Gast Architects


Business Description
Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is an eleven-person, service-oriented practice specializing in custom residential homes and renovations, including the sensitive restoration and adaptation of historic properties. We offer comprehensive architectural services and take pride in the close working relationships we develop with our clients in responding to their needs, taste, budget and schedule, while maintaining architectural design excellence. Sustainable design strategies are integral to the design process, and several on our team are experienced LEED Accredited Professionals.

Our projects range in scope from the development of large country properties and inner city whole house renovations to more modest additions to and remodeling of existing housing in styles from warm modern to traditional. We enjoy, and are skilled at, working with the limitations and opportunities inherent in renovating or adding to existing structures. Our long-term relationships with contractors, craftspeople and consultants strengthen the trust and effective team communication necessary for producing superior results.

Having practiced in the Bay Area for decades, we know the local Planning and Building agencies and their staffs, and how to work with them to secure code interpretations before problems arise. We have represented our clients successfully before commissions, design review panels and appeal boards, and are adept at moving our projects through the approvals maze.
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San Francisco, US 
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Gast Architects 
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Address:
355 11th Street, Suite 300
San Francisco 94103 
Fax:
(415) 885-2808 
License #:
CA C-10895; HI AR-11986 
Gast Architects now has a photo featured in an ideabook

Simple Pleasures: Movie Night for Film Buffs

In a world of rising cinema costs ... at a time when gathering comes naturally ... small screens are hitting the big time Full Story
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tooky58
What about popcorn & cocktails? Works for me.
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Shanghai Green Antiques
Nothing screams movie night like an in-home theater. Not every house has the space, but theaters can take less space than the huge theaters we often see in the mega-mansions, and can often be squeezed into unused bedrooms or other unused rooms - the real key is making sure that the projector to screen distance is sufficient (some people cut holes in walls to move the projector further from the screen in small theaters).

We once took over the garage of a home in order to create the in-home theater, and simultaneously built a new separate garage.

The left photo is a small theater which we created in what used to be an unused balcony over a portion of a two story living room.

Design Projects - Forest Manor Central - Shanghai China - Green Antiques

The right photo is the Ideabook for the home in which this in home theater is located.

Ideabook: Forest Manor Central - Sophisticated Luxury in Stunning Shanghai Home
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To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist

Boost the comforts of home for fall with a few of these ideas for stocking up and staying cozy Full Story
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victoran
Any ideas on how to get a fresh smelling dryer? Seems after drying all the "guy" shirts...the dryer smells like old socks.
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pbsch
Oxford007… Love the comment about stocking up the bar! And, Laura, you're right about making the family room cozy. That's my goal this month: we've got dark tile, dark walls, and dark cabinetry, so warming it up is a challenge. I've got a start with red sofas, silver shag area rugs, and silver throw pillows.
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kimurban
What is the type of wood on the floor? Is it stained? poly? thanks!!
August 28, 2014 at 1:38PM   
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Gast Architects
Answers to questions:
*The wood floors are DuChateau Vernal Collection, “San Tropez”, engineered, white washed, European white Oak.
*The living/dining/kitchen pavilion is 20' wide x 46' long. Of that the kitchen is about 19' long x 15' wide, plus pantry.
August 29, 2014 at 10:33AM     
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Steam Showers: The Perfect Antidote to a Busy Life

Your regular shower could turn into a relaxing and detoxing steam shower at the flick of a switch Full Story
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John Whipple - By Any Design ltd.
Thanks Steve. Building a steam shower in your home is the most difficult and challenging shower build possible. Your installer should have a prior history of five plus years experience.

So many pros have no clue what to do. Most designers have no clue. Most builders have no clue. There are no building codes to follow in the US or Canada so no general rules to help out.

You need to define the space. Windows, benches, heat, pitch, tile layout - everything. Then decide on a vapour proofing system. This should work with your grout and thin-set selection.

