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February 15, 2024
Everything You Need To Know About Pasadena Soft-Story Retrofit City Ordinance

In recent years, Pasadena, a city renowned for its historic charm and architectural significance, has taken significant strides in enhancing the safety of its buildings, particularly focusing on wood-frame soft-story structures vulnerable to seismic events. Based on Seismic Ordinances of California, With a comprehensive approach to risk management, Pasadena has instituted priority designations and a […]

July 28, 2023
How Long Does It Take to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

As the demand for affordable and flexible housing options continues to rise, more homeowners are exploring the possibility of building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their properties. ADUs, also known as backyard cottages, granny flats, or in-law suites, offer a range of benefits, including additional rental income, multigenerational living, and increased property value. However, one […]

July 25, 2023
The Importance of Senate Bill 721

Balconies are beautiful additions to residential buildings, offering residents a private outdoor space to relax and enjoy the view. However, tragic incidents involving balcony collapses have raised concerns about building safety. To address these worries and protect residents, California introduced Senate Bill 721 (SB 721), a landmark legislation mandating balcony inspections. In this blog, we […]

July 20, 2023
Understanding the Cost Factors of a Soft Story Retrofit: Building Resilience Against Earthquakes

Soft story retrofits have emerged as critical measures to safeguard buildings and their occupants from the devastating effects of earthquakes. These retrofits involve reinforcing vulnerable structures, such as those with weak ground floors or open parking spaces, to enhance their seismic resilience. While the safety benefits are unquestionable, many building owners may wonder about the […]

July 17, 2023
Enhancing Safety and Quality of Living: A Closer Look at Senate Bill 326 and Balcony Inspections

Safety and maintenance are paramount in ensuring the well-being of residents in multi-unit buildings. Balconies, providing a place of respite and enjoyment, require regular inspections to ensure their structural integrity. Senate Bill 326 aims to address this vital concern by mandating balcony inspections in compliance with stringent standards. In this blog, we delve into the […]

July 5, 2023
Exploring the Different Types of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) offer homeowners a versatile solution to accommodate additional living space on their properties. Whether you want to provide housing for family members, generate rental income, or simply maximize the use of your land, understanding the various types of ADUs is essential. In this blog post, we will delve into the different […]

June 28, 2023
How Soft Story Retrofitting Can Impact Tenants: What You Need to Know

Soft story retrofitting is a crucial process aimed at enhancing the structural integrity of buildings, particularly those with vulnerable "soft story" configurations. While the primary focus of retrofitting is on strengthening the building, it's important to acknowledge the potential impact on tenants during this process. This blog aims to shed light on how tenants can […]

June 28, 2023
Common Questions about Balcony Inspections

Q: What is a balcony inspection? A: A balcony inspection is a process of assessing the condition and safety of a balcony or outdoor elevated platform attached to a building. Q: Why is a balcony inspection necessary? A: Balcony inspections are necessary to identify any structural issues, deterioration, or safety hazards that may pose risks […]

June 8, 2023
Q&A's About Soft Story Retrofits

Common Questions and Answers about Soft Story Retrofits. Q: What is a soft story retrofit? A: A soft story retrofit is a structural modification made to a building with a weak or "soft" ground floor, typically characterized by open parking or commercial space. The retrofit aims to strengthen the building's ability to resist seismic forces […]

June 6, 2023
How do ADUs affect property values?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have emerged as a popular choice for homeowners and investors. ADUs, also known as granny flats or backyard cottages, are secondary dwellings built on the same property as the main residence. One important consideration when contemplating the addition of an ADU is its potential impact on property values. Increased Rental Income: […]

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