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Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
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Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).




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"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
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Someone did answer the phone right away, but was very rude, barely allowing me to complete my request for information before quickly stating that they were not interested and then she hung up on me.
- Corey F.
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(ATG) Construction and is the finest contractor you could find for any project. His technical competence and skill are combined with great involvement and pride in his work. Our older cement basement was a candidate for a neat one-level mother-in-law apartment. Framing, sheet-rock, electricity, some plumbing and very adroit carpentry were required on this 4 to 6 week project.
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's use and management of sub contractors complemented his own problem solving skill to give us a beautiful suite. He had modernized a neighbor's bathroom and, like them, we appreciated his honesty, candor and maintenance of his commitments and proper use of permits. We recommend him without any hesitation.
- carol A.
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EXCELLENT! Mr. Brazenly contacted us and came to our home for the estimate within 48 hours of initial contact. Started the project 3 weeks later (we went on vacation for a week otherwise they would have started sooner). Job completed within 2 weeks. Above and beyond for all work done. Attention to every detail. Very professional and friendly. Cannot say enough about
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. Excellent and exceeded our expectations! I wish I could post pictures because you cannot tell it was once the garage. Beautiful!
- Orra G.
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I had been getting water in the basement (seepage) with heavy rains. In addition to the foundation repair, I had some gutter work done, broken patio concrete removed, and dirt brought in, all to mitigate water problems.
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used sub-contractors for HVAC, plumbing, flooring, drywall, and electrical, but over-saw the whole project and did the carpentry in the craft room, finish work, and all the painting. They also replaced windows and had to rebuild the stairway because of city code. The finished product is beautiful. Unfortunately, with our very heavy rains in May and June this year I still got some seepage. Maybe there is nothing that could be done realistically to prevent some water in such conditions. The length of time for the project was several months longer than expected; some delay was due to times when I didn't want workers here, but there were weeks at a time when they were on other jobs. Also the entire project cost about 50% more than bid, but most of that was due to my requesting extras. Over-all the work is excellent.
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's staff are all wonderful guys, and the subcontractors were all also very professional and pleasant to work with.

- Susan K.
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It went perfectly. Everything from the permit to the finished product.
He was responsive, sent pictures and did quality work despite some very cold and bad weather.
It is a beautiful deck and now my house is in perfect order.
I love my house and love my deck. I would use him again in a moment's notice for any work on the house.


- Anna S.
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Pass is highly recommended for home renovation and construction projects.
My master bath renovation was difficult due to the location of drains and pipes. Two other contractors said we would need to break up the concrete subfloor in order to make the renovation plans work.
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suggested a few changes in design placement for the shower allowing the project to be completed without having to break up the existing subfloor.
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and his crew to be caring in regard to our home, covering our furniture and floor in the other rooms, during the renovation process. In addition, he was timely, starting and ending the project as promised.
The final renovation was very attractive ( great tile and carpentry work). I love our new bathroom.

- CHARLES D.
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He took an extra MONTH to complete the job because once he had 75%of the money he didnt care anymore. It's a rental so it cost me $2000 EXTRA. He was never there when I showed up and kept accepting other jobs started them before he finished mine. He was too flirtatious and that was unacceptable. Then he broke a pipe and flooded the downstairs costing me another $500.he never even finished the job. Left 2 open holes and promised to fix them but them just went MIA. He disappeared, never finished, and left me with the $500 bill. His work is amazing but he is a Nightmare. Avoid at all costs. It's a shame bc his work was great but he has no concept of running a business, and customer service. A 4,400 turned into almost 7000 bc of him.
- Anita B.
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Fantastic company. Punctual, clean, extremely professional. Outstanding workmanship, excellent value.
- juan L.

Home Builders in Divide, CO

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1 Call Electric LLC

4661 Ranch Dr
Colorado Springs

A & A MORTGAGE

12 KREG LN
Manitou Springs

AB Painting & Drywall

3006 Hayman Terrace

Academy Overhead Door

628 Hwy 105
Palmer Lake

ACC HOME IMPROVEMENT LLC

COLORADO SPRINGS
Colorado Springs

Accoy Contracting Inc

10741 185th Circle NW

Advanced Remodeling Services, llc

13522 Halleluiah Trl
Elbert

Affinity Homes LLC

3725 W High St
Colorado Springs

AlanCo Companies

616 N Pine st.
Colorado Springs

All Specialty Buildings Inc

9994 N Ellicott Hwy
Calhan

ALLURE HOMES LTD

2345 Academy Place
Colorado Springs

ARRIGO CONSTRUCTION & RSTRTN

80 N FABRICATION DR
Pueblo

ASC Property Inspection-Information Systems

803 West Cucharras Street
Colorado Springs

Aspen Kitchens Design & Remodel Studio

5134 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs

Baer and Co.

