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Q. I’m doing a small strip center and my home at the same time. Both are being designed with flat roofs. The concern is that the roof areas are pretty large, mostly so I can divide the stores into … more
Q. Our basement was renovated last year, and then we found out it didn’t have a permit. Our contractor first told us we didn’t need one for inside work and then said he got one, but we never saw it. more
Q. I am confused about the insulation that was just put into my attic floor and cathedral ceiling. The guys who did the carpentry told me the roof and floors were totally over-designed, and they … more
Q. I’m selling my house and found a buyer, then learned that my deck and garage have no permits. The buyer’s attorney is insisting this be taken care of before we can close, and I need to move quickly. I’m in contract in Florida. The buyers told me . . . more
Q. My question is about handicapped requirements. I’m in a wheelchair, and I work in the city and take public transportation. I’m wondering why it took so long for the City of New York to do anything about handicapped access . . . more
Q. I’m trying to decide on many possibilities for lighting this holiday season. My kids want a big display, with Santa and reindeer on the roof, so I’m pondering . . . more
This Thanksgiving, I want to take time to thank the readers of this column. Next week will mark 28 years that I’ve answered readers’ questions, and I hope . . . more
Q. Is it possible to find a contractor who’s reasonable? We don’t have a lot of money. We thought we had a contractor, but it fell through. We’ve so far interviewed . . . more
Q. We’re very frustrated. We can’t get a permit before winter, and might have to wait for spring. We applied for a permit to add a family room and open our kitchen, but are being told . . . more
Q. I have a cement brick (concave) garage, probably 100 years old. The rear wall has a crack from the ceiling to the floor. The interior opening is about a quarter-inch wide . . . more
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