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WORKS Makes Accessory Apartments Happen: From Permit to Cleanup

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  1. Is used to dealing with the special regulations governing accessory apartments.

  2. Has the skills to take your project from demo to cleanup.

  3. Knows reliable, trustworthy subcontractors to handle specialty jobs, like electrical and plumbing.

According to Massachussetts Housing Regulations, accessory apartments must have their own kitchen and bathroom facilities, not shared by the primary residence. These apartments might house aging parents and grandparents, returning children who are saving for their own first homes and family members on holiday who like their privacy.

However, in some towns on the North Shore of Boston, accessory apartments are forbidden or allowed only in very well-defined circumstances. In other towns, accessory apartments are welcomed, without a special permit or site plan review, but they must be inspected. Often accessory apartments are allowed but only for family members; sometimes the number of people who can live there, the size of the apartment, parking, and other factors are limited by law.

As general contractor, WORKS recently expanded a North Shore home with an accessory apartment that joined space in the basement and garage. Before we began we removed everything portable from the basement and spoke with the town to make sure we were permitted. We set up a water barrier in the garage and basement, and hired a subcontractor to drill through the concrete foundation to create a door between the garage and the basement. Then we started the framing.

We framed new walls; we framed a new staircase leading into the basement. We called our plumbing subcontractor to re-route water lines that ran across the new door opening to the garage and our electrical subcontractor to re-route electric wires and terminate switches and outlets that were no longer needed.

We put in a new LVL support beam, framed closets, rebuilt the stairs, and arranged for the heat, vacuum, and air conditioning (HVAC) subcontractor to move heating ducts.

We worked with the town inspector on change-orders from the homeowners. We welcomed the building inspector and answered any questions. Soon we were ordering and installing drywall, plastering walls, painting, working on the baseboard trim and removing the final debris.

Why Homeowners Choose WORKS

WORKS is known on the North Shore of Boston for our quality results and ability to work with permitting laws, inspectors and trustworthy, responsive subcontractors to produce the accessory apartment you dreamed about. Contact us when you are ready to expand your home.


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