That would be "ZERO". However, there would hopefully be a mutually beneficial referring relationship in that when a contractor came in contact with a potential home seller, he would also refer that person to that agent.... more
I would suggest the conversion. Unless the style of the home would be dramatically changed by the new look, a pitched roof has many benefits including insulation factors and the bonus of added storage space depending on how the roof is constructed. Check with an AIBD designer in your area (www.aibd.org) to find someone who can design the roof to enhance the appearance of the house. The other benefits will be worthwhile.
I had to replace a roof on a commercial building I purchased as an investment. Changing it to a pitched roof transformed the building. It became an asset to the neighborhood and won me an award in the remodeling category in a design competition I entered that year. The cost for the change was only about 20% more than repairing the pitched roof. And the money saved in A/C costs more than made up for the added expense.... more
I too would call the City Of Mountain View Building Department, or check out their website.
Most basements we have built had a full set of concrete stairs on one side of the basement, and then a "light well" with a crawl ladder on the other side.
I am not sure about the tax implications though.
Let me know if you need any more info from a General Contractors point of view.... more