<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=884211501743029&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Bay Cities Construction Blog

Alex Rodriguez

Recent Posts

The Best Roofing Contractors in the South Bay

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Rain has finally made it's way back to Los Angeles, and if you have an old roof it could soon turn into a leaky roof.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: roofing, roof repair, home improvement

What is an Earthquake Retrofit? How to Protect Your Home from Quakes

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

 

Ever since the Ridgecrest Earthquakes struck in July 2019, several friends and customers of mine have asked for my construction advice - they all want to know how to protect their homes from earthquakes. If your home was built before the 1970's and has a raised foundation, bolting down your foundation can help protect your home from earthquakes.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: brace and bolt, seismic retrofit

What is Earthquake Brace + Bolt Retrofit? | How to Protect Your Home With a Seismic Retrofit

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

We all know that California is ‘Earthquake Country’, but did you know that nearly every neighborhood in Los Angeles is near an earthquake fault?

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: boltdown, brace and bolt, seismic retrofit

What is a Cool Roof? Why are They Required in Los Angeles?

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

 

Do you know what a Cool Roof Is? Why Do You Need One?

If your roof is getting kind of old and you’ve been thinking of getting your roof replaced you might be in for a surprise, you’ll need to install a roof that meets Cool Roof requirements. As of 2013, the city of Los Angeles requires all new or refurbished roofs to be cool, meaning they reflect more sunlight, and absorb less heat.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Topics: roof, roofing, cool roof

What is a Special Moment Frame? Simpson Strong Frame vs. MiTek Hardy Frame

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Do you know all the retrofit solutions that are available for your soft-story building? The most common solution is to install special moment frames to bolster the existing structure. We’ve written this article to help you understand the nuts & bolts of the two most popular special moment frame (SMF) manufacturers; Simpson Strong Frame and the MiTek Hardy Frame. Soft story retrofitting is about to become a major topic of discussion among property owners in Los Angeles County.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

The Best Soft-Story Retrofit Contractors in Los Angeles, CA

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Do you have a soft story building in Los Angeles or Santa Monica and need soft story retrofit? Looking for a trustworthy soft-story retrofit contractor can be daunting so I wrote this article to help you. My name is Alexander Rodriguez, MBA, I am a general contractor and I own a construction company that specializes in soft-story retrofits here in Los Angeles. This is an honest comparison of the best soft-story contractors in Los Angeles, California. The reason I am writing is this article is because I know many of my future customers are researching and looking for a soft story retrofit contractor. Over the last 14 years in business I have learned that we are not a perfect fit for everyone. Clients have different needs, personality types and are located in various geographic areas that we may not service (sorry San Bernardino) 

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

How Much Do Soft-Story Retrofit Engineering Plans Cost in the City of Los Angeles?

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

If you received a notice for the Los Angeles Building and Safety about a soft story retrofit, you are probably wondering what the engineering plans are going to cost. This article will give you some guidelines on what you can expect to pay for architectural and engineering plans. We have also published a number of Soft Story related articles that you may find of value as you research your options. It is our intention to help building owners get their buildings compliant with the new soft story retro-fit ordinance.

Read More
1 Comment | View Comments

How Much Does a Soft-Story Retrofit Construction Cost in Los Angeles?

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

How much will this soft-story retrofit cost? It is the most commonly asked question I get during a site assessment. When this ordinance became law, construction costs were hard to calculate, but now that more than 1,000 buildings have been retrofitted in the City of Los Angeles, construction costs are easier to determine. This small article will help you understand how much you might pay for your soft-story retrofit project. We will segment the estimated construction costs into different brackets that correspond to the size of the property, from smallest to biggest, and we will also include a picture to illustrate the building size.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

What is the Soft Story Retrofit Process in the City of Los Angeles?

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Many of you know there are approximately 13,500 soft-story buildings in the City of Los Angeles that require a retrofit since the passing of Ordinance 183893 & 184081 in 2015. Most property owners do not know how lengthy the entire retrofit process can be. Did you know that it takes about a month to draft a set of engineering plans? And do you know how long it takes for the Department of Building and Safety to approve them? 

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Best Laminate Flooring: Cascade Series from Urbanfloor

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Hey, folks!

I’m Alex Rodriguez, owner of Bay Cities Construction. On this week’s blog I’ll be talking about home flooring. No matter what project you’re considering for your home, flooring is everywhere so it always has to be considered. For those of you that are looking for a flooring product that won’t break the bank, you should consider the latest in laminate flooring. But we’re also talking about engineered flooring as well, and pretty much everything you need to know about flooring for a home remodel.

Read More
0 Comments | View Comments

Schedule a Quote