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REAL ESTATE: TEAR DOWNS O ne of the hottest trends in local real estate is buying existing homes and radically remodel- ing them to make them your own. Sometimes referred to as a tear-down (buying an older/smaller house to get the land beneath) or simply a renovation nearly every Hampton lane and street boasts a project of this type. Much of that has to do with the dwindling supply of land to build from scratch. That’s especially true in his- toric villages like Sag Harbor or East Hampton where there literally isn’t a vacant lot to be found. And there the stock of homes that do come on the market tend to be smaller or architecturally dated for today’s second home owner’s tastes. Of course there comes a time in every home owner’s life when the urge to knock down a wall, add more room, modernize a kitchen or bath or, tack on a deck or add a pool strikes. It’s moments like those that make many a local contractor’s heart beat fast. But before you go all Bob Villa on your home two intertwined things to bear in mind: time and permits. The fact is you cannot begin to hammer a single nail without the latter and you’re likely to need plenty of the former to get said latter.   KNOW YOUR JOB If you want to paint your bedroom, change out the tile in your bath, hang a new chandelier over the kitchen island or sand the floor you are free to do so without a single “yea” or “nay” from any governmental body. But, if you want to make material changes to your home you are going to need a building permit of some kind. Any exterior changes besides paint, roofing or win- dows as well as any substantial interior ones involving plumbing, wiring or construction are going to have to pass official muster before you can get going. In gen- eral that will require the respective local Building De- partment to check plans, specs and contractors before issuing a permit. If you are going to get more aggressive, specifically put an addition on the house or add extra bathrooms or bedrooms for a house that depends on private septic/ well systems (as most homes here do) you will need per- mits from the Suffolk County Health Department Dept to certify your current septic/water systems are sufficient to meet the added septic load. If not you may be re- quired to install a new one or at least augment your cur- rent system to comply as a requirement of any building permit. Now, lets go the ultimate last step in this process. Let’s say you have a house on a small lot, say a his- toric home in beautiful Sag Harbor Village or a 50 year old ranch in East Hampton’s Clearwater Beach. And you decide the time has come to really blow-up the house, double it in size, height. In that case you may run into restrictions on overall lot coverage, set-backs, height restrictions, a variety of zoning issues that may require your application to go before the respective Zoning Board to be resolved before any building permit can be considered.   A LONG PATH TO SUCCESS As you can tell, there are a myriad of issues that enter the picture when you decide to improve your casa mia. All of which begin and end with the proper permits to get the job done. That’s where the time element comes into play. To begin, your application will need a set of stamped plans and a current survey. Depending on who 76 | Montauk Life | JULY 2018 Another successfully completed home by East Bay Builders. you use and when your lot was last surveyed it may take a month or more to get an updated one for you ap- plication. The same and more can be said for plans. To begin, you’ll need an architect or builder to ready those. And we assume you and any significant other involved will have to have sat down with the professional and sort- ed through your vision to translate that into concrete plans. Occasionally a short and happy discussion, often laborious for both sides, that process is not to be short changed or made expedient to hurry a permit along. Of course one way to cut to the chase is to bring in a builder who has been there and done that more often than most. Amongst the many well qualified here, I Jim Naples has been helping local folks realize their home building dreams for over 35 years. His EAST BAY BUIILDERS specializes in custom building and renova- tions here in the Hamptons as well as Long Island wide. If your are in the market for a stunning, soaring new contemporary or a classic, East End traditional Jim has the crews, architects, and experience to achieve your dream. Of course seasoned pros like Jim are always in high demand. And like you, he only has so many hours in his work week. So if you’re in the market for a smart, savvy, expert who can help you make your home the envy of the neighborhood a call to 631-731-3030 is highly rec- ommended. ■ PROPER PERMITS f you’re looking for a Building Permit in the Town of East Hampton (Montauk, Amagan- sett, Wainscott, most of East Hampton prop- er and half of the village of Sag Harbor) start by completing and submitting the an Application. You’ll need two original surveys not less than two years old, a statement and valuation of the proposed work, and sets of plans and speci- fications. The more complex the project, the more the Building Department will ask of you. If a project doesn’t meet established setbacks, a Natural Resources Special Permit may be required. If you want to erect a sign an appli- cation and hearing in front of the Architecture Review Board are on the horizon. Assuming you’ve done things correctly you can expect paperwork in 30 days plus or minus. 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