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worked with me throughout the process, offering advice when needed but ensuring that I'd be satisfied with the results. His price estimate was extremely competitive - not the highest nor the lowest but fair and reasonable for the amount and complexity of the job. I was extremely pleased with the craftsmanship, attention to detail and commitment to the schedule. I'll definitely use him again and would recommend, without hesitation, to family and friends.

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performed a complete renovation on one of our town houses in Brooklyn, including a bluestone patio extension. Their services were professional" and the labor delivered was absolutely amazing. We are still very pleased with their work and are very happy that we chose them to work on our house. Our project manager was reliable, punctual and skillful! If you want high quality, service, we recommend AAI to any and all who are renovating anywhere on their house whether it is interior or exterior.

-Abigail A.

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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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Home Building reviews in Bigfork

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The work went great and completed ahead of schedule. He said he would arrive at a certain time and arrived early. He stated the job would take approximately three days and them he would come back the following Monday and remove the framing. Well he finished the job in two days and came back on Monday as he said he would.
This is the second time I used his company. The first time I had him pour a 20 by 21 foot cement slab for a patio and also stamp, stain and seal it. He did an outstanding job and this is why we called him back. He will be the only individual I call when I need cement work completed. When the work is complete he cleans up after himself and leaves the place looking great. I have had work completed by others in the past and it is a chore to get them to clean up after themselves but you do not have to worry about that with
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as he is very meticulous about his work.
I gave him an "A" rating in all areas not to be nice but because he earned it. He is a man of his word and a professional and I will recommend him to anyone needing work completed.
- Bruce S.
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Very professional, easy to work with and friendly. Best on the area. So meticulous and the attention to detail is amazing. Final project turnout was perfect.
- Christopher S.
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This contractor was referred to me by a trusted source. I called and made an appointment for him to come to my house to review the scope of the work needed. He came at the appointed time (8/13/2015) and we went over the work that needed to be done. He said "give me 2 or 3 days to work up a quote for you." That was the last I heard from him. On Friday 8/28 (15 days later) I called his office to follow up. I was told he was not in but if that he would return my call on Monday. It's now Tuesday and I haven't heard a peep. This is thoroughly unprofessional and sadly, all too prevalent today. If a contractor does not want to take on a particular project, he should show the customer the courtesy of telling him instead of leaving him hanging. Had I known that he did not want the work, I would have immediately started contacting other contractors.
- Peter B.
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Porter - owner - gave us a very competitive price. His crew was very professional. All sub-contractors were good. Very clean. On time always. Always on schedule. Project has gone very smooth. Will use again.
- Immanuel & Kay Q.
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VERY BEAUTIFUL JOB, TOP QUALITY AND PRICING. I KEPT CALLING HIM AGAIN THIS YEAR TO GET SOME SOFFITT ON MY BACK PORCH ROOF AND AROUND MY WINDOWS AND HE KEPT SAYING HE WOULD COME AND GIVE ME ESTIMATE. NEVER CAME, NEVER RETURNED MY CALLS. IF HE WAS BUSY HE COULD HAVE TOLD ME HE WOULD GET BACK TO ME. FINALLY WHEN I REACHED HIM 2 MONTHS LATER THIS SUMMER HE SAID HIS PHONE WAS NOT WORKING???????? HA BUSINESS PHONE BROKE FOR 2 MONTHS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WILL NOT BE CALLING HIM ANYMORE.
- connie K.
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worked hard to provide a very detailed bid. He incorporated our unique needs and went out of the way to research some potential complications. The final bid was very clear on what each component of the work contributed to the overall price. Throughout the process
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was pleasant to work with, punctual, and communicated clearly.
In the end, we chose a different contractor for the project, but if our priorities had been slightly different,
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would have been our first choice. I encourage including them in your contractor
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and have every reason to believe that their work beyond the bidding stage would also be of high quality.
- Brian S.
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Roofing for the addition was difficult as I had unique old tile shingles.
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located matching ones which was almost impossible. They matched the stucco outside and the paint exactly.. The roofline was adjusted and looks as if it were original. The interior was matched to the interior of the existing bedroom. The flooring was Amtico and exactly the sme, Additional outlet were added, lighting was installed and all were perfect. The window was made to size and match windows in other homes in the area. There are no leaks, cracks, misalignments, or other problems. The closet was made with shelves that mtached the openin of the doors. Quite frankly this job went beyond my expectations. The painting of the interior matched perfectly as did the baseboards and the closet doors. Also, they added a built in shelf that identically matched the one in the existing bedroom. They came on time, they cleaned up every evening. They laid down tarps on my existing floor as to not scratch or leave foot prints. They covered wht they could not move carefully with plastic and tarps. Oh, and I had an overhed fan installed as well as can lights that are excellent. They prewired for a TV if I want it in there as well. Quite frankly anythng that I didn't think of they did.
So often I meet people who want the cheepest offer. Well,
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may not be the cheapest, but they are not the most expense and quite frankly they are the best. From my experience with other builders, no one comes close to the professionalism, the workmanship, the accuracy, and the courtesy of
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. Yes I would use them again, but that is because this construction was the fifth time I have used them and would not hesitate to use them at any time for any work.
- Joan K.
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The crew was very professional. Work site was kept clean daily and all equipment and material stored behind the house
daily. Employees spent time reviewing the job and answering any questions asked.
- John T.