4945 Turquoise Dr
Colorado Springs

BISON BUILDERS

3685 MOUNT HERMAN RD
Monument

BOOGAARD CONSTRUCTION

19925 Capella Dr
Monument

Brownard ReConstruction

Colorado Springs

Bryan Construction

7025 Campus Dr
Colorado Springs

Builders Custom Counter

4735 Town Center Dr
Colorado Springs

C&J Home Solutions

6700 kiska ct

CENTRAL COLORADO BUILDERS INC

4430 RED ROCK RANCH DR
Monument

Charlie Paterson Construction

2620 West Cucharras Street
Colorado Springs

CJ Restoration

13790 E Rice Pl
Aurora

Cleary Building - Pueblo West

653 E Enterprise
Pueblo

COLORADO COMMERCIAL BUILDERS

5410 POWERS CENTER PT
Colorado Springs

Colorado Energy Efficiency Audits

15005 Tari Ct
Colorado Springs

Crossroad Builders Inc

1330 Paonia St
Colorado Springs

CRS ROOFING CO

PO BOX 307
Canon City

CRYSTAL RIVER HOMES, INC

3270 STAGECOACH RD
Colorado Springs

CSC Contractors, INC

200 S. Wilcox St. #328
Castle Rock

D. Snyder Construction

330 Eagle Drive E
Cañon City

Double T Inv Ltd.

Colorado Springs

Element Construction Co

921 Caribou Dr W
Monument

Elkins Construction

1310 Langmeyer St
Colorado Springs

Empire Roofing Systems

3320 Capital Drive
Colorado Springs

Enhancing Spaces LLC

6401 Broadway Ste I
Denver

Excellence In Building, LLC

5489 Gulfstar Ct
Windsor

FELIX PLUMBING, llc

5513 SADDLE ROCK TR
Colorado Springs

Fine Lines Interior Design, Inc.

2610 Haystack Drive
Colorado Springs

Foot Of The Cross Construction

2990 Whileaway Circle W
Colorado Springs

For Pete's Sake Renovations And Handyman Services

1522 Lehmberg Blvd
Colorado Springs

FREED CONSTRUCTION CO LLC

263 WITHERITE DR
Divide

Garret's Painting

7504 Liberty Bell Drive
Colorado Springs

GS Exterior Experts

9400 W Wagontrail Dr
Littleton

I.B. Board & Co Inc

3425 W. Kiowa St
Colorado Springs

Impact Builders, LLC.

915 South 8th Street
Colorado Springs

James P. Hood Construction Company, LLC

1637 Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City

Just Right Heating and Cooling

3570 Cowhand Dr
Colorado Springs

Kellar & Associates LLC

21730 Longs Peak
Parker

Kimber Construction

4435 Sable Ridge Ct
Colorado Springs

Krafted Homes, Inc.

PO Box 646
Palmer Lake

LARRY EMERSON

1740 CHAPEL HILLS DR
Colorado Springs

Larry Fosburgh Construction

492 Rangeview Rd
Divide

M & M Construction

1202 E 58th Ave
Denver

Mainstay

7624 Greenough Rd
Peyton

Marcus & Angelina Remodeling

6450 North Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs

MARK R OWENS CONSTRUCTION

865 CALCITE DR
Divide

MBI Contractors

206 Starlight Heights
Divide

MTZ Construction Inc

3440 Verde Dr
Colorado Springs

Murphy Constructors Inc

2245 Broadway St
Colorado Springs

Myles High Restoration LLC

2834 Cinnabar Rd.
Colorado Springs

Nationwide Builders & Contractors

102 S Tejon St
Colorado Springs

NEW CREATION DECKS INC

630 W Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs

OPEN RANGE CONSTRUCTION CO

PO Box 9046
Woodland Park

ORR CONSTRUCTION CO LLC

120 Kiowa Ave
Woodland Park

Park Vista Builders

445C E. Cheyenne Mountain Bvld. #222
Colorado Springs

Peacemaker Builders Inc

2306 Providence Cir
Colorado Springs

Pierce Home Improvement LLC

3226 Poinsetta Dr
Colorado Springs

Pinkerton Home And Garage Door Inc

4720 Forge Rd #102
Colorado Springs

POULSON CONSTRUCTION INC

5005 SETON PL
Colorado Springs

powell custom builder

4025 arrowhead dr.

Precision Development Group, LLC

400 N Park Ave 10B 467
Breckenridge

Project Managers & Design Consultants

1051Wagon Place
Woodland Park

Quality Carpentry & Remodel

2014 Sage Grouse Ln
Colorado Springs

Restoration King

3578 Hartsel Dr
Colorado Springs

Robert Scott General Contractors, Inc.

2760 Brogans Bluff Dr
Colorado Springs

Rota Construction Services

8585 Black Forest Road
Colorado Springs

S.A.F.e Construction

Colorado Springs

SEVEN HAMMERS CONSTRUCTION

803 E MAIN ST
Florence

Signature Turn Key Construction LLC

15954 Jackson Creek
Monument

Simpson Solutions

P.O. Box 814
Woodland Park

Solar Side Up

17512 West 59th Avenue
Golden

Springs Home Theater

616
Colorado Springs

Square Deal Construction

Colorado Springs

Stone Ridge Construction

P.O. Box 64254
Colorado Springs

Synergy Realty Group, Inc

7606 N. Union Blvd
Colorado Springs

The Insulation Guys

5555 West 11th Avenue Unit B2
Lakewood

Tola Custom Homes

175 Talamine Ct.
Colorado Springs

TWConstruction LLC

Residence
Colorado Springs

Whispering Pines Construction

3939 Azalea St
Colorado Springs

White Rhino Electric

15705 Alta Plaza Cir
Peyton

Wilcox Construction

Colorado Springs

Wilson Electric

1031 E Boulder Street
Colorado Springs

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