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March 22, 2023
What makes SKS Construction the right fit for you?

When it comes to choosing a construction company, we want you to work with a team you can trust. After all, construction projects are a significant investment of time and money, and clients want to be sure that they are getting their money's worth. So, what makes a construction company trustable to clients? Experience and […]

March 13, 2023
What goes into balcony repairs?

Repairing a balcony involves more than just patching up a few cracks or replacing a couple of boards. When conducting a balcony inspection, a borescope can be used to inspect areas that are difficult to access, such as the underside of the balcony or the joints and connections between the balcony and the building. The […]

March 1, 2023
Q&A's About ADU's

Common Questions about ADU’s Q: What are the benefits of having an ADU? A: ADUs can provide additional living space for family members or guests, generate rental income, and increase property value. They can also be a more affordable housing option for renters. Q: What are some common types of ADUs? A: Common types of […]

February 24, 2023
Where is the rebar?

The two massive recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, with magnitudes as high as 7.8 and 7.5, have claimed over 40,000 lives so far. This death toll is certain to rise as more bodies are discovered in the rubble of collapsed multistory concrete buildings. With the high frequency of California earthquakes, one can look at […]

February 17, 2023
Santa Monica’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (“HMGP”)

Santa Monica is a beautiful coastal city in Southern California that is prone to various natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and wildfires. To mitigate the impact of these hazards on the city and its residents, Santa Monica has established the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program ("HMGP"). What is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program ("HMGP")? The […]

February 17, 2023
Common Problems Found During Balcony Inspections

Balconies are an excellent feature for any building. They provide a space for outdoor activities and increase the value of the property. However, like any other part of a building, they require regular maintenance and inspection to ensure their safety and integrity. During balcony inspections, a number of common problems can be identified, some of […]

February 10, 2023
What are the zoning and permitting requirements for ADUs?

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) can be a great way to add extra living space and increase the value of your property. However, before you start construction, it's important to understand the zoning and permitting requirements for ADUs in your area. Zoning Requirements The first step in building an ADU is to check the […]

February 10, 2023
Why are Soft Story Retrofits required by Law?

Soft story retrofits are structural improvements to buildings that have a weak or "soft" first story, making them more vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. In recent years, many cities have implemented laws requiring soft story retrofits to help improve the safety of these buildings and reduce the risk of damage and injury during earthquakes. […]

February 2, 2023
The Process of a Balcony Inspection

Balconies are an important feature of many buildings, providing additional living space and a place to enjoy the outdoors. However, balconies can also pose a risk to building occupants if they are not properly maintained or are in poor condition. That's why it's important to have a balcony inspected regularly to ensure its safety and […]

February 2, 2023
How long does a seismic retrofitting take?

Seismic retrofitting is a process that involves upgrading the structural integrity of a building to make it more resistant to earthquakes. The process is an important safety measure for building owners, as it helps to reduce the risk of damage or collapse during a seismic event. However, many building owners are curious about how long […]

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