When to demolish; when to keep.

An owner needing more space can be tempted to demolish an existing house and build a new, larger one in its place–instead of expanding the existing house. This can happen where the property’s value is high and the existing house small. You might consider this a logical approach, but potential pitfalls here can yield unexpected surprises. Read More...

How high can your fence be?

Good fences may make good neighbors, but how high can your fence be? In Los Angeles the answer is not so simple, and depends on the location of the property.
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What to do Next: consulting an architect.

When you’re thinking of remodeling a house but aren’t ready to hire an architect, you can still benefit from an architect’s ideas, thinking and experience at a reasonable cost. Many architects provide consultation services that help you with concepts, options and a roadmap to a potential project without the expense of a full-blown professional engagement. Read More...