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Detailed FAQs for All Your Construction Queries

Discover quick answers to common questions about our services, process, and how we can help transform your space. Whether you’re planning a remodel, constructing a new home, or adding an ADU, our FAQs are here to provide clarity and support your decision-making process.

ADU FAQ's

  • What is an ADU and why should I consider building one?

    An ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot. Building an ADU can provide additional rental income, accommodate extended family, increase property value, or offer a flexible living space.

  • What are the types of ADUs I can build?

    ADUs can be detached (stand-alone units), attached (extensions of the main house), or conversions (transforming existing spaces like garages, basements, or attics into livable units).

  • Do I need a permit to build an ADU?

    Yes, most cities require permits for ADU construction. Requirements vary based on location, so it’s important to understand local zoning laws and building codes.

  • How much does it cost to build an ADU?

    The cost varies depending on size, design, materials, and local regulations. Costs can range significantly, and it’s best to get a detailed estimate based on your specific project.

  • How long does it take to build an ADU?

    The timeline can vary from a few months to over a year, depending on the complexity of the project, permitting process, and construction details.

  • Can I build an ADU on my property?

    This depends on local zoning regulations, the size of your property, and existing structures. A professional assessment can determine feasibility.

  • What factors should I consider when planning an ADU?

    Consider the purpose of the ADU, your budget, design preferences, the impact on your property, and how it will integrate with your existing home.

  • Are there specific design considerations for ADUs?

    Design considerations include maximizing space efficiency, ensuring privacy, aligning with the style of the main house, and complying with local building codes.

  • Can ADUs be rented out?

    In many areas, ADUs can be rented. Check local regulations regarding rental ADUs, as some regions have specific requirements or restrictions.

  • How do ADUs impact property taxes and insurance?

    ADUs typically increase property value and may lead to higher property taxes. They also require adjustments to your homeowners’ insurance policy. Consult with a tax advisor and insurance agent for specific impacts.

Siding FAQs

  • Why use Hardie siding?

    Hardie siding, made of fiber cement, is known for its durability, resistance to weather elements, and low maintenance needs. It’s also fire-resistant, pest-resistant, and can mimic the look of wood siding without the susceptibility to rot or warping.

  • When do I know to change my siding?

    Signs you need new siding include noticeable damage like cracks or rot, warping, frequent painting needs, increased heating or cooling bills (indicating poor insulation), or mold and mildew growth on your siding.

  • How long does siding last?

    The lifespan of siding depends on the material. Vinyl can last about 20-40 years, while fiber cement (like Hardie siding) can last over 50 years with proper maintenance.

  • What are the benefits of siding replacement?

    Replacing your siding improves curb appeal, increases energy efficiency, reduces maintenance requirements, and can increase your home’s overall value.

  • How much does siding replacement cost?

    Cost varies based on the material, the size of your home, and labor. We provide detailed estimates post-consultation to give you a clear understanding of the investment.

  • Is it possible to install new siding in the winter?

    Yes, siding can be installed in the winter, though extreme weather conditions may affect the installation process. Our team takes necessary precautions to ensure quality installation in any season.

  • Can I replace siding myself, or should I hire professionals?

    While DIY siding replacement is possible, it’s generally recommended to hire professionals due to the complexity of the job, which requires specific tools and expertise for proper installation.

  • How do I maintain my new siding?

    Maintenance varies by material. Generally, regular cleaning and occasional inspections are recommended. Hardie siding, for instance, requires minimal maintenance but benefits from occasional cleaning.

  • Are there environmentally friendly siding options?

    Yes, there are eco-friendly options like fiber cement siding, which is sustainable and durable. We can discuss more sustainable options during our consultation.

  • How do I choose the right color and style for my new siding?

    We assist in selecting colors and styles that complement your home’s architecture and personal taste. Our range of options ensures you find the perfect match for your home.

Window FAQs

  • Why upgrade your windows?

    Upgrading your windows can improve your home’s energy efficiency, enhance indoor comfort, reduce noise pollution, and increase your property’s value. New windows can also improve home security and offer easier maintenance and cleaning.

  • Does upgrading windows actually help with energy efficiency?

