This video was shot by homeowners living next to a condo development site in Lowertown, Ottawa. This is a must-watch if a development is planned near you.
You can see here and here that our fence was in top shape back in fall/winter 2013. But throughout the construction it’s been getting worse and worse. We really liked the fence as it kept our garden sheltered. You can also notice in this picture that the right side of the house appears to be sinking. Damage to other parts of the house appear to be supporting this theory as well. Will this ever get fixed? Stay tuned.
So they filled the side area of the construction site. It was done Rambo-style with some contraption slinging thousands of small rocks directly adjacent to our house. Some of the rocks hit our front window and some fell into our air conditioning unit. Not pleased.
I think they realized that damage to our house was occurring because they let themselves in to our front yard and put up boards in an attempt to block the rocks. These are the things you deal with living next to a construction site!
That’s my driveway he’s blocking! Where’s the ticket guy when you need him…
They came and installed something called a crack monitor. It’s basically a tool that is supposed to allow them to see if the cracks are increasing and the house is still moving. We will have a visit once a week from now on to monitor this.
We had a visit recently from the developer and their structural and geotechnical engineers. They reviewed the entire home. They assured us the home was safe. The developer’s project manager came by afterwards and told us that they would take care of all the fixes to make it right. We are relieved they have said they would do so.
So they are digging right next door to us. And it feels like a massive shovel smacking the side of our wall. Really unnerving.
Ladies and gentlemen step right out… We haven’t been able to use our exit door in the garden for the past few months and won’t be able to until the sides are filled in. Another lifestyle change that construction brings!