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Coronavirus Safety Measures Taken by Our Contractors

Coronavirus Safety Measures Taken by Contractors at All American Builders

All American Builders has decided to take various safety measures in order to help prevent the Coronavirus from potentially spreading. Here are some of the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors.

1. Cleaning Hands As Much As Possible

One Coronavirus safety measure taken by our contractors includes keeping our hands as clean as possible throughout the entire day in order to prevent the Coronavirus from potentially spreading through touch.

This includes washing our hands with soap and/or using hand sanitizer before, after, and in between all meetings, appointments, and projects. Keeping our hands as clean as possible is a top priority of our contractors.

2. Not Shaking Hands During Greetings

Another Coronavirus safety measure taken by us is that we have decided to temporarily stop shaking hands during greetings.

Instead, we will be doing our greetings with gestures that allow distance in between us, such as a wave with a nod. This is due to the fact that, germs can be passed around by hand shakes, so our goal is to prevent that from happening as much as possible within ourselves and those around us.

3. Keeping Ourselves at a Distance From One Another

At All American Builders we understand that the Coronavirus can be transferred through the air from an infected persons breath. As a result, we try to keep our distance from each other and our clients as much as possible in order to prevent the virus from spreading from anyone who may be potentially infected. (Even though the odds of being infected by the Coronovirus in Los Angeles is relatively low.)

From what medical experts have reported, the Coronavirus can be transferred through the air by up to six feet away from the breath of anyone who is infected. Although remaining six feet apart from one another is preferred by us, it may not necessarily be possible at all times, so at the very least we actively attempt to remain as far away from each other without disrupting verbal communication.

Additional Optional Coronavirus Prevention Methods Taken by Our Contractors at the Request of Customers

There are additional optional Coronavirus prevention methods that our contractors are willing to take at the request of our customers and/or clients.

1. Wearing a Surgical Mask

At the request of our customers and/or clients, our general contractors can and will wear a surgical mask or respirator during an appointment or project we’re working on.

We are confident that our contractors are not and have not been infected with the Coronavirus, but we are willing to wear masks in order to provide safety and security for our clients and their family members. If you would like our contractors to wear a surgical mask during an appointment with you, please let us know at the time of setting the appointment.

2. Wearing Disposable Gloves

At the request of our customers and/or clients, our general contractors can put on a brand new pair of disposable gloves before entering the property the requester.

We would like to reconfirm that our contractors will be cleaning their hands throughout the day as much as possible, but we are still willing to wear a pair of new gloves while on your property in order to provide you with a safe and secure peace of mind. Please remember to let us know at the time of setting an appointment with us if you would like our contractor to wear gloves during our appointment.

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Has the Coronavirus Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Has the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Although citizens of the United States have been suggested to stay at home and not attend public gatherings, the Coronavirus has not necessarily made it too dangerous to start a new construction project at your home.

The currently reported amount of patients that have been diagnosed in the United States remains relatively low thanks to drastic measures taken by our government early on. In addition, most construction workers spend a majority of their time in isolation while working on a particular project, making it a job that does not require workers to come into contact with a high volume of people. Self isolation is and has been already suggested for those who are or may be infected with the Coronavirus, in order to prevent further spread.

If you are concerned about being infected by a construction worker, you may require that all construction workers who come on your property must wear respirators or surgical masks in order to prevent them from releasing germs through their breath. If you decide to take this approach, please make sure to include the agreement terms in your contract with them in order to prevent any future complications.

Check out the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors at All American Builders for more information about some of the things that our company is doing in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Who Is the Coronavirus Particularly Dangerous For?

As a result of the Coronavirus, major panic has occurred throughout the United States and the world. But how dangerous is this virus for the average person?

Contrary to public opinion, the Coronavirus may not be as dangerous as you think for the average young and healthy person. Based on reports of COVID-19 patients, the effects of the virus are not much different from the flu. Just like the flu, the main people who are susceptible to falling into critical condition due to the virus include senior citizens and people with currently existing health problems.

Therefore, for a healthy person, the Coronavirus may not seem like much more than the average flu, causing a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, etc. For more critical cases, pneumonia can occur in patients. As a result of these conditions, older people and people with currently existing health problems are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Those who have symptoms are probably already self isolating, so that itself reduces the chances of you receiving it. If you feel that a construction worker is showing symptoms of the flu, it may be best to post pone the project to a later time in order to prevent the potential spreading of gems.

Based on information discussed above, the Coronavirus should not necessarily stop you from approaching a new construction project unless you, a family member, or someone that lives in your home falls under the category of people who are highly susceptible to the virus, such as older people and those with currently existing health problems. As a matter of fact, if you and your family are healthy individuals, it may be a great time to take advantage of the opportunity of being home while construction occurs on your property.

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Addressing the Current Housing Crisis in California

The housing crisis in California has resulted in the extremely high cost of living in the state. As the population of California has continued to grow over the years, the cost of living has been rising as well.

One way of addressing the current housing crisis in California is by increasing the amount of affordable living space in the state. But how can this be reasonably done? The cost of land and the cost of construction is getting expensive as well, and investors are in it for the profit, not necessarily for saving people money.

California Is Addressing It’s Current Housing Crisis by Making Legal Garage Conversion Easier to Do

California is addressing it’s current housing crisis by providing property owners with additional flexibility for converting garages into legally permitted residential units.

How does garage conversion address the current housing crisis in California? Garage conversions are a great way of addressing the current housing crisis in California because they help create affordable housing opportunities in the state.

Garages that are converted into legally permitted residential living space are called Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). ADUs are financially beneficial for renters as well as property owners. They are beneficial for renters by saving them money on housing, while at the same time they are also beneficial for property owners by providing them with additional income from renting out an ADU.

What Makes It Legally Easier to Convert a Garage Into Residential Living Space Now?

