Re: Tear It Down
In my area, permits and fees for new construction are obscenely high. Permits for remodels are cheap, and there are no impact fees.
A commercial structure in a nearby town was torn down -- all except for floor structure of the second floor (all the walls were removed). It was rather amusing to see the second floor "floating" on cribbing while the foundation, slab, walls, and roof were completely replaced.
All to avoid the impact fees and, probably, parking area requirements that would be associated with new construction.
(The project was actually delayed for several months by the discovery and required mitigation of underground fuel tanks. I guess the money they saved on permits helped pay for that!)
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.