Sounds kind of poetic, don’t you think? Well it’s never a good thing when it involves an 82 year old house.
Warning: Some of the images below may be disturbing to some viewers.
I must say none of this will be that hard to fix – It’s to be expected in old houses. This one was pretty ravaged by termites, so I’ve replaced many floor joists in this old girl already – they’ll be a topic of a future post.
OK, not good already. The dirt was brought up to the sill level and cinder fill was placed on top to support the concrete slab floor and steps. The concrete was poured right up to the wood. I’m counting the dollars in my head as I’m anticipating quite a lot of termite and wood rot issues.
Let’s take a closer look. You can see the sill is rotted away under the front door foundation. Someone tried to make a wood fill and caulking repair. Was that Stacey or Victoria? They are the ‘caulking queens” after all.
The sills (supposed to be wood – looks like dirt here) sit atop the brick foundation. The floor joists perch on the sill. The joists are rotted as well. No wonder there was a slope to the floor at the front door.
One thing I would like to say if you are a homeowner and want to attempt any renovation – whether it’s DIY or you have a general contractor. Learn as much as you can about what you want to build or remodel. Know the best practices of construction – it’s all out there on the web. Knowledge is power – and it’s your Home we’re talking about here. Then find a good contractor to support the parts you can’t do yourself. I have this guy and I have to admit – he’s pretty darn good at what he does. He has the work ethic and knowledge to do it right. I think you can tell by now that I’m very demanding in quality – and so far he’s delivered. Here’s his site if you need some concrete or masonry work in our neck of the woods. Shawn Thomas Concrete and Masonry Service. Gee, I hope he gives me a discount for this testimonial.
Stay tuned fearless warriors – things will be looking up soon.