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San diego recovery & rebuiding FAQ

Where can I get assistance?

I have never had to build anything before. Where do I start?

Do I need a permit to rebuild a home?Do I need a permit to rebuild a home?

Do I need a permit to remove debris from my property?

Can I use my existing foundation and build on it?

Can I put up a temporary power pole?

Can I live in a trailer or mobile home on my property now?

Do I need a permit to remove the house foundation?

I want to rebuild the same house. Does the City have plans for my house that I can use?

What kind of permit will I need?

Does the City recommend contractors?

Choosing the right contractor

Choosing the right contractor is the most important part of the home building or remodeling process. Bryson& Hammer Inc. We have assembled a strong team of San Diego’s finest designers and construction professionals dedicated to meeting our client’s home remodeling needs. Our company is not only in the home construction business but we are also in the “people” business. Once we get a chance to meet with you, I feel that you will realize our personalized service is the difference in our company.

With over three generations of experience in the construction industry, we take great pride in not only the quality of our workmanship, but in the relationships we build with each and every one of our clients. We recognize that the true value of a home cannot be measured only by its financial worth, but in the utility and joy it brings you and your family each day you live there.

Through our professional approach to home improvement, we strive to make the construction process both gratifying and worry-free, so you may enjoy your home even more for many years to come. In the course of a typical construction project the most important, but often overlooked, aspect is communication between contractor and client. As a full service design/build company, our professional staff of architectural designers, project managers, and tradesmen will work with you at every stage of your project. This clear line of communication enables us to provide you with a project that meets all of your needs and expectations.

Again, thank you for taking the time to look into our company. I am confident we can provide you with an outstanding product and the highest level of craftsmanship and professionalism. We look forward to working with you in the near future.


Michael Bryson

Michael Bryson President / Owner

Our step by step process

Clients can expect creative thinking, detailed planning, and exceptional project management from Bryson & Hammer on their remodel or renovation project. They know when the project starts what it will look like, how much it will cost, and how long it will take.

Here’s our process:

  1. At the first home appointment, the client’s overall wants and needs are discussed. We listen and evaluate the existing space and how to incorporate new design and space. We ask for the client’s ideas, give design suggestions, and determine what is important in the way the client will use the new space. We review our planning and building process and how it is structured to ensure the project’s success. Additionally, we discuss the overall project budget so that we can design within that budget.
  2. The next step is a detailed estimate that outlines and encompasses the design needs and ideas discussed in the initial design meeting. From there a construction and contractual agreement is prepared that allows Bryson & Hammer to start the design, conceptual and building process.
  3. At the next meeting designs and plans are presented for client approval. A comprehensive scope of work is prepared from the approved designs. This is a detailed description of each step of the construction process, from concrete to framing to electrical. We review this with the client to assure that all previous discussions regarding constructions details are included in this document. This scope of work clearly describes what is and is not included in the project, providing a clear understanding of expectations.
  4. At this point we finalize all materials and appliance choices. This is when the fun starts! The project designer helps the client make selections that are coordinated, from the color of the countertops to the pattern of tile back splash to the design of fixtures and cabinetry handles. Each of these small aspects, when coordinated, makes the new space unique and show quality. Specifications and details for all choices are put together in a complete job site plan.
  5. With plans, permits and materials selected, the project begins. The design consultant and superintendent review the entire project to ensure that any unanswered questions can be addressed. They meet the client on the job site, review the entire scope of work, walk the project and discuss how the job will be built. At this time specific items are discussed, such as where materials can be stored, how the home will be protected from dust, and how to safeguard pets during the build.
  6. The project superintendent provides a time frame and is always available to discuss the overall project. Clients also may contact the design consultant and office at any time with questions. The design consultant works on a daily basis with the project superintendent and is brought into the construction phase as needed. Our goal is to have work completed on a daily basis in order to move the project along quickly to completion.
  7. Prior to completion, the client and project superintendent walk the project and record any small items or details that need to be altered to ensure 100% project satisfaction.