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What about seismic retrofitting my bldg


Hi Bill,    Nice to see someone reads these Zillow things. Actually, I am well versed in these issues as I have an engineering background, have been a lic'd contractor, and am still a practicing building designer here in the SF Bay Area. You may contact me thru my website:

In The SF BAY AREA of California is Solar Water Heating a good idea?

The sun's heat has been used for decades to heat water for homes and businesses. At the turn of the 20th century, solar heated water systems were common in Southern California. Some countries have made their use mandatory. For example, all homes in Israel have solar hot water systems. More than one-half million solar hot water systems have been installed in the United States, mostly on single-family homes. The majority of these systems are used to heat swimming pools. Typically, a homeowner relying on electricity to heat water could save up to $500 in the first year of operation by installing a solar water heating system. The savings over time increases due to increasing electricity rates. The average solar heating system pays for itself in four to seven years.

Converting a garage into living space in California towns...1

Most towns and cities in California now regulate converting garages into living space. The primary issue is "off street parking". Depending on the number of bedrooms in a home, a certain number of off street parking spaces is required. Some towns allow the driveway spaces to be counted, while other towns require covered parking in the garage or under a carport.

What are property line setbacks? And why are they important?

Older buildings in older areas may have been added on to, or maybe have had detached sheds or garages built too close to the property lines. A " Site Plan" is a professional quality architectural drawing that shows the parcel and all the buildings with dimensions between the buildings and the property lines.