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Q. A few homes in my neighborhood are much taller. What are the rules for how tall a house can be — like how many floors, and what’s legal? more
Q. Why do my replacement steps need to be lower than my house foundation? I live near the water, and we dug a hole to put in a new foundation for the front steps that will be bigger than the old ones. more
Q. We followed your advice, got plans, a very long permit review and were about to begin construction when the pandemic hit. It took much longer to start the job, and just as we were about to begin, we noticed things we wanted changed. more
Q. I wanted to add on to the den on the side of my house. The den has been there since 1930. The problem I’m having is that if I want to make the addition so that it’s in alignment with the current den . . . more
Q. I’m so confused. I keep seeing programs on TV where it looks much simpler and the cost is so much lower than I’m getting estimates for. I also notice that there are no building inspectors, architects or permits. Why is this? more
Q. We have a problem we’re trying to resolve with the height and shape of our roof. We hired an architect after we hired a designer. The architect insists he will not draw our plans so we can have a tall attic. more
Q. I wonder why I can’t seem to get a fire to burn properly in my chimney. All I get is smoke in the room. I’ve had the flue checked and know that the damper is working correctly . . . more
Q. We have outdated stucco walls and a small kitchen. We want to see if we can remove walls, but the plumbing from two upstairs bathrooms goes right down the main dividing wall. more
Q. We’ve had construction on our home going for what seems like forever. We got stopped by the pandemic in April (after starting right before, in March), and didn’t really get going again until July. A building inspector told us the insulation didn’t pass . . . more
Q. We were thinking about adding systems to our house for security, temperature control, sprinklers and lighting. Our grandson has it, and installed it himself. What we’re wondering is . . . more
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