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Q. We’re planning a pool this spring, and want to do something different. Our taste is very modern, and we want to put in an “endless pool” where we won’t see the edges. We want something special, something very modern, for the patio around the edges of the pool. more
Q. I am selling my house and found out that my second floor is not legal because the previous owner never got a permit and also never got anything for the breakfast room or deck. We got a shed and pool permit 10 years ago . . . more
Q. I have a rental home that got a ticket for not being officially registered with my town. The building inspector showed up because my former tenant moved out but reported me. more
Q. We’re planning a renovation with a second-floor dormer to square out so we can get two more bedrooms. We plan to remove walls on the first floor and make a big open family room, since our living room rarely gets used and is too small for company. There’s a problem with the windows . . . more
Q. I get different information from every person I speak to, and I don’t know who to believe. I have a two-bedroom house that I want to make into three bedrooms . . . more
Q. Last year my street was repaved, and now I see cracks, which I expect will get worse. I seal my driveway every few years, and it looks and works very well, without any cracking or damage. The cost to seal is pennies on the dollar compared with . . . more
Q. We’re working with a kitchen designer, and they’re planning a big exhaust hood over our burners. I just don’t see why we need one . . . more
Q. Continuing from last week’s column, when the question was: My home insurance premiums have increased over the past couple years. We haven’t been affected by storms or floods, yet my rate has gone up each year. more
Q. My home insurance premiums have increased over the past couple years. We haven’t been affected by storms or floods, yet my rate has gone up each year. From what little I can gather from them, my home is supposedly increasing in value . . . more
Q. I saw an online demonstration of how a robot was being trained to put ceiling and wall boards up and wondered, have you seen any other kinds of construction being done with robots? I’m concerned about seeing jobs taken away by machines. more
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