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by Prince Of Petworth May 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm 15 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are under contract for purchasing a 1938 house in need of rehabilitation through a Homestyle Renovation Mortgage (similar to FHA 203k). The house needs a significant amount of work from different trades to become habitable (e.g. all new plumbing and electrical, structural and non-structural masonry work, asbestos tile removal, exterior grading, roofing repair, window and door repair, plaster repair, wood floor repair, etc). Everything in the house is original to 1938, which is what we like about the house and want to keep to the extent possible. Does anyone have experience with a general contractor for a rehabilitation/restoration of an old house that does not include any remodeling or design work? The general contractor needs to have enough experience with jobs similar in scope in order to be approved by the lender.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm 7 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

My front porch is supported by two columns.

The base of one of the columns (which I think is wood) seems to be deteriorating — sort of “sinking in.” (Possibly termite damage?? I haven’t had it looked at yet.)

Regardless of what’s causing the damage… what kind of contractor (or contractors?) do I get to look at it and possibly fix it? I’m worried that if the column itself has sunk — and/or continues to sink — it could make the porch roof imbalanced and possibly strain it. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm 16 Comments

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“I’m hoping to convert my small back yard (roughly 12′ x 12′) into a patio, and am hoping to have the work done in the next 4-6 weeks. I live in Kingman Park. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a contractor or handyman they’ve used?

Thanks!”

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by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm 40 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I know you posted about this a few years ago, but I haven’t seen anything lately. I love our neighborhood, but as our family expands we’d like a little more room and I’m afraid that we’re fully priced out of the surrounding area. I’m thinking a third floor pop up might be the answer, but have no idea what that would realistically cost. If anyone has insight, it would be greatly appreciated.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm 12 Comments

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“I need to get all the the electrical and plumbing rerouted in my basement so that I can get several joists sistered. It’ll also help down the line if/when we finish the basement properly.

Any recommendations for architects would do something relatively small like this?

Thanks!”

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by Prince Of Petworth March 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm 32 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

We are in the process of doing a significant amount of work to our house. We did a ton of research, interviews, checked on work, etc. Things had been moving along swimmingly and then near Thanksgiving started to slow up. Now there is little to no work being done, we are two months behind schedule, and I’m getting no response from my builder.

I’ve stopped writing checks but we’ve already paid roughly 35k in work (finish utilities and drywall) that hasn’t been done and I’m getting worried that my builder is literally getting ready to leave town this summer (without getting overly specific I’m quite certain he is relocating out West). (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm 21 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Question for the community: does anyone have recommendations for a contractor to soundproof my condo? I saw previous posts in years past on the subject but not a lot of people responded to the posts with names of contractors and instead gave noise cancelling suggestions like earplugs, fans, and materials. I’m looking for contractor referrals specifically. Do you mind posting the question to the community? Thanks a ton!”

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