Building a Second Floor Addition: What to consider

Adding a second floor above an existing houseis very critical and more expensive than buildingon the ground level.If the lot is too little and no other options are practical itis important to choose a location that will not require lotsof…

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Remodeling or a New House?

By Florida Building Code: When the cost of remodeling exceeds 50% of the house’s market value or the remodeling area exceeds 50% of the house’s total area, the entire house has to comply with the new Building Code(which will increase…

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How to Enclose a Porch or Patio for Living Space

Enclosing an existing Patio is one of the most common changes homeowners make.It allows them to expand the living area very efficiently because the roof andfloor are existing. Increasing the living area also increases the value of the house.An existing…

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Home Remodeling: When to apply for a Permit

Many of my customers and even some contractors find interpreting theBuilding Code to be a bit confusing in regard to remodeling projects.When is the Building Permit required?If the changes are purely cosmetic, the permit is not required,independently from the size…

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Which Windows are best for your Home

Choosing the right windows for a new house or for remodeling anexisting house is very critical. Windows are not just aesthetic elements,they play a big role in safety and energy efficiency.Strategically placed singularly or as an assembly ofmore units can…

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Bathroom Design: a few things you should know

The bathroom is the most private space in the house.It is also a place where vanity is not just a piece of furniture.The ideal bathroom should be spacious and beautiful,but when the space available is limited, it is critical to…

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Kitchen Design: a few things you should know

The kitchen is the center of gravity in the homes of many American families.In some cultures the kitchen is more than a mere space for cooking,it is also a space where family and friends gather together tocook, eat, drink, and…

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