P > My wife and I have a house in Los Angeles which we purchased about 14
P > months ago. Built out of the crawl space is what I think is called an
P > English Basement (nonpermitted). It has a separate entrance and a
P > large 3/4 bathroom. After recent rain, we found that is was not
P > waterproofed correctly and floods. Although we don't really use the
P > room, rather than just fixing it, we thought we would look into making
P > it a functional part of our house with a full remodel and redesign.
P > We have a bunch of ideas for it but are looking for someone to design
P > and execute construction of the room. Our budget would be over $25K
P > depending on what we would be able to accomplish. It is about 300 sq
P > feet but there is enough space on one side to expand the room out even
P > more.
P > I've never done anything like this before and am unsure if I need an
P > architect or if a designer can do this or if I just need a contractor.
P > Any input on process is greatly appreciated.\
I would go with a contractor. We had a master bedroom added to the
second floor of the house a couple of years ago and he had his
architect come over to eyeball the "construction problems": tieing
into the existing roof, window and wall placement, etc. They worked
together to draw and revise the plans. (The contractor didn't like
the original placement of the upper deck supports -- they blocked some
of the view from the first floor's Dining Room picture window -- so
had had the architect recalculate the loads and revise the plans.)
(Obviously you also need to get rid of the flooding problem too.)
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