Owners at 3000 2nd Avenue North, have made numerous alterations to the property, since 2006. Several of these projects required pulling permits. Several areas may require deeper inspections.
Kitchen was gutted changed and moved. New appliances and cabinetry were added. Electric and plumbing were rerouted and altered. The gas line may have been extended.
BATHROOM was gutted, changed, and moved. Plumbing and electric rerouted. Ceilings were dropped (not just the vent area). Recess lighting was added with less than 8’ between the shower’s threshold and light. The fixture does not meet NEC 410.10. The shower tile blocks an existing exterior window. The window is visible on the outside of the home. The bathroom has no exhaust fan and I did not see a fire alarm in other rooms.
Both kitchen and bathroom have multiplied their loads and densities exponentially.
The renovations put an extra burden of stress on the 100 year old joist system and walls. The original plaster work has either been removed or was covered by sheet rock which was recently modified. This could be to hide stress cracks.
Back screen porch was completely removed.
The back area now has an enclosed porch which was converted into a small indoor laundry room. Again electric and plumbing was added and altered. The room has a door to the backyard. Stairs leading to the back yard have fallen. I have been to two open houses and both times the back stairs were not fixed. The stress load on the joists should be checked.
The front porch was gutted, altered and expanded with visible code violations. When the current owners purchased the home it had one set of concrete stairs with railings on both sides of the stairs facing 30th street. Currently, they have two staircases. The stairs leading from 2nd Ave N do not meet ICC residential code standards. Railings that were removed left holes in the lower half of the only two freestanding brick columns. They also removed a center column that originally would have aided in supporting the front porch’s roof. The holes in the columns present a breach in the integrity of the remaining columns.
The roof to the front porch was gutted and altered. The roof is now leaning right and seems to be pulling from the house on the left. The supporting joists needs attention.
At least a dozen original windows have been replaced. The homes original windows were in mint operational condition with no breaks or no visible cracks to glass. All windows opened and closed with no leaks. In October, a few windows had missing locking hardware. The parlor a.k.a. sunroom windows have not been maintained and need attention. The parlor was originally an entrance to this home.
All these changes and more had been done since 2006. The previous owners, the Youschaks, did not make these changes. The Youschaks lived in the home less than a year from 2005 to the start of 2006. They currently reside about 20 minutes south of Tampa. They would be a good source to confirm what I am saying. I also have the 2005, listing and know the agent who still works in the area.
The original owners were the Mc Cooks. They did not make the above changes and the home was well maintained. Miss Sarah Mc Cook had lived in the home for almost 80 years. She was an educated women and prided herself on this home. Her father built the home and was a honorary woodsman. This home no longer has any of the original wood visible.
To see the outside changes simply use Google Maps | Street View and choose previous years. The changes mainly happened after 2010. The house has great curb appeal which detracts from many of the issues.
Lastly and most currently, over Thanksgiving week I noticed the covering on many of the windows had still been in place. They have been covered since Halloween. When I checked, I found they had replaced at least 12 original windows with store bought windows with white grids. The window replacement job has been hidden to us. I check the city and county sites for permits. They have no permits. They have never pulled any permits for any of the work they have done on this home. A city inspector needs to check this latest project. The inspector will probably quickly assume the siding is asbestos. Let me assure the inspector it is asbestos. Currently, the asbestos has been recently compromised by the re-fitting of the new windows. I would also assume the renovations and removal of the screen porch may have also compromised the asbestos siding.
Presently, evidence of the broken and cut asbestos siding will be found on the ground under several of the windows. If there was larger debris they clean it up. However I think most of the work had been done from the inside.
I have lived in this area for most of my life and knew Miss Mc Cook. I never met the current owners and tried discussing my concerns with the realtor. Wishing no ill-will on them only to get this home checked and safe. The home was in good order when they bought it. Our neighbors had no idea. I just hope the city can help mitigate and rectified some of these safety concerns.
If you need additional information you can contact me. I have previous photos, other documents, and other contacts. I have the former owners information and know the estate attorney for the late Miss McCook.
Thank you for your time and your quick handling in resolving this matter.
ATTACHED: image shows on the left is an image from the 2005 listing (MFRMLS #U7109973) as the house was before current owners. The right is a picture taken from Zillow. Many undermined changes. Notice the roof has been gutted, porch expanded, railing removed, and a middle column is gone. The house is darling but the owners don't seem to care about codes and permits.
A. Construction without permit