    Absolutely. Modern windows, especially energy-efficient models like double or triple pane windows, are designed to keep heat in during winter and out during summer, reducing the strain on your heating and cooling systems. This can lead to significant savings on energy bills.

  • How do I know when it's time to replace my windows?

    Signs you might need new windows include drafts, difficulty opening or closing, condensation between panes, and noticeable wear or decay. High energy bills can also be a symptom of inefficient windows.

  • What types of windows are most energy-efficient?

    Energy-efficient windows often include features like low-E coatings, inert gas fills between panes, and multiple layers of glazing. Materials like vinyl and fiberglass are also known for their energy efficiency.

  • How long does window replacement take?

    The time can vary based on the number of windows and type of installation, but most projects can be completed within a day or two, assuming no major structural modifications are needed.

  • Can I replace my windows in any season?

    Yes, window replacement can be done in any season. Professional installers can take measures to minimize exposure to the elements during the installation process.

  • What should I look for in a window replacement company?

    Look for companies with experience, positive customer reviews, a strong warranty, and who offer a comprehensive range of high-quality window options.

  • Are there financing options available for window replacement?

    Many companies, including FPS Construction, offer financing options to help make window replacement more affordable. It’s best to discuss these options during the consultation.

  • Will new windows increase my home's value?

    Yes, new windows can significantly increase your home’s value by improving its energy efficiency, aesthetics, and overall comfort.

  • How do I maintain my new windows?

    Maintenance varies based on the material. Generally, regular cleaning and periodic checks of seals and weatherstripping will keep your windows in top condition.

deck FAQs

  • What factors should I consider before building a deck?

    Consider the intended use, size, location, material preferences, and your budget. It’s also important to think about maintenance requirements and any local building codes or HOA restrictions.

  • How long does it take to build a deck?

    The timeline varies depending on the complexity and size of the deck, as well as weather conditions and permit processing times. Generally, it could range from a few days to several weeks.

  • What are the best materials for building a deck?

    Popular choices include natural wood (like cedar and redwood) and composite materials. The best option depends on your aesthetic preferences, budget, and maintenance willingness.

  • Do I need a permit to build a deck?

    In most cases, yes. The requirements vary based on your location. FPS Construction can handle the permit process and ensure that your deck meets all local regulations.

  • How much does building a deck cost?

    Costs vary widely based on size, materials, design complexity, and additional features like railings or built-in seating. We provide a detailed estimate after the initial consultation and design phase.

  • How do I maintain my deck?

    Maintenance varies by material. Wood decks typically require periodic cleaning and sealing, while composite decks need less maintenance, often just regular cleaning.

  • Can my existing deck be expanded or renovated?

    Yes, decks can often be expanded or updated. We assess the current structure’s integrity and design to determine the best approach for expansion or renovation.

  • What trends are popular for decks in Portland?

    Trends include multi-level designs, built-in lighting, eco-friendly materials, and features like integrated seating or fire pits.

  • How does FPS Construction ensure quality in deck building?

    We use high-quality materials, adhere to best construction practices, and have skilled craftsmen to ensure each deck is built to last and meet client expectations.

  • Can FPS Construction help with the design of my deck?

    Absolutely, we offer full design services and work with you to create a deck that fits your home’s aesthetic and your personal style.

Outdoor living space FAQs

  • How do I start planning my outdoor living space?

    Begin by considering how you want to use the space (e.g., entertaining, relaxing, cooking) and your budget. We can then help you design a space that meets your needs and preferences.

  • What materials work best for outdoor living spaces?

    The best materials depend on your climate, maintenance preferences, and style. We typically recommend durable materials like composite decking, natural stone, and weather-resistant woods.

  • Can you incorporate an outdoor kitchen in a small space?

    Absolutely! Outdoor kitchens can be customized to fit various spaces. Compact designs can be highly functional and stylish.

  • How long does it typically take to build an outdoor living space?

    The timeline varies based on the project’s complexity, size, and design elements. We provide a project timeline after the initial consultation and design phase.

  • Do outdoor living spaces add value to my home?

    Yes, well-designed outdoor living spaces can significantly increase the value and appeal of your home.

  • What are the latest trends in outdoor living spaces?

    Current trends include multifunctional spaces, sustainable and eco-friendly materials, outdoor lighting, and smart technology integration.