Home Builders in Bigfork, MT

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ALCO CONSTRUCTION INC

470 ELECTRIC AVE
Bigfork

Big Belt Construction LLC

PO Box 4501
Helena

BIG WAVE CONSTRUCTION

6025 MT HIGHWAY 35
Bigfork

BIGFORK HOME WORKS

33756 WESTVIEW DR
Bigfork

Blue Core Building Systems, LLC

PO Box 5426
Kalispell

BULLDOG CONTRACTORS, INC.

16024 E Sprague Ave

BUSHCO CONSTRUCTION & DRYWALL

390 KOOTENAI CREEK RD
Stevensville

CALAWAY CONSTRUCTION

365 RIVERBEND RD
Bigfork

CARPENTERS PLUS

296 BLACK BEAR LN
Bigfork

Cascade Construction

po box 2669
Columbia Falls

Cedar Ridge Construction

33 West Side Drive
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Cirrus Enterprises

1601 2nd Ave. N.
Great Falls

Cleary Building - Columbus

10 Mountain Range Road
Columbus

Cleary Building - Culbertson

#7 Broadway Avenue
Culbertson

CREEKSIDE CONSTRUCTION LLC

40 South Y Bar Drive
Philipsburg

Crotto Construction

612 9th St
Havre

DAN MOTT CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 559
Belgrade

DANZ CONSTRUCTION INC

560 N FERNDALE DR
Bigfork

DAVE'S CUSTOM TILE & FLOOR

900 MARSHALL ST
Missoula

DAVID THODAL CARPENTRY INC

107 N Weaver St
Belgrade

denman construction

3927 Mt Highway 40 W

Dustin Davison Construction LLC

PO Box 80982
Billings

EverLog™ Systems

8012 Deschamps Ln
Missoula

FIELDS CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

1750 E. Lakeshore Drive
Whitefish

FLEGEL CONSTRUCTION

2027 6TH AVE S
Great Falls

FLOORING AMERICA POIEMA

206 W CENTER ST
Kalispell

Grovom Painting

po box 6641
Helena

H & H CUSTOM BUILDERS

PO Box 821
Bigfork

HILL & DAY BUILDERS

1095 SWAN HWY
Bigfork

HINKLE CONSTRUCTION

2088 RIVERSIDE RD
Bigfork

Hohman Painting LLC

135 S Hilltop Rd

HOOKS CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 801
Bigfork

HORIZON CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 801
Bigfork

J Built Healthy Homes LLC

505 South California Street
Missoula

J P THOMAS CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 1101
Bigfork

JIM BELL CONSTRUCTION LLC

415 COLOMA WAY
Bonner

KELLEHER'S GENERAL CONTRACTING

3123 PARKWOOD LN
Bigfork

Kevin Collom

434 Texas Avenue
Whitefish

Kevin Collom Plastering

434 Texas Avenue

KLM CONSTRUCTION INC

1370 BUCKS LN
Bigfork

Kranz Construction

937 Avenue B
Billings

Landmark Builders Inc

2480 E Lakeshore Dr
Whitefish

