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with DirectBuild Inc. They come from families that have been in the business for generations" and actually CARE about what the homeowners needs and desires are. They worked with us and met with us regularly to discuss the progress and the budget. DirectBuild Inc. is a cost plus builder so we actually saved over a hundred thousand dollars building our house and they passed their actual costs on to us and just work off of a percentage. Their architect Rod from BlackHawk Design is knowledgeable and professional and added so many touches that we hadn't even thought of since this was our first time building and we had an idea in our head that he ran with and created a masterpiece.
now offers our plan, it is called The Soaring Eagle. Our gorgeous home was build on time and within our budget. There were no surprises. We got exactly what we had always wanted and more. Building a home from scratch can be overwhelming, but
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walked us through every step of it and actually made it an experience we will always treasure. Not many people can say that after having a home built! We did our homework. We had 3 other builders give us estimates. They were hard to get a hold of, didn't return phone calls, and finally gave us estimates that seemed very high. From the very beginning
was always accessible and explained everything in a way that we could understand, since this was all new to us. I think the highest compliment I would give is if we have to do this all over again, she would be the only builder I would call.

-Deonne S.

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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
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Home Building reviews in Elgin

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OUTSTANDING EXECUTION!
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has performed multiple projects for us over the past 15 years in multiple houses. All of my projects finished on time (or early), on budget, and with excellent workmanship.

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and its president,
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, consistently demonstrate the highest level of professionalism of any services provider I've ever encountered, and completely blow away other contractors.
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's project management is exceptional.

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took the time to ask questions and listen to what I was trying to accomplish, then made helpful suggestions and amendments to effect the desired outcome.
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showed up on time for estimates and project execution. The estimates were thorough, and he made sure I understood all costs, challenges, milestones, and timeframes.

The company was conscientious about looking out for my best interests, even in areas beyond their control. Any concerns were immediately addressed to my satisfaction.
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passed all inspections the first time. Work zones and surrounding areas were clean at the end of every day.

High caliber subcontractors were selected and held to high standards.
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was onsite and supervised subcontractors, unlike other contractors I've worked with historically. The subcontractors were efficient and polite, and consistent with the quality of work I have come to expect from
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I highly recommend
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- Pamela S.
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Began the job but did not finish it. The lumber was left out in the weather, laying in the weather uncovered for almost 2 months and mold had grown on some of it. The walls were not secured properly. One wall had partially blown over. I had to pull it up with my truck and then secure it. He basically showed up three times and then stopped working. He gave me every excuse in the book on why he wasn't working on the job. I was also shorted materials, he basically bought only half of the roofing materials and other expensive lumber. In the end I had to hire another company to fix the poor work that was performed and finish the job. If you have considered using
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for any work, do thorough background check. He has a good sale pitch and is very believable. I didn't and it cost me a lot of money. Yes, he eventually refunded some of my money, but the cost of having another company come in to finish another persons job is not cheap.
- Dennis B.
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They're one of my customers. I'm a contractor. Lots of his houses were good. They're pretty good. The home buyers say the like them. They're great. Their price is good. I will definitely use them again.
- Sergio G.
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was so great to work with. The project was postponed due to issues with the tenants, and
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was completely flexible and understanding. He was able to fit us is as soon as we were able to move forward, and he was pretty efficient in getting it done, with one exception that was a bit beyond his control. he was always kind and helpful on the phone and gave really good advice.
- Amber T.
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He was supposed to do our house in 45 to 65 days, and it ended up taking about 13 months. The experience with him was off and on. It wasn’t that great. He was a nice guy but it took him way too long. He didn’t follow up on everything. He wasn’t stern enough with everybody else because he sub-contracted out. He was just too nice to everybody. Everyone just took their time, and he should have fired people and hired other people.
- Curtis W.
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I met with
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to go over work I wanted done. They toured my house with me as I described what I wanted done in each area. Before they left, they summarized what we discussed to ensure we were on the same page. The following day, I had an estimate in my hand. The
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crew arrived the following week and began working on my house. They were very respectful, courteous and exhibited the utmost professionalism while working in my home. Once they were finished, we had a walk through to verify that all items/work were up to my standards, which they were. I had a very positive experience with
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and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.;
- Robert F.
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The job went very smoothly. Carpenters were excellent. Very knowledgeable and offered many suggestions to improve what we were describing as to what we wanted to accomplish which was an open floor concept between kitchen, dining room and living room. Job involved knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room, and a wall between the dining room and living room. In addition, paneling and pine from other walls needed to be removed. While the job was completed in August very much to our satisfaction, we noticed in February a crack in the ceiling where one of the walls was removed. We contacted them and while they mentioned that the crack could have resulted from the cold, they were willing to repair it one time. They have completed the repair, which required more support to the beam in the ceiling. They once again completed the repair very much to our satisfaction. Overall, we are very happy with the end result.
- cindy N.
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Very professionally done and very happy with the work. We were frustrated about lack of communication on future visits to complete the next stage in the process.
- Wendy B.

