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Q. My home has been under construction for a few years because we bought it as a flood-damaged property for a very low price. It’s our only chance at owning a home. It came with a permit from the previous owners, but . . . more
Q. I am so frustrated about my construction. I am acting as contractor, and the guy framing my house, whom I trust completely, is saying my plans are ridiculously over-designed . . . more
Q. During the recent storm, our neighbor’s tree blew down. Ironically, we had our very tall and weak-looking trees removed last spring, and while they were being cut, some twigs landed on our neighbor’s driveway, near her very expensive car. more
Q. Some men working out of the trunk of their car showed up this morning, and are power-washing the siding of my neighbor’s house. I know that, like many older homes in my neighborhood, the shingles are made of asbestos, so I wonder . . . more
Q. Our architect showed something in our house plans that our contractor refuses to do, and we need an opinion. For some reason, the architect wants the new floor for our new second story to be built in between our existing ceiling beams and not over it, like the contractor wants. more
Q. In the middle of our basement is a fairly new central air and heating unit. It’s big and takes up a lot of space, mostly with air ducts coming out the sides. Because it would be too expensive to move . . . more
Finding Bigfoot might be easier than finding a house to purchase on Long Island this summer. more
Q. We’re replacing our old roof and putting a new porch roof over our front steps. The old roof is rotted, and the bottoms of the columns were so bad that we didn’t think the roof would stay up much longer, so we hired a contractor . . . more
Q. We just bought a house, and this has been a real test of our marriage. We have so many things to do, and both of us are hoping to keep our jobs. Money we had planned to use for the work may have to be put toward food instead. We’re very nervous . . . more
Q. We’re in the middle of construction, and our contractor has been giving us bills for the work that make us think we’re way ahead of him. It just doesn’t look like he’s 50 percent done, but we have already paid more than 60 percent, according to our contract. more
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