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I offer a comprehensive service including preparation of building plans, project coordination, and land use consultation.  Saving my clients money and helping them make informed decisions is my primary goal throughout the project.

I provide my clients with clear alternatives for design / resolution and interact with government staff as necessary to clarify and resolve any issues. Receiving design input from my clients and ensuring they are satisfied with the final product has been essential in maintaining a completely referral based business for 25 years.

We specialize in…

  • Building Plans

  • Project Coordination

  • Land use Consultation

  • Correcting Code Violations (red tags, etc)

  • Planning Conversions & Outbuildings

  • Parcel Reconfigurations

Consultation with an experienced professional and a realistic assessment of your project is invaluable whether you are considering a property purchase, new building construction, a remodel / addition to an existing building, or correcting a code violation (red tag).

Sometimes homeowners and business owners find me after their situation has escalated. Homeowners can unknowingly self report violations in an attempt to navigate the permit process themselves, costing them thousands of dollars.

Some of my clients find me after they have paid for plans for structures that cannot be constructed for legal or financial reasons.   Others have purchased property without realizing the status of illegal structures / additions, sometimes the violations can not be resolved without removing substantial portions of the structures. My goal is to help my clients avoid this kind of grief.

Contact me if are interested in:

    • Making an informed decision about buying a new home. Knowing the legal status of structures on site, as well as potential use of the property;
  • Developing design and construction plans for residential projects including:
    interior remodels and additions, new homes, conversion of garages to housing units, vacation rentals, reconstruction of fire damaged homes and more;
  • Accessory structure development such as garages, barns, carports, and decks.
  • Resolving a red tag or permitting illegal structures;
  • Parcel reconfigurations, Riparian exceptions and other Discretionary applications;
  • Forensic evaluation of existing structures to determine what it would take to convert, add onto or change their use.

Referred by: Tim Wann Civil Engineer

Contact Info:

Laurie Swett

P.O. Box 791
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Phone: 831-338-6217

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5 Customer Testimonials
  1. Sabine Duvall says:

    Laurie Swett has been essential in helping me getting a Building Permit to remodel my house in Santa Cruz County. Her expertise and vast knowledge made the entire process look easy. She managed every aspect of my project. Laurie created the drawings, worked with the civil engineer and the Planning Department. Throughout the project Laurie kept me informed of the various stages and planned procedures. Laurie handled the entire process superbly and successfully. I can highly recommend Laurie, she is a true professional in her field.

  2. Michael McMenemy says:

    I knew I hired the right person when I walked into the Santa Cruz County Building Department with Laurie, and absolutely every official there greeted Laurie with enthusiasm, and friendship. In my 40 years in construction I’ve never seen this, and instantly realized not only how invaluable that was to be personally to get my project through the system but I also know what it takes to achieve those types of long term relationships and it’s only through competency and diligence that anyone is acknowledged and respected like that.

    There’s nobody else I would use when dealing with the Building Department under any circumstances.

    Laurie Swett is the sweet spot between a full blown architect and designer. For all of my project an architect was unnecessary, but a designer and a process expert was essential. Laurie knows what she’s doing, and does it efficiently and well. Very cost effective, and pain free. She gets an A++ in my book.

  3. Terry Whettam says:

    When a fire partially destroyed our house in June 2013 I had a recommendation for Laurie Swett. At the time I did not realize how fortunate I was as how difficult the process was going to be with both Santa Cruz County and the insurance company involved. Laurie was invaluable navigating the problems that arose between the two. Added to the bureaucratic problems was the difficulty of re-building a 1927 house with all the associated code upgrades. Laurie’s handling of the problems was superb and I would highly recommend her.

  4. Rick Rogers says:

    The District was having a difficult time dealing with compliance orders with the Planning and Environmental Departments at the County. Laurie Swett was recommended by a local contractor as someone that could help the District move forward with removing the compliance orders. We met with Laurie and she review our project and immediately laid out a course of action, with time frames and a proposed budget. She met with planners at both the County and on site. Her understanding and knowledge of the County process save the District time and money with a very successful outcome. She is extremely competent and addresses your project like her own. Thumbs up to Laurie.

  5. Pamela MCauley says:

    A property we own in Aptos was given a red tag in July 2014. For us this was a nightmare because we live out of Santa Cruz County, two hours away. How to handle all the business involved in getting a building permit to correct the red tag seemed insurmountable. We were given Laurie Swett’s name from a reliable resource. From that moment on she handled everything: site plans, meeting with the different building departments, and ending by getting approval for building to begin. She is easy to work with and we appreciated her calm, quiet, and thoughtful approach to everything. Sincerely, Pam and Tom McCauley

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