A DAD has told how he was forced to dismantle a pirate ship swimming pool he built for his children after a low-key neighbor complained to authorities.
John Konstantinidis of Toronto, Canada spent eight weeks meticulously crafting the structure so his children could have somewhere to play during the coronavirus pandemic.
But just a week after completion, he was contacted by local authorities, who told him the structure violated city ordinances.
To make matters worse, it turned out that the complaint had been filed by an anonymous neighbor who claimed the “large building was too close to the property line”.
“A pool like this requires a pool permit that ensures the pool is properly fenced,” the city said in a statement at the time.
“Furthermore, the structure itself is larger than 10 x 10 and therefore requires planning permission.”
Heartbroken by the decision, the father quickly set about dismantling the structure and moving it further away from the fence.
At the time, the decision made his children, aged seven and ten, burst into tears.
“The first two weeks were unbearable,” Konstantinidis told CBC Toronto.
“It wasn’t easy at all, but it was also a lesson for her. Life doesn’t always turn out what you expect.”
The father has made it his mission to protect the family’s right to maintain the pirate ship with deck and wooden pool.
“We are not above the law,” Konstantinidis told reporters. “But don’t make me take it down.”
The father quickly complied with the order and further removed the structure from the neighboring fence and divided the structure into separate parts.
But he, along with his wife Voula, was furious at the actions of the insignificant neighbor who didn’t speak to them before filing the “hurting” complaint.
“They don’t understand why our neighbors are like this. “What are you telling them as parents,” Voula said, referring to having to break the devastating news to her children.
“You’re trying to calm her down. We told them they will definitely have some sort of pool.”
A year later, keeping their promise, the couple renovated and modernized the ship to comply with liner city laws.
It included enhanced safety measures such as locks to the covered water area and a chain fence in case the children get too close to the edge.
Importantly, the structure has become an integral part of the local community and brings great joy to other children in the neighborhood.
It also sparked an interest in building in Konstantinidis’ two children, who described their father’s skills as “the best in the world”.
“Maybe one day I’ll build a skyscraper,” son Steven told CBC.
While his brother Michael added, “What I think about my dad building this is that he’s the best dad in the world and I appreciate that.”
Despite the happy ending for this family, not all neighborhood feuds have happy endings.
In one case, a father claimed his life was turned upside down after his neighbor decided to demolish his house and rebuild it with a ceiling high enough to see into his garden.
The father said he didn’t know about his neighbor’s drastic remodeling plans until demolition began next door.
And one woman was furious after her neighbor allegedly “crammed” a giant paddling pool into her yard.
The angry resident said the neighbor “lived in it for practically the whole week” despite sitting just meters from her own property.
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