Asked by Kim Rice, Chicago, IL • Mon Aug 13, 2012
My property has a front single family home and I live in the back single family home, which we've referred to as a coach house. However, it has no garage and is essentially its own free structure with a parking pad behind it. I would like to build an addition to the back house, and zoning, looking at our survey, photos and our hand drawn renderings of what we want seemed to be okay with it, until we said the word "coach house" at which time they shut us down and said no changes can be made to coach houses. End of story. I would like to figure out if by the very nature of having two single family homes on one lot makes ours a coach house, of if a coach house has to have any specific features. Thanks so much for anyone's feedback!
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