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In the City of Pittsburgh, residential building permits are necessary for each work performed on one or two family dwellings. Any work that’s performed on other buildings needs commercial building permits. Check this list to know all work that doesn’t need a building permit.
The process of application is two-fold. Review and approval by Zoning Department is the first component. The second component is the review and approval by the PLI for guarantees of life safety as demanded by the current Building codes.
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The average cost of remodeling a kitchen in Pittsburgh is about $21,421. The choices you make including upgrades will vary. Kitchen size in square feet, and what you intend to do with them floor plan affects cost.
With a job like remodeling a kitchen, it’s easy to go over your intended budget. Adding kitchen cabinets is one factor that will impact costs. In stock cabinets are cheapest, semi-custom cabinets will add $100 to $650 per linear foot, and custom cabinets typically cost $500 and $1,200 per linear foot.
Over the past decade, the average American home has seen dramatic changes in how it is configured and used. In particular, the kitchen and dining areas have taken on an increasing importance as the “heart” of the home.
For this reason, most homeowners choose to remodel this portion of the house more often than any other. Here are some of the things they focus on to make the space even more valuable:
Adding more light – In this regard, the addition of a track lighting system is an excellent option as it can be designed and installed to illuminate particularly dark areas of the kitchen.
Still, to brighten the overall look of a kitchen, the addition of natural light is best. Some options to consider are adding an overhead skylight, enlarging a window or adding sliding glass doors. All of these improvements will let in an enormous amount of life.
Adding more counter space – Space allowing, the easiest way to accomplish this goal is to add a kitchen island. Alternatively, you can add counter space in the pantry – a second sink is always useful – or add a secondary work space in an unused part of the kitchen.
This last space need not be confined to cooking duties – For example, a computer work space can be quite valuable in the kitchen – for both the chef and their family.
Adding more appliances – These days, it is truly amazing how many unusual kitchen appliances are now available to the home cook.
Everything from food warmers and steam ovens through wine cabinets and specialized fridges – with multiple storage zones – can be added to the more traditional cooktops and dishwashers if you have enough room.
Adding more space – Adding square footage to a kitchen is easily the most costly project on this list but also the most potentially valuable. Not only will you and your family enjoy a more functional space but you can reasonably expect to recoup most of your investment when you resell the house.
Again, the added space need not be dedicate