...if your rates are reasonable. ;)
I work for lunch about half the time.
If it weren't for the process of getting a building permit, I would love to change our C-shaped house into a square to make it both more practical and more energy efficient. But it's taken 7 months and we still haven't made the building inspector happy with the small balcony off our living room, which is fairly simple. It has cost so much in time, money and exasperation that I don't think I'll do any more building in Caledon. Sigh.
I thought you might still be waiting on the balcony. It’s a shame the paperwork for these things is so hard. It’s not like it is a historic home or you risk damaging the environment.
At least we have the balcony now but the child building inspector who approved the design has changed his mind and added new hurdles now that it’s been built according to the design.
Two issues: Before the permit was issued, we upgraded to a stronger, engineered railing, and there was an email exchange with the Town to that effect, including a drawing. Now they are asking for a change fee and some time to decide whether they like it - but they had this info before they issued the permit so WTF?!
There are features in our 50-year-old landscaping that wouldn’t meet today’s standards, e.g. a retaining wall that doesn’t have a fence along its top edge to prevent people from falling into the flowerbed below - just a line of shrubs. Although this was all known and included on the drawings when the design was approved, he’s now decided that it’s too risky. Sigh.
I kind of understand the concern about the retaining wall, but that hasn’t changed. It isn’t just your area. Mrs has an 84 year old friend who had to go through hoops for a small change to her property and got bullied into making other changes, and paying significant fees before she could proceed. If felt like buying favour.
I understand his concern about the retaining wall too. The fact that he's raising it now after the deck is built means that he didn't notice any issue on the drawings nor during his original site visit. So he's not good at 3D thinking, I guess. If he had raised it earlier, we could have incorporated it into the project - even though it's debatable whether existing features should suddenly become illegal just because they're near the balcony.