Well, the two story building had been removed from a military installation so the building itself was code (probably). The pontoons, well, the county didn't have any code for houseboats at that time, although my dad designed the framework etc and eventually he worked with a lot of the concrete hull builders. The insurance companies actually had more to say about it as the value of the things got higher and higher and people took out loans to buy them - boat? house? what? And by now all the houseboats in that area are code structures on essentially a floating concrete basement. None of the really funky things you used to see.
Both the chicken coop and the tool shed likely had no permits although if the conversion could be proved to have been done before 1963 in that county they would have been grandfathered in.
Converting something that hasn't been housing can be really hard because you generally have to come back and meet today's codes and it's almost easier to just tear it down.
We lived in the Seward Trunk Company factory in Petersburg, VA. Okay, it was converted to lofts... but it was still awesome and had some really neat details. We had an exposed brick wall that still had stamps from shipping labels all over it... it was really cool.
I lived in a houseboat on the Black Warrior River in AL and then in the hangar of a private subdivisions airport in GA. They had made a little sleeping area upstairs, and then I just used the downstairs kitchen/restroom. I think there were only 3 planes, so I rarely saw anyone else in the hangar.
Rhode Islands are red;
North Hollands are blue.
Sorry my thoroughbreds
Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :
our house was formerly a utility building for a ski resort (now defunct). it's made things interesting, to say the least, when it comes to renovations, but i love it's history. the bunny slopes are my horse pastures
* trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am
dh built an apartment in the hay loft of his family home in jersey city. it was a home which orginally had a stable on the first floor and house above.
the ceilings of our 'love shack' were barely six feet, but it was so cozy and we loved being in love there.
thanks for the memories!