Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The castle of Seminole Heights

Drive up Nebraska and just before you get to Chelsea, look over to your left, behind El Sid's sandwich shop, you will notice what appears to be a Bavarian castle undergoing construction. A second story renovation, (I think) to the residential property behind El Sid's. I'm not sure if it will be apartments or a residence expansion, or maybe offices. I believe the lock and keyshop and El Sid's owner, owns the place.

7 comments:

armyBob said...

That house is diagonally located from mine. I've wondered why they did a three-story addition instead of a deeper 2-story one. There's plenty of room horizontally. The addition is tall and narrow, looks a bit weird. It was neat how they built it though, basically they had several pre-fabbed sections that were hoisted into place, then they built the dormers in between. Not sure I like all that oriented strand board though.

Anonymous said...

Guess I thought they would need some kind of varriance or such to build something so tight and towering over their neighbors. Either they did not, or we were all sleeping when they did!

I just know it is kind of out of character sizewize,,,,,,,,,,,tho impressive!

Mal Carne said...

I drove by today, and I'm not sure that it's a 3 story addition. A good friend of mine is adding a second story to his house a few blocks away from there and has similar height on his. The historic overlay guidelines call for a pretty steep roof pitch, which in the narrow confines means a rather high peak.
The strand board is probably just sheathing and will probably be covered with the same 6 inch siding that's on the rest of the house. (I hope).
As far as I can see, everything is on the up and up as far as code and historic guidelines go. Although the 3 peaks is a little strange for the architecture. My bet is that it's going to look pretty good when finished.

armyBob said...

Oh I know the OSB is sheathing, I just think that stuff is awful. I'm sure it will look nice when it's done. But there is a lot of room in the backyard to build out...maybe this is the first phase of their plans. It is very tall, maybe not a full three stories.

Mal Carne said...

I believe (from what I've read - can't find a hard number on this, if anyone can help me out here) that there must be a 20 foot setback from the back of the property line to the back of the house. This can make building "out" a problem.
Dunno.

ranbar said...

Mal, you are correct, there is a minimum 20' rear yard setback. The front setback is normally also 20', but in the overlay district you can use block averaging to reduce it. The side yard setbacks are 7' with another overlay district provision allowing for porte cacheres (attached carports) with a 3' sideyard setback.

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