When we first thought about adding a second floor above our office, we figured we’d be in store for some conversations about the foundation. The office was housed in a small addition at the back of the house that – we think – started off as a screened-in porch.
Our hunch prooved right. When Tom and the crew started poking around under the office it didn’t take long for them to conclude that it was merely a pile of rubble under our house. It wasn’t really doing much to hold the structure up. Here’s a picture of Tommy drawing a picture of how slanted the back part of our house had become over the years.
The photo also shows the LVL they bolted to the structure to make it level.
So they quickly decided we needed to add a proper foundation if we wanted to add on a second level. That meant digging down four feet to get below the frost line. Because of the number of boulders on our site and the location where they needed to dig, excavation needed to be done by hand. That’s a a lot of work. Two days later this is what it looked like:
They poured a new concrete footing, then built the walls out of block. Amazingly, most of this happened during one of the rainiest weeks of the year. Our son came by to inspect their work.
Inside they put a rat slab.
The finished foundation looks good. The back room, which will now be part of the kitchen, is level and solid. And best if all, it’s ready for the second story soon to be built above it.