Ask an Architect – April 2017 Edition

We here at ISA get phone calls all the time from homeowners (and potential homeowners!) who don’t quite know where to start with this whole ‘hiring an architect’ thing. Some people just want to educate themselves (what is an FAR, anyway?) and don’t know where to turn. So we decided to answer some of the most […]

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Seen Around Town: Single Wall Construction

Have you heard? There is an architectural gem hiding inside some early 20th century buildings in San Diego. This gem is a rare construction technique most common on the West Coast, where the rapid pace of westward expansion required quick, inexpensive, and efficient building. It can be found in some of La Jolla’s beach cottages […]

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Seen Around Town: Razor Blade Bank Slot

Have you ever seen a horizontal slot in a bathroom wall or the back of a medicine cabinet and wondered what use such a strange design feature could possibly have? It turns out that these small slots date to the early- to mid-20th century, when razors didn’t come with snap-on heads but rather with replaceable […]

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Style 101: Mid-century Ranch

The Ranch style originated in southern California in the mid-1930s. In the 1940s, the Ranch was one of the small house types financed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), along with Minimal Traditional and other small house styles. The Ranch house began to pick up popularity as the financial controls that encouraged small house building […]

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Style 101: Italianate

The Italianate Style developed out of the Picturesque movement in England, which was a reaction to the rigid Classical model of past architectural styles. Ironically, the inspiration for this counter-style to Greco-Roman influenced architecture also derives from traditional Italian architecture. This time, it was the rambling Italian villa that inspired the architects of the late […]

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