Tearing the farmhouse is not a costly venture. The concern is whether or not the City's Historical Architectural Review Board will let you tear it down at all.
I would make sure that you run it by the Planning Department first to see if you can obtain a demolition permit prior to purchasing the property.
If the farmhouse is in shambles, and you aren't given clearance to demo the site, then I would look to HARB to see if the home can be moved or sold by the piece to collectors or demo companies that look to reuse the wood, door knobs and other features first so you could demolish the balance later on.
Again, the first question is whether or not they will allow you to demo the site at all - be sure to check on this first.... more
As a 23 year licensed contractor you are looking at 'about' 5 thousand for plans, 6-7 thousand for plan check and permits and 'about' $120.00 psf. construction medium grade set finish.
However it may be extra if the existing footings/foundation require enhancing to support the extra load. I have good designers, etc. Tony 818 445-6918.... more
Depends on the House, the neighborhood, etc.
You do not want to IMPROVE the house beyond the neighborhood; having a palace among shacks will not do.
The most important factor right now, is that most buyers do not have excess cash once they Close on thier house; they are looking for a turn-key that matches their taste.
The common thins are hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen with Stainless and Granite, Crown mouldings with Neutral walls and updated baths.... more
The cost varies within a rather wide range. Factors that will have a large influence the cost are issues such as how you will tie the addition into the existing roof and foundation, what kind of finish work you want, what kind of heating and cooling you want.. Will there be additional bathrooms included in the addition, and etc.
A good contractor that I recommend is Martin Grove.
The telephone number for Mr. Grove is: (650)464-6099.... more
The answer depends on style/design - I just did a project with JD Iron Works, and they were great in terms of value, quality and reliability, call me if you'd like an introduction. 415-282-8875... more
Call the city and ask for the zoning or building office and ask them. I would think a permit would be required if you are putting up walls and especially if you will be wiring the room for electricity. Still, the town building or zoning officer will know for sure.... more
I would recommend Anto Makasdjian, owner of Sassoon construction. His team's work on everything from multi-million dollar home renovations to simple home repairs is done with the same level of professionalism and attention to detail. His contact info is below.
Primary Business Address
52 Jersey Street
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You need to check with your local bldg dept as codes vary from city to city. There will be code requirements for space from the wall for the toilet for one thing - that will determine if you have enough space for that.... more
Yes depending on their ability to afford remodeling and whether the house is underwater or not.
Also people are concerned about remodeling and not being able to recoup their money, in the
event the neighborhood or area tanks.
But logically it makes sense for the owners to remodel rather than move.
Happy labor day.
Yes, however, you may have a hard time getting financing and getting insurance until all repairs have been completed by a qualified professional. Obviously, you can buy all cash and insure and mortgage after repairs are done.... more
That would depend on the zoning laws in your area. But in general most cities require that you take out a permit for (at least) electrical, plumbing and HVAC. You should also check for what is the minimum size requirements for the window and whether an egress window is required (recommended). Don't rely on the window salesman to tell you what you need. I've seen too many inspections where relatively new windows didn't meet code (when they were installed!).... more