Earth Day News

While many community-based Earth Day volunteer efforts and celebrations are delayed or cancelled because of the quarantine, we wanted to share some good news about the results of energy efficient construction and the use of solar to achieve Net Zero. While the current coronavirus crisis is horrific in the number … Read More

First year in Pacifica

Bee-autiful and ready for spring! February 15th marks our 28th wedding anniversary as well as the first anniversary of getting our temporary occupancy permit and moving into our new house!  It was a temporary permit as we still had to finalize the front yard landscaping to satisfy the planning department. … Read More

Certified Green! No Kale consumption required…

When we first heard about Certified Green Business Program back in 2009, our interest was piqued. We were already committed to sustainability in our personal lives but had no idea what it took for a city consultant to officially certify that the way our business was conducted was officially “green”. … Read More

-$48 PG&E bill, i.e. it’s time to buy a new car!

We recently gave our first Net Zero Energy talk to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park (thank you Maya Sewald of Ovation Homes Real Estate for the introduction). Besides putting together a nice slide show with photos explaining the energy efficient solutions we built into our new home, it was … Read More

April, May, June, July….the time does fly!

Boy the months have passed quickly! After setting into our new home in Pacifica, selling our home in San Francisco and paying off all our debts (yay!) we immediately left for a 4 week trip to Europe with our college aged kids to visit family in France and Belgium and … Read More

Our home is swiss cheese too…but with an impenetrable coating

How we sealed the envelope of our house In my earlier blog “Your house is swiss cheese”, I discussed the general idea of air sealing houses for energy efficiency.  Here’s how we did it on our own house: In initial discussions with our green building consultant, Katy Hollbacher of Beyond … Read More

A Slow Summer?

It is now September and I know many of you are wondering what happened to us…A neighbor recently came by and commented that things seem to have been moving very Slowly all Summer as not much change can be Seen from the Street.  Didn’t your mother teach you not to … Read More

182,000(!) pounds of liquid rock

“The rain came, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house yet it did not fall, because it had foundations on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 While we’re not technically building on rock, we will have modern day rock, concrete, in thick liquid form, like a cold … Read More

Your House is Swiss Cheese

No, this blog isn’t about the latest ‘green’ building material, or about Swiss Chalet style architecture.  It’s about one of the newer trends in residential construction: air sealing for energy efficiency. Some years ago building scientists (yes, there is such a discipline) discovered that the greatest source of energy loss … Read More

An Elegant Farmhouse

One of our estate projects just got completed, a large main house with pool house, pool and landscaped grounds for a high-tech entrepreneur and his growing family. While the design of the exterior started with the inspiration of a particular house that the owners loved, it gradually took on a … Read More

Shine that light!

As the world is full of so much tragedy these days, seemingly one event after another of innocent lives being taken, debilitating and divisive racism, ugly, narcissistic and opportunistic politicians, I sometimes begin to wonder if I am better off climbing into a hole and ignoring the collapsing world around … Read More

Presenting… Our New Home in Pacifica!

We are finally ready to share our plans with you! Thanks to Terry and Gerry at Millennium Enterprises for working with us to establish a preliminary budget and brainstorm additional ways to simplify and save costs. We have made the decision to go ahead and finalize our construction drawings and get actual … Read More

It takes a team.

In the old days, architects, such as the master builders of the great Gothic cathedrals, had complete control of the work, not just of the design of the buildings but their construction. Fast forward ten centuries and architects, having sloughed construction responsibilities off on to contractors, rely more and more … Read More

Site Under Construction!

Residential construction projects, not website, that is… Ten Beausoleil designed projects are currently under construction in seven Bay Area municipalities from Capitola and Los Gatos in the south, up the Peninsula through San Carlos, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Hillsborough and Atherton, to  San Francisco. We thought we would feature … Read More