean are the highlight of our project in Las Canoas. We are turning the steep hillside into usable space with a multi-tiered, multi-decked approach that is dramatically expanding the outdoor living area and opening the interior spaces to the beautiful outdoors and Pacific Ocean.

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You don't have architecture without 'art'

You Can’t Have Architecture Without ‘Art’

It’s important as an Architect or any professional involved in design, to expand your aesthetic references. I’ve shared in this blog in the past my travels throughout California and how in all cases I’ve taken in those experiences and improved my own perspective and ‘art’ as an Architect.

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Albret Frey Tramway Gas Station

Modern Architecture in the Deserts of Palm Springs

I recently returned from Palm Spring’s Modernism Week, which is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the Palms Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week encourages education through lectures, exhibitions, films, and home tours of Palm Springs’s architecture. Palm Springs has one of the highest densities of mid-century modern architecture, in particularly midcentury modern homes. At one point, Palm Springs was known as having the most swimming pools per capita in the country! Celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Lucille Ball flocked to the area and sought out architects to create their highly distinctive desert getaways.

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Dexter Oblea, Project Manager, Krueger Architects

Team Profile: Dexter Oblea, Project Manager

Each project we do simply can’t be done without Dexter. He’s a critical part of the invaluable as one of the project managers at Kurt Krueger Architects. He’s one of the unsung heroes that make our firm work and on every job he works with integrity and focuses on changing our clients’ lives for the better helping and to make their dreams come true.

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