As you probably know the new mandatory “Soft Story Retrofit” ordinance took effect on Nov. 22, 2015 Our office is experiencing an increasing volume of this ordinance related work. We worked out the most effective, safe and economical retrofitting engineering to save money to the landlords. In many instances we proved with calculations only that no retrofitting work was necessary. We hired more people to handle the work load, so we’re completely geared up for the engineering work of the mandatory soft-story retrofitting in Los Angeles.
Please recommend us to anyone who needs help with soft-story retrofitting.
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH OR THE “BOOMERANG BUYERS”
Oh, no, no…. I’m not talking about the famous and classic Marilyn Monroe movie from 1955 but rather about current US laws of forgiving after seven years being in the doghouse for doing bad things. As you
know everybody deserves a second chance. (Try to explain that to your wife after forgetting to take out the trash one evening) But seriously, even if you had a bankruptcy the chances are that after seven years all the records (with a few exceptions like federal taxes) related to that bankruptcy will be erased from your record.
THE TEARDOWN TREND
There is nothing new about seeing a single family house being torn down and replaced by a larger, more modern house. When a homeowner has a house in a desirable neighborhood from which he doesn’t want to move away and his circumstances require more space, he has two choices — build an addition, usually a second story addition, or replace the entire house with a new one. It is really nothing new, I’ve made a living for 40 years designing and engineering such additions and remodels or even a new house for the home owner, but there is a new trend emerging and it is not only in the Los Angeles market.
EARTHQUAKE COMING? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
When the earth shakes in California, the first place you are likely to hear about it is on social media. “Earthquake!” “Did you feel that?” “How big?” Are the common messages on Twitter and Facebook as Californians try to share information on cell phones in real time while heading under a sturdy table to protect themselves from falling objects? But wouldn’t you rather to hear about the upcoming earthquake before it happens and prepare for it? Well, turns out there’s an app for that.