Main Architectural Design Styles

Colonial Home   Key Features: Traditional, historic, family-oriented interior Origin: Colonial Style, also known as Colonial Revival, is an iconic American design style with early 18th century roots, conceived by European immigrants. Colonial Designs are typically two-story houses. Exterior Features: Symmetrical design, porches with columns, wide balconies that connect the upper floor. Interior features: Spacious […]

Solutions for Unpermitted Construction Work in Los Angeles

As an architectural company, we often come in contact with clients inquiring about unpermitted construction, who wish to know how it will affect their future plans. Selling or modifying your existing property can become very troublesome if permitting violations aren’t addressed.  There’s a lot of backtracking involved if permitting isn’t done on time, and you […]

How Big Can You Build On Your Residential Lot in Los Angeles?

A new home construction is one of the biggest steps you can take in your life. Most people, reasonably so, wish to fulfill their idea of a perfect home, and get as much value from the square footage as possible. It’s also reasonable that most people wish to build big, after all, if you have […]

Los Angeles Soft-Story Retrofit Program Explained

In 2015, Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Ordinance was implemented by the city council, bringing the issue of seismic building safety to the public eye. Ordinance 183893 and 184081 define the buildings at risk, the steps necessary to reinforce them, and a timeline for project completion. The main goal of the program is to address the […]

What is LID Sanitation and Why is it Important?

The Low Impact Development Ordinance, developed by LA Sanitation seeks to ensure development projects utilize various rainwater capturing strategies to prevent runoff water. It was implemented to help combat stormwater pollution, an environmental hazard that is created when excess water causes draining systems to flood and overflow, releasing contaminated water into the environment.  Public Health […]

California ADU Ordinance 2020 – Most Important Laws Explained

ADUs are an increasingly popular way of elevating property value, creating additional housing space on a property, or adding additional functionality to a main building. Their growing popularity in California has led to legislative support in recent years, the most important of which is the set of ADU Ordinance Laws in 2020.  A series of […]