Part 2: The Setback Situation



The Abbreviated Version: The existing house was built in 1959. It’s a brick ranch with about 1,100 square feet–so at a bare minimum, we’d need to build an addition. Problem is, when the house was built, the front setback (glossary) line was 30 feet. But now, the setback line is 50 feet from the street. What does that mean for us? It means we can’t build an addition, since the house already encroaches over current setbacks. Even worse? The building envelope (glossary), given the current setbacks, is only 26 feet deep–not exactly ideal for a modern, open floor plan!

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