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  1. Accessible connection

    Building & Construction
    Renovation question: I’m considering buying my parents’ home when my mom passes. This would make her happy as she wants it to stay in the family. I am concerned that the renovation I would need to feel content in this home would be too costly. Totally new kitchen, move the laundry upstairs...
  2. 2nd floor "addition" questions

    Building & Construction
    Hi All Bought a house 5 years ago. Brick construction, single story with full basement (concrete walls). The attic was converted to living space (with permit) before I bought it, but it has 43-inch knee walls and only 6 ft headroom for about 8 feet of width. Virtually no closet space...
  3. Best way to join new rafters to existing ones

    Remodeling
    Hello, I am adding on to a greenhouse and the addition will have the same pitch roof as the existing (following the same rafter pitch out another 8'). What's the best way to join the new rafters to the existing ones? Thank you
  4. Jackhammered a huge chunk of foundation away for a pipe

    Building & Construction
    I looked at a house I'm considering buying in Southern California with an attached addition. Either the contractor that built the addition or the plumber jackhammered through the outside foundation wall to make room for the copper and ABS drain lines. A real messy job, and right next to a beam...
  5. Foundation Problem

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a single story house on a slab on grade foundation. It was built in 1953 in Minnesota. It has a 4ft block stem wall on footings for a foundation. the slab is in good condition and has no cracks. I would like to build a new two story addition next to the existing house. they would be...
  6. Floor Joist opposite direction- attached garage conversion raised floor question

    Building & Construction
    Hi, I am converting my attached garage into a 2nd bathroom, closet and small master bedroom extension (~120 sq ft). I have to raise the garage slab floor about a foot or so to meet the raised house floor level. However, my basement floor joists 2x6 run different directions in the kitchen vs...
  7. Mouse droppings in addition ceiling insulation

    Insulation
    I finally cut open an access panel into the ceiling to our addition. We've heard animal sounds in the walls and ceiling in that area a while ago so I thought I'd see what was there. When I dropped the drywall rectangle down, it had lots of mouse poop, just on the one little area that I...
  8. Single story floor plans

    General DIY Discussions
    I’m looking to do an addition to front of my house, I have a standard L shaped ranch. All my bathrooms and bedrooms are on same side of house as the garage. Then the other part of the L is my living room and kitchen, which I want to add on to and create open floor plan. I have liked at tons of...
  9. Slab house, crawlspace addition?

    Building & Construction
    I currently have a slab on grade ranch home in Ohio. I would like to add 16'x20' addition. I am trying to figure out if I can build a crawlspace for the addition without raising the finished floor height from the house to the addition. I would prefer to not use a slab foundation for the addition.
  10. Planning new garage attached to house - Advice!!

    Building & Construction
    Been planning the garage for and need some advice. Below is a picture of my house and current detached garage. It's old and need a ton of work so I'm tearing it down. The plan is to add a 2 car garage attach with a man door that looks like it was built with the house and not an addition. The...
  11. Should a Home Inspector know about ...

    Building & Construction
    .... roof structure building practices? I realize there might be a variety of opinions from some who will feel it IS something that a home inspector should be knowledgeable about, and those who feel it is beyond the scope of what a home inspector would know. But I would appreciate any input /...
  12. Additional Bedrooms

    Building & Construction
    Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've posted on forums, and the first post on this one in particular. Anyway, we have a project and are unsure of how to proceed, and this seemed like a good place to ask for help! I have an addition off of the side of my house, currently closed to the...
  13. Room addition - What to do with window openings

    Remodeling
    Our house had an addition added on the back of the house before we bought it. We are currently updating the house. We have removed paneling and also removed the old windows that used to be at the back of the house before the addition was built. Now there are just 3 large holes in the wall where...
  14. Frozen pipes in an Kitchen & 1/2 bath addition with inaccessible pipes

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello everyone - I'm looking for creative ideas to avoid the expensive fix. Every winter I have been getting frozen pipes that affect the faucet and washer in the first floor 1/2 bath of my house. The bathroom is part of 2 year old addition completed by the previous owner. The first floor...
  15. New addition

    Building & Construction
    Hi. I am trying to build a new kitchen area inside a warehouse. It will be built in an empty space. I do have 2 existing walls. I will need to frame 2 walls. One will have a door. I also need to build a ceilng on this. Nothing will be on top. The addition will be 106" x 94". The longest side...
  16. Expanding Under Home Garage

    Building & Construction
    I have an existing one car under home garage (~10'x15') that I would like to consider expanding lengthwise (i.e. to ~10'x30'). The home is situated on a raised hill, meaning that the driveway is flat leading into the garage from the street with retaining walls on either side. My question is...
  17. old foundation, new garage

    Building & Construction
    Need some help. Plan to build an extension off the east side of the house - garage below and bedrooms on top. I am getting an architect and engineers help however I like to research things on my own. I have attached my sketch and the house plans. it is a 1979 bi-level with a basement below...
  18. Adding an addition - looking for pricing- suggestion

    Building & Construction
    I am planning for an addition for this spring. I have friends to help complete the actually assembly of the room (framing, drywall, roofing, etc) but I am curious to how much I should expect to pay. I would like to have a very large room added to the back of my house. 20' X 40'. Now I am a...
  19. Future addition-proof plumbing

    Plumbing
    I am converting an enclosed first floor porch into a mudroom and 1/2 bathroom. Over this area is a sloped roof area/closet (second floor) that I will likely be converting to a master bathroom in the future. On the first floor, I plan to run a 3" DMV pipe from the 1/2 bathroom toilet to the...
  20. How to attach new enclosed porch to existing house

    Carpentry
    I have a two-story colonial with a full masonry basement. The exterior of the house is 3/4 T+G sheathing, covered by wood clapboard, covered by aluminum siding. The 'L' shaped, existing screened-in-porch with shallow foundation was demolished and replaced with a 48" deep 8" CMU block wall...
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