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Fire Department (CDF) Impacts in San Luis Obispo County and Other, Similar Counties

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on October 30th, 2008

When considering a new project – home, commercial or other type of construction – do check with your local fire department.

For example, if your property is located in a particular fire zone, which is determined by the fire department, types of construction can be required that will conform to their standards.This could affect framing, roofing, the type of glass in windows, road construction, access to property and, of course, use of fire sprinklers.

Your local fire jurisdiction could have other, far-reaching effects on your project, so check with with your local fire department agency to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Agencies Other Than the Building Department, Planning Department, and Environmental Department

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on October 11th, 2008

In an outlying area of an unincorporated area, the following agencies can have a profound effect upon your plans for your home, ranch, or accessory buildings.

1. Fire Department (C.D.F.)
2. Environmental outside a City
3. Fish and Game
4. Conservancies (Land Management)
5. Water purveyor
6. State requirements – soil, erosion, etc.

All of the above could determine your cost in time or money or both. An outstanding example: in this County, the Fire Department now requires any home larger than 3,000 square feet to be fire sprinklered. In some jurisdictions, all new construction must be fire sprinklered.
If remodeling, any addition to an existing home that creates more than 3,000 square feet requires that the entire project be retrofitted with fire sprinklers.

Check with your local city or county agencies.

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The Frustrations of Obtaining a Building Permit continued

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on August 29th, 2008

As a further note to obtaining information from a Senior Planner in your area -

Ask if there are any other environmental issues, ordinances or requirements that might impact your project. This applies whether you are considering a home on acreage, on a city lot, a commercial project, or any other category of building.

Present issues which could affect your making a decision are:
1. Environmental – ask about the issues
2. Fire sprinklers
3. Water connection fees
4. Sewer connection fees
5. Well report requirements
6. School fees
7. All the other fees that the city or county requires to obtain a building permit
8. And again – be sure to hire an Architect to check and re-check the information obtained

Most governmental agencies try to be informed, but from personal experience, I have learned that one sector sometimes doesn’t get all the information from another sector, which could affect your decision to proceed with your project.

Good luck – I hope your experience is positive!

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Obtaining a Building Permit Can Equal Frustration

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on August 12th, 2008

Get Your Preliminary Information

It’s important to know that as a property owner, you have no real property rights when you’re developing your property. You are governed by layer upon layer of rules, regulations and ordinances: local, regional, state and federal.

It’s best, therefore, to hire a knowledgeable Architect who is familiar with all of these very restrictive laws.

Also, as a property owner requiring to build a project on your property, it’s best to check with your local Planning Department, to orient you to all of the requirements that pertain to you.

Be sure to keep complete notes of your meeting, and get the business card of the person who is giving you this information. It is best if this person is a senior planner. This is a preliminary meeting, and the information you receive about restrictions and fees can sometimes affect your decision to build or not to build.

If you would like to proceed, then you should see an Architect, who can help you with the myriad details of your project. Please feel free to contact our office, we are always more than happy to consult and help.

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Pros and Cons of Wood Siding

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on July 24th, 2008

Pro
1. Siding comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses
2. Siding comes in wood and other, composite materials
3. Composite materials are less expensive
4. Composite sidings come pre-finished
5. Composite sidings are applied rapidly
6. All siding will cover large areas of walls and soffits rapidly
7. Siding material can be applied by same wood framing contractor
8. This is a clean material operation
9. Sidings can take a variety of paint colors
10. Siding debris can be recycled
Cons
1. Siding application is more expensive because of labor costs
2. Siding over frame construction requires a plywood or O.S.B. solid back
3. Material will show joints
4. Material will show nail or metal connections
5. Corners require extra care
6. Corners require caulking
7. Siding details at windows or doors require caulking
8. Siding requires periodic inspection for maintenance
9. Siding requires painting or staining every 4 to 5 years

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