When we bought our home 28 years ago we were not pleased with the lowered entry ceiling, although this was something we saw at many homes. Some of the single family ranch-style homes we saw when we were house-hunting had lowered ceilings in the entry, some had lowered ceilings in the hallway as well. This was done for aesthetic reasons, it was considered attractive…
After 28 years we have finally gotten around to raising the ceiling in the entry of our home. Not a complex process, we used a licensed contractor who made sure there were no heating ducts in the attic above our entry, and we did not cut the load-bearing supports.
We raised this ceiling about a foot higher and added recessed lights, we no longer have a claustrophobic entry. What a difference it makes! Now all that remains is texture and paint. If you have a similar ceiling in your home consider speaking with a contractor to find out if it can be raised…
In a move to address California’s overwhelming housing shortage, Governor Brown recently signed Senate Bill 1069, which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to add accessory dwellings on their property. Accessory dwellings include cottages and studio units built in backyards or within the structure of existing homes and are generally less expensive than market-rate rentals. The new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, prevents utility and local agencies from charging the property owner additional fees for adding these units. These accessory dwellings would provide a much more affordable housing option for people who want or need to live in the area but can’t afford the high rents or home prices. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.
Economic forecasts for the next couple of years point to a slowdown of job growth in California, but despite this news the tech industry is expected to keep the Bay Area going strong. Successful high tech companies based in Silicon Valley such as Google, LinkedIn and Apple have actively purchased additional land in the area to build more office space.
The technology sector is here to stay which should help the Bay Area maintain a robust economy. Click on the link below to read more about this topic.
Due to a new SFO flight pattern instituted by the FAA in March 2015, Bay Area residents have been subjected to deafening jet noise and are naturally upset about the impact on their neighborhoods. Concerned citizens in several cities including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto have come together to share ideas and information on how to best tackle the issue as well as continue to encourage fellow residents to submit their complaints to the San Francisco Airport authorities and the FAA. In response, the FAA has come up with a good faith proposal (named DAVYJ) that will restore the pre-March 2015 flight paths as well as fix the issues that caused them to make the change in the first place. But the DAVYJ proposal needs the support of the affected communities in order to be approved and implemented. Click on the link below for more details on DAVYJ and instructions on how you can show your support.
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For the vast majority of homeowners, routine inspections and maintenance activities around the home are an important part of home ownership. Some of the fundamental responsibilities of ownership include cleaning the furnace, tuning the air conditioner, and tending to landscaping (including tree maintenance). But it is equally, if not more important to maintain and inspect the roof as well. Detecting signs of existing or potential roof damage is of paramount importance to protecting one’s assets, so conducting inspections in the Fall as well as after a major storm is highly recommended. Inspections can be performed by a homeowner or by an experienced roofing contractor. Look for the following signs:
- Shingles that are chipped, buckled, curled, or missing altogether
- Exposed or protruding nails on the surface of the roof/shingles
- Flashing that may be bent, loose, separated, or exhibiting signs of rust
- Downspouts and/or gutters that have become loose or detached
- Dark stains or patches of peeling paint on ceilings inside the home
- Moist or wet insulation or signs of condensation in the attic
- Dried, cracked, separated or missing caulking around flashing and skylights
- Worn or cracked boots (rubber fittings) around the base of pipe vents
- Areas that appear dark or wet (indicative of moss or fungus growth)
If any of the above situations are observed, steps should be taken to rectify the matter before conditions worsen and more significant costs are incurred. Roof inspections and maintenance can help homeowners save money by avoiding unnecessary repair bills and by prolonging the overall life of the roof. And with the rainy season upon us, it’s important to check your gutters as well. A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.