In anticipation of the house dropping onto the foundation, a few changes were made this week. A support wall was put in between the “old house” and the new foundation. The holes in the wall will accommodate the beams once the house has been dropped. The beams will be pulled through once the house has settled onto the new foundation.
I’m adding a 20×30 foot addition onto the house and it has a full basement under it. This is a shot of the basement that will be under the new addition. Unlike the “old” part of the house, there will be no windows in this area, because there will be a deck on the south side of this addition. I didn’t want any on the north side because of the harsh, cold, north winds we get here in the winter time. The sill plates are attached, so once the addition is framed, they will have something to screw into.
The windows were necessary for the old part of the house. Those beams had to have a way out once the house has been dropped. It’s no accident the windows have been located where the beams are. The beams fit through the old windows of the old foundation.
You’ll notice there is no floor poured yet. This is because the cribbing and jacks are still under the house. Once the house is dropped, all of the cribbing will be removed and then the floor will be poured. The floor is filled with gravel to prep for the concrete.
The plan is to drop the house tomorrow if the weather is suitable. I’m going to take the day off work to watch the process happen. It’s not every day your house gets put down onto a foundation. My kids didn’t share my excitement. They are choosing to go to school instead. I’m not sure I understand what’s exciting for kids today. They see and do so much, they’re a little hard to impress. I could just say my kids are outstanding students and they didn’t want to miss school.
Yeah, that’s it!
Once the house is dropped, then we have to wait for the construction contractors to put in the flooring system on the addition. The flooring system will protect the basement that’s currently exposed to the elements. It’ll help keep the heat inside, too. We also need to have a temporary furnace put in because it’s getting pretty cold these days. It’s still very nice for the middle of November!
We’re getting closer every day!
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.