How To Get a Building Construction Permit and My Experience With A Historic Home

How To Get a Building Construction Permit and My Experience With A Historic Home

We FINALLY have a construction permit to do our kitchen renovation. FIN.AL.LY. Whew. It’s taken awhile to get here for a number of reasons that I’ll share here. I’ll break down the steps we took, the costs we’ve incurred, and some of the story behind everything.

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Our Mills Act Tax Savings + The Secret Calculation & Some Financial Transparency

Our Mills Act Tax Savings + The Secret Calculation & Some Financial Transparency

I shared awhile back that our home was designated historic - yay! I already went into the nitty gritty of how we got our home designated, what it means to be designated, what Mills Act is, and the pros and cons of how it affected our home in this blog post. Give that one a read first or you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about here.

So, I’m here to update you on where we’re at in that process and also share some nitty gritty finances with you. If you’re thinking about applying for Mills Act, this post is for you. If you like snooping on other people’s finances, this post is also for you.

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Getting Our Home Historically Designated - New Rules for Renovations & Tax Savings

Getting Our Home Historically Designated - New Rules for Renovations & Tax Savings

Our house is a 1915 craftsman bungalow in a charming old neighborhood of San Diego. While the house is special in our eyes, we’ve been going through the process of making it even more special with historic designation. It gives us cool street cred, plus with an extra step, we get a discount on our property taxes. There’s a lot of wins, but also a few hurdles to jump over, so I wanna share where we’re at in the process, how to apply yourself, and what this all means for the future of our home.

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