Hamptons Couple Forced To Tear Down Mansion Over Construction Mistake

house hamptonsThe Friedbergs’ home before the renovation

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Today, our thoughts go out to Eric and Margaret Friedberg, the Hamptons couple who were recently forced to tear down the foundation of their sprawling Southampton Village home because a flaw in the planning gave the property no space for a backyard or a pool, reports The New York Post.   Upon returning from vacation, the couple was forced to do the unimaginable: to raze the property for a second time. 

The Friedbergs, according to the Post, originally bought the home for almost $2.5 million. It had cathedral ceilings, a pool, and brick terrace, but the Friedbergs wanted none of it. They tore it down in order to construct their own dream home.

But the Friedbergs soon found that their new home was built in the wrong place. So, according to estimates, they spent an extra $100-$150,000 to tear down the concrete foundation and wood structure of the nascent home. 

The Friedbergs are no strangers to controversy. Both are former federal prosecutors and Eric currently heads the risk management and investigations firm Stroz Friedberg. According to ABC News, Eric monitored Dominique Strauss-Kahn during his house arrest and provided bodyguards for Bernie Madoff during the fraudster’s trial. 

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