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FAQ's
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1. What types of projects does RC undertake?

2. What makes RC different from other contractors?

3. We need more space for our growing family, but we don’t want to move. What are our options?

4. Is raising a house cost effective?

5. If we raise our house and finished our basement, would we have to move out during construction?

6. Won’t our utilities be disconnected after you raise our house? How can we live in it without water, sewer, gas, electricity?

7. Is it safe to live in our house while it is up in the air?

8. Can you help us design our project?

9. Before we select a contractor we'd like to visit some of your completed projects and talk to past customers? Can you arrange that?

1. What types of projects does RC undertake?


We work on all types of remodel and renovation projects including:

  • House raising
  • Basement remodels
  • Main floor and second story additions
  • Kitchen and bathroom remodels
  • And decks

We especially enjoy working on Seattle’s older homes in traditional neighborhoods such as Ballard, Greenlake, Wallingford, Queen Anne, and Magnolia.

2. What makes RC different from other contractors?

Instead of tooting our own horn, here’s what our customers have said about us.

“smart, industrious and completely upfront…. also fun to work with!”

“I can't imagine that the project could have gone any smoother.”

“very reliable - always doing what he said he would do and when he said he would do it.”

“consistently concerned about doing quality work and yet always kept budget concerns in mind.”

Click here to read more testimonials.

3. We need more space for our growing family, but we don’t want to move. What are our options?

Most homeowners have three options for increasing their living space:

  • You can build a main floor addition, such as a kitchen or family room or a master bedroom suite, if your lot is large enough

  • You can build up with a second story addition, such as a master suite or more bedrooms and a bath, or

  • A third option is to raise your house and finish the basement with a bedroom, media room, bathroom and laundry room

4. Is raising a house cost effective?
Surprisingly, house raising and finishing a basement is often the most cost effective of way adding more livable space. In most cases, you have an existing foundation, so there are no costs for excavation, hauling away dirt, and pouring concrete. And you already have a roof, so you avoid the cost of building a new one.

The process of lifting a house, building new perimeter walls, installing new posts and beams is straight forward and most often much less disruptive than adding on. Not every house is a candidate for raising, but it is an option often overlooked and certainly worth exploring.

5. If we raise our house and finished our basement, would we have to move out during construction?
No! Unless your project involves extensive remodeling to the other floors of your house, homeowners typically can remain in their home for the duration of construction.

6. Won’t our utilities be disconnected after you raise our house? How can we live in it without water, sewer, gas, electricity?
All underground utilities such as water, sewer, and gas are temporarily disconnected just before we raise the house, but we reconnect them the same day. Since cable TV, phone lines and electricity are typically attached to the upper portion of a house, they aren’t affected when the house is raised.

7. Is it safe to live in our house while it is up in the air?
It is quite safe. The house is raised using hydraulic jacks, high-grade steel I-beams and cribs built from heavy timbers. Careful calculations determine where the steel I-beams and timber cribs are to be located to provide the highest degree of stability.

8. Can you help us design our project?
RC does not presently offer in-house design services, however, we are happy to refer you to architects and architectural designers with whom we work.

9. Before we select a contractor we’d like to visit some of your completed projects and to talk to past customers? Can you arrange that for us?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage anyone considering RC to see our work and talk to our customers. We have a reference list that we give customers at our initial meeting. The list provides names, addresses and phone numbers of past customers, along with a brief description of the scope of work that each project entailed.

 

 

 
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