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Old 06-29-2018, 01:48 AM   #1
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NYC - Minor change not in Plans and Attic Fan


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I have 3 questions and seek advise.

NYC - Bedroom with attach bathroom -

I currently have approved plans for a shower addition to a half bath, permits were issued and the work was completed. Plumbing inspection was cleared. When installing the shower stall and wall. Their was a gap between the shower wall and bathroom wall. 10 inch gap. otherside of bathroom wall is a bedroom. The 10 inch gap looked ugly and was not usable space. The contractor gave an idea to make a niche in the bedroom. It was 24 inch wide and 10inch deep and 7 ft high with 4 shelf. So instead of an ugly useless 10inch gap, the space became usable from the bedroom side for storage.

Question is during the DOB final inspection would they make a big issue on it since it a very minor change instead of a flat wall; their a niche (a space that can be used). The architect is charging 2000 to amend the plans, which i find extremely high.

1. Do DOB make a big issues for these minor things?
2. f amending the plans for such minor work will it complicate things and make me have to go through the whole process again?
3. This is a separate question has nothing to do with this project but wanted to know for knowledge does a Solar Attic fan need a permit?

Thank you for your help
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Old 06-29-2018, 03:05 AM   #2
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I would be very surprized if the inspectors said anything about the added shelf.
It as nothing to do with structure, electrical or plumbing.
Not sure about the fan. That might change from one location to another, might be a question for the permit dept.
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:13 AM   #3
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Let the final inspection happen first. Then add whatever you want to close the gap. I've dealt with that before. Who drew the plans?
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Little repairs and some store work in manhattan and lead abatement in queens. Lead abatement needed certification and separate checks by department other than building. Other small works needed no paperwork, with illegal parking and all while off loading, etc. The store owners weren't worried at all about the cops enforcing building laws, etc. I work in NJ but I didn't think NYC was that tough. I think you should fire the architect, not worry about the nook and file the added fan. No inspector wanted to see changes not on the paper.
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No inspector wanted to see changes not on the paper.
My point exactly.
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:39 PM   #6
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The architect wants $2000 for that? You need to tell him to go take a hike! That's the most absurd cost I have ever heard for an architect to do something that small. Building it won't cost that much and normally architects get somewhere around 10% of the cost of the project.
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