Apr 09, 2013 6:27 pm
Greetings all, I want to put an offer on a house but the Pergola was built without consent. How does it look to you?
Good / Bad / Tear it down immediately etc?
Re: No consent on pergola2
Apr 09, 2013 9:15 pm
Design wise, I'd be checking it out during heavy rain with the wind blowing off the house.
Re: No consent on pergola3
Apr 10, 2013 2:56 am
but the Pergola was built without consent. How does it look to you?
It appears the person who built it has tried to allow for the incredible heat that would build up under it, but as H2O says any water running off the lower end would be blown in through the excessive gap with the right weather conditions. It certainly seems strong enough but it is sooo ugly, not helped by highlighting the riser brackets in a different colour.
If it were mine and I could get approval, I would disassemble it and lower the roofline by cutting the staunchions and riser brackets, so the rafter-top is level with the gutter-top and replacing every 2 out of 3 sheets of polycarbonate with colourbond iron because it will get like a furnace under it if you are in a warmer climate
If this is the only stumbling block to buying the place you have little to worry about -- unless other unapproved work has been done.
Re: No consent on pergola4
Apr 10, 2013 11:46 am
Biggest issue is whetheror not the metal fascia which the riser brackets attach to has been properly strengthened.
Surely it has been otherwise it would have already fallen down, but not many people do so would pay to check
If you are worried about the gap then you could always flash down a bit to close the gap.
It looks sturdy enough, but if you need to make any changes to bring it to standard just negotiate on price.
In all fairness to the seller though, if they arent portraying it as approved surely they arent pricing the house as such.
Approval would cost about $2000 which is whay they probably didnt do it.
They material would have cost less than that
Re: No consent on pergola6
Apr 11, 2013 10:45 pm
It looks pretty solid and also it looks like any rainfall is designed to fall back on to the roof and/or in to the gutter to carry it away from the area. Depending on your location and how hot it gets underneath, it might be a good idea to replace some of those sheets with colorbond etc, but it depends on which direction this side faces too. It may be a blessing on a south side that gets cold, but could be very hot in summer on the west side for example but test it out over summer first.
Re: No consent on pergola7
Apr 17, 2013 11:03 pm
Yeah looks fine, We bought a house with a non approved pergola, have had it for 10 years still standing strong and firm and we plan to sell it unapproved as well. I really don't see the issue it's just the council wanting some money to approve things lol!
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