W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners for over 30 years. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
An efficient, condominium kitchen at its best with cherry cabinets, crown moulding, subway tile, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. (Dover, NH)
By: Wayne Coolidge
If you ask me if you need a building permit or not - my default answer is YES.
It is true that you will most likely get a visit from the city appraiser and your taxes might go up. It is also true that it could add a couple of days to the construction schedule while waiting for the needed inspections, but the alternative could be much worse if you get caught without a permit. Did you know if you have electrical wiring installed and it is later discovered that you did so illegally, the inspector has the authority to make you remove the sheetrock so that the wiring can be inspected? Imagine that cost and disruption to your life, especially if the job is already completed and you are living in the space.
Oh, I’ve heard it before. “I’m not worried, they’ll never find out.” Really? Because that reminds me of a TRUE story from many years ago…
John, a good friend and employee of mine at the time, was building a small addition off the back of his mother’s house on weekends. He hired an excavator to dig the hole and a concrete contractor to pour the foundation. The following Saturday, he was out there setting up his tools to begin framing when an elderly neighbor walked into the backyard:
John: “Good morning”
Neighbor: “Good morning. I live next door and I saw all the construction trucks and was just wondering what was going on back here?”
John: “I’m building a small addition to expand my mom’s kitchen”
Neighbor: “Oh, that’s nice. Did you get a permit?”
John: “No, I don’t need a permit. The building inspector will never know what I’m doing back here.”
Neighbor: “Oh, well have a good day”
This went on for the next few Saturdays. The neighbor would come over and see how John was progressing and talk about construction and stuff. After a month or so of these friendly meetings, John finally said, “I apologize, but I never got your name?” “Oh,” said the elderly neighbor, “My name is Russ. I’m the building inspector.”
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Tip of the Month: March
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It's a good idea to test your safety alarms regularly, and doing so during spring maintenance is a good way to remember. If need be, keep a supply of batteries on hand that you'll only use for your alarms, and replace any alarms that are out of date.