Pre-Approved ADU Plan: Good or Bad


ADUs (sometimes known as secondary dwellings) are compact, attached or detached homes located on the same property as the primary residence. Pre-approved ADU building plans are being developed by the city to speed up and streamline the approval process. Pre-approved ADU plans have a quicker review procedure and a lower permit charge for homeowners. The […]

10 Remodeling Tips and Ideas for Homeowners


Homes may not necessarily have an expiry date, but they often need a face, structure, and ambiance turnaround as time passes. It often happens that you change the setting of the furniture or color the walls in a different shade to bring about some change of look. But a few years later, you yearn for […]

Structural Inspection vs. Home Inspection: What’s the Difference? 


Not sure if your home needs a structural inspection or a home inspection? Though similar in nature, these two types of inspections serve two distinct purposes, involve different professionals, and focus on different components of a home. In this guide, we’ll outline the difference between a structural inspection and a home inspection, tell you what […]

How Does the Permit Process Work for a Basement Remodel? 


If you’re planning to remodel your basement, you may be wondering whether you need a permit and how you can go about getting one. It’s a valid question — there’s an overwhelming assortment of information online but few concrete answers since permitting procedures differ throughout the many locales in California. In this guide, we’re presenting […]

What to Expect From a Structural Engineering Report?


Are you thinking about requesting a structural engineering report? Whether it’s for your own home or one you’re about to purchase, a structural engineer’s report can help you understand the property’s structural flaws, the best way to repair them, and the potential costs. This post will explain what you can expect to find in a […]

How to Build an ADU – The Complete Guide


Adding an extra dwelling unit to your house is an excellent way to increase your living space. Auxiliary apartments are inexpensive housing for independent living geared towards older adults 55 and over, with one apartment having two bedrooms. These are connected to the side of a single-family home. In certain circumstances, a full kitchen and […]

What is the Difference Between SB9 & SB10?


California’s affordable housing crisis has worsened in recent years, most notably in high-priced coastal cities. Recently, there has been buzz about SB 9 and SB 10, two laws that are intended to address this crisis. But what do these laws mean, and how do they affect housing development? The passage of SB 9 and SB […]

What are the Benefits of a Seismic Upgrade?


Seismic upgrades are also known as retrofitting a structure to prevent displacement as a result of an earthquake. The need for a seismic upgrade is defined in the California Building Code (CBC) as an existing building needing to conform to the seismic requirements of a newly built structure. Some of these requirements are identified by […]

10 Common Remodeling Projects That Need Engineering


If you’re planning to start any sort of remodeling project, then the question of whether or not to hire an engineer will arise at some point during the process. While most homeowners likely know that the plumbing and electrical work requires some level of expertise, few may realize that remodeling projects also benefit from the […]

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