Turret Plans

I received my plans for the turret yesterday!  YIPPEE!  My house currently does not have the turret.  It met its demise approximately 50+ years ago during a rain storm.  Since it was a nonfunctioning room, the previous homeowners did not know that it was mostly rotted.  During a wind storm, a pecan tree fell on the turret and its 40+ year reign came to a halt.

The architect who made the plan, peered over his glasses at me and  said the rebuilding of the turret is going to be “expensive”.  I always find it humorous when someone assumes that we don’t know what we are getting into.  I guess because of our age, both of us are under 30, people think we are a little crazy and we have a hard time convincing contractors, architects, etc. that we are serious.  My husband and I both have excellent, good paying jobs, but…I guess we look broke 🙂

I think it “throws” people when they arrive at our house to give us an estimate.  They look at the present condition of our house and think “these people are too poor to live in a nice new house” and write us off…we usually never hear back from over half of ’em.  It has taken almost a year to find a good contractor who is willing to help us out on the heavy lifting.  We are doing/have done a lot of the work ourselves, but we are just not equipped to move a wall and rebuild a turret…we had to throw in the towel and call in the big guys for that work.

Well, now that I have the plans, it doesn’t look too hard.  I just might rebuild the turret myself 😀 HA!

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4 thoughts on “Turret Plans

  1. Glad that the repairs are finally underway! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    I completely understand where you are coming from as far as the age thing. People don’t take Don and I serious in business sometimes because we are young. It gets so frustrating! 🙂 But we always prove them wrong.

  2. ANDREA! YOU HAVE REALLY BEEN THROUGH THE WRINGER WITH THIS PROJECT, BUT – LIKE WITH GETTING THE COPY OF THAT BOOK FOR ME – YOU ARE AS TENACIOUS AS EVER! YOU GO, GIRL – THAT TURRET IS GOING TO BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE HOUSE! I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT RESTORED!

    KEEP IN TOUCH!
    J

  3. Can you tell me how to get a pattern for turrets I have a 102 year old house and we are doing much restoration.
    Thanks for any help.
    Laurie

    • I am not sure what you mean by pattern. If you are talking about wanting to know the different shapes of turrets,you may be able to find a book on Queen Anne architecture and they should have several pictures of different turrets.

      If you are talking about getting a plan to rebuild a turret,then you will need to contact an architect and have him/her measure the area and draw up some plans for your builder. Some cities have ordinances regarding restoration work. Sometimes you need a permit, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you have to file the plans of what you want to do with the City you live in…this is true especially if you are going to change anything structurally.

      Hope this helps.
      Andrea

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