G is for …

gGarage-like structure

And yes not so much a garage, as something that may once have been a garage, what I call a garage-like structure (GLS). But something if we pull it down, we can’t replace it with a garage due to new bylaws, so at some point we have to decide if it’s worth “fixing” at least so we can use it as a shed. We have been told that we could “replace” it surreptitiously one wall at a time, meaning we would be slowly refurbishing it so that eventually it was a new structure, but the added complication comes from the house being designated Heritage, so I’m not sure how much we could refurbish the GLS without anyone noticing…well, I guess we could clean it out and straighten it and then use it as a shed. Don’t really need a garage here in the land of virtually no snow or ice.

Anyway, last year, this is what it looked like.

Garage2  Garage3

We were afraid that all that vine was actually all that was holding the garage-like structure up. But, it’s still standing, as you can see!

Garage1  Garage4

And, although I neglected to get a picture of the roof, well what was left of it, I did get a picture of the enormous black tarp that hubby (with a little help from me) managed to get up on the roof of the garage to stop it from leaking. Shortly after we did this, the tarp began to tear. Not a complete surprise as I don’t think being the roof of a GLS was in the tarp’s job description. Anyway, the place we purchased the tarp gave us a second one for free, and we put the second one on top of the first, and so far everything is still in place.


Someday I may have pictures of a newly refurbished GLS, but for now, it’s the home to bags of junk we have to get rid of, our lawn mower, and the occasional raccoon family.


Posted on April 8, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Goddam planning reg.s ! – they are INFURIATIN. Love Rocky there, Em. 🙂

    • They are indeed! Our house is currently listed as a multi-family dwelling too, which means it costs more for garbage pickup because we get more containers. We haven’t done too much about it yet as we still have a lot of garbage to get rid of, but also because the process to change back to single family is ridiculously complicated, since it’s the same “justification” process (with plans and measurements, etc.) to convert single family to multi. I can see that process being complex, but to convert back? Really?

  2. I’ll be interested to see what the future holds for the GLS.

  3. I think if you get the roof work done on the GLS, it looks eminently repairable, even with historic designation (although that does complicate things).

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