If you need a hand I'd love to help.... But it will cost you. Check out my blog page for more info on getting some extra design help.
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tonimccarthy
Thanks John & Steve, only one problem....we are in Australia! Will have a look at your blog.
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Gast Architects
This is a hand-crafted canopy that was custom designed for our clients (not available for sale).
August 25, 2014 at 10:09AM   
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Annette Nazeri
Well you can copy the design just change the style a bit to suit your house , BUT Iron Work is very expensive
August 27, 2014 at 5:30AM   
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Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts: What’s the Difference?

If the zigzag and swirly designs of the past leave your head spinning, these descriptions will straighten you right out Full Story
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Terry Bostwick Studio Furniture
Ah, ruffled feathers. Apologies first, eclecticedwardian, your academic offering was, and is appreciated from the beginning, as I stated early on. And I don’t question your veracity nor passions. But forgive our muddling, it is difficult to not be human. There is much for all of us to learn, that is what makes my creative 40 year professional life interesting, I have always been a sucker for my personal and professional enlightenment. That is why I chose to commit myself to course work in both architecture and interior design - not to become one of those, nor a doctor or lawyer, but to further my ability to bring beautiful objects to those who wish to live in a beautiful home, or office, too. (including many who prowl the halls of Houzz.com). Too bad this conversation isn’t sitting around a coffee table over a glass of wine, we might understand each other better, and smile.

But I might add, the conversation led to other thoughts about the impact those early architects and designers had on all of us today - the mash up I spoke of (not what you might find at a Dead concert, thanks). Much of my part in this conversation concerns my own selfish interest in furniture (and other objects too) design throughout history. Many of the people we refer to during those incredible design times were not architects but still had a tremendous impact on western design and contributed to that mash up. And bumbling was hardly my thought, rather, once again, it is more about the discovery we are all impacted by on a daily basis if we are open to learn, by what we see others doing….even Wright and Sullivan must have had open minds and eyes or they never would have grown into their incredible offering.

My own history also has taught me about a myopic malaise with many architects, designers, furniture makers, manufacturers, and on and on, today, who only respond and duplicate work to the current trend - with no regard for what our antecedents chose to commit their lives to, creativity and exploration. It is more about money to be had than passions to explore. Many home owners/consumers aren’t aware of what they could have, and rely solely on what Ethan Allen has on their showroom floor, and don’t have the time to be passionate as you seemed to be about historical and scholarly study. So they love to read these articles Houzz provides, hoping to enhance there homes. I enjoy the articles myself.

To be clear, I study and listen to remain engaged as a designer and maker. Unfortunately most of my young and “old” furniture maker peers (and architects and interior designers, too), don’t think they needed no stinkin’ art history either, sad - all I heard from the architecture and interior design students was complaints about why they had to take those courses you taught, and how hard they were. And have seen one too many furniture maker with glazed eyes hoping soon t be done with my thoughts. Also sad. As for some of my professors in those courses I took, I seriously appreciated their passions (and what they were teaching me), as they appreciated mine while having me teach workshops not only for the students, but for their own edification on what makes a good piece of furniture - something they had little knowledge of, beyond Knoll. Both structurally and proportionally - what is the difference between a mass produced object and one that is thoughtfully created as uniquely suited to the client, and will last a hundred years? And I can’t count the number of architecture grads who have come to me for a minimum wage job to learn what I do.

So, we learn, and we grow from the mash up that time and discussion lays on our plate if we are open. But thanks for the clarification. Oh, and thanks for enjoying my furniture (that always feels good even after all these years taking chances), I’m grateful for having had the opportunity follow my passions and to spend my life doing what my surgeon father always wanted to do. Now I’m going to go take care of my fea
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vygriffin
I love Art Nouveau. I have decorated my home around some wonderful art nouveau antiques. I found two iron panels and had a front door custom made to incorporate them.
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Moroso Construction and Gast Architects recently completed the renovation of an historic home near UCSF. Behind the restored historic façade, basically a new h...
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Review for Kathy Best Design:

Kathy and her team have worked with our firm, Gast Architects, and our clients in renovating homes in San Francisco, and Marin County over the last decade. Kat...
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