How it works
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    Schedule Consultation

    To start, a Design Everest associate schedules a consultation with you to fully understand your needs.

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    Quick Turnaround

    Once we understand your needs, we deliver plans and drawings for your project. We have quick turnaround time, with the option to track your project in real time.

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    Easy Permit Process

    We will provide a set of drawings that you may submit to the city to obtain the required permits. Our fixed fee includes addressing all city comments (if any) on our plans until the permit is approved. Next, we can connect you with reputable contractors in your area, so you can get started with your project right away.

Residential Soft Seismic Retrofit Experts
Rooftop Deck Remodels and Additions

Soft-story homes are typically multi-unit wood-frame houses with a first story that lacks adequate strength or stiffness to prevent leaning or collapse in an earthquake. These buildings pose a safety risk to tenants and occupants and present a significant financial risk to owners.

After a large earthquake, research shows maintain 150k+ housing units will become uninhabitable in California, most of them because of unretrofitted soft-story buildings. As a result, many California cities now mandate soft-story retrofits and some provide incentives to property owners to do the soft-story retrofits.

Imagine your house swaying back and forth on top of glass windows or garage door openings. They cannot resist this earthquake force and the building can collapse unless it has a soft story seismic retrofit. Design Everest’s engineers can help you bring your home up to code by preparing cost-effective engineering plans and solutions required to make your soft-story building code-compliant and safer for an earthquake.

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Why choose Design Everest?
  • Highly experienced & value engineering

    We are a true one-stop engineering shop with expertise in a wide range of specializations in providing Residential Soft Story Retrofit Services as listed above. Our experienced engineers design efficient structures and are always looking for value engineering solutions so that customers pay less in construction, materials costs, etc.

  • Responsiveness and quick turnaround

    Unlike most firms, we leverage technology, and make every effort to get high-quality plans delivered in weeks -- not months. Hey, who said construction has to be painful?

  • Ability to take on a project

    Our proprietary data system ‘The Design Hub’ allows us to efficiently forecast and optimize our resources. This means we can take on a project of any size at any time while maintaining quality and schedule.

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