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Monday, May 22, 2006

Even Castles Made of Sand...

744pxflag_of_indianasvg_1 Why build a home for your retirement when you could build a medieval castle? That was the Gunkels' attitude when they contracted with a construction company to build a 44-foot-high, 3,400-square-foot castle on Snow Lake in Indiana.  However, it wasn't all fun and games when, according to the couple, the castle developed structural problems that delayed them from moving in.  In 2000, the couple sued their contractor; at the time, they still owed the contractor $92,435 on another constructon contract. 

The case made its way up to the Supreme Court of Indiana, which remanded it back to the trial court.  The AP reports that the trial judge had to decide "if the contractor was responsible for work ordered by the Gunkels through other contractors, such as a new roof, carpet replacement and many doors and windows and furniture refinishing."  The trial courtrecently published a ruling, awarding the contractor $211,935 for damages due to breach of contract, attorney fees and interest.  The Gunkels were awarded $31,826 for attorney fees, repair work on windows and doors and interest.

A picture of the castle can be seen here.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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