Yesterday, January 9, 2002, was a major milestone in the little remodeling project I’ve been struggling to get started since November of 1999. After $2000 to a structural engineer and $2000 to the city of LA, I finally have a building permit. And I’ve spent 10% of the budget getting it.
What is most amazing to me is the totally unnecessary stuff they’re making me do. I’m going to have to tear off a perfectly good recently installed roof in order to sister the existing 2×6 rafters with 2×8’s, and to sister the 2×4 ceiling joists with 2×6’s. The attic and roof are not involved at all in the changes I want to make. The building has been there since 1926, and none of the beams in question have deflected at all. Downstairs they want me to put 2×6 blocking between the girders and sub floor, with three nails into each block face nailed from the top. This means either pulling up the T&G oak to face nail thru the sub floor, or just forgetting about trying to make it look good and leaving big ugly nail heads all over the oak.
I’m trying to remember the four phases of dealing with a Los Angeles building permit…. was it denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance?