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Open Concept Kitchen Remodel | Removing Load Bearing Walls

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

 

One of the most popular trends in kitchen remodeling in Los Angeles over the last 5 years has been to expand the size of the kitchen by removing walls to create an open concept kitchen. 

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Topics: kitchen remodeling

ADU Types & Construction Costs: How Much Does an ADU Cost in Los Angeles?

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

Thinking of converting your garage or building an ADU in Los Angeles? You'll want to read this article to understand how much you can expect to pay to build an ADU that earns you income each month. Read More
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Why Do House Bolting Prices in Los Angeles Vary So Much? Average Price of a Foundation Boltdown

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

 

I don’t want to scare you, but did you know that there are over 140 faults in Southern California? According to the Southern California Earthquake Center these 140 faults are capable of producing “moderate to large earthquakes” (Plesch, 2007). 

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Topics: boltdown, brace and bolt, seismic retrofit

Los Angeles Kitchen Trends: What to Expect in 2020

Posted by Alex Rodriguez

 

Happy New Year, as we enter a new decade, homeowners are considering ways to give their kitchen a new look.

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Topics: kitchen remodeling, kitchen trends, los angeles kitchen remodel

Bathroom Remodeling Costs - 3 Things that Increase the Price of Bathroom Remodels

Posted by Lydia Solis

When you consider the cost of a bathroom remodel, keep in mind that changing your floor plan has a major impact on cost. If you want to learn about how bathroom remodeling cost are allocated check out this case study article. Bathroom remodeling involves 4 major construction trades: Plumbing, Masonry- (Tile work), Electrical work, and Cabinetry.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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