I will let a local expert let you know the local particulars, but just wanted to add a note to consider making changes that can easily be undone if needed. If you want to sell the home down the road, many may skip a home withut a functional garage.
I am willing to bet someone in ANY part of the country has, at one time or another, had a negative experience with a contractor. Sometime minor, sometimes catastrophic. Unfortunately, too many homeowners do not do enough research to ensure they are really hiring the most competent contractor. Or, they hire their neighbors "son, brother, cousin" with out doing any due diligence and/or they simply hire the contractor with the lowest bid.
All of these examples are a sure fire way to prompt the question you have posed. I have written blogs on this (having worked in renovation financing, remodeling business and acting as my own General Contractor as number of times, I do have a few tricks) and have a couple suggestions:
1). Get multiple referrals from past and current customers.
2). Find customers the contractor does not give you the names and addresses
3). Visit a work site/project in process. Is it orderly? Are the homeowners happy to the overall experience.
4). Check out Angie's List
5). Check licenses, insurance, liens, etc.
There are great contractors in all fields...and there are some not so great. Doing your due diligence will help avoid frustration.
All my best,
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Go to the LA Department of Building and Safety to investigate if the City will allow the addition and if will issue a permit for it and what the restrictions are. Then you interview a few reputable licensed contractors and ask them to bid on your project. They usually work with architects and engineers who do the design for you and can include it in their bids and also will pull the necessary permits for you. However you can hire an architect and pull permit yourself once you have the approved plans but if you don't have any experience and never done this before, it is better to let the contractors deal with it. But make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and ask for references and interview their previous clients before you sign a contract.
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Exactly, it all depends on the scope of work, if wall, plumbing, and electicity etc. need to be significantly changed and you fondness for finer things.
The kitchen remodel would be considerably more than a bathroom simply because of the amount of cabinets, larger size, and appliances. The previous post is on the mark for a price range of between $5,000 and $50,000.
You can save yourself a lot of money by pulling the permits for the work yourself and having an experienced tradesman do the work for you on the side.
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Yes I do know a good handyman his name is Ray Ortiz from Superior Construction.
Here's his # be sure to say you heard it from me.
Good Luck and I highly recommend him!
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