Ready to Roll! – Building Permit in Hand

Yesterday I received our permit to rebuild the pink house.

Amidst an endless series of hurdles over the past year since the house burned, this is a big one. It means not only are we legally allowed to start building, but the experts at the city agree the house we’ve designed is structurally sound.

Our submission to the city included floor plan and layout, architectural and structural specifications, heating/plumbing/electrical systems, and engineer calculations. Our excellent engineer (Jodie Pessolano of North Star Design-Build) was able to design a solution that lets us put a modern strong house on our existing foundation. The pudding that holds the proof is greek to me. Here’s an example of the 12 pages of sheets of calculations the city approved:

So, with faith in people smarter than me, and depending on (you guessed it) more hurdles, we should be starting work next week!


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