totally demolish my existing charming home and build a new one with 2
stores and basement
house is located between two 2-story
Spanish or Mediterranean
300 Sequoia Avenue, Palo alto, CA 94306-1045
300 Sequoia Avenue, Palo Alto, CA (№ 8)
Neighborhood context with 2D and 3D maps
110' x 50' = 5,500 sq. ft.
My lot has
"City Easement" along rear
side of the lot, with offset of 6'
My home is NOT:
Flood Hazard Area,
Historic preservation list
City of Palo Alto "Municipal Code".
Chapter 18.12. R-1 Single family residence regulations
1. Lot coverage: [limit = 35% of lot size]. Lets check...
On my lot maximum,
maximum allowed = 2,200 sq.ft
One car garage 18’ x 8’ = 144 sq. ft
Main floor limit 1,256 sq. ft
1,400 sq.ft. < maximum, allowed 2,200 sq. ft
Site aria = 110’ x 50’ = 5,500 sq. ft x .35 = 1,925 sq. ft, plus:
Covered patio limit = 5% of Site aria = 110’ x 50’ = 5,500 sq. ft =
275 sq. ft
Floor area ratio (FAR) calculations:
Site aria = 110’ x 50’ = 5,500 sq. ft
5,000 sq. ft x .45 = 2,250 sq.
500 sq. ft x .30 =
150 sq. ft
Total limit: 2,400 sq.
aria, as the Rule, does not included in the FAR limit
general the project may be described as follows:
The house size is to be maximized without
compromising the yard and landscaping possibilities.
As far as I understand Palo Alto Single Family
Review Guidelines, the City wants me to build house in
Spanish or Mediterranean,
Spanish Colonial revival, Spanish revival style, etc... Maybe I am
wrong....But I'm not an architect....So, sorry...
Along the "Individual
Design review" City for sure will help architect to elaborate
Description of new R-I
definitions or regulations or changes to existing
house will consist of two aboveground floors and a basement. A
preliminary description of each level follows:
The full basement (equal to square footage of the main floor, i.e. approx.
1256 sq.ft.) incorporates:
Utility room: furnace, water heater, sewer pump, second (home) electric
subpanel with circuit breaker panels
bedroom (with bathroom) with egress
to the basement patio
feature - egress
5. Large/Big/Game room with egress to patio
feature - egress
1. The main (first) floor (approx. 1256
Living room with cathedral ceiling and open inside balcony;
Dining room (75 % formal, i.e. without door)
Kitchen with the breakfast-nook and with rear yard window;
Bedroom / office combination and bath [with toilet, shower and (no tub)]
Foyer with coat closet
Front door with or without porch
2. The second floor with cathedral (slope) ceilings (approx. 1000 sq. ft.)
children’s bedrooms and a shared full bathroom.
Master bedroom suite (bedroom, master-bathroom
and walk-in closet) with balcony.
Attic intrans - from hallway
3. Attic includes a second furnace to serve the second floor. A second water
heater may be included to eliminate the need for the re-circulating system
The detached one-car garage (18 x 8 = 144 sq.ft) with covered adjacent
patio shall be located toward the rear of the property, mirror the left
neighbor’s garage and provide privacy from another neighbor’s 2-story
home by screening the back yard.
Architectural services expected to be provided on the "fixed-fee basis" [German -Pauschal,
Proposed Owner's Agreement
believe that Scrupulosity, Honesty, Fairness, Rectitude, Talent, Skills,
Experience, etc of both parties are simply Supposed and Expected.... Lets
keep that supposition... As far as understand,
architectural service will consist of three big blocks-stages-stadiums-steps
with they own mediate result.