Does my Portland Home need a Seismic Retrofit?
You’ve probably heard that the Portland metro area is at high risk for earthquakes. But did you know that in spite of this, not every home in Portland is built to withstand a major seismic event? If you’re concerned that your home may be at risk during an earthquake, don’t panic. A seismic retrofit can…Read More
Can I get a building permit after the work is done? Yes. Here’s how.
Getting permits for home improvement projects after the work is completed can be a hassle, but it’s still possible. Whether the work was done by the homeowner or a contractor who neglected to secure the proper permits, unpermitted construction work can negatively affect the value and safety of your home. That’s why you must secure…Read More
How does Floor Area Ratio affect my Portland home addition?
A home addition is a great way to increase your available living space without having to move. However, additions also come with their challenges — they’re subject to strict building codes and zoning regulations that restrict what you can and can’t build. One of those restrictions is called Floor Area Ratio, which has its own…Read More
How and why to add an egress window to your basement
You want to have your basement legally designated as a living space, but to do that, fire safety code requires that you have means of egress in specific areas. Fortunately, adding an egress window or door to an existing basement is a simple and relatively common project. Our team at Lamont Bros. has worked with…Read More
Tree protection laws in Portland: How do they affect my home addition?
If you’re planning on an addition or remodel in your Portland home, you probably already know about the tree protection laws in Portland. Given their restrictions, you might initially think these laws prevent you from being able to build what you want. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. As one of Portland’s top remodeling firms,…Read More
How to get remodel permits in Portland
You’re ready to get to work on the next big home improvement project. You set aside some money, even had some plans drawn up for the work you want done. But now comes the step that everyone loves to hate: permits. But the truth is, getting remodel permits in Portland doesn’t need to be intimidating…Read More