The deck is 270 sq feet. Permits were never discussed. If I were
aware that a permit is required, I would have insisted on it, and would
have had no problem in paying for the fees.
After speaking with the contractor, he kept saying that the clearance
and angle of the stairway was better than before (allowing even more
headroom than previously). I know that there HAD to have been some
change because I KNOW that I never had a problem with my head hitting
the house eve with the old staircase.
Quite frankly, It is my belief that the contractor did have some
responsibility for this problem. Nonetheless, I asked how much time it
would take to demo the existing stairway and build one just like the
old one. He told me it would take approximately half a day. Please
note that I never accused the contractor of any mistakes at all. I
simply stated the facts that I did not hit my head on the previous
stairway, and I wanted this new one to be the same.
I feel that I am always MORE THAN FAIR, in my dealings with people, so
I told him I would pay for a full's day extra labor costs (8 hours x
$65/hr), to demo the existing stairway and rebuild one to match the old
one. He agreed, and even said, "what's wrong with you," sarcastically
basically saying he was happy with that. I then wanted to clarify that
he would put back up the aluminum pool fence he took down to help make
space to build the deck, and he said no, that that was part of demo and
the contract did not call for him to put the fence back up. I told him
the contract did not call for him to take it down either, and I had
made it clear to him from the start that I intended to keep the pool
Am I wrong in assuming that when a contractor takes down an existing
structure which the owner has specified will remain in place after
construction, that the contractor would be expected to put it back up
after they are completed? Further, I already offered to pay him for
twice the labor time he said it would take to demo and rebuild the
staircase. This is exactly the pattern of disagreements that I have
had with this contractor.
Finally he said that he would put the pool fence back up, if he would
no longer be responsible for clearing construction debris, and I
agreed. Now that I am writing this, I am beginning to forsee futher
conflict when he has difficulty reassembling the fence because it is
attached to the deck posts which are a different size than on the
previous deck. I probably will be writing more on this in the future.