Safety is the primary reason for building code regulations. The building permit process is a way for the City to regulate the building codes. A building permit is needed for all renovation and new construction. Continue reading Building permit tips
The following are general guideline regarding fences and planting in San Francisco properties.
San Francisco regulations on fences are based on the location of the fences on the property and required yards and setbacks. All San Francisco residential districts have rear yard requirements and some districts have side yard and front setback requirements. Some San Francisco commercial districts have rear yard requirement and in any commercial, industrial or mixed use district have residential use at the first story. Continue reading PLANTS & FENCES
Nihonmachi Terrace is a high density Japanese senior housing complex in San Francisco Japan Center. The existing courtyard consisted of a lawn and a few trees that provided open space for the tenants and visitors. Kwan Design Architect (in association with Robert La Rocca Landscape Architect) revitalizes the courtyard in response to Japanese garden design principals, natural features and sustainable design solutions. The new courtyard included rock garden with raked gravel, pathways and wooden bridges over a dry creek, plants indigenous to the mountains, water scriptural feature, community vegetable garden, windbreak elements and gathering opportunities.