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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#45 Aug 25, 2008
The Udelsons are wonderful people who managed to save for their dream home and had an unfortunate breakdown in miscommunication when building their garage. The story neglects to highlight all the mistakes made when the city told the contractor to pour the foundation thus "cementing" in the Udelson's minds that the garage was approved. Amazing how the replies on here are so anti the American Dream or in this case Dream Home.

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#46 Aug 26, 2008
Q:who is responsible???, lets see now---who built it?-
A: The contractor did so with a limited busisness lisence as granted by the village with a duely approved building permit application and architectural drawings prepared by an architect/ engineer.[ assumed regular process ] The homeowner signed the permit application and responsibility form which essentially requires completion according to all codes and regulations of the village pursuant to the drawings submitted for the permit process. The architect signs & seals the drawings with a statement saying that the drawings follow the local codes and regulations. The village reviews and then approves, and/ or denies the permit application based upon the information presented.
Q: What size should it be?
A: Max 800 sf for each accessory structure not to exceeed a set % of total lot area for the combined sf of all accessory structures on the site. per the local zoning ordinanace. the rules are clear enuf- check ok-- move forward.......
Q: What is the reason it was built bigger??? Were there additional sealed architect/engineer drawings "approved" by the Village????[ as is generally required when changing from the originally approved and sealed plans ]
A: The answer here is not so clear as all the facts do not seem present.
N.B. The State of Illinois Architecture Practice Acts requires that any changes made to the originally sealed plans only be done by the architect of record-- these changes are typically made on all approved permit sets, or thru an administrative process with the buidling department / owner/ archiytect and builder.
Q: Were additional drawings[ as required to obtain a permit ] sealed by the architect/ engineer ever submitted as a "change" , or the specific changes to increase the garage size from 704 sf to over 1100 sf made to the original permit set of permit drawings, if so who made the changes-- according to the state of illinois architecture practice act- only the architect / engineer of record can do so.
A: Again the information presented is not so clear.
In the end, it seams that the tale of the garage facts is yet missing some clarification and pertinenet information. The Village of Riverside has to rely on the process as it stands currently according to its municipal laws and ordinanaces so adopted. These laws and ordinanaces cannot be changed by the village building officials- they do not have jurisdictional authority to do so; though the building official does have jurisdictional authority to make administrative adjustments in those matters in which the which master building code so adopted gives such explicit authority.
In end, the homeowner , the builder , and architect/ engineer are responsible to comply with the permit process thru the completion of construction as dictated by the local codes and ordinances so specically stated in the initial building permit application so signed or sealed.
NB. to the publicists et. al.----- please provide additional factual information to back the case as currently discussed.
thank you and have a good day

Chicago, IL

#47 Aug 27, 2008
I can't figure out who is right or wrong here - we have further detail in our local papers and it is sad - but I do know Riverside taxpayers are being asked to volunteer for a property tax increase on top of our assessments just being raised by as much as 50%. So, I hope whoever goes to court with this is very sure of themselves before wasting more of our money on lawyers and consultants. We spend too much on that here already.


#48 Sep 8, 2008
as a contractor it was my problem for the codes n permits not the owner if i messed up it was on me not the owner

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