COMMUNITY FORUM

toolbox

08:06AM | 10/09/05
Member Since: 10/08/05
1 lifetime posts
Bvtools
I'm considering purchasing a 125-year old, 2-story Federal style home with an attached 3-story barn in New England which I think might have sill and/or foundation damage. I'm trying to assess the situation prior to purchasing the home so I can then make an educated decision about if I can afford to make the repairs. Unfortunately, the sills and foundation of the home are mostly inaccessible for inspection (i.e., 75% of the house and barn doesn't have a basement or crawl space and the vinyl siding - over asbestos shingles - goes right down to the ground on the outside). In the areas where I can see the sills and foundation, it looks fine to me but that doesn't mean anything because sill damage occurs from the outside in. The sills are 8"x8" beams on a stone foundation. Additionally, another area for concern I have is that there is plenty of water seepage into the basement through the old stone foundation so I'm also concerned there might be dry rot.

I don't own the house yet so I can't peel back siding or lift up flooring to get a better look at the sills/foundation in the parts of the house without a basement. Currently, I'm relying on other visual clues which seem to indicate to me that there is a problem with the sills and/or foundation. The evidence is:

1) Many doors are difficult to open and close

2) The main house roof line is distorted where someone tied in a salt-box style sloping roof to the existing eave.

3) The floor of the breezeway area that connects the house and barn is distorted like a fun house floor

4) The horizontal siding on the outside of the breezeway shows two extra courses of siding on the left side under the eave which, when you follow the eave line, taper away on the right side. In other words the distortion of the wall is two courses deep.

5) In the back of the house, there are ripples and non-straight areas in the intersections of four roofs. The four roofs are the barn, breezeway, main house, and kitchen addition (this is the roof that is mentioned in #2 above).

Any thoughts on what I'm getting into or what else I can look at to assess this situation?

tperez

01:05PM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
Toolbox,

From your description, I wouldn't walk away. I would run away. There seems to be a great deal of damage behind the scenes of this place.

If you have money, time, and a burning desire to build your own home then this seems to be the place for you.

One more thing to consider, You mentioned that there was asbestos shingling. If you need to remove this for permanent reasons or just for repair and then re-installed the cost of doing so is not cheap. Not to mention the health risks involved.

I won't even get into the lead based paint scenario.

Sorry, just my opinion and nothing more than that. I hope this helps you out and Good Luck on whatever you decide.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Who says festive lights are just for Christmas? This Halloween-scape illuminates the possibilities with well-placed lights... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1