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Showing posts from May, 2016

Building a verandah

Following from the completion of our pool, we decided to build a verandah so as to have a covered area overlooking the pool.  Because of the size of the area, a plan and design details need to be prepared for approval by a building inspector.

It took several months for the preparation of the drawings and approval, although this was more related to the workload of our chosen designer. A constraint on the size was, again, the presence of a sewage easement along our back boundary, and an inspection point.

With tight backyard access, our landscaper excavated the foundation by hand.  This resulted in a mountain of top soil in our backyard.

During construction, the building inspector had to sign-off at certain stages. For example, each post hole had to be deep enough and have enough space for the concrete to form an appropriate footing. To help reduce the cost, I finished digging some of the post holes and cleared them of falling sand before the inspector arrived. His only suggestion was to…