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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.

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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
Todd's Home Services
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FYI: CPVC and PEX are two different materials and installed differently.  PEX is not intended to be glued but instead has special crimp fittings.  PEX is a brand name of one product that is manufactured slightly differently by others as well so it is important that the same brand fittings are used to match the pipe material.

Mobile homes used CPVC for years and some still do.  It works fine but is not as strong as a properly soldered copper pipe system.  Is the contractor installing this new plumbing a licensed plumber?  I'd be surprised if he is since he's using CPVC and not PEX (or similar) or copper.  PEX pipe is even cheaper than CPVC when run by a knowledgable plumber.  It doesn't require nearly as many joints since it comes in rolls and can flex through spaces easily.

There are some groups raising a fuss about BPA and other chemicals found in plastics that don't like the use of CPVC, PVC, or PEX pipe.  I haven't seen the results of any lab tests to confirm or dispute their concerns.  As far as durability goes it's fairly safe as long as it's properly installed and secured.  It is not as susceptible to hard water damage as copper.  It absolutely must be insulated along it's entire length to protect it from contact to other materials as well as freezing.  Also, the fixtures in the house need to be grounded electrically since the pipe itself provides no electrical protection against accidental shock or electrocution.  In a copper plumbed house the system is grounded so static electricity, a short in a wire near a water line, or lightning strike will carry the current out through the pipe instead of through the water to you, ideally.

If it's installed correctly you should be fine but make sure the contractor knows what he is doing and follows the proper procedures to use CPVC pipe.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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did this work while I was out of town, without my permission. He never pulled a permit. He would not return my numerous calls and emails. He represented himself as an airconditioning contractor. I doubt it. When I paid his bill, he would not give me an itemized invoice and dragged his feet for so many months that I lost out on a $500 rebate from the electric company. I am going to have to hire someone else to fix my duct work and replace the mess of pipes in my closet.
- Lizzie S.
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The initial meeting went well. I told my initial contact,
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when the tree fell. He assured me that they could get to the work in about a week and have it done in 4-6 weeks. That was acceptable. Three months later I'm still trying to get things finalized so we could move.

All the work that is done by this construction company is sub contracted. When the work passed the 2 month
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, I had to get the yard finalized to be ready for the sale. I asked the project manager to ensure to use the driveway and not put anything on the sod. The roofers just threw the shingles and roof debris all over the yard. The painters were incompetent. They did not do any prep work on external doors and the paint was popping off the next day. They took 5 weeks to take down wallpaper. Then the prep was not done properly one the walls and Window sills. I finally had to ask that they be removed from the job.

