Bye-bye, landmark

The dumpster was removed from the front yard today in anticipation of setting the forms for our driveway and walkway—oh, joy! I have been waiting for the day I could finally take a picture of the entire front of the house without the big red metal monster.

week 44-1

I kidded with the project manager, “You’re removing my landmark. How will I ever find the house now?”

Our flatwork plan has been stalled for a while because of HOA resistance to our request for some extra concrete on one side of the driveway so that we might more easily clear the security gate when it’s open.

The red outline on the plan represents a brick border.

The red outline on the plan represents a brick border.

Alas, it was not meant to be; the HOA wielded its almighty power, declaring “no,” and forcing John to revise the plan several times, including measuring the width of the car. At one point, we feared we might be forced to tear out the gate posts that had already been installed.

week 44-3

I wonder if those who felt such a burning obligation to micromanage our driveway’s width will breathe a sigh of relief every time they pass the house, believing they saved the neighborhood with their decision? This is what happens when people have too much time on their hands.

Okay, focus. Think positive: dumpster is gone…

week 44-4

week 44-5

On the left, you can spot the bricks that will be used to create the border. They're from the same family of brick used on the house, but with straight edges. The edges of the brick used on the house were irregular (tumbled) which we thought added character to the exterior. Did they? I dunno, but we like it.

On the left, you can spot the bricks that will be used to create the border. They’re from the same family of brick used on the house, but with straight edges. The edges of the brick used on the house were irregular (tumbled) which we thought added character to the exterior. Did they? I dunno, but we like it.

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One response to “Bye-bye, landmark

  1. Elana Goldberg

    Your house looks lovely. Good luck getting the final details finished. We built a house 12 years ago and I also was “harassed” by our town building department officials. My two favorite issues were first, not being able to get a certificate of occupancy until the “grass seed grows” in our backyard. It would take 6 months, of course. Really!?? Why do sod in a backyard, which is much more pricey? We did that in the front yard, but were trying to save some much-needed funds. My second favorite was the department initial refusing to “permit” us a bedroom in the basement, despite a full egress window and exit. Their reason: “there isn’t enough parking at the house”. Really??? A long driveway that can park 4 cars or more with no problem!!! That was a creative excuse that we fought against and won. I always wondered where that came from in the first place…did they think that we were going to be a church or a business rather then a family house for us and our 5 kids!!! Seriously…they are so irritating. Building a house is a lesson in patience. I wish you much patience and many happy years in your new place!!!

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