Category Archives: planning a home addition

Where to go for research

There are two main resources for research you can easily get access to: The City and County Building Departments have microfiche documents that you can review to find out more about the property in question.

For instance, at the City of San Diego Building Department, they have a Records Office on the second floor where you can go and do your own research. You have to make an appointment first, so someone can guide you on what you need to do to get the information you are looking for but once you get in, there is a lot you can find out about a property, parcel, neighborhood or even subdivision. They have maps for zoning, sewer and many other disciplines. They have documentation on the different developments in the city, and most important, they give you access to all those documents and even let you make copies of some documents if you follow their guidelines. Continue reading

Contractors vs. Engineers

I have mentioned many times in my articles that the construction documents or blueprints approved by the city or county officials are legal documents that need to be followed precisely. I cannot emphasize that enough.

As we all know, the first thing that needs to be built in any project is the footing, the foundation of the building. For this, the trenches need to be dug out and after that the concrete placed in the trenches according to the structural plans. One thing the homeowners need to understand is that the structure is the basis for the entire house, so any changes on the foundation will most definitely affect the entire project.

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To remodel or not to remodel? Part II

Home is where the heart is… in other words, the most important place for anybody. Remodeling your home to make it better for you and your family has become the thing to do. Of course, during construction you will feel out of place and a little disturbed if you stay in the house during construction but even then, in the long run, remodeling your house to fit your needs has proven to be a very good investment.

One thing to keep in mind is to remodel or add onto your house according to the neighborhood and the value of the properties around you. If you over build, you will never get back what you put into the project. So, always make sure you do some research on the neighbors’ properties, the size of the surrounding houses, their value, etc. before you prepare the home design plans, so at the time of resale, if you decide to sell, you do not lose money.

This is the best time to remodel because prices are down. Home design professionals are lowering their fees to attract new customers, contractors are bidding jobs very low to guarantee the work and material cost has gone drastically down. For opinions on that topic, check the page: “What the experts are saying.”

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