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    My new studio build has finally begun, with the initial excavation for the footings/slab beginning today.
    I'm going to update with more pictures as the build progresses through the different main stages of construction.

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    Keep the pics coming! Good luck.

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    Digging pretty much done.
    Next will be the forms for the footings...either later today or in the morning.

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    Can I ask a UK vs US question?
    How tough are your permissions and licences for this kind of thing?

    We now have a thing called permissible development that essential means if you want to extend your home or add outbuildings, then there's a bit of simple maths and some height limits, but if it meets the rules, you can just build. If you go over the limits, the you need to apply formally and the price gets pretty high for the necessary planning with no guarantee of success. How does it work where you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Can I ask a UK vs US question?
    How tough are your permissions and licences for this kind of thing?

    We now have a thing called permissible development that essential means if you want to extend your home or add outbuildings, then there's a bit of simple maths and some height limits, but if it meets the rules, you can just build. If you go over the limits, the you need to apply formally and the price gets pretty high for the necessary planning with no guarantee of success. How does it work where you live?
    Pretty much the building of any kind of formal structure requires a permit. I think there's a size limit to sheds where you don't need one, but bigger ones you do.
    Anything that will have power going to it, even a small shed needs a permit.
    The permits for minor builds are pretty straightforward...you give them your basic plan, they look at it, and give you the permit...done.
    Anything that has to meet certain building codes will require inspections during various stages of the build process.

    In my case, I needed a permit, but I also needed to get an area variance, because I was beyond the minimum side set-backs to my neighbor's property, even though the neighbor was OK with it. So I had to apply for a permit, have it denied...then apply for the variance, have it approved...then reapply for the permit w/approved variance.

    After they do the footings...the inspector has to come by and approve. Then they will put up the outer foundation wall, and again inspection follows...then finally the slab, and again inspection (I believe). After that there is the framing, and inspection...then the electric and inspection...and then the insulation and inspection...and then I think there is a final inspection before the Certificate of Occupancy is given.

    So yeah, a lot of steps...but once I got past the variance, the rest is now pretty much straightforward, considering that I also had an architect do certified drawings and engineering specs, and my contractor is fully licensed...so the inspector coming by will be formality at most, and they all know each other, so probably little chance that there will be something not up top code, etc...but if anything comes up, the contractor will remedy as needed.
    Bottom line...they need the individual inspections approved in order to move forward with the build...so everyone is eager to do what is needed to get the job done, and move on.

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    That's useful info - our system is often described as complex and a pain, but is actually more relaxed. We have the visiting inspections like you - footings then the building, but that tends to be for conventional buildings. people here are just getting into garden offices, or studios or sun rooms/sheds in a bigger way and the only rules for those permission wise are to do with location, appearance and impact on neighbours. If that goes through, you are left alone.

    Our electrics have some strange rules. ANYONE can do their own electrics if they're competent (and there's no qualification required to be competent) APART from in kitchens and bathrooms. Very strange rule - it's called 'part P'. You have to be a member of an approved organisation to be able to legally do kitchens and bathrooms. It got a bit more complicated recently on the inspection and testing front, where certain bits of paper are now necessary, and not having them means issues when you sell the house. I have my studio in an extension to our house built before I moved in, and I did all the electrics work on it myself, and I'm not an electrician. I work for myself, and spend quite a bit of time with 415V, three phase 125 Amp per phase electrics. I cannot, however, put a new light switch in the bathroom!

    Your system smells to me like a big expense, just to get all the permits you need. I am really interested in studio builds, so looking forward to the project news as it develops. Hope it goes well.

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    Good luck on the project. I'd cover those windows and sliding glass doors with plastic otherwise they are going to get filthy (before they come out, I assume).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Your system smells to me like a big expense, just to get all the permits you need. I am really interested in studio builds, so looking forward to the project news as it develops. Hope it goes well.
    There's a cost with the permits, but I wouldn't call it a big expense relative to the cost of the whole project.
    The permit process cost me about $750 total...there were 2-3 different fees.
    The certified architectural drawings were $4200...but with them, I eliminate a lot of the concerns/questions that the town building department would have...plus, it makes the whole build that much more "formal"...and all the different parts - excavations, pouring of concrete, framing, etc. - all that much more easier and clearer. Everyone is looking at the same plans.

    Bottom line...when dealing with homeowners insurance and potential resale...having everything done to code, inspected and approved, is important.
    If I was just doing some kind of repairs, or taking out some walls inside, redoing a bathroom or some electric, etc...I could do it all myself without the permits...as many homeowners do. When it comes to foundations and adding on to existing house...etc...it needs to be done according to codes and standards, otherwise things would be all over the place from house to house.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Good luck on the project. I'd cover those windows and sliding glass doors with plastic otherwise they are going to get filthy (before they come out, I assume).
    All existing walls/glass/roof that you see in the photos is going to be demolished...so I'm not worried about dirt on the glass.

    Anyway...they are setting up the forms for the footings as I type this...so I'll get some more pics in a little while and post them up.

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    DAY 2

    OK...the forms for the footings are installed. I'm not sure if they will be back later today to pour the cement, or probably in the morning.
    It's funny how after the long wait over the summer, in a matter of 2 days we're already deep into the building mess!
    It's not real bad though, the excavator said he would try not to push out too far into the yard with the dirt...and it's about what I expected.
    Hey...you wanna make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs and beat them up.
    I'm just happy that this is moving quickly now, and we should be OK with the weather. I hope to see it framed by Thanksgiving.












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