The residential real estate market is in the tank, but in Manassas Park they’re still granting building permits to transform affordable housing into monstrous boarding houses that just beg to be overcrowded. Here’s a picture taken today on Holden Drive in Manassas Park, where a nice little house that would probably have suited a small family is being transformed into a monstrosity that clearly has structural deficiencies that will not only make this into another ugly home that doesn’t fit the character of the neighborhood, but is structurally unsafe. How the City of Manassas Park can approve these disasters-in-waiting is beyond me, and I’m stunned that they can be so casual about the safety and security of their residents.
Now I don’t claim to be a structural engineer, but even this home remodeler can easily identify that the cantilever (it’s not supposed to be a cantilever, but effectively that is what it is) over the carport is insufficiently supported, and that the framing being attatched to the roof on the right side is inadequate. Trying to build a second story on top of an existing sloped roof and cutting out roof trusses to provide space is beyond stupid.
Here’s a look at this abysmal carpentry job from another angle:
Here we have oriented strandboard exposed to the elements for months on end, and water damage has started to delaminate the boards which are effectively the only real structural support for these walls. Notice how the joints between these boards are starting to warp? The framing for the roof is ridiculously inadequate, and the second story doesn’t seem to have any provision for windows, except for one in the middle which wasn’t framed out properly. This carpentry job should be listed as an example in trade schools for what not to do, not only in their execution, but as an example of absolutely piss-poor planning. Just how does one cobble in structural support for the center roof beam as an afterthought, and make this structure safe? I’d be fascinated to learn that magic trick.
As far as the City of Manassas Park is concerned, as soon as they can cover all this up so you can’t see the inherent structural defects, it will be a fine idea to move your family into this house. I don’t attribute this to simple incompetence, because no one charged with enforcing building permits and the building code could possibly be this astoundingly negligent. The only plausible explanation for this outrage is corruption. Pay the right people, cut all the corners you want, and endanger the lives of the people who get saddled with this inevitable eyesore so you can try to make a buck.
It’s business as usual in Manassas Park, where residents are commodities, not constituents.
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