2 years ago, Michele Hottel joined me to give advice to homeowners so that they could learn from the mistakes of others. As I reflected on the past three years in the week of my podiversary, I listened again to this episode and wanted to revisit it. We talked about renovating while pregnant, building too much space, rising construction costs and more.

About our guest:

Michele Grace Hottel, Architect is a firm practicing Architecture, Interiors, and Visual Arts, specializing in Custom and multi-family Residential and smaller Commercial and Institutional projects since 1994.

Prior to her current practice, Michele was a consultant with other Architecture and Engineering firms in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for twelve years before and after attending Cal Poly, Pomona for Architecture. One can read her blog, “I’ve never met a woman architect before…” a blog about my life… , the trials and tribulations, as one could say, of being a woman, a mother, a wife, a volunteer, a public servant, and last but not least, an architect.

Michele is also a Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board, a City of La Mesa Planning Commissioner in her third term, the Chair of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Chair of the Custom Residential Architecture Network (CRAN) for the AIA San Diego and Palomar Chapters. She also served as the Chair of the Committee for AIA California’s Inaugural Housing Forum for attainable housing. In addition, Michele served on the Board and Past President of the La Mesa Arts Alliance, served as a La Mesa Parks and Recreation Board Member, a La Mesa Centennial Planning Committee member and lead the Centennial Legacy Project Subcommittee.


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