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Basement Finishing and Renovations Has it been 2 years already? Time to work on finishing the basement into some extra living space.


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Old 2009-11-10, 07:12 PM
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I will update once contruction begins. Let's not turn this thread into a permit war! (white flag)

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Old 2009-11-10, 08:58 PM
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Wow.

Lots of wrong information on permits.

Permits are required when making adjustments to structural, electrical, and plumbing.

It does not matter who does it, be it the home owner or a licensed trade.

They are not there for a 'money grab'. That's a stupid statement.

They are there to make sure that was is being done is being done correctly.

Mess up the structural? Something falls in and can seriously injur someone.

Mess up the electrical? Something fails and can start a fire or seriously electrocute someone.

Mess up the plumbing? Flooding, gasing and other issues.

It may come with a re-assessment, it may not. So what? Why should you get something for free when there are many out there trying to do things legitimately? Stop trying to cheat the system.
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Old 2009-11-11, 10:21 AM
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It also allows them to re-evaluate your home to raise your taxes!
I agree. My new home had a building code violation, there was a permit and inspected by the city and still passed? They will raise the home value 20k, and taxes accordingly.
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Old 2009-11-11, 01:35 PM
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I agree. My new home had a building code violation, there was a permit and inspected by the city and still passed? They will raise the home value 20k, and taxes accordingly.
"accordingly" in this case is likely around $16/month. small price to pay if you ask me.

keep in mind that you can always appeal your property value assessments too if you feel they are unfair.
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Old 2009-11-11, 01:42 PM
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Wow.

Lots of wrong information on permits.

Permits are required when making adjustments to structural, electrical, and plumbing.

It does not matter who does it, be it the home owner or a licensed trade.

They are not there for a 'money grab'. That's a stupid statement.

They are there to make sure that was is being done is being done correctly.

Mess up the structural? Something falls in and can seriously injur someone.

Mess up the electrical? Something fails and can start a fire or seriously electrocute someone.

Mess up the plumbing? Flooding, gasing and other issues.

It may come with a re-assessment, it may not. So what? Why should you get something for free when there are many out there trying to do things legitimately? Stop trying to cheat the system.
I don't like to contradict our gracious host Greg, but as my other post states, the code violation was discovered by me. The city missed it, and had I not been knowledgeable, it would still be out of code. So with the city inspection, how was having the permit protect me? Who inspects the inspectors? No one. Their excuse was errors and ommisions protected, if they miss it, they are not liable.
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Old 2009-11-16, 09:58 PM
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Default Pics of the sub floor almost done

I had too use about 30 boxes of leveling squares, that adds up at $5 a box!

202 Dricore panels, not one left over. The Dricore estimating tool works well.
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Old 2009-11-16, 10:01 PM
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Default And the sub floor is done!

Next stage, removal of insulation on the foundation. Saturday framing begins, can't wait to use my new compressor and nail gun!
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Old 2009-11-16, 10:03 PM
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3 more pics, not sure how to get many pics in the same post?
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Old 2009-11-16, 10:12 PM
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Default The last two for now

Here are the last two. Also the plans have been revised slightly, I will no longer be building a raised seating area, there just is not enough room. I found a nice 4 person reclining sectional that fits nicely (someday).
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Old 2009-11-17, 07:39 AM
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So with the city inspection, how was having the permit protect me? Who inspects the inspectors? No one. Their excuse was errors and ommisions protected, if they miss it, they are not liable.
Then look at it this way, you may have been the exception. This is still no excuse for not going about it the right way.
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