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Posted by: from Cambridge
7/11/2008 at 8:00:32 PM

Hi, we are in an older home which is very close to the road. We are thinking of building a new home behind our existing house. Our lot is 215' deep so we have the room. We would want to continue living in our existing house while new is being built. Is this something tha would be do-able? Do you think we would have trouble finding a contractor to do a job like that? Thanks

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Bill from Bill Carr Renovations in Baltimore
Date/Time7/21/2008 at 6:49:28 PM

Hi Michelle- you've heard the old saying-"anything is possible, for a price." It's actually a good idea-you'll be there to watch over the site once everyone goes home- you could probably save a bit of money also if you keep the site cleaned up. The lot is deep, but is it wide enough to allow accress for hi-hoes, concrete trucks, back hoes, lumber trucks, etc?- as long as these vehicles can clear their way through without disrupting you to much, you should be able to find a contractor that will help you out. Another important consideration is location of septic or sewer lines, as these could disrupt things quite a bit should they need to be relocated. Good luck.

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time2/18/2009 at 8:51:42 AM

This sounds like an interesting project! I am sure you have come to the right place. First you should speak to the city and ask them if you will be able to do this. Ask them to come and map out the drains and do the same for gas lines and hydro. Chances are you will have to do each one at each individual company. Then you would need your plan buy an architect and a structure engineer if you do these things yourself, though it is a hassle trust me it is a hassle! You can higher a god contractor to fulfill your dreams.

Bill is right about the allowance for the trucks and stuff. You can always talk to your neighbors as well so you have no problem with access. Some times jobs like this can take a long time but i am sure it will help the property value in your neighborhood. Work something out before you speak to your neighbors though like maybe tell them they will get a new fence for free out of the deal. This job will cost you lots and any qualified contractor should be able to help you.

thanks for the post!

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Construction WORX Ontario ltd. in Kitchener
Date/Time7/13/2009 at 8:20:23 AM

You may want to consider a design builder that has al the services that these other gentlemen have mentioned. You also want to do this build with a contractor that registered with Tarion Warranty Corporation.

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