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Posted by Adam in Southport, NC on 11/1/2009 3:11:43 PM

So, we sort of closed Friday as planned. I say sort of due to not being able to record until Monday :) Of course there were some errors in the docs regarding the property address, but we got those sorted out and it seems we are on our way now.

I am supposed to be introduced to the local branch money handlers this coming week, and our GC has been very proactive with filling out all the permit apps. The building inspector called me Friday and said everything looks fine, including the plans I drew up and printed myself :) At this point, I need to drop him a copy of our latest survey, give him a large quantity of money and we will be ready to roll.

Hoping to get the permit this coming week and my clearing guy is loaded and ready to go.

Attached are some pics of the lot. They are not much, but its still a bit "unpolished".

More to come!!



Looking from road
Rough-staked house. Note the large pines in the living room :)
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Posted by Mary in PA on 11/2/2009

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Hey Adam, sounds like your making great progress. I'm looking forward to hearing more as the project moves on. A question when you get a chance - you mentioned that you drew the house design and the building inspector approved it. Can you share any more info on that? For example, did you draw it by hand or with a computer program? Did you do floor plans, elevations, cross-sections? I know that it is different from one local to the next, but I was wondering what you turned in to them. Did you have a background in construction that helped you get this step done?

I'm currently working on the design but feel I'll need to get some help - as I don't have construction experience. But I'm very interested to hear how others are getting through this step.


Posted by Adam in Southport, NC on 11/2/2009

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Hey Mary.

I have some experience in construction as an electrician, but nothing relating to carpentry or design.

I used a program called Punch! to draw the plans. I provided the inspector with the first and second floor layouts, including dimensions, and Punch has the ability to print to scale, which I think is very important. I also printed out elevations and turned them in to the inspector.

FWIW, the GC who is helping us out is tight with the inspector, so we got away with no door/window schedule, no roof plan, no cross-sections, etc. The only reason he let us slide with no roof plan was because the roof will be a truss system. The inspector just told us to make sure all of our windows meet the wind zone of DP50 and that they are low-E and impact resistant where required by code.

I'm sure not all inspectors will be so easygoing. This guy is the sole inspector for our little muni, so he has a bit more wiggle room.

Good luck with your permitting process. I'm sure you already know this, but be as polite as possible and try to show up armed with all the information you can. You may be surprised by how accommodating they can be if they are in a good mood and all the planets align :)


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