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Project Published

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Our Pebble Beach Remodel was featured in the 'Haven' Summer 2010 issue published by the Monterey Herald. The article is a great tribute to Tom and our work. [caption id="attachment_902" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Haven - Summer 2010"][/caption] Read the online version of the article: Haven Summer 2010. Read more about his project on our ...
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A Restaurant Village

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Harden Ranch Plaza is a premier retail center in Salinas, California, which is anchored by Safeway, Target, and Walmart. The center management is developing an innovative "restaurant village." The idea is to attract a number of national and regional chain restaurants into one building with a wide patio and high ...
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A Warm Hearth

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Through the ages, dwellings have depended upon fireplaces and stoves for heating and cooking. The custom construction of a functional wood-burning fireplace requires the special skills of an experienced mason. Incorrect dimensions can prevent the fireplace from drawing properly through the chimney. With new prefabricated gas and wood burning fireboxes ...
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Restoring the White House

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
The distinctive “White House”, a few blocks from Hartnell College on West Alisal Street, is a landmark in Salinas. The white paint and porch columns identify its neo-classic style. When we had our construction sign out front, we received a number of telephone calls asking what we were doing to ...
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From Autos to Students

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Last night, the five members of the City of Monterey Planning Commission unanimously voted to grant a "use permit" to Calvary Christian High School to operate a private high school at a former auto dealership. TJC designed the dealership at 601 E. Franklin Street in 2004; he has assisted Tim ...
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Center of the Home

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
"No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best.” This embroidered observation was framed and hung on a wall in our house. In contemporary homes, the modern kitchen is often the center of family activities and entertaining. TJC placed this kitchen literally at the center ...
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A Contemporary Bathroom

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Bathrooms of yesteryear were simply utilitarian. On a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, they called it “the necessary." Today, we expect bathrooms to have multiple functions. In this remodeled townhouse in Pebble Beach, the original 1970's master bathroom was awkwardly divided into a series of small compartments, closets, and vanities. TJC's ...
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Displays of Independence

Monday, July 6th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_682" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="This bungalow designed by TJC is decorated with patriotic bunting"][/caption] Flag etiquette says that the U.S. flag should not be draped as decoration; we are to let it hang free. So along with flags, we display red, white & blue bunting decorations of all kinds on Independence ...
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The Entrance

Monday, June 29th, 2009
Architecture: Form, Space & Order by Francis D. K. Ching (published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY) is a favored book. His beautiful pencil illustrations of historic and modern architecture make the book a worthwhile selection.  And his analysis of design principles is just inspiring. For example, Ching has pages about ...
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Outdoor Living

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_650" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Outdoor Living"][/caption] Outdoor patios are a unique feature in the benign California climate. Even with our cool summer evenings on the Central Coast, a patio can be used all year long. A patio becomes a functional and pleasant expansion of living space. A patio can: provide pleasant views ...
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