Old House Approvals

When you buy an old house in an old neighborhood, there is something called a Preservation Board. You must get approval for any changes made to the exterior of your home. This includes an application, a fee (of course there is a fee) and a meeting you are required to attend. We submitted the application in October for windows and doors.

We attended the required meeting this week at City Hall. We sat in what looked like a court room with seats and a podium. However instead of a judge, there was a committee sitting behind a wall with their little name placards and everything.

These people were holding our future home wishes in their hands. If they said no…..what would we do? We had ordered the windows already!!! Yes, that was taking a chance but really? We are taking the home back to it’s original look instead of mish-matched, ugly windows. So we sit with our book of pictures and application in hand. I even looked cute just in case it helped.

It’s our turn

We stand

We walk to the podium. You must be at the podium to speak.

We state our name and address (which address do you say when you live at one house and own another?) I just stand there smiling and looking cute. Steve is way more professional than I am

People are smiling? What are you smiling at? Do you know something we don’t know? I’m starting to sweat.

A lady on the committee speaks. She states the reason for our request. She put pictures of our house on the tv’s for all to see. Who in the world would want that nasty, dirty house? She describes each and every picture. The windows we will be replacing, the doors.

All of the committee are looking at our file. Do they like our choices? Do they realize we already bought the windows? Who spilled the beans?

Another lady speaks. She says that she has some e-mails from the surrounding neighbors. Oh crap I get scared. She reads the first one. It says “We are so excited for the new owners of this home.”  She then reads the second one. It was super long!!! In a nutshell it said that she was so excited that we would be her neighbors and that we would be such a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Our house has been so abused and that the neighborhood would be a better place with us in it.

Hold back the tears. We know we are good people. We know that we will make a difference. We know that God gave us that house and we will do whatever He tells us to do with it.

I look at the committee and thank them. One smiles back. She will be our neighbor as well as three others on the committee.

We are approved!!! Oh thank God. We just spent a whole lot of money on those windows!!!  They even gave some great ideas for the porch. Steve said “great…..”

Of course, now that the scary part is over I had something to say. “We will see you soon. We have a lot of work to do and I guarantee we will be friends.”

Another hurdle complete. Next……..Rezoning meeting is this week.

the cute sweaty girl.

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