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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 . . . 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. Our friends built a house from scratch, without an architect or contractor, and explained that there were no requirements for either, just a building permit. It was in Oklahoma, and I understand from them that other states only require an architect or licensed contractor for bigger buildings, but not homes. more
Q. Half the year we live in Florida, and our development put in a sport court made of cement for pickle ball (a smaller version of tennis using a paddle). The concrete was . . . more
Q. We’re looking for a designer who can draw on a computer and show us plans in three dimensions, like we see on TV. The designers show these pictures and even animate them, and that would really help us visualize . . . more
Q. We got estimates from three contractors to add a second floor to our house, and now are confused about what to cut back. All of the estimates are much higher than we can afford or want to spend. more
Q. My contractor started my job and promised to complete the work in two months. They also promised that work would continue, every day, because I didn’t want a “no-show.” That lasted about two days, then they said . . . more
Q. I’m planning to make some changes inside my house, and have a few questions. I want to open the wall between my kitchen and dining room and add a stairway to my attic. Do I need a permit? Also, I like those new sliding doors . . . more
Q. There are cracks in our basement and garage floor and in corners of our new family room, all part of a new addition built less than a year ago. And the tile floor we tried to match between our kitchen and breakfast room now has . . . more
Q. We came home from vacation to find water damage from frozen pipes in our new second floor, added last summer. We never expected this, but called the contractor who referred us to the plumber who, frankly, was no help. After 12 tries . . . more
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