Economical design and drafting services for new construction, ADUs, remodeling , repairs , decks, and Code Enforcement resolution for residential buildings. Traditional quality pencil on paper drafting service, along with modern digital methods to cost effectively meet your needs. Decades of experience as a design / build contractor means savings for you. Artistic and designerly consulting solutions to find the style you want to create.
Recovery and Rebuilding Information :
Finding your way through the confusion of local government agencies that regulate rebuilding your home after a Forest Fire is a difficult process. Especially after the emotional trauma of losing one’s home. Having a knowledgeable and experienced consultant to help guide you through the process can be helpful, and more efficient in your decision making process. Two decades of experience in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Sierra communities dealing with issues such as Septic System permits, Soil and Geology Reports, Site Plans, house plans and deck plans. Common sense solutions.
For various reasons you may have come in contact with the Code Enforcement Dept. of the Planning Dept. You may feel afraid or angry because of getting visit by a CE field agent and a letter from the Planning Dept about some sort of problem at your property. There are many reasons and situations that can lead to this unpleasant experience. The letters from the Planning Dept can sound very serious, and it is important to respond to them. It can be helpful to hire a service that is familiar with what the Code Enforcement Dept is trying to accomplish. That department is similar to our police and sheriffs, and are working to enforce laws and regulations that deal with our land and buildings. Their interest is in “ Health and Safety “ issues of our buildings, such as fire hazards, dangerous / deteriorated structures, encroachments into required property line “ setback areas “, hazardous electrical situations, unpermitted construction, creation of unpermitted rental units, violation of Zoning Regulations dealing with unpermitted activities and uses
The solution is to respond.
For some types of building and septic permits you need to submit a floor plan. Or if you want to have your fire insurance policy updated, or if you want to sell your house, an up-to-date floorplan is either necessary or helpful. In PDF format, you can even email it .
I've been designing and building residential structures since 1975, and so have a lot of experience to draw upon. This can be helpful when you are trying to figure out what needs to be fixed or what and how and where to change your building.
Whether or not you are getting a permit, I can help. Permits are required for any work costing more than $600. Many times your contractor can get an " over the counter " permit for small improvements like new windows, new roofing, water heaters, new electrical panels, nd small scale kitchen and bath repairs and remodels. When you are thinking of larger projects its always a good idea consider getting a permit, and that requires plans and a variety of paperwork that need to be submitted online. Its a complicated process , nowadays.
One of the first steps in planning decks, fences, and exterior remodels is to get a Site Plan made that shows the property lines, the buildings, the utilities, the " setback " lines, and sometimes topography lines on slopes.
Wooden decks wear out and decompose after 20-30 years. The Building Codes have changed alot since your old deckwas built. New decks need better foundations and better fire resisitance.
With the cost of gas / propane, and electricity increasing, upgrading your insulation cn be helpful.
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