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Q. We’re planning a renovation with a second-floor dormer to square out so we can get two more bedrooms. We plan to remove walls on the first floor and make a big open family room, since our living room rarely gets used and is too small for company. There’s a problem with the windows . . . more
Q. I get different information from every person I speak to, and I don’t know who to believe. I have a two-bedroom house that I want to make into three bedrooms . . . more
Q. Last year my street was repaved, and now I see cracks, which I expect will get worse. I seal my driveway every few years, and it looks and works very well, without any cracking or damage. The cost to seal is pennies on the dollar compared with . . . more
Q. We’re working with a kitchen designer, and they’re planning a big exhaust hood over our burners. I just don’t see why we need one . . . more
Q. Continuing from last week’s column, when the question was: My home insurance premiums have increased over the past couple years. We haven’t been affected by storms or floods, yet my rate has gone up each year. more
Q. My home insurance premiums have increased over the past couple years. We haven’t been affected by storms or floods, yet my rate has gone up each year. From what little I can gather from them, my home is supposedly increasing in value . . . more
Q. I saw an online demonstration of how a robot was being trained to put ceiling and wall boards up and wondered, have you seen any other kinds of construction being done with robots? I’m concerned about seeing jobs taken away by machines. more
The Guggenheim Museum, as I outlined in last week’s column, was a landmark from the day it was conceived, always intended to be very different from the typical rectangular buildings that line the streets of Manhattan. The designer, Frank Lloyd Wright . . . more
Q. While visiting the Guggenheim Museum, I learned about what a special place it is, so different from other museums because of its round shape. It really is one of a kind, and I was trying to imagine how the architect came up with the idea, more
Q. We’re stuck in a dilemma with our construction because our contractor stopped coming back and wants more money. We have a signed contract, but the contractor said he wants more, and without an explanation of why. more
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