  • How do I maintain my outdoor living space?

    Maintenance depends on the materials and features used. We provide guidance on regular upkeep to keep your space looking its best.

  • Are permits required for building an outdoor living space?

    This depends on the scope of the project and local regulations. We handle all aspects of permit acquisition and ensure that your project complies with local codes.

  • Can you design an outdoor space that’s usable year-round?

    Yes, we can incorporate features like covered areas, heating elements, and fireplaces to make your outdoor space enjoyable in all seasons.

  • What is the process for designing and building an outdoor living space with FPS Construction?

    Our process starts with a consultation to understand your vision, followed by design, material selection, construction, and final walkthrough.

New Construction FAQs

  • What is the first step in the process of building a new home?

    The first step is usually a consultation to discuss your vision, budget, and any specific requirements or preferences you have for your new home.

  • How long does it take to build a new home?

    The timeline can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the design, size of the home, weather conditions, and other factors. On average, it can take anywhere from several months to over a year.

  • Can I customize every aspect of my new home?

    Yes, one of the benefits of building a new home is the ability to customize it to your preferences. This includes the floor plan, materials, finishes, and even the smallest details.

  • What is the average cost per square foot to build a new home?

    The cost can vary widely based on location, materials, and the complexity of the design. We provide detailed cost estimates after understanding your specific needs and preferences.

  • Do you provide assistance with obtaining building permits?

    Yes, we handle all aspects of the permitting process to ensure your new home complies with all local building codes and regulations.

  • How do we ensure the home is energy-efficient and sustainable?

    We incorporate various energy-efficient features and sustainable practices in our building process, from the choice of materials to the design and layout of the home.

  • Can I visit the construction site during the building process?

    Absolutely, we encourage clients to visit the site. However, for safety reasons, these visits should be coordinated with our team.

  • How are changes to the original plan handled during construction?

    While we strive to adhere to the agreed-upon plan, changes can occur. We maintain open communication with you to discuss any necessary adjustments and their potential impact on the timeline and budget.

  • What warranties do you offer on new homes?

    We offer various warranties that cover different aspects of the new home, from structural elements to individual appliances.

  • What makes FPS Construction different from other home builders?

    Our commitment to quality, personalized service, and our ability to deliver custom solutions tailored to each client’s unique vision sets us apart.

Remodeling FAQs

  • What should I consider before starting a remodeling project?

    Understanding your goals, budget, and design preferences are crucial. Consider how the remodel will affect your daily routine and whether you need to make temporary living arrangements.

  • How long does a typical remodeling project take?

    The duration varies depending on the project’s scope. Minor remodels might take a few weeks, while major renovations could last several months. We provide a detailed timeline upfront for your specific project.

  • Do I need to obtain permits for my remodeling project?

    Most remodeling projects require permits, especially structural changes. Our team handles all aspects of permit acquisition and ensures that all work complies with local building codes.

  • How much will my remodeling project cost?

    Costs depend on the project’s scale, materials chosen, and any unforeseen challenges. We offer a detailed quote after the initial consultation and strive to work within your budget.

  • Can I live in my home during the remodel?

    This depends on the project’s extent. For smaller projects, it’s often possible, but for larger renovations, it might be more practical to arrange alternative accommodation. We prioritize minimizing disruptions to your daily life.

  • How do I choose the right materials and finishes for my remodel?

    Our design team will guide you through the selection process, considering durability, maintenance, aesthetic appeal, and budget to find the best fit for your project.

  • What sets FPS Construction apart from other remodeling contractors?

    Our commitment to quality, transparency, and client collaboration sets us apart. We bring over 20 years of experience, local expertise, and a passion for craftsmanship to every project.

  • Will remodeling my home increase its value?

    Yes, most remodeling projects, especially kitchen and bathroom renovations, can significantly increase your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers.

  • How does FPS Construction ensure project timelines and budgets are met?

    We use detailed project planning, efficient management, and regular communication to keep your project on track and within budget, addressing any issues promptly.

  • What happens if there are changes or challenges during the remodel?

    Changes or unforeseen challenges are handled through clear communication and flexible solutions. We work closely with you to make adjustments while keeping your project goals and budget in mind.

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