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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.
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.
'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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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 Portage

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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.
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We were highly satisfied with the work provided by the contractors with the exception of the hardwood floor installer. However, after we expressed our concern to
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he immediately handled the problem and had the flooring re-installed. They did a great job and the floor is high quality.
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is a very professional contractor and we will be using him again for our next renovation project.
- DARLENE R.
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Freeman were recommended by a previous client who had used him in the past and spoke highly of him.
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not only responded quickly but remained in communication between the time we first talked and when the project got underway. Overall a positive (nearly painless) experience and the finished product is better than I had hoped.
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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.
- Zachary J.
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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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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.

Home Builders in Portage, PA

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A P MOSTOLLER CONSTRUCTION CO

1456 N CENTER AVE
Somerset

A.J. Eckley, General Contractor Inc.

101 Orchard Ave
Danville

Adaptable Builders Inc.

80 Cougar Run Lane
Clarendon

AJ'S CONTRACTING

249 S VINE ST
Shamokin

ALL AROUND BUILDERS

3083 FRANKSTOWN RD
Portage

American Dream Construction

386 Adrian Sherret Road
Adrian

Angelo Gatto

670 Russell Rd.
Cooperstown P.A

Artisan Contracting of West New York

300 Catlin Ave
Port Allegany

BadDad construction

1421 2nd ave
Altoona

barry claycomb construction

7363 king saint clair road

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave
Newton Square

Becker Services

3091 rout 219
Brockway

Benjamin's Construction, LLC

220 North Main Street
Bellefonte

Brothers Home Repair

PO BOX 204
Folsom

Buterbaugh's Kitchen Center

4983 Business 220
Bedford

C&C Property Maint

983 Miller Rd
Imler

Caliber Pole Buildings

PO Box 123
Smithmill

Cambria Roofing & Remodeling

439 Chestnut St
Johnstown

Charles Heating Center

216 Power Ave
Clearfield

Chimney Rocks Home Improvements LLC

610 Chimney Rocks Rd
Hollidaysburg

Clint Eakin Construction

624 W. Front St Apt A

CNC CONSTRUCTION

2473 NOLO RD
Penn Run

COUNTRY LANE CONSTRUCTION LLC

150 PINE KNOB RD
Newville

Crescent Builders

109 Glaser St
Sayre

D B CONSTRUCTION

807 RED MILL ROAD
Ebensburg

DANCHANKO INC

371 Linkville Rd
Johnstown

DC General Service

726 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg

Dick Delaney Home Inspection

275 Pioneer Rd
Franklin

Fahr Builders

721 Crawford Ave
Altoona

FAIRMAN'S CONTRACTING

88 PINE ST
Indiana

Flaugh's Construction and Design

P.O. Box 94
East Freedom

Fosbrink Construction

514 dunbar ohiopyle rd dunbar pa

G.C Construction

234 Clinton rd
Normalville

GABODA'S BUILDING & REMODELING

219 GABODA LN
Mineral Point

Gary J Miller Engineering Services

405 Hoodridge Drive
Pittsburgh

Gilded construction

184 pottsville Street
Lykens

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

Haldeman's Construction

6250 Rock Hill Rd
Chambersburg

Hensel Home Services LLC

115 Hamel Ln
Johnstown

Home Towne Builders LLC

719 Worthington St
Mckeesport

J&S Construction

915 west jackson st
Summerhill

JAMES H RISSINGER & SONS

RR 1 BOX 25A
Dalmatia

JDV Contracting

305 E Church St
Williamsport

Johnstown Excavating

645 Scalp Ave
Johnstown

JOSEPH J LEO GENERAL CNTRCTING

400 E LOGAN AVE
Altoona

kieffer construction

246 Hudsondale St
Weatherly

Kirsch Construction Co

121 N Julian St
Ebensburg

Krouse Bro's Contracting

169 GMHP
Gallitzin

kunkle construction

8 Cedar Ave
Blairsville

Lang & Son's Construction

2474 Everett Rd
East Freedom

Laskey Properties LLC

16 Entrance Dr
Johnstown

Level Construction Services

1136 Level Rd
Lilly

LR Roofing Systems, LLC

1115 Salemville Rd
New Enterprise

Lucas Remodeling & Construction, LLC

1072 Beaver Run Ave
Sidman

LUTZ PAUL CONSTRUCTION

2236 CEMETERY RD
Portage

Mathews Contracting

407 Hickory Street
Johnstown

MDG Construction

622 Morningside Ave
Altoona

Messer Construction LLC

1073 Causeway Dr
Friedens

Mihalko’s General Contracting

1 Hillside Dr
Duncansville

NHI Construction LLC

127 E Saylor St
Mount Carmel

Nicholas Builders

1682 Holly Ridge Dr
Altoona

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

Oak Ridge Custom Builders LLC

2201 Blain Rd
Loysville

P VARNISH CONTRACTORS

602 DEMUTH ST
Johnstown

Phil Jackson Construction Services

581 Kevin Drive
Portage

Pine Creek Construction, LLC

102 E Market St
Gratz

Premier Siding & Roofing

2457 Perkiomen Ave
Reading

RE Faller Co

1600 old state rd
Gibsonia

REAHM CONTRACTORS

610 GORDON HALL RD
Osterburg

Rowlands Sales Company Inc

101 Butler Drive
Hazleton

S & C CONTRACTING INC

15 E 14TH ST
Tyrone

S R & G CONSTRUCTION CO

329 Arch St.
Johnstown

SAYCO ERECTORS INC

192 BLOCK RD
Portage

Stella Management Systems

PO Box 819
Boalsburg

Tom Newman Maintenance and Remodeling

140 Pepper Ridge Dr
Spring Mills

WALTER S CYRAN CONSTRUCTION

818 CALDWELL AVE
Portage

Wambold's Home Improvements

176 Laurel Lake Road
Bartonsville

Weaver Building & Remodeling

803 Horner St
Windber
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