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Q. I hired a carpenter to rebuild my garage because it was rotted and leaning. The roof was OK, so we kept it, but all the walls were stripped away and replaced. more
Q. We’re in the middle of getting our house renovated, and we’re talking to three contractors. Each one wants a large amount of money to start the job. more
Q. Our new home is pretty old, from 1920. We want to update it and have a lot of concerns, with taxes if we enlarge it, cost if we get rid of walls . . . more
Q. This spring we added a garage and replaced our driveway. It has only been about five months, but we’ve noticed cracks in the garage floor and a few in the driveway. more
Q. We were told by a building inspector that we need a permit for making our garage into a bedroom and bathroom. He gave us 10 days to “respond.” He told us we just need an architect . . . more
Q. Our attic air conditioning leaked into our ceiling. The ceiling is so wet we need to replace it. We now understand we’ll need to have the pipe that drains water out of our A.C. drain pan blown out every spring . . . more
Q. We noticed that our water is brown from our showerhead, but only the hot water. It seemed like a simple issue, since our water heater is 30 years old . . . more
Q. My brother worked in construction but doesn’t now. He pointed out some potential problems with our renovation, and I wonder if they’re serious or not. more
Q. I’m an avid reader of your column, and have thought about changes we might make to our home, with lots of concerns. My wife and I don’t agree on certain things. Sometimes your advice makes me skittish . . . more
Q. I didn’t think designing bathrooms would be difficult, but we are trying to decide if we should have a Jacuzzi tub and shower in our master bath or forgo the tub and put a hot tub on our deck instead. more
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