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Q. We got estimates from three contractors to add a second floor to our house, and now are confused about what to cut back. All of the estimates are much higher than we can afford or want to spend. more
Q. My contractor started my job and promised to complete the work in two months. They also promised that work would continue, every day, because I didn’t want a “no-show.” That lasted about two days, then they said . . . more
Q. I’m planning to make some changes inside my house, and have a few questions. I want to open the wall between my kitchen and dining room and add a stairway to my attic. Do I need a permit? Also, I like those new sliding doors . . . more
Q. There are cracks in our basement and garage floor and in corners of our new family room, all part of a new addition built less than a year ago. And the tile floor we tried to match between our kitchen and breakfast room now has . . . more
Q. We came home from vacation to find water damage from frozen pipes in our new second floor, added last summer. We never expected this, but called the contractor who referred us to the plumber who, frankly, was no help. After 12 tries . . . more
Q. I read your column in which you compared electric to water pipes to melt snow (on a driveway), and after the last snowfall I’m seriously considering it. Does it make more sense . . . more
Q. My street is a mess, with potholes and patches everywhere. It’s been like this for years, and we’re all sick and tired of it. Why can’t it be fixed, permanently? more
Q. I’m looking at spaces to set up my office, and I keep running into the same problem: none of them has a C. of O. for all the changes. I took your advice and looked up . . . more
Q. We’re having problems with our contractor and architect. They don’t agree on things, and we feel like we’re stuck in between their disagreements over . . . more
Q. My father is an architect in Florida, and drew plans for changes to my house. He included electrical outlets, switches and lights. A local architect, who we’ve asked to review the plans, told us . . . more
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