Nearly 100 tall-skinny homes built too close together in Nashville neighborhood

Nearly 100 tall-skinny homes could be built too close together in Nashville neighborhood (Fox 17 News)

The Metro Nashville Codes Department is in hot water after neighbors claimed nearly 100 homes in west Nashville were built too close together.

Neighbors in the Nations said it's a safety issue, and they want their space. Tall and skinny homes are the latest trend in Nashville housing.

Evan Lacey said he understands the trend, but when he looks down the side of his nations home, the close proximity of his soon-to-be neighboring home makes him very nervous.

“They're going to be taking up their entire property line," Lacey said. "How do you get a lawnmower through, or say if a fire crew had to come and put out a fire, how are they going to get back there?"

Lacey filed a complaint with the Metro Codes Department after two homes under construction next to his place on Indiana Avenue started getting a little too close for comfort.

"They kept putting up the walls and asking if they could put up a ladder on my side of the fence," Lacey said. "I said ‘no, your house is so close to my property, why would I help you do that?’"

According to Metro Codes, the foundation should be set back three feet from the property line, meaning all homes are six feet apart. These homes passed that part of the inspections process, but there's a catch.

“We measure, and it's three feet or more just as it's supposed to be," said Metro Codes Department Director Terry Cobb. "Then later on during construction, during the framing phase, they decide they’re going to cantilever the first floor or second floor, out beyond the foundation."

So-called cantilevers or "bump outs," which look like overhangs often used as a window nook, add charm to a new home. They also take up space Metro Codes did not count during inspection on 85 homes in the Nations.

"We failed to catch it okay, but the code must be complied with," Cobb said. "We failed to catch it then we are in the process of catching, correcting it at this time.”

Correcting it could come at a cost to the contractor, and maybe even homeowners, who will now be forced to remove the bump outs from the sides of their homes.

Cobb said it’s up to the homeowner to file a claim with the contractor.

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