Permitting a Garage Addition

Home Builder with B/P Services Group, Inc

B/P Services Group, Inc has just completed this storage garage addition from the ground up.  The owner had provided his own drawings and was ready to go when we signed our contract.  the pitfalls and lag times of the builing permitting process can often discourage an owner from moving forward with his/her project.  We faced a few challenges with this one. 

The home was located on a parcel with well water and septic tank.  That is already 2 strikes against us with permitting.  The city wanted a separate application with the health department because we were within 25 feet of the well.  Next the septic which wasn't really an issue was on the other side of the house.  BUT, they wanted to know if we intended to put a bathroom in the garage.  (Ever heard of that one!)  NO.

My arguement was that the slab did not have to sprayed because it was not interior living space.  Usually, the slab is sprayed for termites.  They were worried about the chemical getting into the well.

Once we got that out of the way, we proceeded to get our borings completed with our geo engineer.  The land was delveloped in old Delray Beach.  I guess the orignal "builder" threw whatever he wanted in as fill because it we had to take out about 3.5 feet of soil and replace it with #1 fill and compact it to 98%.  Not a big deal, but it was still a pitfall of something happening.

Once we got passed that it was pretty smooth sailing.

We laid out the forms...

Then poured the slab....

Then we put up the walls to the tie beam...Added trusses and sheathing

And this is what it looks like today....

Comments (2)

Jeff Johnson
On the Move - Louisville, KY
Proud To Be Your Realtor

wow that really looks great, thanks for sharing the pictures.  I am sure the homeonwner was very satisified!

Oct 17, 2008 11:08 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Anthony

At time getting a building permit can be very trying; currently the building departments in most cities and counties have very little work as a result of the slow down in new construction. So it can affect and did for permit like you're for additions.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Oct 17, 2008 11:15 AM