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How to Build Responsibly with Sustainably Harvested Wood

How to Build Responsibly with Sustainably Harvested Wood

In my capacity as an Owner’s Representative or Project Manager, I quite often have the opportunity to insist that in my projects we consume sustainably sourced products, the main one being structural lumber and finish woods. Forests are a critical part of our survival...

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Green Point Rated

Green Point Rated

Several of our previous blogs have focused on why it is important to “Build Green”. Not only is it good for the planet but it saves money spent on energy and water, causes fewer building materials to wind up in landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and produces...

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Building Green’s Top 10 Products for 2020

Building Green’s Top 10 Products for 2020

At West Coast Project Management Inc. we like to consider our and our client’s carbon footprint at every step of the building process. With a earth conscious Project Manager or Owner’s Representative, you can be confident that your custom home comes with the latest...

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Things you didn’t know about embedded carbon

There has become an increased awareness of the embodied carbon and the products we use in construction. A knowledgeable Owner's representative or Project manager if part of the team can consult to benefit the project in reducing the quantity or volume of products with...

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Building Resilience

Building Resilience

The climate of the planet is changing. The heat causes more intense weather conditions such as hurricanes, storms, fires and other anomalies. The political divide is astounding regarding climate change. But while people are arguing over weather or not it is happening,...

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Building Green’s Top 10 Products for 2019

Building Green’s Top 10 Products for 2019

Building Green recently published their top ten energy efficient products of 2019. If you would like more information on these products you can watch the video from Building Green here. However, the following are the products and what they replace (in no particular...

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Happy Earth Day! WHY we need a Green New Deal NOW

Happy Earth Day! WHY we need a Green New Deal NOW

Photo by Miriam Espacio on Unsplash Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the next few generations of the human race. The more information one acquires the more daunting it feels. It is said that we have 12 years before climate change will...

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The Green New Deal Explained

The Green New Deal Explained

Wikipedia states it thus: “The Green New Deal is a set of proposed economic stimulus programs in the United States that aim to address climate change and economic inequality”. Pretty good goals wouldn’t you say? Data for progress states it this way: “A Green New Deal...

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GREEN NEW DEAL

GREEN NEW DEAL

In my work as a residential construction Owner’s Representative and Project Manager I get to interact with some very interesting clients. Just recently I had a thrilling discussion with one of my owners over the Green New Deal currently being proposed by the...

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DUTIES OF A GOOD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER

A home construction project manager will have two different types of duties:  Management of the work taking place on siteAdministrative and financial duties In this blog we will focus on the on-site work. On site work management duties are varied and multi...

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THE PERILS OF THE HOME MORTGAGE PROCESS

THE PERILS OF THE HOME MORTGAGE PROCESS

The following applies to mortgages called “jumbo” or over the standard Fannie Mae size that you hear adds for such as “rocket mortgages”. If you are in a position of considering a refinance to help you purchase a home you most likely know someone who has gone through...

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Richard Wodehouse Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

In this article from the Wall Street Journal yesterday, October 24th, Richard is quoted below the second picture as the president of TRUST (Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails). He is discussing the lawsuit to preserve the trails in Tiburon that...

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INTRODUCTION TO SERIES ON BUILDING SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION TO SERIES ON BUILDING SCIENCE

Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a series of articles on practical applications of what has come to be known as “Building Science”.  Yes, there is such a term.  “They don’t build them like they used to” is quite true, but in a good way, we build much...

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IS A FREFAB HOME A GOOD OPTION? CAN IT BE CUSTOM ENOUGH?

IS A FREFAB HOME A GOOD OPTION? CAN IT BE CUSTOM ENOUGH?

The answers are yes, for many situations, prefab or factory built homes offer real advantages. I will list some below, but first let’s mention a short list of situations where prefab is not a good idea. Where tastes and budget demand a truly custom one of a kind...

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Help Save Tiburon Trails

Help Save Tiburon Trails

About TRUST: We are Tiburon/Belvedere Residents United to Support the Trails or "TRUST". We are an unincorporated, nonprofit association fiscally sponsored by MarinLink. The TRUST mission is to protect, preserve, and promote public access to and use of local trails...

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CAN A CUSTOM HOME BE BUILT WITHIN A BUDGET?

CAN A CUSTOM HOME BE BUILT WITHIN A BUDGET?

Yes, definitely, but it must follow a process that gives the owner control, accountability, and a roadmap with scheduled reality checks. How? The owner needs one person in charge of the entire process, to monitor the budget and ensure the groups communicate and work...

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PODCAST With Jeff Schlarb

At the invitation of Jeff Schlarb, a great designer, we taped a 45 minute podcast conversation between he and I that is informative and fun to hear.   http://www.jeffschlarb.com/richard-wodehouse/

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The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I

The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I

The Process of Building a Custom Home: Part I The process of building one-of-a-kind custom structures contains many pitfalls that can derail the project. There are too many bad experiences due to budgets being overrun and delayed completion. However, with the proper...

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Point Reyes Visitor’s Center

Point Reyes Visitor’s Center

I recently visited Point Reyes visitor’s center and was surprised at how professional the building and information services are. The lighthouse closed due to high winds, but they directed us to a place where there were still some elephant seals sleeping in the sun. I...

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Are We Over Structuring Today’s Buildings?

Are We Over Structuring Today’s Buildings?

Quite often we find ourselves removing an existing structure prior to building a new one, or making substantial improvements to an existing building.  Once the above ground structure has been taken down, (hopefully deconstructed not demolished), the old foundation has...

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Who should you hire to manage your construction

Who should you hire to manage your construction

In this newsletter Bob Villa discusses the pros, and a con, on the concept of hiring a Project Manager instead of a General Contractor to build your home. In a couple of projects where it became much more cost effective, I have taken on the role of actively building...

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Electronic Gadgets for your Home

Electronic Gadgets for your Home

As a Construction project manager, or Owner’s Representative, I often get the opportunity to contribute information on the merits, or worth, of new electronic devices being marketed. Here is my current assessment and functionality of three products getting current...

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IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

We are all concerned with having a healthy environment in our homes.  Also we don’t want high humidity which can increase the chances of supporting the growth of mold. We have graduated from relying on leaky construction methods that allowed uncontrolled air movement...

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How to Be a Great Host

In many homes here in Marin that I work on as a construction project manager I see owners adding space to create quarters for guests to stay.   Yet when we get notice that guests are coming many might find it stressful to get ready for them. Houzz has published a...

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