Since we had a ball game last night, we couldn’t come out to the house to see what had happened during the day. We came out this morning and found two larger holes on the east side of the house.
Here’s a little closer view. When the house is lifted, the beams will support the porch roof. There will be a beam that comes out on the north hole that will support that side of the porch roof so it doesn’t collapse. The porch roof is a little wonky right now. It’s sagging down on one side and I hope it makes it through this process. I really didn’t want to have to pay for a new porch roof, though it does look like it should be replaced.
The porch roof will be covered in steel like the house roof. Saving the porch roof is important. A new roof structure could add another $10,000 or more to the project. Because of the expensive nature of this project, I need all the savings I can get.
The stakes for the new foundation have been put in place. At this point, I can finally see just how big my new basement will be. I’m such a visual person. I have no concept of what 20 feet is unless I step it off or have the visual aid of the stakes. There will be another contractor coming in here soon that will disconnect all the plumbing, electrical and the gas lines to the house. Once the house has been dropped onto its new foundation, the connections will be made again.
It seems as if there is a lot to do and it’s a slow process. It’s just a 2-3 man crew is handling all of the excavation. They really couldn’t have any more than that since they only run 1 or 2 machines at a time. Art and his crew travel about 60 miles one way to get to my house. They aren’t here in the morning when I come to feed the animals and by the time I get off work they are done for the day.
We converse by phone or text. If they need to talk to me in person, I get off work a little bit early to get up here in time. So for this crew working about 6 hours a day, I think they’re making fine progress. This should be a 4-6 week project. I’m starting to think that unless things start happening quickly, it will take a little longer than that.
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. In a normal year, we would have had a rainy spell that pretty much stops any outdoor work. So far we’ve had a shower or two, but nothing that has stopped them from working. This has certainly been an unusually warm and pleasant fall here in Iowa. Thank the Lord for that!
After a really long frustrating year, I feel as if this project is finally coming together. God has placed some great people in my path. And for that, I am the most thankful.
Salvaging A Farmhouse is a series of blog posts that chronicle my experience of renovating and reclaiming our 1900 farmhouse. This is a project that is over a decade in the making. We were working towards some pretty serious renovations on the house until my husband became sick with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and died 9 weeks after his diagnosis. My kids and I have been left with the task of completing what we started all those years ago. Every house and every family have a story and this is the story of ours.