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Aayjaber, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Aayjaber answered:
Looking for a contractor specializing in legalizing an unwarranted in-law in SF
Any licensed contractor should be able to do the job. He/she must be able to apply all the relevant codes.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 27, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Francis Soms…,  in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
For SF Bay area, what is a ballpark cost per s.f. for new home construction (ground up), assuming above average materials, around 3500 sf?
There are a lot of variables that go into that. First and foremost, where is it? Building in San Francisco is very different than building in Pleasanton or Stockton. How many homes a ... more
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Alex Greer, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Alex Greer answered:
What if work was done on your home in the 1970s without pulling a permit, what happens now if you want to add on to the same area? [
If you ever want to sell the home or get a mortgage on it you will have to get a permit for it.

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:
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0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
Any recommendations for a roofer in SF?
Have you tried asking your family and friends in your area? That is usually a pretty good way to find referrals. Nobody refers someone they hate to someone they like. I would try asking ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 4, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Hugo Aparicio, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Hugo Aparicio answered:
Cost of bathroom addition in San Francisco?
Hi Tyegul,
My message might be too late for you but there might be others in San Francisco who are looking into remodeling a bathroom. I'm 90% finished in my 12' by 6' master bathroom ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 25, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94117
djennifer009, Other/Just Looking in Salt Lake City, UT
djennifer009 answered:
When is the best time for kitchen remodeling in San Francisco? I heard the least busy times are the best times since there is no competition.
It really depends on what you're planning to remodel. If you want to do it in stages (first flooring, then appliances, then splashback and counters), then I think you can do it whenever ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 23, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94131
Alex Greer, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Alex Greer answered:
How does one legalizes an un-warranted in-law apartment in San Francisco? Need a contractor
It is just a matter of getting a permit from the city. Someone from their permit department has to come out and inspect it.

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or questi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 15, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Lance King, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King answered:
How can I make my house bigger?
That depends on the configuration of your house, lot size, percentage of lot used, and zoning for height limits if you want to build up. Keep in mind that building up is much more expen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 4, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Pro in Woodland Hills, CA
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Looking for average remodel costs per sq ft for a San Francisco house, increasing in size from 1700 sq ft to 2500 .
Hello leneveusteve, if you remodel with a 203k loan you can have the assistance of a cost estimator but it will be determined by your material upgrades and design. You may qualify for t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 31, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94117
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I have been diagnosed with ALS and need a local contractor to renovate my studio apartment to accommodate a wheelchair. Recommendations?
So sorry to hear about your diagnosis!

Feel free to send me a message here, or contact me via phone or e-mail and I'd be happy to recommend some good architects and contractors who c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 6, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Looking for a good pest control contractor in SF.
I am glad to hear you are taking action with pest control before it actually becomes a problem. It's easier to deal with before you have an infestation as opposed to after the bugs set ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 23, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94110
Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
Do I need a designer if I am hiring an architect?
It depends on how much of the remodel you want to do. Are you doing a whole addition or are you doing a kitchen? There's a lot of different materials that can be used.Some are really ex ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 16, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
rosewwwdot, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
rosewwwdot answered:
Curb Appeal Improvements?
I have created a digital design service for home exterior redesigns without a full renovation, you can see examples of our work here : http://www.nuhomdesign.com/

Best,

Rosemary ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 4, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Should kitchen appliances match?
This is an old post, but a relevant question!

I work on renovations in the city in addition to being an agent, and we always do our best to match brands when renovating homes, but si ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 2, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
What to know when hiring a contractor?
All these answers have been great. I would also look into the insurance the contractor uses. This can say a lot about their work. I company that invests in good insurance will most l ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 19, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
How does one increase the water pressure throughout your home?
You can put a regulator on one of your lines. My dad remodeled his shower and put in a couple of shower heads. Because he was splitting the water between so many heads he had to put a r ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 3, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Sam Shueh,  in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
What kinds of interior renovations require city permits?
yes, it weakens the structure support. Check City Permit site.
http://www.sf-planning.org/
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 12, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ryan Rudnick answered:
What's the cost per sq ft for interior renovations such as a master suite and bath. Is there a local resource?
Hi Mike,

I work on construction projects in the city a lot, and this is a complex question with lots of different variables. In my experience, renovations can range anywhere from $ ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 17, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94110
fmfrijoles, Other/Just Looking in 20037
fmfrijoles answered:
I own a condo. Are assessments for things like a new roof tax deductible? How?
If it's an investment property from which you gain income, assessments are deductible.

If it is a primary residence and the roof/assessment is specific to your unit then the amount ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Apr 24, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94117
Janice Cheung, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Janice Cheung answered:
.Do I need to hire an architect for additional floor?
Heidi,

The best way is hire a architect /engineer even you want to have minimal change from the previous plan. Also the engineer can submit the plan to the city for you, and if you h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 14, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
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