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2014-07-28 Building on exisiting cement block bunker:

I would rely on the comments of your builder and inspector. The concrete roof may not be designed to carry floor load. You will probably need to penetrate the slab for plumbing on the new living level

2014-03-18 Foundation failure:

In regards to the brick it, does sound to me like the slab is settling. This should be looked at by a professional engineer. He can evaluate the settlement and determine the severity.  The settlement inside

2011-09-21 house location and its facing direction:

Typically the house can face any direction. There could be HOA or local zoning requirements that restrict the siting but that is not common practice. The address typically is determined by the driveway

2011-08-20 Contractor obligations:

Monique,  I am not sure where to start. Who is the contract with you, your insurance company or your mortgage company?  I am located in your area(Northern VA) and am aware of the MHIC licensing requirements

2011-07-20 drywalling over a door opening:

Your solution is correct. Use a razor knife to cut the mouldings loose from the existing drywall and remove. Install a stud (I assume it is 2x6 for a pocket door) on each side of the opening as well as


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