All Home Builders in Elgin, SC

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Absolute Construction

23 Brodie rd
Chapin

ACM CREDIT

10120 TWO NOTCH RD
Columbia

Alr Contracting Inc

100 Blue Pine Ln
Lexington

BARDIN BUILDERS INC

108 INVIEW RD
West Columbia

Bartlett & Davis Construction, LLC

1700 Woodcreek Farms Road
Elgin

Big or Little Home Improvements

239 Calcutta Drive
West Columbia

Brown Construction

1378 Estes ln.
Winnsboro

Brownstone Builder Investment Group,LLC

7001 St Andrew rd
Columbia

C Bailey Construction

2923 Park St
Columbia

CAROLINA CONTRACTOR

1431 HAIGS CREEK DR
Elgin

Carolina Specialty Security Services

156 Pear court
Lexington

CAROLINA WIRING SERVICE, LLC

1366 ROSEWOOD DR
Columbia

Catastrophe Services, Inc. - CSI

5700 Dorchester Road
North Charleston

Champe Builders

1 Old Trace Ct
Columbia

Choice Custom Homes

250 Bent Oak Dr
Chapin

Choice Home Builders LLC

1640 Blaney Rd
Elgin

CNT Foundations LLC

3362 Navajo St
North Charleston

COLUMBIA CO.

7900 CASTLETON LN
Columbia

Complete Contractor Services

2219 Bull St.
Columbia

Construction Specialties of Columbia Inc.

111 Executive Pointe Blvd. Ste. D
Columbia

Cottrell & Co., Inc.

151 Whiteford Way
Lexington

Covert Homes, LLC

131 Bardwell Way
Blythewood

Creative Homes Inc

P.O. Box 210873
Columbia

Crescent Construction

121 Centrum Dr
Irmo

DESIGN & REMODELING SOLUTIONS LLC

100 Old Cherokee Rd
Lexington

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dorfler Homes LLC

132 Moontide ct
Lexington

Exclusive Homes

1095 Hilldale Dr.
Lancaster

Explicit Home Builders LLC

353 Roy Steele Road
Gilbert

FIRST CLASS CONSTRUCTION

1815 Gervais St Ste E
Columbia

Fitzgerald Group, LLC

11148 Longhill Dr N

Freedom Contracting, LLC

31 Smokewood Drive
Elgin

Gage Construction LLC

St. Peters Church Rd.
Chapin

Generation Three Inc

148 Centerville Rd
Ridgeway

GREENFIELD CONSTRUCTION & DSGN

100 GREENHILL PARISH PKWY
Elgin

Installers

225 Bowen St
Elgin

JAB Construction, Inc.

141 Drake Hill Drive
Lexington

Jeffcoat Contracting

111 W Lake Dr
Lexington

JOHN RANKIN CONSTRUCTION INC

1058 SAYRE LN
Elgin

Johnson Custom Carpentry

125 Dunwoody
Blythewood

K T BUILDERS

10682 TWO NOTCH RD
Elgin

K.G. Builder

6 high park ct.

KB HOME

812 SPEARS DR
Elgin

Keeping It Real Services

831 Summit Ave
Columbia

Kins Griff Construction LLC

526 Old Stagecoach Rd
Camden

Ladd James Homes

Shoreline Drive
Columbia

Lexington Custom Builders Inc.

703 N Lake Dr
Lexington

Litespeed Construction Inc-Columbia

10120 TWO NOTCH RD. Suite 2 no. 324
Columbia

M Dillon Construction, Inc.

PO Box 90472
Columbia

Mack Heating & Cooling

742 Old Barnwell Rd
West Columbia

McGuinn Homes

150 Whiteford Way
Lexington

MD Masonry LLC

100 Old Cherokee Rd
Lexington

MIKE FOREMAN HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

14646 ST HWY 34 E
Ridgeway

MITCHUM CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

9801 DUNBARTON DR
Columbia

Moore Quality Builders

132 Walter Rawl Rd
Lexington

Morris Homes LLC

117 Rucker Road
Chapin

MTM CONSTRUCTION

1221 BOOKMAN RD
Elgin

MTM CONSTRUCTION INC

P O BOX 23133
Columbia

Myers & Myers Builders

125 Ashley Ridge Rd
Blythewood

Nation Custom Builders

121 Sandy Ln
West Columbia

New Start Homes

3685 Leaphart rd
West Columbia

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr

O'Sullivan Builders LLC

130 Longleaf Dr.
Spartanburg

Palm State Contracting

104 Fawn Court
Lexington

PALMETTO ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

2193 HIGHWAY 1 S
Elgin

PARADIME CONSTRUCTION INC

PO BOX 5892
Columbia

PARADIME EARTHWORKS LLC

P.O. Box 2561
Lexington

Plans Unlimited Construction, LLC

141 Pelham Drive
Columbia

Precision Garage Door Service

247 Plumbers Rd
Columbia

Premium Repair Solutions

PO Box 918
Elgin

R & R Remodeling and Restoration

909 Trailmore Cir
Sumter

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Rennison Repairs & Remodeling LLC

404 Winding Way
Columbia

Ruben Quality Builders

PO Box 6546
Columbia

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street

SCHMALZEL CONSTRUCTION

po box 268
Lugoff

Shenandoah Design & Construction, LLC

112 Barnacle Cir.
Lexington

SOUTHERN PRIDE DEVELOPMENT

P.O. BOX 244
Blythewood

Take Pride Construction and Painting

115 Taylor lane
Lexington

Taylors Window & Screen Inc

1505 Buncombe Rd.
Greenville

The Branham Company, Inc.

118 N Brickyard Rd
Columbia

The Drawing Board

174 Ellis Avenue
Lexington

The Wright Group Construction

PO Box 6488
West Columbia

TIM JACKSON CONSTRUCTION CO

929 Red Hill Road
Camden

TlCCreditrestore

521 Meeting st

United Construction

317 Rockingham Rd.

Versa Builders

2256 Calks Ferry Rd
Lexington

WILD HOMES

217 MCKENZIE ST
Fort Mill

Window Masters Plus

836 Sox Street
West Columbia

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