Garage opens a host of problems for R...

Garage opens a host of problems for Riverside family

There are 44 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 19, 2008, titled Garage opens a host of problems for Riverside family. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Jerry and Michelle Udelson built their dream house in Riverside, a $1 million-plus three-story brick home with five bedrooms, a modern kitchen with high-end granite countertops and a built-in machine that ...

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Get Real

Wood Dale, IL

#1 Aug 20, 2008
Your proposed garage is bigger than the house my family of five lives in.

If you can afford your $1-million plus home, you can afford to hire builders who know the ordinances of the locations in which they build.

And it's OBVIOUSLY the BUILDER's mistake: "The plans stated that the garage was 704 square feet. The [village] building inspector relied on that."
Get Real II

Canton, IL

#2 Aug 20, 2008
"We are innocent victims here..." No, you are not. If you really have to own such a monstrosity of a house (and who does?) you should have been in close contact with the builder from start to completion.

For those of us uable to afford granate countertops, three stories, and other "requirements" but need a simple decent house to live in, we have to watch every dollar. So when updates need to occur, we monitor them closly.

Sorry about your situation, but the farm I grew up on had barns smaller than 1100 sq ft. Why not just let them build a smaller one for you?

Freeport, IL

#4 Aug 20, 2008
I'm really sick of people moving to the small 'cramped' cities with small lots and building massive structures ... I cannot believe cities are allowing this. Make them move to Barrington.
Boo Hoo

New Lenox, IL

#5 Aug 20, 2008
Riverside has always been a place with strict codes -- I lived there 20 years ago and it was the same then. They're trying to keep the architectural significance of the town intact, as opposed to other 'burbs who allow constant tear-downs and subsequent building of McMansions.

The moral of the story is, get everything in writing.
That guy

Western Springs, IL

#7 Aug 20, 2008
That house is a hideous blivet, but it is THEIR property.

Since: Jul 08

United States

#8 Aug 20, 2008
"Bullet Proof Industries"?

Maybe not quite so.

Oak Park, IL

#9 Aug 20, 2008
shaft wrote:
I wish America was free again.
Give me a break. America is free - anyone is free to move to a town where local ordinances and codes do not preclude one from building a ginourmous garage.

I suspect Dr. Udelson (he's a dentist - no mention of that in the article) knew Riverside had codes when he and the missus moved in.
Jeff Spiccoli

Topeka, KS

#10 Aug 20, 2008
shaft wrote:
I wish America was free again.
I believe the correct use of the subjunctive would be to say: "I wish America WERE free again."

Regardless of the grammar, you're wish is idiotic. How is enforcing building/zoning codes infringing upon us being 'free'?
Jeff Spiccoli

Topeka, KS

#11 Aug 20, 2008
And yes, I know I used the wrong you're... it should be your. Glass houses/stones, I realize.

Chicago, IL

#12 Aug 20, 2008
These people were building a million dollar plus house and not checking with the builder.......that was their mistake. Also it does not seem they checked into the credibility of their builder very much.

The builder was unaware of the village's codes.......don't they have to get a permit in the village they work in and isn't part of that procedure knowing the codes...that is the builders mistakes, As was showing the village blueprints with a smaller garage.

So why does the village (and ultimately the taxpayers) have to pay for these mistakes?

Roselle, IL

#13 Aug 20, 2008
1,100 sq.ft. is dinky for a car collector's garage, 800 sq.ft. is nothing. I guess Riverside would rather have the cars parked on the lawn up on blocks. Oh wait, this is the town where you have to leave your car's parking lights on when you park along the street.
CH Jim

United States

#15 Aug 20, 2008
Jeff Spiccoli wrote:
And yes, I know I used the wrong you're... it should be your. Glass houses/stones, I realize.
good save, Jeff!
Yo Yo Yo Make It Happen

Mount Dora, FL

#16 Aug 20, 2008
"The Udelsons contend that the builder knew nothing about the garage-size ordinance."

Well, here's the stupidity in this story. A builder doesn't know the ordinance. Wow.

Arlington, VA

#17 Aug 20, 2008
There are too many people struggling to pay rent for studio apartments and make car payments for gas guzzlers they can't afford to drive. Cry me a river over poor planning and ostentatious living.

Chicago, IL

#18 Aug 20, 2008
Why does the Tribune have so many stories implying that we should give our sympathy to someone who doesn't deserve it.

At least Riverside enforces its codes, something other suburbs do not (again, I'm not from Hanover Park).

Bartlett, IL

#19 Aug 20, 2008
It's hard to feel sympathetic towards the Udelsons. The issue seems between them and their builder, who should know better.

Luckily, it's summertime, and they have months to straighten this out before the snow comes.

Chicago, IL

#21 Aug 20, 2008
Suburban fascism in action.

Since: Jul 08

United States

#22 Aug 20, 2008
ejhickey wrote:
Suburban fascism in action.
BS. There is a valid reason for building codes.

Arlington Heights, IL

#23 Aug 20, 2008
Ultimate responsibility rests with the owners. It is the owners duty to check on the ordinances and to make sure they are in regular contact with their builder and the city to make sure things are done to code. It is your property and thus your responsibility, do not rely on the builder, do not just take their word for it that all is well b/c in the end the problems will sit in your lap. For more great home repair etc tips see - the most down to earth and conscientious contractor you will ever find. To bad he works and lives in Canada we could should use him down here.
Check the facts

Chicago, IL

#24 Aug 20, 2008
I don't know how much preparation this journalist had for the story, but there appear to be several inaccuracies and omissions based on my understanding of events, including the fact that there were modifications of the building plan that were approved by the village in writing before construction started. Perhaps the Tribune should investigate the facts further before writing this story so that these readers aren't so quick to jump to conclusions about this "stupid" builder and homeowners who relied upon the village inspector's approval of modified plans to start building the garage. And, I think people who are quick to crucify these homeowners for building a $1 million plus house should take a step back and figure out why you have so much anger for people you don't even know -- perhaps it is just jealousy. Whether you choose to live in a modest home and or build a mansion, why should any of us care? It really shouldn't matter what money they have -- the fundamental issue here is that they paid for something that they believed they had the village approval for and then the village (allegedly) changed its mind and wants them to pay. If this was a homeowner of a $100,000 home facing this issue, I think people would be a little more sympathetic. The fact that they have a more expensive home doesn't change the fact that they are frustrated with the village's alleged change in position.

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