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Q. We’re having problems with the contractor and the architect now that our work has started. The contractor says the plans are incomplete and don’t show . . . more
Q. I have a fence in my front yard and want to replace it with a wall because I live on a main road, and cars have crashed into the fence a few times and I’ve had to replace it. It’s hard to understand that someone would hit your fence, damage property and just drive off . . . more
Q. I’m appalled at the invasion of privacy going on with my property, namely the surveillance that led to a code violation for my backyard shed, fence and pool. I was told . . . more
Q. Sometimes you sound really pessimistic about trusting builders. It has made us very concerned about doing the window replacement, re-siding and roofing we need. Should we interview more than three contractors . . . more
Q. We need more space, and want to use our garage for a family room. Do we need a permit for that? Also, the garage doors need to stay . . . more
Q. We’re planning a new kitchen, and I have a kitchen designer and an architect telling me I should replace my new refrigerator because it sticks out 4 inches from the cabinets. I really don’t want to . . . more
Q. I’ve been noticing that many houses are being rebuilt, and that even though they’re by different designers, they look the same. In particular, a neighbor built a brand new house, and two years later the next-door neighbor . . . more
Q. I was reading about the state of New York trying to get millions of dollars back from storm victims who are raising their homes or even just repairing them. How is it happening that so many people . . . more
Q. Maybe we’re going about the addition to our house all wrong. We weren’t happy with the architect we hired; they kept stalling and then showed us drawings for something we didn’t like but eventually accepted so we could get going. Then we got a fast-talking contractor . . . more
Q. I’m a faithful reader of your column, and I don’t have a question, just an observation. I started to redo my living room and dining room wood floors last week, thinking I knew everything I needed to about the job. I rented a sander . . . more
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