Remodeling Features: Structural – Foundation cracking and separating

After nearly 50 years, this foundation just had ‘enough.’ The foundation wall was showing serious signs of stress but the owner didn’t know exactly what the problem was, or how it could be repaired. First thing: assess the damage and get the structural engineer involved. After he looked at it, we talked through the options for repair and came up … Read More

Remodeling Features: Structural – Damage from moisture in the crawl space

This particular project arrived through my plumbing contractor, and would have been entirely avoidable. The plumber had been called in to replace a sump pump under the floor of the living room so that the subsoil area could be pumped ‘dry’; then the pest company could continue to do their work: repairs of rotted materials and treatment to prevent future … Read More

Remodeling Features: New Roof Line on an Old Cottage

Here is the reconfiguration of a roof system on a quaint cottage home.  (More text below gallery.) The owner wanted to dress up the old roof system and make it all consistent across the length of the home and its added-on carport.  The home had a 4 in 12 pitch on the front and 2 in 12 on the back … Read More

The Dark Space Below Me, or The Forgotten Crawl Space (Part 2 of 2)

(Continued from: Part 1) I thought you’d like to hear more from the “dark space below me.”  I got a call a few years ago about a property that had a “moisture vapor” problem in the crawl space.  That’s what an inspection report listed it as.  So, I went to look; sure enough plenty of water (probably two to four … Read More

The Dark Space Below Me, or The Forgotten Crawl Space (Part 1 of 2)

I’d like to just forget about all crawl spaces . . . but, I can’t.  You see that is where some of my best work occurs.  It’s also where some of the worst problems in your home can come from: moisture (in various forms), pests (big and small, and very small, ones), leaking water and sewer pipes, electrical wires hanging … Read More