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Chris, Home Owner in Santa Clarita, CA
Chris asked:
Any legal loopholes to doing an "illegal" garage conversion? Santa Clarita CA do not allow garage conversions. We have a 2-car garage and really need to use the space. Are there any loopholes or workarounds to achieve this?
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 16, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clarita
Chris, Home Owner in Santa Clarita, CA
Chris asked:
Cheaper to built out or up? Generally speaking, if we want to create a 1000 sq ft extension, is it usually cheaper to do this on the front yard (which requires new foundations), or by building above the garage (which…
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 16, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clarita
Betty Dunbar, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Betty Dunbar answered:
Do I need a permit to make a den a living area, i.e just add a bed? It's attached to the back of the garage and was built originally with the
No , the permits and work is finished 2.5 weeks now, thank you for asking.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 5, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in 90810
Betty Dunbar, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Betty Dunbar asked:
When remodeling the only Bathroom in the home , will change the value of my value? Will the Value quote homes worth change from a remodeled of the only bathroom?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 5, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in 90810
Alisonsadler, Home Buyer in Altadena, CA
Alisonsadler answered:
Do guest houses hurt or help a property's resale value?
Hi there -
I have an empty lot where I am interested in adding an accessory building (large shed).
I will be using it as an artist studio. If it is built to residential code can it la ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 26, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Pasadena
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in Woodland Hills, CA
Sheryl Arndt answered:
my garage is leaning and looks dangerous for use. i am adviced by trusted carpenters to rebuild. What do i need to do in pasadena ca.?
Hello Mordruu, you will have to pull permits to rebuild it and will have to go thru the city planning dept for city rules and regulations. You can use the 203k loan to do the work from ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 4, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in 91107
LAhomebuyer, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA
LAhomebuyer asked:
I want to remodel my house and need an architect in north Los Angeles. I don't know where to start looking for one. Anyone have recommendations? for someone reasonable who does good work? I don't know of any friends who have hired anyone good. Any suggestions for a first timer working with an architect?

Thank you!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 14, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Sunland
Marinasprope…, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA
Marinasproperty answered:
Converting a garage to a "bonus studio" space in Los Angeles?
I have a triplex it old and not permited how much will it cost me per room to get permits in 90304
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 12, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
Rich Reed answered:
Whar the per sq ft cost for rebuilding a single family home in 90056
I like the building cost estimator from this site: http://www.building-cost.net/CornersType.asp
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 2, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Dianemes52, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Dianemes52 answered:
How often must a landlord/lady paint and replace carpeting?
i live in california in a deplex for 16 years, pay my rent on time, and so on, we have a wood burning stove, and my husband smokes,what i would like to know how many years is it before ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 26, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 90004
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Torrance, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Prop 58 and renovating my home
This might be a question for a CPA or the city assessor, to be sure about the taxes. In my area, you will pay more property taxes if you add square feet to your existing property. Cosm ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 24, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
Karen Peyton answered:
Outdoor backyard options for rental property
You don't give the size of the backyard. Since your speaking of a deck, I'll assume it's quite small. Perhaps a deck, and xeriscape the rest, knowing water is at a premium. I would N ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Jul 26, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 90039
Farzi Maniza…, Real Estate Pro in Northridge, CA
Farzi Manizani answered:
We are looking at total fixer in Chatsworth Ca for 349k. It will cost at least 150k to fix it up.
Hi there, Chatsworth is a tricky city, it has really expensive parts and not so good parts. You are more than welcome to contact me and I will try to give you the best advice I can. Or ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 18, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 91311
Celine Sande…, Home Buyer in Walla Walla, WA
Celine Sanderson answered:
what are typical prices for remodeling a bathroom or kitchen in Los Angeles?
It really depends on the quality of each piece you replace in your bathroom or kitchen. Remodeling can be cheap, or it can be expensive if you have tunnel-vision for quality over the fa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
garypuntman, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA
garypuntman answered:
Types of Heating Systems?
There are several different options for heating. You could go with the typical heating system found in most homes. People seem to like it. You might not need something that will be e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 7, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Sean Seckar, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clarita, CA
Sean Seckar answered:
What is the average cost per square foot for a room addition in Santa Clarita?
Courtney

I think there are way too many variables to truly give you any kind of meaningful number. Do your homework on what you really want, interview several contractors, check refe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 24, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clarita
lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Should I renovate my pool or just fill it in if we want to sell in 5 years?
I would definitely recommend having the upgrades done. Pool renovation will greatly increase your home's value, so if you are planning to sell then you will want to take care of that. F ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 31, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 90066
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Arpad Racz answered:
Does anyone have recommendations for kitchen remodeling? Places to purchase countertops and cabinets?
Hi,

Is this in preparation to rent a property out, to sell it, or for your living in? The strategies and material choices may be different, depending on if it is a rental property, e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 25, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 90803
jimfurgeson88, Other/Just Looking in New York, NY
jimfurgeson88 answered:
CAN A BUILDING INSPECTOR TELL A CONTRACTOR OR EVEN VOICE HIS/HER OPINION IF THE CONTRACTOR IS CHARGING TOO MUCH FOR A JOB SITE??
Inspectors can really only voice their opinion about the building inspections. If they see something really wrong with the contractor, they might be able to help and voice their opinion ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 14, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
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