My grandfather originally built the house that I am currently living 65 years ago. It's a small 750 sqft cape located on the corner of a bay and river in the south coast of MA. I am trying to put on an addition as well as fix up an earlier 220 sqft porch that was poorly built in the 70s.
This process started two years ago. When I first talked to the towns building inspector who gave me a punch list of todos that was about a year long of side projects which included having the lot surveyed, check town documents, house drawings, meeting with all town committees and approvals. In this time the building inspector changed.
So I did my homework, and met with all requisite officials, paid to have the property surveyed and a whole bunch of legal fees to paying to update faulty town records some of which were completely missing including a man hole cover that is below sea level on our property that the town had no idea that the sewers are even there. Finally I ended up back at the building inspector and he rejected all the work and sent me through the paces again.
Its now a year latter I have redrawn the house to meet new guidelines set down by the inspector gone through each committee two more times. which at this point they are getting angry with this project as well, two GCs and about 15K in red tape. I am at a loss I am not even sure if this is normal for trying to build a house,
I really want to get this addition underway, I feel that this whole process is a bit ludicrous and am looking for options?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated on where to go next.