Tradie is being sued for his 25-year home renovation because it has taken too long – but he says he will continue to work on his house until he dies
- A tradition transforms his home into a Victorian home decades
- Ian McKenzie began renovating the Adelaide house in 1993
- He claims that most of the work has been completed, but the council has taken him to court
- He is now faced with the possibility of being ordered to remove or demolish buildings
A trader who has spent 25 years renovating his property has been sued for his long-term home improvements.
Ian McKenzie, who reflects on a living, started to transform his parental home in Adelaide into a colonial Victorian home in 1993 – but his long-term renovation is still not complete.
A frustrated Burnside Council has now taken legal action following complaints from several angry neighbors of Mr. McKenzie.
Mr. McKenzie can now be faced with the order to demolish his property by the council, who says he has taken too long to complete the work.
But he refused and vowed to keep working on his house until he died.
Ian McKenzie & # 39; s children's home (photo) has undergone a complete overhaul and looks almost unrecognizable compared to years earlier
Under the South Australian Development Act, the owner may be instructed to remove or demolish the building if it is not substantially completed within the period prescribed by the regulations.
McKenzie fought back and argued over the definition of & # 39; almost completely & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Their idea of almost complete is actually completely complete & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
Mr. McKenzie's house has undergone a complete overhaul and looks almost unrecognizable compared to years earlier.
The mirror maker used intricate brick and blue stone work to transform the façade of the 1950s.
He also extended the back of the house and added a studio where he does his work.
The tradition, which works as a mirror maker, used intricate brick and blue stone work to transform the 1950s façade
Mr McKenzie has also expanded the back of the house and added a studio where he does his work
Mr. McKenzie has now been instructed to demolish his house because he has taken too long to complete the work, but the determined tradition has vowed to continue until he dies
& # 39; The walls are inside, there is insulation, I have lived in the house – that is almost complete.
& # 39; It is an artistic component that must be done. Essentially complete – it's not much of the cosmetic stuff.
& # 39; I will probably work on the house until I die. & # 39;
He said that baking trays should still be at the front of the building and stained glass windows should be installed.
The interior of the house also requires work, he said.
Mr. McKenzie said that the do-it-yourself should be done in stages and changing the property in his dream house must take time.
& # 39; I could not afford to buy what I wanted and I could not afford to go anywhere, I am a bit stuck & he said.
& # 39; I had to renovate the house, it was a place from the fifties that fell to pieces. & # 39;
Mr. McKenzie said that if he didn't think he could do the job, he wouldn't have started.
Burnside Council said they could not comment because the case is still before the courts.
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