So You Want To Renovate?

It’s a big deal if you want to renovate your home in Pico-Robertson in specific or Los Angeles in general.

Because Southern California is prone to earthquakes, building codes are strict.

So you want to remodel your home? You will have to get permission from the city of Los Angeles. What does that entail? Among other things, it requires some loud smelly machine to show up with a crew of workers and to dig 50 feet below surface of your front yard and your back yard and take core samples every five feet.

With this information, the city can determine how strong of an earthquake your new building will be able to handle.

Wikipedia says: Soil liquefaction describes a phenomenon whereby a saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, usually earthquake shaking or other sudden change in stress condition, causing it to behave like a liquid.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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