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Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
Teardown & rebuild vs Remodeling? What are the average costs in 94539?
It is much easier to add on to an existing home than to do a teardown and rebuild. It is easier to get permits, less costly for development fees and it takes a lot less time as well.
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0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Kelsey Compars answered:
Upgrading plumbing
I don't know much at all about plumbing. I would like to get all my plumbing upgraded as well. I should start looking into the residential plumbers in my area. http://aaplumbing.com/res ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 15, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Claire Hsieh, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claire Hsieh answered:
Planning to add 700 sq ft to my home in Fremont mission area. Can anyone recommend general contractors experienced in Fremont City. PC
I can introduce my contractor to you, he did my house and several house in mission area, he know city permit so well, I sold my house after he done extension another 1400 sq ft of my ho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
What is the standard FAR (Floor Area Ratio) in the city of Fremont?
Fremont:

The maximum FAR for new 2-story homes and 2nd story additions in Fremont is 0.70.

See page three of http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1110

-Steve
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
I'm considering buying an older home (60 yrs) in 94539 and have it tear down and rebuild. Can someone pls. give me some pointers on where to start?
Hi BayareaGuy,

I have lived in the 94539/MSJ area for all my life and I have personally completed what you are trying to do in the 94539. There are way too many details to share on t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 2, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
what would the cost be to tear down a 1901 ranch farmhouse? it has a lot of woodwork that could be refinished and reused.
Agree with the answers below ...

Make sure you talk to the City of Fremont Planning department FIRST ...

They will tell you what can or cannot be done. If they give the go ahead ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 1, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
Average cost to demolish and remove a singly family 2 story house with basement, wood structure.
Tradesmen10,

Dawn is dead-on with commenting on the potential for historic preservation considerations. Given your description of the property, it sounds like its location may be sit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 27, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
Extending a bedroom
Thank you for letting us know.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 20, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Laura Feghali, Real Estate Pro in Stamford, CT
Laura Feghali answered:
Is it better to have a tub or a second sink in a master bath? To put both in I'd have to give up some storage space.
Hello Mkda,
Thank you for posting more information about your home. Since you already have two tubs in the home, I would only add a second sink in the master bathroom and keep your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 7, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Mission San Jose
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
General Contractor Referral
Take it from a contractor of 30 years. You need to start with an architect or design draftsman for some of the things your talking about. Trying to get a contractor to come in and desig ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 15, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Lisa T., Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Lisa T. answered:
Fremont Architect Recommendation
SK,
I'm a licensed structural engineer and do both architectural design and structural engineering. Our office is located in Fremont Mission San Jose. Please feel free to call o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 12, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Mission San Jose
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
tear down and rebuild vs selling the home outright in dallas, tx. Home built in 1950. Which way would I come out better, 4000 block of Valley Ridge Rd
Whether you're from Rhode Island or California you're always better to scrape and rebuild unless you're dealing with a historical property. The cost to rehab vs rebuild i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 28, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
Adding a bedroom to a 3 bed/2 bath SF ranch house
After re reading your question I'm finding it difficult to see how economic obsolescence applies in this scenario.

Economic Obsolescence:
Also referred to as external, location ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 1, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Warm Springs
Carl Medford, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Carl Medford answered:
We have put an offer on house in 94539 area.The seller has added a bonus bathroom over existing foundation without any permit.should we go for it?
As a Realtor AND a licensed general contractor, there are some answers below that I would not agree with.

@ Gilbert Richards:
“It depends, some counties do not require permi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 27, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
Gilbert Rich…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Gilbert Richards answered:
What would it cost to tear down and rebuild a new home on our lot? Our 3 bedroom 2 bath 1639 sq ft home was
You definitely need a good contractor. I have a few experienced GC's with experience with custom homes if you cannot find a referral.

Otherwise you just need to find a good cont ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 14, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 94539
Dawn Rivera, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Dawn Rivera answered:
What are the tax implications of an addition to an existing home in Fremont, CA?
Hi Va, after you get a permit and have all the inspections after the improvement is finished you will get a supplemental tax bill and then when you house is re-assessed as it is each y ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Jan 3, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Sunil Sethi, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Sunil Sethi answered:
Fremont City Retail Tenant Improvement Permit
Kevin,

They're pretty easy to talk to if you go down to the city planning dept.

-Sunil Sethi
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 8, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Joe Nernberg, Real Estate Pro in Calabasas, CA
Joe Nernberg answered:
Ready to move in vs getting a contractor to remodel?
Let me answer your question with a question.

Are you financially comfortable living elsewhere while the remodel occurs? Are you handy/mechanically inclined? Do you have family that w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 4, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
where exactly is the mission ranch area? is it all of mission fremont?
Hello again, Maysmom, the Mission Ranch neighborhood of Fremont was built between 1956 and 1959. It is bounded by Mission Creek, Marigold/Wisteria, Paseo Padre and Driscoll.


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1 vote Share Flag Tue Sep 30, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
City restrictions on rebuilding?
Maysmom, you would need to check with the City permit department for guidelines regarding your remodeling plans as there are set-back requirements and other special considerations depe ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Sep 29, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in Fremont
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