LANG CONSTRUCTION

1240 CRANE MOUNTAIN RD
Bigfork

MARC WENDER CONSTRUCTION

1072 SHAWNEE TRL
Bigfork

MARTEL CONSTRUCTION

305 MT HIGHWAY 83
Bigfork

MASTERSON CONSTRUCTION

439 GRAND DR
Bigfork

Mazzella Construction LLC

PO Box 11463
Bozeman

MEYER CONSTRUCTION

3355 WHITEFISH STAGE
Kalispell

MONTANA BUILD

443 OSBORN AVE
Bigfork

MOUNTAIN HIGH CONSTRUCTION INC

191 JEWELL BASIN CT
Bigfork

Mountain Titile Company

17 5TH ST N
Great Falls

MURER CONSTRUCTION

435 AERO LN
Bigfork

N W PROPERTY ENTERPRISES INC

PO BOX 2108
Bigfork

Nelson Homes llc

322 Main Street
Polson

Norwest Contracting

P.O. Box 101
Greycliff

OAK TREE CONSTRUCTION INC

688 MILLEGAN RD
Great Falls

Old Montana Construction

2504 W Main St
Bozeman

Out West Lifters

3031 Grand Ave 100-171
Billings

PARKWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS

3122 PARKWOOD LN
Bigfork

Premier Doors & Millworks

PO Box 2411
Thompson Falls

Reliable Granite & Tile

2490 E Cedar Meadows Ln

RENAISSANCE CONSTRUCTION INC

6125 MT HIGHWAY 35
Bigfork

RIGHT ANGLE BUILDERS INC

405 Pinnacle Road
Kalispell

ROBERT BUTZ CONSTRUCTION

P.O. BOX 4993
Whitefish

Rose Consruction Inc

8025 US Highway 287
Townsend

ROUNTREE CONSTRUCTION

2228 UPPER RIVER RD
Great Falls

SANDRY CONSTRUCTION CO

6025 MT HIGHWAY 35
Bigfork

SBS Solar, LLC

401 S Orange St
Missoula

Shields Construction

PO Box 1418
Columbia Falls

SKYLINE STAIR CO INC

PO BOX 25
Whitefish

Stavanger General Contracting

741 Avenue F
Billings

STEVE NORRED CONSTRUCTION

110 SANDY LN
Bigfork

STODDARD CONSTRUCTION CO

3135 JULIAN LN
Bigfork

SULLIVAN BUILDING SERVICES INC.

168 MONTANA HIGHWAY 212
Dixon

Superior Hardwoods of Montana

5120 Hwy 93 S
Missoula

Sussex Construction Inc

3130 Saddle Dr
Helena

SYME DESIGN & CONSULTING

24165 E SHORE RTE
Bigfork

T & B Construction Inc

2216 Beech Dr
Great Falls

TCH Builders & Remodeling

12 2nd St E
Polson

THERMOTECH HOME IMPROVEMENT

221 N MAIN ST
Butte

TRADEMARK BUILDING SYSTEMS

3275 WINTERHAWK DR
Bigfork

TWETO CONSTRUCTION

E LAKESHORE
Bigfork

Vintage Roofing

409 W Evelyn
Lewistown

WENDER & WENDER

1072 SHAWNEE TRL
Bigfork

WESTERN MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTION

20316 E SHORE
Bigfork

WoodsPorts, Inc.

26060 Mt Highway 35
Bigfork

Zero Tolerance Safety

808 4th Ave NW
Great Falls
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