About that Foundation

As I purchased the house in winter there was little danger of the foundation completely caving in for a couple of months. However, it was imperative the work be done prior to the spring rains.

My contractors began by excavating along the problem wall:Image

As the wall was bowed in about a foot, they installed four steel beams, two in and two outside, with threaded pipes through them and the block. Then, using nuts, they slowly pulled the blocks straight.

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The original estimate was $11K; my guys did it for $4K (including re mortaring the blocks and replacing the small windows).

There were a couple of other places that required block work as well –

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The cats weren’t happy!

The House

I bought it for $7,000.00. It was a foreclosure – the popular term is ‘distressed’. I’ll say its distressed. Check it out– Here’s the front view:

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What you can’t see in the pictures is the foundation – falling in on one side and a basement full of feral cats.

Why would anyone take on this rehab project? Because I’ve been away from my hometown for 30+ years. I’ve been carrying this town around in my heart all this time. Life is short – its time to start building my future!

Scary huh? Exciting huh?