So here is an update on the house....which isn't much of one.
The front corner is braced so that we can start lifting this end of the house up. That's a positive...moving forward in the right direction...
We decided to remove the hardwoods to save us some work in regards to sanding, staining, and resealing. I thought it would be no big deal to pop them up and lay something else down. Not exactly! The boards themselves are extremely tedious and time consuming to remove; but the nails left in the floor are the worst!
My dad was giddy with joy (maybe a little too giddy as you are fixing to find out) that we decided to remove the hardwood flooring so that he could take up some of the sub-floor to place the jacks under the house...
And he founds rotted beams and floor joists! Drama! Drama! Drama! Always something with this house! It's the gift that keeps on giving!
I always thought that the drama on HGTV was made up to give the show some oomph! Not so! There has literally been an issue with nearly everything since we have opened the walls...and the floor.
I just stood in the middle of my dirt floor dining room overwhelmed by depression and despair at the state that my cozy little home-to-be is in and wondered if there is ever going to be a light at the end of this tunnel. My dad keeps reminding me that we are only a few months into this project, but it sure does feel like a lifetime.
On a positive note, at least we can see the problems in order to fix them. And... I have a partial new drive way.
I think that if I have learned any lesson from this it is that every homeowner needs to inspect their home on a regular basis. Crawl under your house once a year to make sure that your beams are in good shape. Check your plumbing and look for leaks. Keep an eye on your landscaping to make sure that water isn't running into your house. Buy a termite and pest contract and keep it up-to-date. Do small maintenance upgrades throughout the life of your home so that you don't have a potentially dangerous situation left for your children to deal with later.