For those of you that are planning a summer project, remember to reference the O.B.C. to help in your design and from there, help in doing an appropriate material list.
Always check for municipal guidelines and set backs if you are waterfront. These are available from your local building department or online.
Always get permits when required, trust me its worth the few dollars. A trained inspector will ensure that you are going in the right direction, but most won’t usually give advice given the liability.
The OBC is primarily focussed on safety, practical use and structural integrity that lasts the test of time.
Most people think that following the code makes projects more complicated, but in fact it is there to simplify your life and to help you build value into your home or cottage retreat. Good value always pays off now and down the road.
The code is a minimum requirement. Its easier to do it correctly while the work is being done, rather than fixing it afterwards.
The code book is full of all the specifics of what and what not to do. With a bit of research, you will be able to complete your project correctly, safely and with your own spin on it. There are many great websites that will help walk you right through it and give you some ideas as well.
Hire a reputable contractor for the jobs that are out of your comfort zone, but if you are the do it yourself type, do it the right way and take pride in your work. You will get to enjoy the fruits of your labour now, and for many years to come.
The complete OBC is available on line and most of what you will need is in section 9-residential, but you may need to access other sections as well, simply follow the index.
By Dave Linkert, Site Supervisor, Marshall Homes Port 32