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Customized homebuilding is a huge market, with companies offering a host of choices to personalize your new home or improve your current living space. Here are the most popular options offered by homebuilders.

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bathroom remodels often include change order requests
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An addendum to the original contract, change orders ensure that both the service provider and customer sign the dotted line before making changes to a job.

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Details are often in the pricing for home improvement projects.

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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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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
www.thomeservices.com

Home Building reviews in Lake Charles

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was very responsive and had lots of good ideas for the project. It did take a little longer than he said to get the initial numbers to us. We did not end up doing the project at all because of cost - not because of
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- David E.
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and his team were quick efficient and did a great job.
The whole job took them four days. They also arrived on time and finished the tasks that they said they would that day.
They were mindful to minimize the impact to both our neighbor's and our yard.
Our new expanded driveway looks amazing.
We have had compliments from everyone on the block
We recommend
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and his team to anyone needing concrete work done
- Chris C.
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I have a 35 year old cabin which the original wooden deck was dry-rotted and needed to be replaced. Due to water damage from the deck, I had to replace my doors due to the dry-rotting of the wooden door frames. The siding on the house was neglected and needed to be replaced as well. As part of my requirements for the project, I wanted low maintenance replacements.
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came out an reviewed the project, provided his recommendations and provided a quote. I was impressed by his knowledge in the field and various materials that could be used to obtain my goals. The project implementation progressed as he described and within the time frame he specified. Because I live down-state, he provided me daily pictures of the progress, which to me was fabulous and shows how he went out of his way to do a superb job, which also shows in his workmanship and the details of his work. The only caveat that I can say that happened during the project was it was delayed twice due to insufficient materials. I went with a special order color for the decking material and that was the price I paid for it. I don't blame the builder for that reason. All in all, he and his crew exceeded my expectations. They were very professional, courteous, and performed great work. I give them a 12 on a scale from 1-10. I'm grateful to have found such a great resource up north to assist with my outside renovation project. I'm definitely going to use this builder again for other work when I'm ready to focus my attention to the inside of my cabin.
- Darin B.
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They showed up on time and had the project completed within a week. They did a great job, used excellent craftsmanship and did things correctly. The owner seems knowledgable in many areas of home improvement, and we will use them again in the future! No surprises, he was right on the bid price.
- Teresa W.
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He was wonderful. He listened to the things we wanted and gave us suggestions on how to have those things and still stay on budget. We were living out of state and did a big majority of communication through email, phone, and texting. He was willing to listen whenever we had a concern no matter the time of day. He was fair with his pricing and had great subcontractors working with him. We interviews several contractors before deciding on
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do it. I would not trust anyone else.
- sherry D.
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and his crew built an approx 150 sq ft addition to our bedroom, comprised of a walk-in closet and bathroom with double sink, toilet and walk in shower. From beginning to end his services were professional and on time and on budget. He does a lot of the work himself, along with his 2 sons, and sometimes extra helpers when needed.
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knows how to save money and recycles when he can. We cannot say enough about this business. They never surprised us with
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costs. It was the smoothest construction project we've ever been involved in. Five weeks from permit to final and we are so happy with the result.
- Susan Y.
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Front porch railing is wood, old, looks bad - want it replaced with white composite but it does not come in readily-made white materials. Contractor worked to make sketch to make materials to fit - we like that.
- Barbara C.

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A FONTENOT CONSTRUCTION

1731 N PRATER ST
Lake Charles

A-1 BUILDERS LLC

PO BOX 12656
Lake Charles

ABEAR HOMES

2443 ORY RD
Lake Charles

AK Utilities

310 Morton St

ALFRED PALMA INC

422 7TH ST
Lake Charles

ALLAN HOUSE CONSTRUCTION LLC

1513 ALVIN ST
Lake Charles

BESSETTE DEVELOPMENT

4461 5TH AVE
Lake Charles

BESSETTE DEVELOPMENT CORP

3025 LAKE ST
Lake Charles

BIOFOAM OF LOUISIANA

4527 CYPRESS LAKE DR
Lake Charles

BLAKE D HINES INC

821 N Hwy 171
Lake Charles

BRANDT PEDERSEN CONSTRUCTION

6170 HIGHWAY 90 E
Lake Charles

BRASS CONSTRUCTION

3701 5TH AVE
Lake Charles

BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION

2310 3RD ST
Lake Charles

BRYAN GALLEY BUILDERS INC

4825 IHLES RD
Lake Charles

Buy A Buddy Movers

2100 East Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles

CARDONE ENTERPRISES

4328 LAKE ST
Lake Charles

CHANEY TRUCKING & DEVELOPMENT

1662 MILLER ST
Lake Charles

CLAYTON ANDERSON RESTORATION

4121 NELSON RD
Lake Charles

CONNER CONSTRUCTION INC

4930 BROAD ST
Lake Charles

Conner/Manceaux General Contractor Inc.

