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Hope fades fast for financing the renovation in 2015

Hope fades fast for financing the renovation in 2015

Between the first ball-park estimate for the addition and bad news about our septic system, it looks like the addition has to wait until next year.
Locating our septic drain field:  more questions than answers

Locating our septic drain field: more questions than answers

Our septic filter bed may need to be moved if we rebuild the addition. So do we relocate the leach field or the entire system?
New plans, new problems: Egress confusion and septic skepticism

New plans, new problems: Egress confusion and septic skepticism

Record search failed to locate our septic drain field. And Ontario Building Code and National Building Code seem to disagree on egress windows.
Our garage plan: attached or detached?

Our garage plan: attached or detached?

Sometimes an architect knows what you want more than you do. I want a detached garage, but after discussions with the architect, I have reconsidered.
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Addition and Garage: The beginning

Working with an architect for our addition from initial consultation to the first set of drawings,
How a new addition will solve all of our problems

How a new addition will solve all of our problems

There are numerous issues plaguing our family room addition. Tearing down the existing structure and building new will solve those problems and more.
Poor workmanship in the addition

Poor workmanship in the addition

Our family room addition is a stunning example of poor workmanship. Here are the flaws, how they can be fixed and why rebuilding is the better option.
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Addition problems: the foundation

Design and structural issues with the foundation of our addition, and why simply tearing down and rebuilding the addition is the best option for us.
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Some positive news about our addition plans

Our architect is confident we will get the variance for our addition, but first we need a site plan. And hope our neighbors are supportive.
The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Our architect brought some us bad news. We cannot execute the plan that I have been visualizing. Turns out that there is plenty of blame to go around.
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Garage and addition: First meeting with the architect

Although it's going to be a while before we start work on the addition or garage, it's time to meet with the architect and begin the design process.