As many of you know from my past whining, I need a simple studio shelter, the deck is not working out in this cold winter weather, I want my wheel out of the house, and I don't want to constantly clean clay out of my kitchen. I need a space to work! I have been looking at these pre fab buildings. Not a lot of character and not exactly what I want but less problematic than building. Meredith took me by the building place where Chris Luther works and we checked those out before lunch the other day. They are fine for my needs and I can afford one.
So here is the problem. I came across a business card in a coffee shop while hanging out with Gerry on a photo shoot one day. It said artist/carpenter and I thought aha! This guy will get it, he will know what I want, so I called him and he does know what I want. He has lots of ideas, his work is great and I know he would do a great job for me. The problem is things keep coming up. A building permit, an inspection, and now before I go to the bank to get a loan he suggests I need to go to the environmental health and safety place and get a septic and flood plain review. (Sigh, a long one.....) people, I JUST want a little shelter, I'm not trying to build an f'ing house to live in. Does it really have to be this complicated!??!? The biggest problem is our property. It is a hill in Chapel Hill (imagine) that is rocky, red dirt with a big 'ol slope, almost no flat spots at all. To make matters worse, the only place a truck could possibly get in to deliver a building is the very place they chose to run our septic pipes. We have one of those systems that pumps the sewage up hill through the rocks to a septic field and Gerry is hell bound (rightly so) that no truck is going to drive over our pipes. So dilema #1 the building would have to be constrcuted on site, which brings us to dilemas #2, #3, ..... inspections, permits and government interference which I am strongly opposed to. Ask forgiveness not permission has been my life long motto and it is working for me so far! The other dilema is the sloping lot and the quandry of digging footings for the building or setting it on blocks. My new carpenter friend strongly suggests the footings which brought me to this permit thing in the first place. In the beginning I thought a truck would pull up to my house, back up set a building off on blocks, I would way goodbye to them and start moving in. Now I am going to the bank to get a loan for construction, going to the permit place for a permit, calling the inspectors, going to the dept of envionmental health and safety and plotting out my sewage field. I JUST want a fucking space to WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is this so difficult (that had a HUGE whine factor in there, just keep that in mind ). I am on the verge of taking the Jen Mecca route and getting some plastic. I hate making decisions (Libra), hate waiting for things to happen, I like intant gratification, and I really don't like going to government places where people have rules, I don't obey them all that well. Does anyone have a creative suggestion or know anything about driving heavy equipment over sewage lines, or can we take up a collection and have Brandon come over from Texas and secretly build me a little building like he has for his showroom!