Remodel & Renovate in 95118 : Questions & Answers

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Elena Talis, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Elena Talis answered:
How do I decide if I should remodel or buy a new house with a better kitchen, bathroooms, etc.?
It depends... If the general floor plan is acceptable then remodel. I don't think you want to be a buyer on this market anywhere in Bay Area.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
After remodeling a home to increase the total square footage, how will annual property taxes be affected?
Trulia, are you looking to renovate a home for one of your executives? If so, the annual property tax will be adjusted based on value of the added improvements for the renovation.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
How much does it cost to add 1000sq.ft to the existing home?
Suggest you contact contractors the questions. Based on what you described you have not even described foundation, structure etc. After you speak to the first contractor you will have m ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 25, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Mitchell Pea…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Mitchell Pearce answered:
203K contractors
Kelley:

It first depends on whether you need more than $35,000 from the loan for repairs. If less, then their are no special requirements. If more, and you are referring to the con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Charles Butt…, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
Charles Butterfield answered:
Cost per square foot for an addition...
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, wha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
would merging a small bedroom and living room into large master suite add value to the house?
Yikes, not advisable. Losing common area like a living room in favor of a master bedroom and bath and sticking it at the front of the home would be deemed as unnecessary and unfavorabl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 12, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
tim moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
tim moore answered:
Building permit fine and penalty
You should contact the town building dept and speak to them.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 6, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
garage conversion restrictions?
You are doing this within the walls of your garage? Or expanding outside of the garage?

The building department will determine by your lot and set backs what you can build per zonin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 31, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Charles Butt…, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
Charles Butterfield answered:
How much does it cost to add arond 500 sft to the existing 1200 house in san jose, CA area?
Thank you, for your question Pankaj:

I recommend that you get bids from at least 3 licensed contractors. The amount of money that it will cost depends on what you want in the room ad ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 22, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Mkda, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
Mkda asked:
Is there a new trend of "luxury height" bathroom vanities in San jose, CA? I’m starting to hear about the trend toward “luxury height” bathroom vanities in which they’re like kitchen cabinets at 36” tall. I’m tall so this was the way I was going ...
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TerriVellios…, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
TerriVellios.Com answered:
If I convert half my garage to an office, can I get a home office tax write off?
This has two answers. (1) Can you legally convert your garage to a home office check your city building code? (2) For a tax write off you will need to contact your tax adviser as us ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 21, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 95125
Sabrina Simp…, Real Estate Pro in Moorpark, CA
Sabrina Simpson answered:
how much should i be looking at if i wanted a contractor to do an addition with a bathroom per sq ft in san jose ca?
I suggest that you contact a local licensed general contractor in your area for a bid. You can also submit a request for bid on www.BidClerk.com for contractors to contact you. Be sur ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 16, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Michael Cheng, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Michael Cheng answered:
I want to build a small pole building in my back yard. I need help on the size of the holes and poles for siesmic concerns.
Neal,

For something like that, you're best served by having a licensed contractor take a look at your proposed building site and make a recommendation. Otherwise, we're gu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 6, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Don Tepper answered:
Can you DIY a furnance install with the help of a professional in campbell? Do we have to use his contractor license on the permit?
That depends on your local regulations. My gut (and informal) reaction is: No. Admittedly, I could be wrong.

However, perhaps more to the point, have it done professionally. There� ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 6, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
John Hanson, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
John Hanson answered:
can i turn my detached garage into a apartment? i live in staten island ny
ask your local planning dept.
you can do anything you want but you should know the the local law as it will some day catch up with you.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 15, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 95132
Grace Morioka…, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka (408-426-1616) answered:
Hi, I am looking for a structural eng in San jose that can help our drafter with struct calculations for house renovation (garage addition) permits.
Hi Houseproject:

Try Alfred Rafuson, Jr., P. E. He's a civil engineer who can do the structural calculations the city requires. He's really really good at his job, and wo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 29, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
John Juarez, Real Estate Pro in Newark, CA
John Juarez answered:
How does Santa Clara County calculate "improvement" value for house addition?
Sandy,

Who gave you the $/sq. ft. figure? If it was someone from the assessor’s office it would be a lot more credible figure that if you got it from another source.
It is mo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Michael Robe…, Real Estate Pro in 95124
Michael Roberts (408) 505-5614 answered:
Does city of San Jose Ca allow home owner to convert a detached garage? Legally?
Hi Bechout, The simple answer is yes. The best answer requires us to know what you want to convert the garage to. You can make it living space. Legally would mean there should b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 16, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 95116
Michael Robe…, Real Estate Pro in 95124
Michael Roberts (408) 505-5614 answered:
San Jose, CA. Convert detached garage into room/kitchen/bathroom. Is it possible to get permissions for this?
Hi Bechout. All of the above items above?...maybe not. This will require a particular amount of available space and then there is the number of water sources you are looking at (4 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 16, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 95132
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Voices Member answered:
What would be a rough estimate figure for following upgrade to a 1500sqft house in San Jose?
It's depends on the General Constructor, I recommend to have at least 3 different GC to quote. Please remember to check for their license, bond (workers' comp). It's hard ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 8, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
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