Not once was my advice followed and I made more money building the larger house.
Now to my reason for this entry, living green or smaller. A few years ago there was a move to underground houses. I had a piece of land perfect for the underground house, building it into a slopping hill with a spring at the bottom of the slope. When I approached the Head Inspector, he smiled, not in our county. We require a window in every room for exit or extraction, I don't see any windows in the bedrooms, no exceptions. So I never built an underground home.
I read this headline lately:
A young lady who was working two jobs to make her house payments, decided to sell her large home and buy a small 315 sqft TINY HOME, many are being pushed today. Problem is Zoning laws and Building codes discourage the small homes. Taxes go down, for one reason.
She did not want to work 2 jobs forever and could buy the small home, be out of debt and live with less stress. The average person has no idea the hoops a builder must jump thru to try to change or get a variance. Where I built, Even if the board agreed, for final approval for a variance you had to get the permission of all land owners within a block for small changes and more for the more involved .
It now comes to mind when Oscar Reid wanted a small garage behind his house. He had the nicest home in the area. He had a corner house. The zoning board told us his front door faced the wrong street.If it faced the other street he would be good to go. Otherwise he needed ten more feet of land behind his house.
In My building career that was the only time I made a snide remark to the City Boards. "Why don't I paint Mr. Reid a Front door on the side facing the correct street, if that is all we need.?"
That did not go over well but an aunt gave him the land he needed, so Oscar and Golena got their garage. Some of you readers may have run into problems in a town or city. However were friend Rick (Life 101) lives, he says he isn't sure they have a law against murder! That is where I should have been building.