17 episodes

Michael Smith, An experienced San Luis Obispo architect who is passionate about collaboration and community, Mike has been helping clients create and enjoy their dream homes and projects for three decades. Michael provides customized design and service for California architecture projects of all sizes while offering expertise on local regulations, the latest industry trends and Net Zero Energy design.

He now shares that experience with other homeowners through his podcast.

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Michael Smith, An experienced San Luis Obispo architect who is passionate about collaboration and community, Mike has been helping clients create and enjoy their dream homes and projects for three decades. Michael provides customized design and service for California architecture projects of all sizes while offering expertise on local regulations, the latest industry trends and Net Zero Energy design.

He now shares that experience with other homeowners through his podcast.

    Architecture through the eyes of a Photographer

    Architecture through the eyes of a Photographer

    On today's podcast episode we are excited to have guest Larry Rhodes. Larry is a photographer and has been in business for over 40 years. Today Larry shares with us how he found photography as his calling and why Architecture Photography has become one of his favorite mediums. 

    You can check out Larry's work at http://www.lsrhodes.com/HOME.html. 

    On today's podcast episode we are excited to have guest Larry Rhodes. Larry is a photographer and has been in business for over 40 years. 



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    • 43 min
    How to Avoid Home Remodeling Hell

    How to Avoid Home Remodeling Hell

    On today's podcast episode I am providing an updates on the podcast, my vision, and the current state of architecture during these times.  

    I am so excited to announce that we are making a rebrand of the podcast. The rebrand of the podcast comes from my vision to help other architects, home owners, and consumers make the best decisions when building a new home or completing a home remodeling project. The podcast moving forward will be called "How to Avoid Home Remodeling Hell."  I look forward to sharing with you my new book that will be coming out soon as well as tips along the way to truly Avoid Home Remodeling Hell. 

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    • 14 min
    Building with energy efficient and green technology

    Building with energy efficient and green technology

    On todays podcast episode we are excited to have special guest Andy Pease from In Balance Green Consulting. Today we are talking about building energy efficient homes. 

    We discuss some of the changes that have taken place in 2020 with Title 24/Building and energy standards. Andy provides great insite on how to build a more energy efficient home and the tools that you can use to implement that into your home.  

    Andy,  both an Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, is skilled and experienced in a wide range of green building practices.

    Her current focus lies in optimizing green building strategies, including LEED administration and certification services, and water conservation strategies. Bringing together integrated design, daylight and water use analysis, low impact development, energy efficiency, materials selections, and other strategies, she has helped dozens of clients through a green building process, whether their goal was to achieve LEED Certification or maximize on their building's efficiencies.

    Andy is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); she is an active leader in the Central Coast Green Building Council (a merger of USGBC-C4 and SLO Green Build) and the AIA Central Coast Chapter. Andy also serves as Council Member for the City of San Luis Obispo.

    If you are interested in my Free e-Book How to Avoid Home Remodeling Hell, head over to michaelsmitharchitects.com/freebook and get your copy today.

    • 31 min
    How to secure financing for your Remodel- Interview with Anthony Gonzales

    How to secure financing for your Remodel- Interview with Anthony Gonzales

    On todays episode I am interviewing Anthony Gonzales. Anthony is a mortgage broker for Guaranteed Rate. Today Anthony shares with us tips on financing home remodels and how the process works. 

    Anthony has been in the real estate business for 20 years, including real estate sales and mortgage lending. 

    Today we talk about not only securing financing home remodel, but also the current market in San Luis Obispo. He shares with us all of the things that people seeking financing for their home remodel should consider prior to beginning the process. 

    • 29 min
    Using Hemp as a Building Product- Interview with Bob Crizer

    Using Hemp as a Building Product- Interview with Bob Crizer

    On today's podcast we have special guest Bob Crizer, the founder of Crizer Construction. Crizer Construction has been on the forefront of the construction industry for over three decades here on the Central Coast. They have experience in alternative and green building techniques, installing renewable energy systems, creating full sets of construction plans, permitting, and most importantly facilitating a finished product that meets the needs of the client, whatever that may be.

    Today Bob is talking with us about his experience building  with alternative and green building techniques including using hemp as a building product.  You can find our more about Crizer Construction and their Alternative techniques by visiting http://www.crizerconstruction.com/.

    • 33 min
    Interview with Erich Schaefer

    Interview with Erich Schaefer

    On this week's episode we sit down with Erich Schaefer. Erich is a second-generation builder and has been building in the San Luis Obispo for the past 30 years. Schaefer Custom Homes was born from a vision to provide the most seamless custom home experience possible. Unrivaled quality, luxurious design and a new benchmark for customer service are what make Schaefer Custom Homes the Central Coast's premier custom home builder.

    On this episode Erich discusses how he was able to pivot his business during this time of uncertainty to ensure that his clients were cared for while still staying on target to get his projects finished. Erich goes in to depth of how building relationships with other builders, architects, and city officials has allowed him to build a successful business. 

    Come find out more about how Erich's experience and values in the building community and clients has developed the customer centered culture at Schaefer Customer Homes.

    For more information on Schaefer Custom Homes click here: https://www.escustomhomes.com/

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Dr. of Doug Fir ,

An architect for every occasion/project

We, at Schaefer Custom Homes, specialize in building custom homes and remodels here on the Central Coast. I have known Michael for some time now and have seen him deliver a very high level of service for several owner/clients. He is great at listening to his clients and helping them understand how to best solve their design and planning issues. We have referred Michael to several clients and he has delighted every one of them. It is not easy to pick your way through the process of building a project in our current climate of excessive regulations and planning constraints. Having an architect like Michael on your team makes a huge difference. He will help you navigate your way through and even enjoy the process. I highly recommend Michael for your next building or remodel project.

When Michael decided to start his Podcasts, I was very excited. What a great way to help the building community. Michael has such great experience. There is so much to learn and so many people can benefit from his knowledge and building wisdom. I love watching his productions.

JGillow ,

When passion meets design

Mike is an incredible person and is very passionate about architecture and helping people create the perfect home for their families.

This podcast is such a great resource for just about everyone looking to build a new home or simply upgrade their existing space.

Mike’s many decades of experience as an architect pared with his professionalism makes him the perfect person to bring great home building tips and ideas to the world.

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Insurance4U ,

Great Architect

I’m currently using Mike and his staff on a remodel in the city of San Luis Obispo. All phases have met or exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend Mike for your next project.

Todd and Martha

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