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Q. Our rear porch was changed to a family room, and even though we noticed that the ceiling and floor got wet when it rained, we thought that making the porch a closed-in room would mean no more water. Unfortunately, after the room was finished, it still leaks. more
Q. We’re being told that our new front porch can be held up by fiberglass columns. This is confusing, because we wonder if it could be strong enough to hold up the roof. Is this a common thing to do? more
Q. Our air conditioning was replaced last fall when we moved into the house, and is now a heater and air conditioner with gas pipes. The installers said it would work fine, but the utility company won’t turn on the gas until we get a plumbing inspection, and the plumbing inspector said . . . more
Q. We closed on our first house, and someone complained about our fences. We got a notice on our door they aren’t legal. We checked with the building inspector, who said . . . more
Q. We’re changing our kitchen, and people have given us conflicting information. The kitchen store says they install the kitchen but charge extra to remove the old one, and we have to tell them what appliances we want. A contractor says . . . more
Q. We’re wondering why it takes so long for a renovation to our home and to put a pool and deck in our yard. We started the whole thing well before winter, and it’s taking forever. First we hired a contractor, who started with a drafting service, but . . . more
Q. We have a very big problem. Our house was lifted and is now sitting on its new foundation, but at the wrong height. Our architect and contractor were recommended by the NY Rising program . . . more
Q. We’ve been working with an architect to renovate our house, and want to know what she should be doing for us. We thought we’d get some things that we now find out aren’t going to be done. more
Q. I’m in the middle of adding on to my home, and I’m not happy with the way things are going. The contractor has people doing things that are terrible and have had to be redone, like plumbing, carpentry framing and insulation. more
Q. Our bathrooms need a serious remodel and we don’t really need bathtubs anymore, so we want to do all-new showers, possibly with a built-in seat in each one. Will our taxes go up? Will we need a permit? more
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