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To remodel or not to remodel? Part I

Remodeling and adding square footage onto a property increases its value, so just for that reason, homeowners should remodel and add square footage onto their homes whenever possible.

Most people decide to remodel their homes because they need more room or just to make their houses more enjoyable but later on realize the increased resale value. Unfortunately, I have seen houses which were added onto but the addition, instead of increasing the value of the property, really hurt the property. Ex: I once saw a beautiful home in Poway in which the only way to go from the so called “Master Suite” into the yard was through the shower. I never understood what happened there but home design mistakes like that are common and in my opinion, unacceptable.

There are additions that look so different from the original house, whatever style it is, that they make the aesthetics go out the window. Take a look at this photo:

Believe it or not, this  charming little bungalow is  ATTACHED to  the amorphous building next to it. The original house was added onto but the addition has nothing to do with the shape, size or style of the original house. That  decreases the value of a property. The Craftsman Style is such an elegant and formal style. The addition built next to this bungalow is something with no style and really no taste whatsoever. This should never happen. Continue reading

Municipal Code Violations – Part II

How complicated are Code Enforcement Cases?

As I described on my previous article about Municipal Code Violations, according to the Municipal Code, a code violation is anything that threatens public safety and/or the living and working environment. In the case of construction, anything related to remodeling or improving a building without the proper construction permits from the City or County Building Departments constitutes a code violation, even if the home design improvement does not threaten the public in any way. Any home design improvement or construction related change made in any home needs to be submitted at the city for review and approval, no matter who is making the changes or how small they are. For a list of improvements that do not require construction permits click here

Some cases are simple, some are complex but one thing you should know, there is always a way to solve the issues and get approval from the Code Enforcement and Building Departments. That is one of our company’s specialties and even though sometimes it takes a long time and a lot of running around to close a case, there is always a way to find answers on how to fix every violation there is and get a construction permit for the homeowner. Continue reading

Municipal Code Violations – Part I

What are Municipal Code Violations?

According to the Municipal Code, a code violation is anything that threatens public safety and/or the living and working environment. In the case of construction, anything related to the remodeling or improving of a building without acquiring construction permits through the City or County Building Departments constitutes a code violation, even if it does not threaten the public in any way. Any construction related changes made in any dwelling no matter what size need to be submitted at the city or county of jurisdiction for review and approval, no matter who is making the changes or how small the changes are.   penalty-order_opt1

The Code Enforcement Departments in any city and county are the ones in charge of making sure the public follows the municipal code regulations. In the case of construction, they are in charge of investigating code violations with regards to habitability conditions. For a list of issues enforced by the Code Enforcement Department, click here

Sometimes homes with non-permitted room additions have code violation cases filed against them which remain open until plans for the non-permitted improvement are submitted and approved by the City or County Code Enforcement and Building Departments. Continue reading