So here's where we stand right now:
- We've got permission from both the State of Maryland and Montgomery County to go through with our plans, as modified of course;
- We have to bring whatever architectural drawings we have to the County in the next few days to have them approved, which I'm told takes hours, not days or weeks or SIX AND A HALF MONTHS, which is how long we've owned this house without legally being able to do anything to it; and
- Once the drawings are approved, we have to apply for building permits, just like anyone else does working on any other house. Again, days, not weeks or HALF A YEAR.
- Also, we just got "approved" for a six-month extension of "work" by our loan servicer. Kind of ridiculous, if you ask me, because there was no way we were doing the whole thing in six months, but we had to put that down initially and extend after that was over. Then they loan people were apparently going to give us shit about not having stuff done, as if we had been sitting on our butts the last six months, just paying this enormous mortgage and enjoying our shell of a home. Weirdos.
|The shingles we'll have to get.|
And I promise, if we all take sledgehammers over to the house this weekend as a Christmas present to ourselves, I'll definitely take pictures. :)