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Q. I know this may be hard to do, but with all the tax increases and tariffs, is it possible to build my new home with all or mostly American materials, and is there a way to control this so that my contractor won’t substitute things I want to be only homegrown, so to speak? more
Q. After a long process, our house plans are finally approved, and we want to get going right away. It took months to get plans and almost a year to get them approved. more
Q. I was told to get a permit to add two doghouse (window) dormers from bedrooms. I don’t understand why this requires a permit. I’m not moving walls and not changing the house size. Also, I found out that anybody can look at my plans at the Building Department. more
Q. I’m an elderly widow. For five years I’ve interviewed contractors to replace my two-story deck and add a landing and steps. The lower deck is concrete slabs that have heaved. Somehow a tree split the concrete base . . . more
Q. We’re planning a large renovation with an architect, and wondering when to get a contractor for estimates and an interior designer to go over everything? We have a limited budget and . . . more
Q. Planning our home has gotten to be expensive, and we don’t like the look of high-hats in the ceiling. The contractor tells us we have to have a lot of them to light the room. Isn’t there another way? more
Q. We’re trying to decide whether to put in a whole-house generator or, as our electrician friend suggested, just get a portable that gives enough power when we need it. I keep seeing better and quieter stand-alone models in my internet searches . . . more
Q. How is it possible that a big development, meant to replace an existing one, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, could be permitted without the neighbors knowing about it until it’s already approved by the county Industrial Development Agency and the town? more
Q. We have a very frustrating situation, because our house was added to and there was a “difference of opinion” among our contractor, the architect and the building inspector, who said he wasn’t going to sign off without proof . . . more
Q. We are being told that our new front porch can be held up by fiberglass columns. This is confusing, because we wonder if they would be strong enough to hold up the roof. Is this a common thing to do? more
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