The Complexities of Los Angeles Building Permits When Remodeling Your Home

If you live in Los Angeles, California and want to remodel your home, you may have already dealt with the labyrinthine procedures of Los Angeles building permits. It’s far from an easy road in obtaining a permit to merely remodel your garage or add an extra room to your house. That’s why if you’re new to the Los Angeles area, it’s worth knowing what you’re going to be dealing with in obtaining a building permit as preparation for the time involved.

Check First with the Department of Building and Safety

Before anything can be done, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will check to make sure your home remodeling project is safe. If your home is located in a precarious spot, such as on a hill, or even in a government-designated historical area, your project could be turned down.

Other possible pitfalls include certain zoning issues like overlay zones or specific designations. Ultimately, this all can take considerable time in the inspection, so allow plenty of time before spending money on construction materials.

Deal with the Department of City Planning

After going through the bureaucracy of Building and Safety, you’ll have to spend time wondering if additional zoning laws in your area allow you home remodeling freedom. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will see if zoning regulations fit your remodeling plan and whether it even fits into the structural plan of the city. If you have outlandish remodeling ideas, this agency might nix your unique structural plans.

Specific zone codes also have to be considered. In some cases, certain remodeling projects won’t be allowed if you live in a specific zoning area. You can check in advance through state property records to see what kind of zone you live in.

Prepare for Corrections

Otherwise known as plan check corrections, the Department of Building and Safety may make later revisions on your remodeling plans after an inspection takes place. The inspections will be done thoroughly and studied multiple times to find any morsel of information that could determine your project going forward or being stalled even longer.

Once you find yourself beyond this path so you can do your home remodeling project, contact us so we can be a design and building firm you can trust. Here at Bradco Kitchens and Baths, Inc., we won’t make you wait to get your remodeling project done on a schedule you want.

Kitchen Renovation Tips: Why It’s the Most Remodeled Part of the Home

It seems that a kitchen renovation is the most searched for topic online when seeking out information on home remodeling projects. The reason for that is likely because (next to our bedrooms) we spend the most time in the kitchen. We want a kitchen space that’s comfortable so creating food and socializing can easily be done without feeling cramped or having obstructions.

That’s how good renovating ideas are created. Ultimately, you have many options available to you in helping you create a kitchen space that you can live with for years.

Add New Flooring

This common method to instantly change the look of a kitchen doesn’t have to be overly expensive. Then again, if you have a little money to spend, going with a porcelain floor will last you for years. And while tile floors are also common, you could put down a wood floor as something different. Wooden floors also don’t take as long to install as other flooring does.

New Cabinets and Cupboard Space

Considering how much space cabinets and cupboards take up in a kitchen, replacing them with upgrades can change the kitchen’s entire aesthetic. Styles can range from face frame cabinetry to ones with glass doors. For cabinet pulls, try the satin nickel style that’s now become popular.

Replacing the Countertops

Replacing countertops might be the easiest part of a kitchen renovation next to the floor. Countertop styles are varied, but you may want to go with laminate countertops in your renovated kitchen. These look very attractive, though granite gives more durability if you intend to use your countertops often.

Replacing the Sink

As another common replacement, sink styles are going to vary depending on your personal taste. Stainless steel is always a popular choice, despite granite sinks requiring lower maintenance. Always consider how many bowls in your sink you want. A larger space might be able to accommodate a triple bowl. As well, deeper bowls can go as low as 10 inches if you intend to use large pots and pan in the sink regularly.

Kitchen Island

Here you have the most common stylish add-on for kitchens. If you want one, you have to consider the space surrounding your island. The general rule seems to say about 30 inches between the island and all cupboard space to avoid awkward collisions while moving around.

If these ideas sound intriguing, contact us so we can help you redesign your kitchen in a style you want. We’ll make sure it’s done on your schedule and with a reasonable budget.

Important Home Improvements- upgrading your home’s gutter system!

Most of us have a long list of home improvements that we rotate prioritizing. With all the possibilities of things to do it’s easy to forget about the importance of maintaining or updating your gutter system!

Half round gutters are a classic gutter style that adds functionality and traditional charm to your home. In addition to practicality and style there are a few other reasons to consider half round gutters for your home upgrade – if you’re in the market for a new gutter system or have recently put an addition on your home that needs gutters, consider these.

1) Half round gutters are durable and long-lasting: The curved, sturdy design of these heavily used gutters makes them both a practical and long lasting choice for almost any home. The shape allows for more even wear on the gutters and, if you choose a copper gutter (other common options are aluminum, steel and galvalume), the life of your purchase is extended even further due to coppers natural resistance to corrosion.

2) Half round gutters are ideal for environmental conservation: Half round gutters are ideal for water conservation efforts as the run-off can easily be directed into rain barrels or, the gutters can be complimented with rain chains that will funnel the water into barrels to be reused or used to water small gardens positioned at the base of the chains.

3) Half round gutters provide a simple, artistic design: As mentioned previously, if you want simple elegance than half round gutters are the ones for you. They offer a traditional finish to your home that is both refined and artistic.

Contact us for more information or to receive a consultation for your home from the professionals. Our customers are our first priority and we look forward to assisting you! 

Cost vs. Value in Home Remodeling

The phrase ‘cost vs. value’ in home remodeling is how much value you can add to the home in resale value.  The main reasons for a remodel is for enjoyment and to make the room look better, but resale value shouldn’t be excluded.  It’s something you don’t think about, but when it comes to selling your home those extravagant renovations will not attract buyers.

Consider the following:

Neighborhood Location:  Home remodeling is about what you want, but the home needs to blend in with the neighborhood.  If there are no two-story homes in the neighborhood, for example, adding one can hurt the bottom line.

Geographic Location:  The region of the U.S. matters in home purchases.  That’s because it has an impact on what homes will have the biggest resale value on investments.  When you are adding home remodeling extensions or renovations consider the weather and U.S. location.  Swimming pools, for example, won’t work in cold areas, but the southern portion of the U.S. will appreciate it.

Reason:  What is the reason for the remodel?  If the reason is ‘because it’s outdated’ or ‘because it’s the latest technology’ it is considered a project and the value of the home won’t last as long.  That’s because the latest designs and the newest technology will become outdated as time goes on.  However, the reasons are different if it’s a home addition (garage, extra room, etc.) or to fix a structure (roof, floor, walls, siding, etc.).  The foundation and structural improvements to these projects has a bigger investment that will last longer because home structure never goes out of style.

Project returns on investment (POI):  The annual Cost vs. Value investment list is out, and it shows you common remodeling projects along with the return on investment.  It is divided into midscale and upscale remodeling.  According to the list, the fiber-cement siding replacement is number one for upscale remodeling.  A steel entry door replacement is number on for midscale remodeling.  Wood and composite deck additions, garage door replacements, wood and vinyl window replacements and a major kitchen remodel are the only ones that made the top ten on both lists.  Other ideas on the list are attic bedrooms, basement, roof, and bathroom remodels.

This is a different way to look at remodeling.  At the end of the day a remodel is done with you in mind.  If you want a return on investment, you have to think with the buyer in mind too.  Contact us for more information on remodeling your home.