Recently passed laws such as Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68) and Senate Bill 1069 (SB-1069) have amended previously existing laws that regulated garage conversion to residential living space in California.

The recently passed laws provide a new set of standards and regulations which are much easier for homeowners to obtain legally permitted ADUs. In addition, these new laws also provide regulations for local agencies cities and counties and limit their power in order to prevent them from denying permits for ADUs, as long as the standards set by the new laws are met by a property owner.

These new laws such as AB-68 are in favor of garage conversion therefore they provide property owners with more rights while they limit the rights of local agencies such as cities and counties from setting their own regulations. Some added flexibility factors for property owners include size limits of ADU, lot size limits, amount of ADUs per property, and more. Local agencies cannot deny permits as long as property owners are within the standards of the new laws. The new laws also limit the maximum amount of days that a local agency may take before approving or denying a permit request.

As a result of these legal changes, more and more homeowners in California have been converting their old garages into residential living space and renting them out for additional monthly income. Due to the fact that ADUs are generally smaller than average homes, they are a means of addressing the current housing crisis in California because they create affordable housing opportunities for residents of the state.

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What Are Zoning Laws?

Zoning laws are laws that regulate structures and uses of property within designated districts or zones. They regulate and affect things such as the use of land, lot sizes, types of structures permitted, building heights, setbacks, and density (the ratio of land area to improvement area).

These laws are enacted in the exercise of police power and are upheld as long as they may reasonably protect public health, safety, and general welfare of an area. Counties or cities usually enact their own zoning laws and regulations pursuant to an enabling act of a state.

Some Types of Zoning

Aesthetic Zoning

Aesthetic zoning laws regulate architectural and landscaping requirements of an area. These laws can affect new buildings and old buildings. They may affect new buildings by requiring them to be built with a certain style of architecture that matches their surrounding buildings. They may affect older buildings by requiring that they can only be renovated with the same style and cannot be remodeled to alter it’s look in any different way.

Bulk Zoning

Bulk zoning laws are meant to control density and overcrowding. They set limits on uses of land, including sizes of buildings, lot sizes, and amount of open area.

More Information About Zoning Laws

Zoning districts are generally divided into residential use, commercial use and industrial use. These main three uses can then be broken down into other subcategories.

The rights of individuals and property owners must not be violated by Zoning laws. Here are some adaptation requirements of zoning:

  • They must be exercised in a reasonable manner.
  • They must be clear and specific.
  • They must not be discriminatory in any way.
  • They must apply to all properties in a similar manner.
  • They must promote public health, safety, and general welfare.

Some Exceptions to Zoning Laws

Buffer zones separate residential areas from non residential areas. Nonconforming use is an improvement that does not comply with the zoning ordinances because it was constructed prior to the adoption of the zoning laws

Buffer Zones

Buffer zones are areas such as parks, that separate residential areas from non residential areas.

Nonconforming Use

A structure that does not comply with the current zoning laws because it was constructed prior to the adoption of zoning laws and it is not illegal under certain circumstances. If the functionality of a legal nonconforming use building changes, it may become illegal nonconforming use unless the structure becomes upgraded in order to meet current zoning standards.

California Zoning

Most California cities have adopted ordinances that divide their jurisdictions into different types of zones. Specific regulations control each type of zone. Some types of zones include single-family residences, multi-family dwellings, commercial uses, industrial activities, open space or agriculture, and mixed uses.

Local zoning authority derives from the police power in Article XI, Section 7 of the California Constitution. California state law sets minimum standards for zoning regulations of counties or cities in order to supplement the authority. This makes counties and cities be discrete with controlling land use. Additionally, it is worthy of noting that zoning as a police power action is invalid unless it rationally promotes public health, safety, and welfare.

Building Codes

Building codes set the standards for the types of materials to be used for construction, fire prevention standards, electrical wiring, and more.

Most cities use building requirements and standards that are set by the Building Officials Conference of America (BOCA). A building permit from a city clerk is usually required to build or alter a building. The purpose of a building permit is to enforce compliance of building codes and zoning law. This is done by examining the plans, then inspecting the work.

 

Homeowners Encouraged to Convert Garages Into ADU

Homeowners in populated areas like California are being encouraged to convert their garages into ADUs that can be rented out.

In California, a law called Senate Bill 1069 was passed with the purpose of creating additional affordable living spaces for residents of the state. The law uses the term “Accessory Dwelling Unit” to refer to a secondary housing unit on a single home property.

Why Does This Law Encourage Homeowners to Convert Their Garages?

This law encourages homeowners to convert their garages into ADU in order to create additional affordable housing in the state.

Affordable housing can help the economy as a whole. It can help people save some money on rent while providing while also reducing the amount of homelessness.

This Law Encourages Homeowners by Providing Easily Obtainable Standards for Doing Garage Conversions

SB-1069 encourages people because it purposely removes any previous legal difficulties involved with of converting a garage.

This law provides a set of easily obtainable standards and regulations for garage conversion to legally take place. While at the same time, it prevents cities from requiring additional permits and fees.

Therefore, homeowners in California no longer rely on their city to give them rights for doing conversions. Now, cities can’t make it impossible for property owners to convert their garages.

As long as the set of standards set by SB-1069 are met, a property owner can have a legally converted garage. As a result of the ease involved with legally converting garages into ADU, more and more people are encouraged to take the approach.

The main reason this law was passed was to increase affordable housing space in California because the cost of living is extremely high in the state. For homeowners, it can either provide additional living space, or additional income from renting it out. While at the same time, if it is being rented out, it can be used as an affordable means of housing for a renter.

Professionals near you like All American Builders can go over all the details and potential benefits of a desired project. Our pros specialize in providing garage conversion in Los Angeles, CA and surrounding cities.