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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
Q. My addition is under construction, and the work was stopped by the inspector, who claims he wasn’t called to inspect the foundation and the insulation before the walls were finished. He said he needed to . . . more
Several times a year I have the privilege of speaking to high school students about careers. A student recently asked the following question: How often do you see buildings fall down, and how can you prevent that? more
Q. We want to get a clear idea of the cost of our upcoming remodel/dormer addition before we get too far, because it may be more than we want to spend . . . more
Q. We read your column faithfully, and appreciate your advice. In a past column, you recommended using a steel roof, and since our roof is crumbling shingles, we decided to get estimates, which ended up being very expensive compared with . . . more
Q. While traveling recently, we stayed in a beautiful home with high ceilings on each floor. We want to make our ceilings taller and have high windows above our regular ones, like we saw. Is there any way to do this without . . . more
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