The final straw was when I went to settle with them before closing on the sell of the house. They told me I owed them more money but didn't have an itemized bill. I showed them numerous items that they were billing me for that they did not do. I asked for an itemized bill. Two weeks later at the closing table, I still didn't have the itemized bills. Builders services said I owed $2600, so that much was held as escrow. It took several weeks to have a new office manager go through the bill to finally tell me I only owed $388. I was so glad to be done with this company. The people were all nice, except for
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who spoke to me very condescending when some of the estimates were challenged, resulting in a liason being involved to flush out some of the estimates.
- Ronda B.
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and his team of craftsmen did a great job - providing impeccable, superior workmanship and the project was reasonable considering amount of work required.
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was easy to work with - candid, honest and accommodating. We had a very solid experience with few surprises. The planning and estimating process went smoothly and
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was helpful in guiding us and recommending improvements or ways to minimize cost overages. The job waranted a lot of communication, and interaction -
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was great at putting our minds at ease and delivering a wonderful end product. He offers a lot of experience and patience that ensured a job well conceived and completed. We had a few minor issues post construction and completion and
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was consistently accommodating and worked hard to make time in an extremely busy season to rectify any of our concerns or issues. With all the horror stories out there it was a pleasure to work with
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and his team. No hard sell or constant up-sell just worthwhile inputs at the right time. He's a pragmatic smart businessman who treats his clients with respect and good humor and that helps a stressful endeavor run more smoothly and predictably. We just love our back yard escape and enjoy many days and evenings throughout the change of seasons relaxing and entertaining friends and family.
- Dawn P.
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As a preparation to listing our house for sale, our real estate agent thought we should get an architect to create some concepts for how a prospective buyer might expand our master bath, which is currently a half-bath, into a full bath. She recommended
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. We contacted him and he responded very quickly. He came to our house at noon, and he had emailed a pdf of the concept to us by that evening. He was personable and easy to work with. I would definitely use his services again.
- Alison G.
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They did a good job on the work, however, it took no more than 2 hours at most, did not require expensive parts and they charged nearly $400. Per-hour rate would be approximately $200. That's way more than the going rate for a plumber but I was in a bind and needed the work done ASAP and they did respond immediately to my call.
- Tobijah K.
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The service went extremely well. Very prompt, exceptionally clean both inside and out which was really important since this was an active business at the time.
What was most impressive was that I recently had an energy audit done on the building and the infrared camera showed no leakage around any window that they had installed. This was due to the extra care that they take in wrapping and sealing things.
Communication was extensive and always up to date on extras that are inevitable in any project. No project that
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and Sons has done for me has been more than 10% over estimate. An overage this low is great for renovations where there are so many unknowns and my building was constructed poorly by the previous builder so all renovations have surprises.
- Eric L.
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and his crew are wonderful. They are extremely punctual, neat, and take many extra steps to satisfy customers.
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personally took multiple trips to make sure that I got the materials I wanted for my extensive bathroom remodel.
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typically responds to emails and calls within two to three hours. He made sure that I got the quality I wanted out of his work within the budget that I had in mind.
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is organized and took care to make lists of everything we needed to get done. He explained the work to me along the way so that I understood why he was doing things a certain way. He is open to changes if you point out something you would like to have done differently.
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is an amazing value for the personal attention and meticulousness you get on your home projects. Every time
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and his crew left my house, they made sure to leave it neater than when they got there.
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is warm, personable, and friendly. I highly recommend him.
- May K.
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Overall, the job was satisfactory. A price was agreed upon and a contract signed on the day the estimator arrived to survey what needed to be done. It was explained
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had bought out the paving company that would be doing the work and the people doing the paving were experienced and professional. No date was set for the work to be performed due to the weather and temperature conditions required. That being understood, I was told I would be notified when they would arrive to perform the work. Thus, it was to my surprise to get a knock on the door the morning equipment was arriving to learn they were there to pave the driveway. I had to hustle and remove a trailer, my car, garbage cans, etc..so they could begin.
The stone part of the driveway needed to be dug down and since it was filled with driveway stone, I approached the workers to see if they could dump it on another driveway behind my house. Well, it seems they had other designs for the stone to be used elsewhere (without asking me) and had loaded it on one of their trucks for delivery. Fortunately, i was able to preserve part of the stone for the back driveway and they did deposit it and smooth it out which I was thankful for. Except for that hiccup, I found the pavers to be friendly and easy with which to communicate.
The paving was completed on that day and looked to be well done. With the first rain, however, it could be seen that a small area was slightly depressed and water would collect there. It is not a major problem at this point, however.
In summary, the driveway looks fine and no problems have arisen to date.
- Wayne R.

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FRASE & CO CONSTRUCTION

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PO Box 242
Washington

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PO Box 484
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Premier Brick & Stone

205 35th St
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1423 PRAIRIE DRIVE
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2800 EASTERN AVE
Davenport

Rheinschmidt's Flooring America

1201 Roosevelt Ave
Burlington

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Sande Construction

1111 16th Ave N
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609 W. Grimes
Fairfield

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5005 N LAKESHORE DR
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Sundall Construction Co

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Spirit Lake

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Manchester

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3831 e 112th st s
Kellogg
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