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House Addition

House Addition


This project had many significant details that had to be worked out. The existing home was almost 100 years old. Back when this home was built community planning was not near as significant or detailed as it is today. Because of this the house was encroaching (sitting over) both existing side yards. And as well due to a road right away the front yard was not conforming to current zoning as well. Normally a house of this nature would be a tear down. Because the existing structure was sitting over the setbacks, a new home would not be able to be built in the same way as lifting the house and building a new basement on within the same foot print. Creating a conforming basement so we would have the upper 3rd level was also a challenge. I designed the rear of the house to step a few times to help us with our average grade calculation. Even though the we built in within the same footprint as the existing structure we still had to go to variance for a variance relaxation of the minimum side yard setback and as well the combined side yard setback. We were able to get the variance which made the whole project possible. Renovating and adding a new lower floor and cutting the existing roof off and adding a new upper floor was no simple job. There was many hours spent coordinating with my clients, with Victoria planners and building inspectors. And as well the structural engineering I normally try to use (John Scott Engineering) As I write the the house is almost finished. Im really happy with the way things came together. This was one extremely hard puzzle that I fit all the pieces into. I even managed to add a few extra pieces.