04:34PM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 10/11/02
11 lifetime posts
I just took possession of a newly constructed home and noticed in one of my 2nd storey bedrooms, a section of the floor (that runs the length of the room) seems to suddenly slope downwards towards a wall on one side of the room. The slope runs for about 3 ft and I've measured a total drop of about 1 inch.

Is this a common occurrence in new homes? Does anyone have any suggestions on how an unlevel floor can be levelled, keeping in mind the walls, floors, ceilings, etc are all completed and interconnected now? I'm a little worried that it can't be fixed and not sure what suggestion my builder will come back with so I'm trying to get educated as much as I can before they respond.

Any suggestions/advice would be appreacited!



04:56PM | 01/04/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello jdefazio,

I have the same problem, although my house is about 23 years old. I (and previous owners) have had the foundation propped up in places--this hasn't helped much with the settling. I've gone so far as to have a structural engineer out here. He said that no house is perfect, and it isn't as bad as a lot of them. There could be numerous ways to fix it....such as shimming up between floorboards and joists, etc. I think at this point I'm prepared to call it "character" and live with it.

Alas, but your house is new! I figure what you'll run into with your builder is he tells you basically to live with it. Especially if the substructure is sound. If he does say this, I know what you're thinking--"Didn't he just tell me that he was OK with mediocrity?" Maybe I'm wrong, but I bet he is....

Please keep us posted. I, for one, am very interested in how this turns out!

-k2 in Colorado


09:21AM | 01/05/04
Member Since: 11/30/03
9 lifetime posts
I had the same thing happen in my new house (not a new construction's 100 years old)

an extension was added on to the master bedroom, over the front porch. I guess they didn't bother levelling off the porch roof, and just laid the flooring joists. The slope was 1 5/8" over 8'. I had two contractors come in and confirm this, and then I built up the floor. I used 1/4" plywood suflooring, and built an upside down pyramid of sorts, until the floor was level (within 1/8").

That might not be an option for you...I was gutting the room to begin with.


10:34AM | 02/22/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
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My reply to you I just posted as a new message. Sorry.


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