Building a new house in Palo Alto

Building a new house in Palo Alto

Friday, October 19, 2012

James Witt's Modern Homes in the Wall Street Journal

Last month when James Witt told me it's been a dream of his to be in the Wall Street Journal, I decided to temporarily come out of my retirement from PR to make intros and grant a friend a wish. I've been learning so much about home building from James, it's nice to shine a light on his amazing work. 

James is the only builder I know who religiously follows the WSJ, Bloomberg and the tech geekerati. I guess that's why he's so tuned into what Silicon Valley buyers want. Don't ask me why, but meeting Brad Stone from Bloomberg Businessweek is also on James' bucket list. So Brad, next time you have a fix-it job around the house, forget TaskRabbit, just give your biggest fan a call.

Here's the article from today's Wall Street Journal.  Make sure you check out the photo gallery, it features a couple of homes James has built (slide 8, 9, 12 and 13). Unfortunately, they didn't include my favorite dream home he's currently working on.

6 comments:

  1. Just read the entire blog this evening. I'm having fantasies about getting a tear down in our current neighborhood (Community Center) and building a house I'm starting to piece together on Houzz & Pintrest. Thanks for sharing your experiences. So very helpful. Rayme Waters

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    1. Hi Rayme,

      Thanks for reading and commenting! It's nice to have readers. I especially love the thankful ones. I hope you get a chance to build someday, it's a fun learning experience and makes you appreciate your home much, much more. If you do end up building, let me know and I'll share with you some of my secret building tips that don't make it onto the blog. : )

      Cheers,
      -Kay

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  2. Nicely done, Kay! Clearly you haven't lost your edge from being on sabbatical. ;-) Great article, great slideshow. I noticed one of the houses in the photos has that cool multi-jointed faucet. BTW-- how was the sink in real life?

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    1. The photo with the cool Kohler Karbon faucet is actually from Thomas' boss' house! I love how their island looks like petrified wood and their pendant lights are made out old Tibetan bells. As for the Kohler Stages sink, I saw it installed and it looks great! It may be a bit more gimmicky than functional but it definitely looks cool. We'll see. I think we'll be installing the smaller version of it on our island as the prep sink.

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  3. Hello Kay,

    I am currently re-reading all of your posts on this blog. My husband and I are considering to do a second floor addition in our current small ranch house in Hillsborough. Although the rules are different between Palo Alto and Hillsborough, I found your post extremely helpful. Thank you so much for having this post up. I already learned so much from it.

    I will try to share more my personal experiences as the project goes along. The big challenge for us is a tight budget for us.

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    1. Hi Helena,
      Notes like these keep me motivated to keep writing. I'm glad you're finding them helpful!

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