What if Zoning Rules Change After You Buy Land?
What happens when your long-planned improvements suddenly don't fit within local zoning allowances.
Building a larger house -- do we need to worry about utility easements?
Be wary when constructing around areas where a city has a utility easement.
How Historic Property Designation May Affect Your Remodeling Plans
A historic property may qualify for special loans and grants -- but also require compliance with preservation laws.
What are the pros and cons of registering a house as a historic property?
A homeowner wonders whether registering the property will only lead to stifling limitations on making improvements.
Washington Law on Creating a Mother-in-Law Apartment to Rent
Before you start building or knocking down walls, find out the relevant rules for Washington State homeowners.
What's Better: Remodel My Garage or Replace It With Prefab Tiny House?
Weighing the pros and cons of remodeling a garage versus demolishing it in favor of a tiny house constructed off-site.
Living in My Tiny House Not Allowed: Can I Use It as an Art Studio or Office?
Dealing with the issue of when tiny houses are too small to qualify as a legal dwelling.
When Homeowners Must Obtain Permits for Home Projects
Even minor home improvement projects may require a permit -- a step you skip at your peril.
Dealing With Neighbors When Remodeling a Condo or Co-op
Take proactive steps to make sure disgruntled neighbors don't take action in response to the noise or other disruption caused by your repair and construction activities.
Do I Need a Building Permit to Construct a Tiny House in My Backyard?
Depending on a number of factors, including the size of the tiny house and its location, a building permit may or may not be required.