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Q. In your last column you referred to walls that weren’t nailed together correctly, but I didn’t understand what was supposed to be done to avoid cracks in the walls. Is there a particular way that it’s done . . . more
Q. What do I look for when choosing a contractor? People keep telling me they were satisfied, but their job seemed to never end, or the start was good but the finish was a problem, etc. more
Q. I want to know what to do about my porch now that we’re selling the house. We changed it from a screened porch to a year-round sunroom (though it’s not heated) about 15 years ago, and thought it was no problem. more
Q. We’ve never renovated a home before, and we’re wondering what to expect each of the people we might hire to be able to do for us. For example, do we need an engineer if we hire an architect . . .? more
Q. We just bought an old house and started to fix it up so we can move in. It needs a lot of work, like insulation, the walls have cracks and some need to be taken down, all the plumbing, tile — it’s a long list. more
Q. My son wants to be an architect. He’s really focused on drawing floor plans. I want to encourage him to do things that will mold him. He’s in sixth grade, and we regularly take him into the city, where . . . more
Q. I decided to rent out the house I inherited until I move back to Long Island. I hired an architect, who explained building codes and said we needed to legalize the family room my parents added back in 1973. We needed fireplace doors, according to him . . . more
Q. I keep reading about new apartment buildings and housing developments, converting golf courses into new, expensive neighborhoods my children can’t afford. Do you know anything about how the county plans to handle all the traffic? more
Q. My landscaper has taken a long time to rebuild our backyard deck, and now we’re wondering whether he can do the work in the winter. It was supposed to be done last fall, but he never showed. more
Q. I’ve been reading about new homeowners who applied for solar panels and found out they unknowingly bought a home that needs to be raised. What a mess! However, I really can’t get a grasp on the scope of the problem and which homes are affected. more
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