Remodel & Renovate in California : Questions & Answers

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tishlehew, Home Owner in Burbank, CA
tishlehew asked:
Will a backyard of approximately 700 sf diminish the resale value on a home that is approximately 1850 sf and 4 bedroom and 2.5 baths? I'm in the beginning stages of planning a home remodel that will take my 2 bedroom, 1 bath home (1200 sf) to a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home (1750 sf). Not including adding a small bedroom, and…
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fosterkicks99, Other/Just Looking in 78052
fosterkicks99 answered:
cost of constructing an average size rock swimming pool in anaheim, CA
It all depends on the area you are in. I have a feeling it will be more expensive if you are in a denser part of the city. It would take them more time to build, remove materials, and b ... more
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Charita King…, Real Estate Pro in Downey, CA
Charita King - Short Sale Specialist asked:
Swimming pool inspection/maintenance in Long Beach Do you have a reliable swimming pool maintenance/inspector in Long Beach area? I am closing a deal and is requiring the pool to be inspected/functional before close of escrow.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 20, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Long Beach
Mitul Patel, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mitul Patel answered:
what is the minimum garage size for a two car attached garage in Cupertino?
Hi Homebuyer,

I believe 20'X20' is building code.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 19, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cupertino
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
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
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Tristam Biel…, Real Estate Pro in Highland Park, Los A...
Tristam Bielecki answered:
upgrading floor from water damage. planning wood flooring in the public areas. do we need to redo the carpeting in the area that wasn't damaged?
If you are not going to replace the carpet, you should still check underneath to make sure the underlay is not wet as that can harbor mold growth.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 6, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 91423
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
How much does it cost to repair cracks in foundation and make soil changes?
You need to get a professional to give you this information, and realize you will need to pay for their expertise. Remember $500 for an inspection is worth it when it gives you peace of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 30, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95014
dan, Home Buyer in Capitola, CA
dan asked:
Remodeling a MH I am looking at a prime location in a MHP. The MH itself will need to be gutted as not permitted to bring in a new unit. Sources for information on what I am up against with the city?
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saaveri_11, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
saaveri_11 answered:
How much does it cost to add arond 500 sft to the existing 1200 house in san jose, CA area?
Hello Pankaj, Were you able to add a room? Could you please share with us how much it costed you? we are looking into adding a family room of ~400sqft. Thanks Hema.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 22, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Lynn Tardibu…, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA
Lynn Tardibuono answered:
Replacing electric with gas oven so need a contractor to install an air exhaust system
Hello. I know a long-time Contractor who may be able to help. He does great work and is very trustworthy: Arcadio Fogal of Bella Construction. Phone # is 707/953-3633. Give him a cal ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 15, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94928
gazorone, Other/Just Looking in Berkeley, CA
gazorone answered:
addition costs per square foot
Whats the most important part of you're home ? The structural integrity, Hire a framing contractor to build you're home.. They specialize in that, structurual engineering/framing. T ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Berkeley
Joe Malboeuf, Home Owner in Seattle, WA
Joe Malboeuf answered:
I just purchased a lot in Venice and would love to know what the best route is to saving money on a rebuild (ie. architect, design/build, etc)
HI Dana,
What is there that is able to be used again? What do you want out of the house in the end?

A few key elements of good design while saving money are smart material / prod ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 27, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
James Malmbe…, Real Estate Pro in Sherman Oaks, CA
James Malmberg answered:
How often must a landlord/lady paint and replace carpeting?
It is up to the landlord. And if you live in a rent controlled unit, the chances are that their is absolutely no reasonable financial reason for the landlord to do either of the things ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 25, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 90004
oscar012000, Other/Just Looking in Jersey City, NJ
oscar012000 answered:
I am looking to add a full story (1,100 SQFT including 2 bathrooms) to my house. What type of budget should we have for this project?
hi jimmy am adam from oscar contracting if you really need to do your addition soon i can help you and save a lots of money to you good job fast and good quality just send me an e.mail ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 23, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94610
deanmortensen, Home Buyer in Emeryville, CA
deanmortensen asked:
I have a pending transaction to buy a house built by Braddock & Logan in 2005 in the Valley View Estates Development in El Sobrante, and my general .. ...inspector noticed that the hot water pressure in the house is abnormally low. When any hot water faucet is turned on, the flow is adequate for a few seconds, but then tapers off. The…
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 14, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94803
Alex Montelo…, Real Estate Pro in Seal Beach, CA
Alex Montelongo-Broker answered:
Garage to living space conversion in wilmington 90744
This question is probably best answered by addressing the city directly. I personally have not seen a legal garage conversion to a bedroom in a long time. I have seen it done out of nec ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 4, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Wilmington
Timber Creek…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Timber Creek Construction answered:
re-model or tear down/re-build
Get in touch with me and we can discuss your ideas, see what your budget is, and help you decide which way to go.
I have been building and remodeling in this area for the last 25 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 29, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cupertino
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Building a new house in West San Jose.
If you have an architect drawn up a completed design. You can probably narrow the contractors to a lot of less. Roofing materials specification(tile, composition shingle, solar reflec ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed May 28, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick 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?
As an agent who also works with an LLC that renovates homes in San Francisco, I'd say you're going to be spending around $400 a foot for new construction. That wouldn't include non-con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 23, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Francisco
Timber Creek…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Timber Creek Construction answered:
I want to add a bathroom in the existing structure of my home. How much will it cost to get it permitted?
Have you found anyone to take care of this project for you?
If not feel free to contact me.
I can give you a line item estimate for every single item that will be used in the additio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 21, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
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