No, it is not the same place. The place where there is the pier foundation is at my parents house, and it was built in 1969 by a builder well known for its quality houses. As a matter of fact, just saying that such house was built by them can add up to 20,000 bucks to the value of the house. It is not a pier foundation for a living space, it is just a balcony that we converted into a screened porch. In Montreal, the ground can freeze up to 50" deep. I remember when I was a kid, I saw at my uncle's garage one of the gas tanks lifted up two feet off the ground, so I imagine it can do the same thing to the balcony (and it is a structural engineer who has nothing to do with the builder of the house who told my father that). Before saying things like you just said, people should ask questions and verify the accuracy of their statements. As for the house with the fuse box in the shower stall, I bought it because it was offered at almost the half of what I will be able to re-sell it after I put $20,000 on the house. So, I paid $80,000 for the house, I will put about $20,000 of improvements, and sell it back for 150,000$. And no, it is not from the same builder as my parent's house.