When a truck like this arrives in the early morning....
you know there are about to be some serious renovations for the day.
Most of the older homes, in my area of Texas, were built on a pier and beam system. As is so often, an older home can be in it's original state of construction.
This is the case for my newly purchased 1930's Craftsman Bungalow.
Shortly after the first hour of work, this is what it looked like. The crew has removed the bottom skirting.
Before the day is over, many new piers will be added in the center of the home. They will dig deeply in the earth and add the piers, plus re-setting the old ones.
I'm so lucky to have the contacts of a 3rd Generation House Leveler. The owners' Grandfather started the business. He now has a nephew (4th generation) working for him.
I recently saw a sigh that said:
"If you think an Expert is Expensive....
First try hiring an Amateur."
What a wild job to do. I like my basement for storage.ReplyDelete
Rarely do you find a basement here....it may partly be due to the movement of the black lands. In the summer, when it is so dry, large cracks appear in the earth.Delete
Wow - that DOES look serious! Interesting construction, too. I think your final quote is pretty much always true - may I steal it, please?!ReplyDelete
Hello Mike....I think I originally saw the quote posted on the side of a plumber's van. I have found it to be true, most every time. Please...do use it !!Delete
You are so courageous to take on these projects :) do keep us updated on the new place. I enjoy your style and can't wait to see what you do with it! JillReplyDelete
Thanks....I may be looking to you for encouragement, in a couple of months !Delete
when you start talking generations than you know it is an old place. that is cool. very neat. i love history. family history is even cooler. can't wait to see even more. have fun! ( :ReplyDelete
I believe only one family lived in the house until it became rental property. Even the kitchen cabinets are original.Delete
What a big project! Good thing you hired experts! :)ReplyDelete
When you are doing something like this that is so expensive...you want the best !Delete
Best wishes on the renovations. How true the quote is! Better to have it done right the first time, than have to have it done again, and again. Take care, HeatherReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment today....I guess most home owners' understand that quote.Delete
Oh my, quite an undertaking! My daughter lives in a town where they have a lot of foundation problems (sinking, shifting). Not uncommon there to see houses jacked up and new foundations being poured. Good luck with everything!ReplyDelete
That all looks very serious.... I hope that you are pleased with the results. JxReplyDelete