Back to business!
Whew! It's been awhile since I have sat down to blog. Summer came and went and then it the back to school "fun" (I'm in desperate need of an emoji here to further describe the chaos!) School supply shopping for 5 different grades was, let's just say, character building... next year it's Amazon Prime all the way!!
In addition, there just wasn't much movement going on over at the house. I laughed when I saw the end of my last blog post (in May!) I was so optimistic!
Right now we are waiting for final approval from the city to start work. Crossing fingers that we can start by the end of this month!
To be fair, anyone that has ever had any experience in construction knows that there are always delays! In our case, we had a few extra things to get approved before our builder could even start working. For starters, we wanted to take advantage of some of the state tax credits that are available to homeowners of historic homes in South Carolina. We could've hired someone to prepare this information for us, but that would've been too easy (sigh).
We (and by "we" I mean my extremely detailed husband, Ryan) sent 125 pictures to the SC Historic Preservation Office of current condition/location/exact area (think "west window of south wall of south east second level bedroom") of the home along with proposed improvements. Some examples are plaster repair (yes, we are keeping the original walls; rewiring should be interesting), exterior painting and siding restoration, electrical updates, plumbing updates and HVAC updates. Under SC law, approved repairs were deemed eligible for tax credits; contingent upon walk through inspection once the project is completed. Now we needed local approval from Greenville City. Josh Carter, with Oasis Construction, and I submitted the proper paperwork and presented our plans to the Design Review Board in early August. We were getting close!! The next step was to re-combine the two lots on the property (in 2016 the city split the 2.4 acres into two separate lots in efforts to attract buyers) AND get the zoning changed to residential. Per city guidelines, anytime you apply for a zoning change, you have to hold a meeting to advise concerned neighbors of the plans. We sent out 500 letters to the homeowners within 1/10 mile of the Beattie House, informing them of our plans for rezoning and offering the opportunity to voice questions/concerns at the upcoming meeting. We had no major objections (woo hoo!), so the rezoning *should* be official in the next few weeks!