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Q. I’m finally about to lift my house. It only took three years. I became suspicious right from the get-go that N.Y. Rising and the Small Business Administration loan I almost took would never cover the complete job. more
Last week’s question asked if it was possible that the World Trade Center collapsed by design, as some reports have stated. This is a very serious and sensitive topic. No matter how much time has passed . . . more
Q. What’s your take on why the World Trade Center towers collapsed? It still bothers me that other buildings have had fires and have been hit by planes, but didn’t collapse. Were the towers . . . more
Q. I’m interested in redoing my home to be a zero-energy user. I’ve been investigating the latest materials, like foam insulation and recycled flooring, bamboo (natural) and even low no-emission paint. What can you tell me about . . . more
Q. After traveling to Australia last spring, we came home to reflect on how different their architecture is: much more modern and unique than ours. I took a lot of pictures and want to make some changes to our home . . . more
Q. Seriously, I need a permit for an air conditioner? What’s next, a permit for flower pots? Why would I need a permit for an air conditioning unit that came with the house when I bought it? Why did this only come up . . . more
Q. A building inspector just told us our house can’t be signed off on after we lifted it. The contractor told us six months, and now it’s going on one year since we started. The front steps were going to . . . more
Q. We’re trying to decide on making more space, adding a den and deck in the back and redoing our kitchen. I know we need a permit, even for the deck. How much will our taxes increase, and is there any alternative . . . more
Q. Our son just started college and has a class in architectural history. Can you give us an architect’s perspective of Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect who designed . . . more
Q. We bought a house two years ago and now have a 1-year-old. We both work, and most of our earnings pay for our mortgage. Any extra income is a necessity, which is why we have a tenant in our finished basement. more
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