3915 Kirkman St
Lake Charles

CONSTRUCTION SOURCE INC

721 KIRBY ST
Lake Charles

CRAIN BROTHERS INC

6072 CANDICE LN
Lake Charles

Daigle Homes

PO Box 80831
Lafayette

DANIELS WELDING & CONSTRUCTION

250 SIGNAL ST
Lake Charles

Dautriel's Plumbing, LLC

1133 Harrison street
Westlake

DEMAL INC

5001 BIG LAKE RD
Lake Charles

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

ECHO SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS

3519 PATRICK ST
Lake Charles

F D HOFFPAUIR CONSTRUCTION

206 W 11TH ST
Lake Charles

F MILLER & SONS LLC

5121 HIGHWAY 90 E
Lake Charles

F MILLER CONSTRUCTION LLC

150 MARINE ST
Lake Charles

Fakouri Construction

15735 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge

Friendly Builders

102 E Highway 90
Iowa

FRUGE CONSTRUCTION

1809 15TH ST
Lake Charles

FUSELIER SEWER SYSTEMS

2120 PUJOL RD
Lake Charles

GENE FONTENOT CONSTRUCTION CO

2540 18TH ST
Lake Charles

GRAND OAKS INC

1818 Plantation Dr
Lake Charles

H D TRUCK & TRACTOR LLC

5501 OPELOUSAS ST
Lake Charles

HYTEK CONSTRUCTION & RMDLNG

3609 LOUISIANA AVE
Lake Charles

J & J CUSTOM HOMES INC

1215 LOUISIANA AVE
Lake Charles

J P CHAMBERLAIN INC HDQRS

2700 ERNEST ST
Lake Charles

JAMES H FONTENOT CONSTRUCTION

3110 KIRKMAN ST
Lake Charles

JAY BRIGGS CONTRACTOR

2709 KIRKMAN ST
Lake Charles

JOHN MOUTON CONSTRUCTION

710 CRAFT ST
Lake Charles

KRAUS CONSTRUCTION CO

329 BROAD ST
Lake Charles

L & A CONSTRUCTION CO

511 BEAUGH RD
Lake Charles

LAKE AREA DEVELOPMENT

605 WILLIAMS DR
Lake Charles

Lake Charles Construction LLC

3621 Kirkman St
Lake Charles

LEWING CONSTRUCTION INC

1214 COUNTRY CLUB RD
Lake Charles

LIGGIO CONSTRUCTION

807 16TH ST
Lake Charles

M R GILLIAM INC DIRT PIT

8655 JOE LEDOUX RD
Lake Charles

MC MANUS CONSTRUCTION

4128 Highway 3059
Lake Charles

MC MANUS SHOP

3059 HIGHWAY 90 E
Lake Charles

MICHAEL J LEBLANC CONSTRUCTION

126 EDNAS RD
Lake Charles

MIKE A PORCHE CONSTRUCTION INC

4957 BIG LAKE RD
Lake Charles

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Pacific Garage Doors & Gates Inc

6442 Coldwater Canyon Ave

PICHELOUP CONSTRUCTION

1514 COMMON ST
Lake Charles

PINNACLE HOMES

1100 E MCNEESE ST
Lake Charles

PINTAIL CONSTRUCTION

2350 BROAD ST
Lake Charles

Prestigious Properties, LLC

3543 D. Benoit St.
Lake Charles

PRIOLA CONSTRUCTION CORP

1300 ROSTEET ST
Lake Charles

PROPERTY RESTORATION CO

PO Box 4382
Lake Charles

RANDY TUPPER HOMES

4515 LAKE ST
Lake Charles

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RIBBECK CONSTRUCTION CORP

3101 LAKE ST
Lake Charles

ROBBINS CONTRACTING

120 OLD HIGHWAY 171
Lake Charles

ROBERT COLSTON CONSTRUCTION

833 N SHATTUCK ST
Lake Charles

RON WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION INC

3850 HIGHWAY 90 E
Lake Charles

RUSSELL J STUTES CONSTRUCTION

3007 COUNTRY CLUB RD
Lake Charles

SAM ISTRE CONSTRUCTION INC

1881A Easy St
Lake Charles

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SERVICES UNLIMITED

518 Pryce St
Lake Charles

SOUTH EAST TEXAS INTL SVC

3519 PATRICK ST
Lake Charles

SOUTHERN INSULATION

239 W TELEPHONE RD
Lake Charles

STEPHEN MICKEY CONSTRUCTION

5475 MOULIN ROUGE DR
Lake Charles

SWLA Solar Solutions

1472 Sawnee Dr.
Lake Charles

T & T CONSTRUCTIONS SVC INC

806 SALLY MAE ST
Lake Charles

That Home Builder Guy

690 W Mackneys
Lake Charles

TOUCHSTONE & ASSOC INC

4083 DEER RUN RD
Lake Charles

TYE-CO DIRT CONTRACTING

8678 BIG LAKE RD
Lake Charles

VAUGHAN BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION

3116 CENTER ST
Lake Charles

Vinyl is Final

108 N. Division
Deridder

WATKINS PLASTERING DRY WALL CO

1808 ELM ST
Lake Charles

WIL-MEAUX CONSTRUCTION CO INC

2422 GREENLAWN ST
Lake Charles

WRIGHT'S PLUMBING SVC

6950 TOM HEBERT RD
Lake Charles

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