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  1. LOL better yet....when is the next house burning event?
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  2. Yes you can. The center beam in the room that can be seen on your photo as well as the framing plan is the main structural member that supports the roof and the ceiling joists. Notice that there are supports run diagonally and vertically in the attic space to this beam. This design transfers the load of the tile roof. Obviously, your challenge will be to eliminate the supports and allow that room to be open. The way you will accomplish this is to add 2 new heavy support beams at the approximate location shown on the framing plan as "22' - 2x10 ". These beams will carry the loads of of the diagonal supports that you will remove. These beams will also be the base of the new walls for your room. In order to carry the load of the existing verticle supports, you will have to run new left to right beams under your current roof ridge. These beams will also define your ceiling height. In addition to all of this, you will need to reroute the wiring, ductwork, AC copper lines, plumbing pipes, ect... to the new outside walls. As for the new bridge from the inside, it will not be a problem. You could probably net a 16' wide x 25' deep room with a ceiling of about 8'.
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  3. As you discovered it's easy to pull out. Consider it your spring workout! It will abate as the weather gets hotter. Do know that it charges the bed with beneficial nitrogen, so it's doing its part to help your flowers grow.
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  4. I totally agree with you on this. Why not put more effort into renovating or rebuilding existing properties that are falling apart or dangerous, and less effort into building new on open land way far out from the city in areas where the public is greatly opposed? The car example is a good comparison. There will be hearings in downtown for the other applications. You should show up to one or more of them and share this. Well that was unexpected. You obviously miss the point. Of course, but if Katy residents were to post in downtown topics of how they think inner-loopers should think and should live their lives, in a very judgmental and political way, I'd suspect the inner-loopers would probably not be very pleased. I don't see how any of that discussion is helpful to anyone. Would you disagree with this? People usually choose to live where they do because it has something attractive to them, or a way of life different from another area they chose not to live.
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  5. Wow, I'm a little surprised to see a mod jump on a meaningless sarcastic remark....lol we're a bit sensitive around here I just don't understand why the City/State will not put stricter laws against slum lords and development ?
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  6. <br style=""> <br style=""> Don’t worry about the haters. They hate me with a passion, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I’ll confess I'm a little disappointed. I had hoped to speak at the hearing, to talk about how badly we need to fix Houston's existing low-cost housing. Properties that I'd have talked about: - Candlewood Glen & Candlelight Trails on the Northwest side (DeSoto Street): The properties should both be bulldozed, one turned into a park; quality low-cost housing built on the site of the other. (It won't be easy - the Candlelight Trails is actually a condominium complex). - Le Promenade on the Southwest side (7400 block of Bissonnet): These condos should be bulldozed; half of the site turned into a park, or sold to HISD for use by Sharpstown High; half turned into quality low-cost housing. - Properties on the Chronicle’s Database from 2008: Some of these places have changed hands and names, and repairs have started; but they can’t just put lipstick on pigs. They need to gut these places down to the studs and rebuild from there. TDHCA help sure would be nice. - Houston’s countless derelict houses: There is no reason derelict houses can’t be demolished and rebuilt into quality low-cost housing. The City is starting to do this, and TDHCA actually has some programs in place that could help; but I’ve yet to see evidence that TDHCA is using those programs here in Houston. This is just the tip of the iceberg. My point is that the TDHCA is doing Houston a huge disservice when they spend money to subsidize new housing on open land. It’s the urban equivalent of buying a new car, and leaving your old car to rot on the front lawn.
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  7. Why would inner-loopers care about what happens out in Katy? Or bother getting in this Katy forum? Just curious...
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  8. Oh joy! Katy's property value enhancing outlet mall, surrounded by acres of asphalt, and ringed by fast food stores, is SAVED! Now, only Katy's wealthy and upper middle class will walk the aisles perusing the factory seconds and knockoffs, before topping off the day with a 1,000 calorie burger. Utopia has been restored!
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  10. The Grand Harbor application (#10197) has been withdrawn from consideration by the applicant. Robbye G. Meyer Director of Multifamily Finance Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 221 East 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 475-2213 (V) (512) 475-0764 (F) Thanks to all the supporters and Haters(AtticaFlinch and others)
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  11. But the thing about First Colony is that it has two layers of zoning; City of Sugar Land city limits, and the First Colony MPC. So there is much greater control over what is or isn't built in that area. However, I haven't been too pleased with city of Sugar Land leadership concerning areas immediately next to their city limits with Sugar Land postal addresses but Houston ETJ. At least in Katy's case here, the mayor or city council or whoever it was spoke out against this apartment development, even though it's not in Katy city limits (correct?) So props to Katy city leadership for apparently recognizing that something doesn't have to be in city limits to directly affect them. On the other hand, the city of Sugar Land was completely silent when a developer was trying to build one of these places a stone's throw from Sugar Land city limits, at a Sugar Land postal address area, but Houston ETJ. It was 100% up to residents to stop it... no help from city of Sugar Land with even something like a public statement. This area has asked two or three times to be taken into Sugar Land ETJ, but Sugar Land keeps saying no. I don't get it, I don't agree with it, I think think Sugar Land blowing the area off that's near its own airport is stupid, but what do I know. It's displeased me enough though, that when we do ever move again, it probably won't be into Sugar Land. That, and the fact that whenever I've had to deal with city of Houston or 311, it's been 10x faster and more responsive than that of the city of Sugar Land, if you can believe that. Oh, and FBCAD blows too. Sorry for my Sugar Land rant, didn't mean to hijack your thread!
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  12. Heh... until I can illegally download a house, I don't think this comparison holds up to any scrutiny. I don't think the idea itself is too unreasonable, but certainly the 99 year time frame is. Maybe one year or five years is more appropriate. Two questions though: 1) What happens if someone buys the property only to demolish the structure? Many houses, especially inside the loop and out west, are bought just to be destroyed and rebuilt. Most of those aren't 100 years old. Would a potential buyer/seller still be responsible for paying this fee? 2) Does this apply just to real estate, or will this idea be extrapolated to apply to all manner of property? Will Ford or Toyota have to be paid 1% every time one of their cars are resold. Will I have to pay GE something to sell a used washer/dryer set on Craigslist? It seems to me if this is allowed to become policy, it'll open up a can of worms that'll amount to little more than corporate piracy.
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  13. It seems like you're incorrect. The reminder letters save about $85 million in taxpayer money by increasing the response rate. The Census Bureau estimates the cost of getting a response in person at $56 vs. $0.42 to mail a reminder letter.
    1 point
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