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Posted by Craig in Graham, WA on 1/6/2017

Hello, just starting this journal, should be interesting. We originally constructed a living area over a garage eight years ago, all that we could afford at the time, mostly with our own cash. Three years ago we had an architect design us a 1,868 sq. ft., over two stories addition, plus 1,076 sq. ft. of deck space. It will have two additional bedrooms, laundry room, 2.5 baths, a great room kitchen, dining/living area. To go with our existing bedroom, 3/4 bath and a living/dining/kitchen area that will be converted into an additional bedroom and a bonus room. We now have the funds and income to do the addition and are currently in the permitting process.

We stated permits with Pierce County, in Washington State in July, this being January, we have run into a few problems. Most of them the architect/engineer handled with no cost to me they just took time, we are building on the side of a hill and for some reason the county does not want the house to slide to the bottom of the hill...The first problem was an updated Geo-Teck report, this report is about the soils, if the hill will slide etc. It took four updates and two months for that approval. Then they didn't like the floor joist lay out and that took a bit of time and after all the we ran in to 17B lot access.

17B lot access is a code requirement that a private access road be 15' wide and have no more than a 12% grade. My access road is 10' wide and has a 20% plus grade, I said we are on the side of a hill and no way can you lower the grade. But they do have a way around the 17B requirement, that is a fire sprinkler system, so I am out for bid looking for such. I have three company working on a quote, hopefully good things will happen soon. Best guess is about $5000.00, but is should add $15,000 to $20,000 to the final value, plus a very good reduction in the homeowners insurance cost.

I have my excavator, foundation and framer on stand by, they can start with less than a weeks notice. I am acting as my own general contractor, I have over twenty years experience in lite general construction, mostly with convenience stores, underground fuel storage system, water and sewer projects and such. I plan on subbing out most of the house and have bids to do just that. I will personally be do the electrical, finish plumbing, hard wood floors and painting.

My timeline is about eight to ten months, once I get started that is...

Craig

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This is where the addition will be added. And yes, we have snow on the ground in Western Washington. Graham, the area I live in is South Puyallup, WA.



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