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Questions & Answers

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SELECTING A CONTRACTOR

Is there a difference between contactors?

Comparing Estimates

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THE PLANNING PROCESS

Where do I begin?

Do I really need a building permit?

Do I need an architect/engineer?

What can I expect to pay an architect or engineer?

Do I need to go to the building department?

How much does it cost to get approved plans from the building department?

OUR COMPANY

As a general contractor what is your role on the projects that you do?

How do you select your subcontractors?

What is the typical workload that your company carries (how many projects do you have at a given time)?

PROJECT COMMUNICATION

How do you ensure that the homeowner is informed throughout the project?

What do you find are the biggest communication challenges on any given project?

What is the best way for the homeowner to share design ideas and aesthetics?

BUDGETS & SCHEDULES

Is there an advantage to a fixed bid or a time and material bid?

Should I expect a schedule for the project?

What can lead to changes in schedule or budget?

What is an allowance?

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

Can I stay in my house during construction?

What should I do with my "stuff" during construction?

What should I expect the condition of my house to be during construction?

What are normal working hours?

Who will be in my house?

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER CONSTRUCTION

How do I know that I will get what I am paying for?

What if there is a problem with some of the work?

Will the remodel add to the value of my house?

What is the warranty on the work done?

What is the difference between contractor's warranty and material warranty?

FOUNDATION / STRUCTURAL / SEISMIC

What is the new weak story law?

Can I remove a wall?

What do I do about water coming in through my foundation/basement?

Can I remove posts in my garage?

ADDITIONS

We want to build into the backyard; is that an option?

Can we add another story to our house?

Can we convert our garage/basement to finished space?

Will the addition blend with the rest of the house?

KITCHEN REMODELS

Do I need plans to remodel my kitchen?

What is the best way to reduce costs on a kitchen remodel?

What are my options when updating my kitchen?

Do I need Title 24 calcs for my kitchen remodel?


BATH REMODELS

Do I need plans to remodel my bathroom?

What is the best way to reduce costs on a bathroom remodel?

I have a moisture problem in my current bath; can this be fixed?

What are some energy saving ideas for the bathroom?

DECKS, SIDINGS & ROOFS

Can I add a roof deck to my house?

I have water leaks around my walls and ceilings; do I need new siding?

What are the options for a new roof?

What is the warranty on a new roof?

What kind of material can I build my deck out of?

WINDOWS, DOORS & SKYLIGHTS

My windows are drafty; what should I do?

My skylights leak; what options are available if I replace them?

Can I get new windows that will cut down on the noise outside?

Can I install French doors to my backyard/deck?