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Q. I just found out my basement isn’t legal, even though we bought the house this way. I got three quotes for the work to legalize it, and was surprised at how much it will cost, around $2,000 with the permit fees. more
Q. Our house was lifted, and we’re finally back in again. We started noticing that our new garage floor has cracks, not big, just thin, but going in several directions . . . more
Q. I just had my deck and pool replaced. I wanted to do it before spring because I missed getting anyone to do it last summer. Everyone was too busy. I had an architect draw the structure plans but . . . more
Q. I’m wondering whether I can build a terraced yard/patio instead of a deck in my yard this spring. I know I need plans and a permit for a deck, and in my case, a zoning variance, because we already checked into this. So I got to thinking . . . more
Q. Why are we being told, now, that our second-floor bedroom ceilings are too low and the doghouse dormers aren’t legal? We’ve owned for five years and are expecting our third child. We applied for a permit to add a first-floor extension . . . more
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
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