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While it is hard to get away with an addition in town with out all the requisite permits it is not uncommon for folks to built something only to find out later that it wasn't OK.
If you are doing it yourself be sure to check with all concerned local officials and that all the permit requirements have been met.
Work with the inspectors, as they are your friends.
If you are contracting the work make sure the contractor is not taking short cuts and side stepping the regs.
There are tons of rules about what can and can't be done and where you can and can't do it.
If you do proceed with an addition remember you don't get to visit the site and then go home as if building a new house, you will be living in a construction zone for a period of time that will seem endless and you will have a new understanding of the word stress before it is over.
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Include your first initial and last name and put the words HOME REPAIR in the subject.
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Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little Home Repair beasties.