Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Demolition Zone

While we were in South Carolina for the wedding, our house was a demolition zone.   If you live in Mississippi you know where I am going with this... foundation work.  It just seems to go with home ownership when you live in this area of Mississippi where the Yazoo clay runs.  Eventually, you are going to have to do some sort of foundation work.    Of course, if you are me then you are going to have to do a LOT of foundation work.   The kind that requires you to pack your entire house and move out.  With one end of our house six inches lower than the other we didn't have any other choice.   We had to rip up all of our floors so they could dig giant holes inside and make it look like this...

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I don't mind telling you that when my husband started texting me pictures of my house piled up with dirt, I was really glad that I was a LONG way from home.    Two weeks of them digging 20 feet holes into the ground was a messy and loud project.   Well, I am guessing it was loud since one of our neighbors called the police on our foundation workers complaining about the noise.   Fortunately, the police told them that we had all of our permits and permissions from the city so they were just going to have to deal with the noise since it was being done during work hours.   When this is over I will bake them a cake if I can ever find my kitchen again!!

The "lifting" process brought a lot of unexpected surprises.   Our roof buckled.  Our french doors collapsed.   Our skylight in the bathroom separated so when it rained it flooded the bathroom and it has to be completely repaired.     I am starting to feel like I need to tiptoe or something else is going to fall apart!

I will say that our foundation company did a great job with their clean up as they went.  You could never tell there were four foot piles of dirt in the house.  


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These are not even the finished pictures.   I can't find the final pictures, but obviously concrete was poured over the dirt.   Now we wait for a minimum of two months for everything to "settle" before we can put floors back down or start to pain.  

The positive side.... when you have concrete floors and only have your beds set up and a couch in the living room there is very little to clean! 

1 comment:

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

for some reason I can't see the pictures, but it sounds like a giant mess

I hope we never have to go thru that