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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Q. We have outdated stucco walls and a small kitchen.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
Q. We were told to file a permit to rent our house next door, which an inspector came and looked at and said it was a “simple” permit. more
Q. As a contractor who reads your column, I don’t always agree with you, but generally I find things interesting, especially knowing other people are going through the same things as me. I have a strange situation . . . more
Q. We’re trying to do a bigger kitchen and make an office, since I’m now probably working only from home. To save on cabinets, we’re looking at several options, including cheaper, imported ones. more
Q. I’m buying a sunroom for my breakfast room on the back of my split-level house, about 8 feet off the ground. I’m being told by the contractor that I need an architect and sealed plans. more
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