Have you checked with the City yet? Many guidelines are online, and they are usually helpful even when you just walk in. I've seen homes done both ways in Santa Clara-you just want to ensure you are in compliance and have a permit before you start.... more
You should be able to build a medium grade home with plans, permits, and building costs for around $300 per square foot. This would be with a decent licensed contractor who has at least 5 years of running his or her own construction firm. This square foot price would change if you use higher end cabinets, granite, tile,flooring, moulding and trims. I have developed over 20 homes in the Bay Area in the last 15 years. Feel free to give me a call if you need a recomendation on a good contractor.
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I wouldn't want to contradict what the city requires, so I'd recommend going with a licensed general contractor who'll let you know if permits are necessary. Generally, if you're not doing anything structural or changing plumbing/electrical circuits, then you won't need to get permits. Of course, since I'm don't know exactly what you're doing, you should always get the contractor's opinion.... more
Just go down to the building department and tell them what you want to do.
They should have a record of the permit on file.
They should also have the "job copy" plan still on file also.
They will walk you through the whole thing.
You might have to get a structural engineer involved to help you make a drawing of the steel requirement in the slab.
Feel free to let me know if you need any help.
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