Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

Zen and the Art of Solage’s Resort and Spa Expansion

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Recently, Centric General Contractors performed construction services for the Solage Hotel and Resort in Calistoga, California.  The project required a 2,000sf kitchen and bar renovation of Michelin Star-rated restaurant, SolBar. Work also entailed building a 40-seat courtyard for year-round outdoor dining and a 2,700sf addition to existing spa buildings. Just imagine a team of construction professionals, armed with hammers and power tools, performing required work without disrupting luxury resort guests and staff. No stress, right?

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Luxury Resort, Hospitality

Age-old Craftsmanship Plays A Role In Modern Design

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 25, 2015 2:30:00 PM

CASE STUDY: Atlas, Jacobsen Residence 

In a world focused on globalization and mechanization, many believe the beauty and wisdom of age-old craftsmanship is becoming extinct. On a daily basis, news reports tell us how robots are replacing humans in an effort to create efficiencies. With these messages proliferating our media consumption, you may ask yourself how can classic craftsmanship sustain in today’s modern world?

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Custom Homes, Craftsmanship

Will Virtual Reality Take Custom Home Planning By Storm?

Posted by Branden McDonald

Apr 30, 2015 8:47:00 AM

Let’s imagine you are in the process of planning your dream home. If you could walk through your home prior to construction, would you? Do you think you’d make any changes?  I know I am opening up this post with a lot of questions but I cannot help but think your answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”

Today, virtual reality is taking the world by storm. Also known as immersive multimedia, virtual reality creates a highly visual, computer-simulated, 3D environment. This technology creates sensory experiences where individuals may perceive themselves within an imaginary world. The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, brings this immersive experience to the general public. Originally designed for gaming, the Oculus headset is affordable and proves to be an incredible asset for a lot of industries including design and construction. The headset replaces a computer or television screen and allows users to see an environment that completely surrounds them. When a user turns their head, looks up or down, they are under the illusion they are in the environment. 

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Topics: Custom Homes, Technology, Virtual Reality

Chappellet’s Barrel Chai Blends the Art and Science of Winemaking

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 26, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Great winemaking requires a built environment that facilitates the complex blend of nature, art, and science.  Our story begins in the rugged terroir that is legendary for producing Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated on the rocky slopes of Pritchard Hill in St. Helena, Chappellet Vineyards envisioned a barrel chai that created a multi-sensory journey in winemaking and aesthetic appeal. Our team at Centric worked together with Chappellet to build a structure designed for wine storage and aging.

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Winery Construction, Energy Efficiency

10 Apps to Jumpstart Your Custom Home Project

Posted by Branden McDonald

Feb 24, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Plan your next custom home remodel project with these exciting apps! Whether you’re completely transforming your home or making a few updates, you’ll want to make sure your renovation or addition is performed correctly. 

This post offers up a great list of apps to help you:

  1. Gather ideas for your ideal space
  2. Consider home’s layout and traffic flow
  3. Gain a 2D or 3D perspective
  4. Situate the space with furnishings
  5. Visualize different material options
  6. Perform material quantity calculations
  7. Develop an initial project budget.  

Go through the list and gather the tools you’ll need to make your dream home a reality!

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Topics: Planning, Custom Homes, Technology, Interior Remodel

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect Custom Home Architect

Posted by Tim McDonald

Nov 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Finding a great architect is not an easy task. Whether you are looking to convert a warehouse into a living space, build an addition, or construct your ideal home from the ground up, an architect plays a critical role.  Knowing the importance of this role, you do not want to leave anything to chance when it comes to realizing your custom home plans.  To ensure a successful project experience, it is important to do your homework.  Rest assured, it is not as difficult as it used to be. The Internet and social media are great resources to begin your search. Architect websites provide visual references and pertinent information about their unique qualifications. However, there are other things you should consider prior to making your final selection.

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Custom Homes

Restaurant Project Planning Requires Some Food For Thought

Posted by Tim McDonald

Oct 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

There is no shortage of great restaurants in San Francisco and Napa Valley.  It seems like every week, you can find announcements for new and exciting restaurants in EaterSF. If you are a restaurateur, you are thinking about the right chefs, desired location, preferred patrons, menu, pricing, promotion, and other details that will help you to differentiate yourself among the competition and realize your goals for success.  In the back of your mind, you know you need to think about a whole other realm of your dream establishment – planning for the functionality of your space. 

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Restaurant Construction