Pew, Now What Do I Do?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

With the total re-model of our church we decided we needed new seating. Our new sanctuary is slightly smaller then the old one and the old pews didn't fit (so says the Fire Marshal) plus the old beat-up pews didn't look good with everything else being new.

I did some measuring and found I could use one of them on our deck. I will treat it with some form of waterproofing so it doesn't deteriorate. If it doesn't hold up there is always...

Remodeling is always an adventure. Be it a full remodel or just a room in your home, the one thing you can count on is a surprise or two. One surprise you don't want is to find out that your remodel violates a City, County, or State code.

We had hoped to reuse the pews in our church BUT because our new worship area is 10" narrower our isles to the left, right, and center do not meet current code. Remember that codes change and it's always a good idea to see if your remodel will meet the current code.

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Comments (21)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Not a bad idea Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 it could hold a lot of weight/stuff if I mount it properly. 😃

Sep 15, 2022 07:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I would agree with Georgie. If you mailed it correctly anything is possible! Good luck

Sep 15, 2022 08:02 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have a large family.  When they come to visit, a pew like that one would be handy on the patio.

Sep 15, 2022 08:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob good to hear that not only in Los Angeles do they keep changing the codes but in your part of the world too:)) Pew is what I think of the code changes:))Endre

Sep 15, 2022 10:27 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Robert - good idea.  I am sure there are some other uses for those old pews too.

Sep 16, 2022 04:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bob,

Codes are always changing everywhere! I'm sure you will find some uses for the old pews!

Sep 16, 2022 04:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good point about remodeling and code changes. And I am sure you will find a perfect place for a church pew! Outdoor seating is a great idea.

Sep 16, 2022 04:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... codes, permits... amazing how often I come across homeowners who pay no attention to these and then complain when the required fix is more expensive than if they'd done the right thing upfront.

Sep 16, 2022 04:48 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It would make an amazing shelf Laura Cerrano and I do have the perfect place for it in my garage.

Sep 16, 2022 05:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is the plan Myrl Jeffcoat but if it doesn't work out Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 and Laura Cerrano have a good plan B.

Sep 16, 2022 05:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

EXCELLENT play on words Endre Barath, Jr. ! We had a massive change in code after our flood in 2011. A few years later they realized they had gone a little to far and rolled a few back but all in all the new codes really were called for.

Sep 16, 2022 05:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have seen some pretty artistic uses of old pews Grant Schneider . If nothing else comes to mind they are made of good hardwood and do burn well.

Sep 16, 2022 05:54 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

When it comes to remodels and codes it's always best to check with the City first Dorie Dillard Austin TX . As far as the pew I think it will work well as it is but I can see quite a few possibilities for it.

Sep 16, 2022 05:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think the biggest challenge will be to make sure water can drain off of it Kat Palmiotti . Their design makes it a little difficult but I'm sure a few well placed holes will take care of it.

Sep 16, 2022 06:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Exactly Nina Hollander, Broker . The inspectors also have the option of making the DIYer completely tare down an "improvement" and start over.

Sep 16, 2022 06:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You better believe I've seen that happen, Bob... and more than once.

Sep 16, 2022 06:06 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

😉 Lucky for me they have allowed me to make corrections Nina Hollander, Broker without having to completely start over.

Sep 16, 2022 06:22 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I guess it would work on the deck outside but I was thinking that you might create a chapel inside of your home, haha.

Sep 16, 2022 07:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That idea made laugh out loud Brian England although I do try to keep my home pleasing to God.

Sep 16, 2022 07:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Those old pews could become park benches with a new paint job.

Sep 16, 2022 07:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a great thought that had not occurred to me Roy Kelley . I am sure I would need to get permission from the City for that but I can see how well that would work on some of their woodland trails.

Sep 16, 2022 07:54 AM