What’s a little thing like $150,000 when a pool is on the line? A couple in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. went on vacation while their new house was being built, and weren’t too happy when they came back to find it had been situated too far away from the curb. Not because they looove watching street traffic, but because that left no room in the back back the pool that was planned for the house. So they had it torn down to rebuild from scratch.
The New York Post says that teardown was worth about $100,000 to $150,000 as construction was well underway.
“There was no back yard and no pool,” one worker told the paper. “You’ve got to have the pool. This is why you measure twice and cut once.”
Once the couple discovered the botched job, they decided it all had to be taken down. Despite the costly setback, the homeowners seem to be shrugging off the expense as a necessary evil. As the wife tells the paper, it wasn’t their fault as homeowners, after all.
“Mistakes happen. I love my architect and my builder. This was a surveyor’s problem,” she said.
The project has been set back six weeks, as not only was the wood framework torn down, but the newly-poured foundation also had to be smashed up and carted away.
And really, having to shell out $150,000 isn’t all that much when you take into consideration that the property and the home that used to be on it cost the couple $2.478 million when they bought it. That included a 1,674-square-foot house that the couple used the wrecking ball on in order to build the house (and pool) of their dreams.
Meanwhile, some of their neighbors aren’t too pleased with the prospect of living with an extended amount of construction noise and debris in the summer season. Let’s hope they get invited to the pool once it’s all done to make up for the inconvenience.
Hamptons couple tears down house after construction error [New York Post]