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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Andrew Wilkinson answered:
Hi there Deborah,

This is a great question, but unfortunately it was posted into "All Locations". I'd recommend reposting your question in your local area in order to get more helpful answers, which you can find here: http://www.trulia.com/voices/activity/Highland_Park---18289

Good luck with your search,

Andrew
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Fri Apr 19, 2013
allan erps,ABR,SFR answered:
That depends on how big, the Bathroom is plus your choice of fixtures, hardware, tile etc. Normally in my area the plumbing is extended from the full Bathroom below so it is a common addition. ... more
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Tue Apr 16, 2013
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Fri Mar 6, 2015
Richard Seaton answered:
1. Develop a clear sense of your end goals. Solidify your ideas by looking at shelter magazines and design and architecture publications and websites. Visiting open houses can also help.
2. Hire an architect. Find someone who has worked in your area, whose portfolio includes projects that reflect your style, and who has strong recommendations from past clients.
3. Retain a builder. As with your architect, the builder's experience in the area and his clients' recommendations are key.
4. Get a preliminary estimate of costs, based on general concepts.
5. Modify your plans and goals based on the relationship between costs and your budget
6. You're ready to go with the fun part: design. The architect will lead you along the way.
7. Obtain necessary building permits. Because your architect and builder are local, they will be very familiar with local building codes and restrictions -- saving you big money but NOT proposing something that want get approved. They will lead you through the permitting process.
8. Once permits are received, construction can be scheduled and you are off to the races!
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
With only six units, I don't think it takes to much effort to do a survey of how many residents have any plans of selling withing the next 5 years! If you are the only residents planning on selling then you should probably start interviewing several realtors from your area who can best advise you of the benefits of investing some money on that particular project. People generally forget that Realtors are happy to consult with you even if you are not going to sell immediately. Trulia makes it easy to look up realtors by zip code where you live! Best, Terry Bell, CPS RE Santa Rosa, CA ... more
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Joseph Domino answered:
Scottsdale has many zoning districts for both residential and commercial zoning. The FAR will be different depending on the zoning district. Too complex to answer here.

Check out this site for the information you seek.:

http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/codes/zoning/districts
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Fri Jul 5, 2013
Mitchell Feldman answered:
If you are planning on selling the house... unless you are a contractor or someone paying wholesale prices, it will be hard for you to recoup the money you spend on improvements. The best money spent is on simple interior and exterior painting, refinishing of hardwood floors and a thorough clean out of the property. Anything obviously broken should be repaired if you can afford to fix it.

Aside from that, and assuming you are not getting bargain basement pricing on the renovations, you should only consider doing renovations if you plan on being in the house and enjoying said renovation for some time. This is one of the main values of doing a renovation, for your own enjoyment. Although it is true that any renovations theoretically would increase the value of the home... in most cases you will not recoup the expense if you sell it right away.

Having said that, I will tell you that some renovation can increase salability of the home which is worth something as well. If you want to discuss this further, please contact me direct. Good luck!

Sincerely,
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
Email: MitchellSFeldman@aol.com
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Wed May 20, 2015
Terri Vellios answered:
It will be up to the Building Department. You can go to the city and meet with an inspector to discuss the scope of your work.
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Sean Schwilling answered:
In general, home owners get the best return on investment for money spent on Kitchens & Bathrooms.
However, simple inexpensive improvements in the yard can result in significantly higher offers when selling. Contact me at your convenience for a no obligation consultation. 510-409-6946.
Sean Schwilling @ Your Service.
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Jane Jennings answered:
Hi,
I would suggest that you speak to an architect. That would be the smartest way to go. Here is an architect that you can contact. It's usually a small consulting fee involved.


Richard Nelson
973-335-2344
nel2000@optonline.net
www.RNelsonArchitect.com

Let me know how it works out.
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Sun Apr 28, 2013
Michael O'Brien answered:
Pat Murray construction 7322452716 he has done a lot of major renovations in atlantic highlands on the old Victorian homes. He does a great work in a timly matter,
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
jan detomaso answered:
Hi Michelle, I think you have a great idea and since you have to do some extensive work anyway it is the perfect time to do it. I am a real estate agent and would not dream of projecting cost for a project that will need a professional contractor plus plans and some re-engineering. Your best bet would be to talk to a licensed contractor and get at least 3 bids and make sure that they are including all the items you want fixed, added and upgraded. I will give you the name and contact of a local contractor that I have used and recommended with no complaints.....The contractor is ACI general contractor....661-379-7373. The roofer I have used on many projects is Armstrong Roofing...661-319-7566. Both of these companies will come out and give you a quote and tell you what scope of work they can provide to help you accomplish your goal of a home more suited to your needs. If they can't help you, they may be able to direct you to others who can get the job done in a timely manner at a good price. Good luck Jan DeTomaso ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
I think they make rooms look smaller, and nowadays the trend is towards open space and great rooms, even including the kitchen into the mix. Also, if you have any plans of selling in the future, you only narrow your buyer pool by not making the house as accessible and disability friendly as possible for the future, or maybe some new friends while you're still living there!. It doesn't sound like something you planned or wanted, so I vote to update the area! And when you're ready for a vacation home up here in the wine country, drop me a line! Best,
Terry Bell, CPS RE, Sonoma County, CA
707-292-5712
TerryinSR@aol.com
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
John Bourassa answered:
Yes, but only if you are standing on as puddle of water. What's the matter with you?
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Why not simply ask your utility company the question, or any such other expert...
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
David Hanna answered:
The liner goes on the tub side of a curtain. The curtain can be one piece (waterproof) or just the outside, with a waterproof liner. A curtain is, or has, a liner.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
Cindy Wilson answered:
Carefully. If you hang something heavy like a painting, it must be well anchored to a wall.
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Sun May 1, 2016
Ray Akers answered:
That's difficult to answer. There are a variety of roofing materials, including composition shingles, cedar shake, PVC membrane (flat), and metal roofing. Price can also be affected by the quality of materials you choose. There are 30-year, 50-year, and lifetime roofing materials. The price also depends on the size & design of your home. Some homes have a very simple roof design, while others may have dormers, peaks and valleys, and other features that make the roofing system more complex. I've seen prices range from less than $20,000 to more than $50,000 for a typical single-family home. It all depends on the size, style, and quality of roofing materials you choose. ... more
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
David Kelsey answered:
Anton,

The best option would be to contact a few contractors/companies that specialize in solar heating installation. There are a few here in the Bay Area that are very reputable and will come to your home and give you an estimate. After discussing the process with them and reviewing the estimates, hopefully you will feel informed to make the decision to move forward with your project. If you would like some referrals of specific companies, email me and I will provide you with some local area companies that will help you. Good luck! ... more
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