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Richard Litt…, Real Estate Pro in Orange County, CA
Richard Littlefield answered:
It's legal to ad a bath to my garage in Santa Clara?
Get a permit before you add anything, they will not let you have one without meeting all of the building codes.
Got to city hall and ask them if it is permited.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 25, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 95050
Gary Birtles, Other/Just Looking in Scottsdale, AZ
Gary Birtles answered:
Replace windows without touching frame - need permit?
I believe it is required to have a permit before doing any sort of replacement. The rules can sometimes get confusing. I'm sorry you took the risk and ended up hearing bad news. Hopeful ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 18, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Sunnyvale
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 95124
Arpad Racz answered:
architects wanted
Hi RG,

Did you get the project underway? If you still need an architect, I can point you to a local one. Please feel free to email me.

Kind regards,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 12, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Cupertino
Eugene Dean, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Eugene Dean answered:
we need to remove a tree because it is against the house . Will the tree removal cause issues if we plan to add on in a few years.?
I don't see how removing the tree could cause problems later. Just make sure that you fill in the hole. Two years is plenty of time for the soil to settle. You might have more problems ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 3, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94022
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
What is the general cost per square foot for a second story addition in 95118?
Second story addition can definitely vary on a few things. You will want to compare the price of various contractors, and it depends what you want to do. This can be a complicated renov ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 20, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Cambrian
ctsseo, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
ctsseo answered:
After remodeling a home to increase the total square footage, how will annual property taxes be affected?
Many rental home expenses are tax deductible. Save receipts and any other documentation, and take the deductions on Schedule E. Figure you’ll spend four hours a week, on average, main ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 2, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
reynaldoayers, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
reynaldoayers answered:
have anyone had experience dealing complaints to the contractors board? my contractor is not performing. Please share your experience and advise.
Don't hold your breath. I just filed a complaint with proof of work that a specific contractor wasn't licensed to do, WITH requests for checks, WITH checks made out to him and cashed by ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 18, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
General contractor recommendations for Major Remodel
I would look up local contractors online, I think that will be more effective than posting here. This way you will be able to compare prices and reviews simultaneously and save a lot of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 17, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 95014
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Ballpark Renovation Cost
About $175-$225K/sf
THe question is matching the original home how much more they replaced?

Sam Shueh
Realtor
Silicon Valley
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 7, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Saratoga
laann65, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA
laann65 answered:
Is it illegal to turn a garage into a room in San Jose? If you can turn a grage into a room in San Jose what must one do to get this done and livable?
Is it illegal to turn a garage into a room in Fremont city? If you can turn a garage into a room in Alameda County, what must one do to get this done and livable? I m plan make out roo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 7, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
Realistic Rebuild costs 1200 sq ft hse Campbell CA. Renovated through 10yrs ago.tile/granite/oak-floors/roof/drive/ upper-mid quality
Hi Uniquely

Thanks for your question.

Realistic rebuild costs are between $250 - $300 a square foot
as most of the builders are busy. A project of 1200 sf right now is quite smal ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Campbell
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
"Leave one wall up" buildng option. Good or bad idea?
Hi Oscar:

That will be correct, you are getting into a Remodel vs. a Rebuild.

But check with the building department whether one wall is enough.

Best regards
Perry

www.ruth ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
what possible penalties converting detached garage into living space, keeping original look of the garage and its door in Santa Clara?
In many cities the garage has been converted with permit with the original garage door stay put.
Best is to figure out how to make it permitted or revert back to the garage status.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95050
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Extra units without permits
Needing to meet today's code. Electrical, mechanical.
Some cities in South Bay is not difficult to bring it into compliance. In fact the additional sf sometimes
is added in the living ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in East Palo Alto
Yanoska Diaz, Real Estate Pro in Miami, FL
Yanoska Diaz answered:
WHAT IS THE GENERAL COST TO TURN A 2 CAR GARAGE INTO A 3 (WITH NEW ADDITION SMALLER)?
Anytime you add to the original floor plan could be quite costly, if that is your concern. It isn't the same as modifying the original plan.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 29, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cambrian
Eugene Dean, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Eugene Dean answered:
do you pay tax on a patio or deck?
I am sure there would be some taxes associated with the building permit. You should contact the appropriate government authority for more specific information. If you are lucky, you won ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 24, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Evergreen
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 95124
Arpad Racz answered:
Building permit fine and penalty
Hi Bill,

I would speak to a few local contractors that can check it out up front to see what it would take to be permitted.

Kind regards,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 6, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Permit for storage shed
There is a distance requirement from main structure in addition to size of deck.

Burbank and Fruitdale is Santa Clara County.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clara County
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Should I remodel and divide the one jack and jill bathroom into 2 small bathrooms in my duplex townhouse? Cost? Permit?
permit is required. Get a few quotes.

As for resell value, possibly more. But you need to check with HOA CC&R see if you can alter the structure or interior as you stated.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 13, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Milpitas
webmihir, Home Buyer in Sunnyvale, CA
webmihir answered:
Permit for breaking non-structural wall?
Thanks for the answers everyone.

The HOA is fine with giving permission as long as the City Hall issues the permit. The structural engineer at the city hall took a look at my renderi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 4, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94087
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