Building blunder fix nearly complete

Better Call Behnken

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA)-  The home builder responsible for an embarrassing blunder in Pasco County is nearly finished with the fix.

Builder Avex Homes is finished with the outside of the home, after chopping off 4 feet. 

Avex Homes’ big mistake was uncovered by a Better Call Behnken investigation that showed the house was less than 6 feet from the neighbor’s home in the new Avalon Park West neighborhood inside Wesley Chapel’s Cypress Village community.

No one with the builder or the county realized there was a problem until the next door neighbors brought it to their attention. 

Seth and Rachel Vermillion said they were told the house just “seemed too close” but was fine.

It took Seth Vermillion measuring the home distance himself to convince the county to make the builder stop constructing the home. By then, the house was mostly built. 

Pasco County requires at least 10 feet in between homes. 

The Vermillions turned to Better Call Behnken, after the builder let the home sit empty and unfinished for a year.

In November, Avex Homes filed plans with Pasco County to chop off four feet from the empty house. 

Part of the house moved over four feet. Upstairs, a bedroom and bathroom moved to the other side of the house. Two windows on the front of the house are gone. In total, the house lost about 200 square feet. 

“It’s not an eyesore anymore.,” Rachel Vermillion said. “It looks like a finished house now. It’s not bad.”

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