There are 4 columns under this front porch. I could not determine if they were load bearing in the short time during the inspection. It appears over time from settlement that they are lifted up just enough so you can move them around about 5 to 6 inches in any direction. All 4 of them can be moved, none were secured. Home was built in the 60’s.
Here’s a few questions for further edification.
Q. It was deliberately built this way many years ago. Was this common on older homes?
My thought is even if it settled on the slab a few years back. Any hardy teenager who runs into this would have swept it right out from under the porch.
Q. During the construction, wouldn’t it have been easy to build a bottom plate underneath to secure it to prior to installation?
Q. Approximately, when did building practices change from not securing columns to the slab to having them secured?
Thank you in advance,