Builders tear down new Southampton home in middle of construction

A Southampton couple had to tear down a home mid-construction when they realized it was built too far from the curb to allow for a backyard pool, the New York Post reported. Eric and Margaret Friedberg had purchased a Huntting Street home for $2.478 million and demolished the existing 1,674-square-foot house and pool to make room for a brand new home. Workers had completed about $100,000 to $150,000 of work on the new house, including the framing for the first floor and part of the second floor.

“There was no back yard and no pool,” one worker said. “You’ve got to have the pool. This is why you measure twice and cut once.”

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The Friedbergs did not appear too concerned with the blunder. “Mistakes happen,” said Margaret Friedberg, who plans to keep the architect and the builder.

But neighbors, who have also endured a construction site nearby on a home now on the market for $5.7 million, aren’t as nonchalant as they expect many more months of noise work lingers. [Post]