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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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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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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

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ABBOTT MANUFACTURING INC

1848 WHITE MINES RD
Abilene

ABILENE ACCENT HOMES

2424 S WILLIS ST
Abilene

ACCURATE CONSTRUCTION

5726 Antilley Rd
Abilene

ALBERT A MC ALISTER INC

212 S LEGGETT DR
Abilene

AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 7613
Abilene

AMTEX BUILDERS

4318 TRAVIS ST
Amarillo

ASHENFELTER CONSTRUCTION

1399 SCOTT ST
Tye

ASSOCIATED CONTRACTORS INC

3303 N 3rd St Ste C
Abilene

B & S DIRT & CONSTRUCTION

291 MULBERRY ST
Abilene

B & S DIRTWORK

8000 US HIGHWAY 277
Abilene

Barninger Brothers

3912 Crestridge Dr
Brownwood

BEASLEY CONSTRUCTION

3043 CURRY LN
Abilene

BLAKE LEE BUILDERS

PO BOX 1559
Abilene

Briercroft Fire & Water Restoration

4333 Crawford Dr
Abilene

BUSCH CONSTRUCTION

4401 CRAWFORD DR
Abilene

COLWELL CONSTRUCTION CO

3608 N 10TH ST
Abilene

CONSOLIDATED FRAMERS

1201 ENERGY DR
Abilene

CONSTRUCTION CONCEPTS

31 WINDMILL CIR
Abilene

DeLeon Roofing & Construction

Servicing the Big Country
Abilene

DIAMOND P CONSTRUCTION

3301 S 14TH ST
Abilene

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DON FAULKNER CONSTRUCTION

260 CHERRY ST
Abilene

Dorsey's Unlimited Construction / TRC & Assoc Inc

801 Kennedale Sublet Rd
Kennedale

EDGE GEMCO INC

518 COUNTRY PL S
Abilene

EPIC CONSTRUCTION

2701 S TREADAWAY BLVD
Abilene

ESTRELLA CONSTRUCTION INC

742 OAK ST
Abilene

Garton Roofing and Consulting

1147 Key Lane
Abilene

GARY GOLDSMITH CONSTRUCTION

1001 N MOCKINGBIRD LN
Abilene

GONZALES CONSTRUCTION

3811 PINE ST
Abilene

GREENWAY ENTERPRISES INC

1105 INDUSTRIAL BLVD
Abilene

GREGORY CUSTOM HOMES

1400 W OVERLAND TRL
Abilene

HALL ART CONSTRUCTION

944 FM
Abilene

HAWKINS BUILDERS INC

2 VILLAGE DR
Abilene

HEATH POLASEK HOMES

PO BOX 6131
Abilene

HENDRIX ELECTRIC

13484 FM
Abilene

HI TECH STRUCTURES INC

901 E NORTH 12TH ST
Abilene

HOAR CONSTRUCTION LLC

6250 US HIGHWAY 83
Abilene

HORN CONSTRUCTION

500 CHESTNUT ST
Abilene

HouseSurgeons

918 S 25th Street
Abilene

IRONWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO

301 CYPRESS ST
Abilene

J & S Home Improvements

3249 Sayles Blvd
Abilene

J M HOOKER CONSTRUCTION INC

4400 RIDGEMONT DR
Abilene

Jack-Bilt Inc

2525 Jeanette St
Abilene

JAMES MITCHELL BUILDERS

402 LOCUST ST
Abilene

JEFF LUTHER CONSTRUCTION

542 PLUM ST
Abilene

JOE MOORE PIPELINE CONSTR

2202 OAK ST
Abilene

JOHN E BEALL BUILDER HOME

50 STONEGATE RD
Abilene

JOHNSTON CONSTRUCTION CUSTOM

5349 WAGON WHEEL AVE
Abilene

LARA'S CONCRETE

1742 AMBLER AVE
Abilene

LAUREN ENGINEERS & CONSTRUCTOR

901 S 1ST ST
Abilene

LEGACY HOMES

232 SAN JACINTO DR
Abilene

Longfellow Builders & Co

136 Mt Tabor Ave

M KENNEDY CO INC

317 N WILLIS ST
Abilene

MASON TRENDSETTERS INC

1500 Industrial Blvd Ste 102
Abilene

MC COLUM BUILT HOMES INC

1742 BENT TREE DR
Abilene

Mighty Construction

2326 Cicily Ln
Abilene

MIKE WARD CUSTOM HOMES

4466 IBERIS RD
Abilene

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

PORTER'S CONSTRUCTION

2241 S 41st St Ste A
Abilene

Prime Construction

2317 Darrell Dr
Abilene

RANGER PLANT CONSTRUCTIONAL CO

5851 E US HIGHWAY 80
Abilene

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

RICK FENTON PAINTING

POBOX 7017
Abilene

ROBERT MITCHELL CONSTRUCTION

33 GLEN ABBEY ST
Abilene

Rockin' D Services

164 Wood Farm Rd
Huntsville

RON FOGLE CONSTRUCTION LP

1466 WOODLAND TRL
Abilene

ROSE BUILDERS INC

13925 Fm 18
Abilene

S & S CONSTRUCTION

581 COUNTRY PL S
Abilene

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SCOTT OLSON HOMES

545 S US HIGHWAY 8384
Abilene

SEAY CONSTRUCTION

4050 STEWART RD
Abilene

SELA BUILDERS LLC

3478 CATCLAW DR
Abilene

SOUTHLAND HOMES

112 HIDDEN VALLEY DR
Abilene

SOUTHWIND GROUP INC

910 PETROLEUM DR
Abilene

Steve west

Abilene

STOCKARD CONSTRUCTION INC

441 LONE STAR DR
Abilene

STOCKARD INVESTMENTS INC

441 LONE STAR DR
Abilene

TABER HOMES LLC

1449 GLENHAVEN DR
Abilene

TAYLOR MASON DEVELOPMENT

2052 INDUSTRIAL BLVD
Abilene

TEAGUE CONSTRUCTION INC

3440 BELL ST
Amarillo

THOMAS HICKS CONSTRUCTION

3301 N 3RD ST
Abilene

TOMMIE HARENDT CONSTRUCTION

205 MILLER LN
Abilene

TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO

234 COUNTRY PL S
Abilene

WEATHERBEE CONSTRUCTION INC

6610 HAMPTON HILLS ST
Abilene

WRANGLER BUILDERS

2309 GATHRIGHT DR
Abilene

ZEPHYR CONSTRUCTION SVC

1833 UNIVERSITY BLVD
Abilene

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