Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

House Framing

Framing a home or building can be described as the skeleton of the structure that sits on top of the foundation. (see picture to the left)   Wood or metal studs are used to make the the structure of the frame.   All interior walls, exterior walls, ceiling rafters, door and window openings are all cut…

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What is a building setback?

A building setback or building setback line on a survey, site plan or plat in regards to land development is the distance the building is setback from a street, alley, property line or road.  Building setbacks are set up by land developers and local Planning and Zoning Offices and are different for every subdivision.  If…

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Floor and Ceiling Joists

What is a joist? A joist, in construction, architecture and engineering, can be defined as one of the horizontal supporting members that run from wall to wall, wall to beam, or beam to beam to support a ceiling, roof structure, or sub-floor. An easy way identify them is to go up in your attic and…

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Do Seamless Gutters Have Seams

Yes they do!  There is no such thing as a “seamless gutter.”  Think about it.  When a gutter makes a turn around a corner, there is going to be a seam there.  There is also a seam at each end of the gutter and at each outlet tube.  These are all potential areas for the…

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Can I Paint Over Wallpaper?

Yes you can, but be careful if you are a do-it-yourselfer.  If your wallpaper is peeling, you may want to use some wallpaper adhesive and stick it back to the wall.  If you don’t, your newly painted walls will continue to peel as the the wallpaper gets older.  After you have glued back the wallpaper,…

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Home Improvement Television Myths

I’m sure you have watched one of those home improvement shows and thought to yourself:  “wow…..that was really easy!”  Well, there are a lot of behind the scenes drama and problems that are not shown.   The truth is that while they might show a kitchen renovation budget of $5,000, what they don’t tell you is…

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What is the Purpose of a Flat Roof?

The purpose of a flat roof in residential construction was to save on construction costs.  Flat roofing materials are cheaper than other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, metal roofing, wood shakes, tile roofs, etc.  Flat roofing allows for a variety of options when it comes to making use of the flat area.  Air conditioning…

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Will I devalue my home if I remove a bedroom

The answer is quite simple, yes.  If you reduce the square footage of your home, it will appraise for less.  The same applies for downsizing from a 4 bedroom home to a 3 bedroom home.  I have clients that had a 4 bedroom house, but the bedrooms were too small so they had us come…

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